Join us for a Cape May Birding Extravaganza!
Join us for a special Weekend Field Trip: Cape May Migration Bonanza!
Fall migration is a great season to visit this first-class birding hot spot on the Jersey Shore. Our Naturalist-in-Residence, Tait Johansson, will maximize your experience by leading you to a variety of habitats across Cape May in search of migrating raptors, as well as other migratory and resident passerines and shorebirds.
The trip takes place from Friday, September 30 to Monday, October 3. Tait will provide an itinerary ahead of the trip so you can meet the group whenever you arrive. Scroll down for areas we might explore.
Because of the nature of this special program, there is a fee of $105 (members); $140 (non-members and we’ll credit $35 to a membership).This fee does not include lodging or meals. CLICK HERE to register and pay online. To pay with check or cash, or for questions, please EMAIL SUSAN.
Everyone books their own hotel and travels to Cape May on their own. Our Program Registrar, Susan Sloan, has negotiated group rates at several hotels (see sidebar), and we give her a big thanks for doing that legwork! She has learned that rooms are going fast this fall, so don’t delay booking your room if you plan to attend.
Share your info! After you make your reservation, please email Susan to let her know what hotel you’ll be at and your cell phone number. Prior to the trip, she will share this info with the group (unless you ask her not to); that way everyone will be able to reach out to one another.
Areas to Explore
The exact birding locations are not decided yet – Tait watches closely for indicators of where the most action will be. But in general: We will travel Friday morning, enjoy a half day of birding at the Edmund Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and possibly the Avalon Seawatch, then travel to hotels. Full days of birding on Saturday and Sunday: Higbee Beach, Cape May Point area, Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area, Rea Farm, S. Cape May Meadows, the Magnesite Plant, and others. Additional birding in the Cape May area on Monday morning, then travel back Monday.
The Heritage Inn http://www.heritageinncapemay.com/
Phone: (609) 884-7300
This hotel is offering a 5% discounted rate for our group (just let them know you are with Bedford Audubon).
The South Winds Motel
Phone: (609) 884-7300
This motel is owned by the same folks that own the Heritage Inn. They will honor our discount, but they only have a couple of rooms left.
Cape Harbor Motor Inn https://www.capeharbormotorinn.com/
Phone: (609) 884-0018
While they can’t offer us a special discount, the rates here are lower than the other choices.
The Jetty Motel http://www.jettycmnj.com/
Phone: (609) 884-4640
They only have a couple of rooms left. If you are able to snag one of them, ask for their “birding discount.”
Photo Credits: Banner and top by Jan Linskey. Merlin and Cattle Egret by Tait Johansson.