CAPE MAY FALL BIRDING FESTIVAL:
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CAPE MAY FALL BIRDING FESTIVAL: 10/20-24/2016. Cape May Convention Hall and other venues. New Jersey Audubon invites you to Cape May to enjoy an assortment of field trips, programs and workshops, evening programs, back bay boat excursions, hawk banding demos, and the Cape May Convention hall filled with exhibitors and a live raptor show, and more at the Cape May Autumn Birding Festival! Something for everyone, from the novice to the seasoned naturalist. Friendly and easy-paced field trips to Cape May's birding hot-spots led by North America's finest naturalists. Festival bird checklist can tally close to 200 species. Simply put: You're going to see a lot of birds. How many? So. Many. Birds.  Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the legendary Cape May Hawkwatch. Not only that, it's the 70th consecutive Fall weekend event by New Jersey Audubon. We're making it memorable with lots of special guests, including a whole kettle of former hawk counters, many of whom will participate in a panel discussion, "Tales from the Platform," on Friday night, moderated by Jeff Bouton. And Saturday night, we're taking a break from recent history, and offering a buffet dinner, followed by a presentation by one of the Cape May originals, David Sibley. There are many exclusive walks, trolley trips, a Trip to the Rips on Sunday afternoon and an overnight pelagic trip departing Sunday night and returning Monday afternoon. In addition, this three-day festival will showcase our migration monitoring work: the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, Monarch Monitoring Project and Morning Flight Songbird Count. Until September 30th, registration fees are $65 per day, or $175 for all three days, with additional costs for bus trips, special walks, and evening programs. As of October 1st, daily registration will increase to $75 per day, and $200 for all three days. Preregistration is required and some events have limited capacity, so please sign up now.
At the same time, the Cape May Convention Hall will be open and free to the public and will again feature Jonathan Wood's Raptor Project, a stunning collection of live hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons with multiple interactive shows per day, along with dozens of vendors, from binoculars, to scopes to apparel, and nature activities for kids, too.  The Grand Hotel of Cape May is the official Hotel of the Cape May Fall Festival. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for festival participants. Simply tell the reservationist that you are attending the Cape May Fall Festival and receive the special rate.
For questions regarding the Cape May Fall Festival call 609-427-3006. www.birdcapemay.org
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Supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism.