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CAPE MAY FALL BIRDING FESTIVAL: 10/19-22/2017. 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 presentations, back bay boat excursions, hawk banding demos and more. Friendly and easy-paced field trips to Cape May’s birding hot-spots led by North America’s finest naturalists. There is something for everyone from the novice to the seasoned naturalist at the Cape May Fall Festival!
There are many exclusive walks, trolley trips and a Trip to the Rips on Saturday afternoon. The 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.

Daily trolley trips beginning at 6:30 a.m. will take festival goers to our famed watch sites including the Morning Flight Songbird Count at Higbee Beach, the Avalon Seawatch and the Cape May Hawkwatch, all with our talented guides, most of whom have been counters themselves. We have extended the length of this trip to allow more time at each location. Participation is limited and the cost is $40.00 per person.

On Friday evening, join Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson for a Friday Evening Presentation as they walk attendees through their visually stunning and widely acclaimed book Birds of Prey, a contemporary and comprehensive review of this celebrated group. Weaving historical accounts with personal anecdotes and the latest in scientific discoveries, this insightful and highly visual tribute to the hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures of North America is the fruit of two lifetimes in the field and thousands of hours behind the view finders of North America’s finest raptor photographers.

On Saturday, you can go the hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park with Pete and Kevin armed with fresh insights and be more bonded than ever to the birds that have for centuries figured in our literature, religions, language and lore. What better place to learn about raptors than “The Raptor Capital of North America,” Cape May, New Jersey. Pete and Kevin will be available to sign books both before and after the program. We recommend that you purchase your copy in advance at either the Northwood Center or Convention Hall. Participation is limited and the cost is $50.00 per person.

On Saturday evening, Bjorn Malmhagen and Nick Whitehouse will present “A Tale of Three Peninsulas,” the bird observatories of Falsterbo (Sweden) and Spurn (UK) are two of the most well known in Europe and like Cape May are situated on coastal peninsulas. Bjorn and Nick will discuss the observatories and their migratory birds, and how they have linked together with Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) to forge a new and pioneering Friendship Agreement.

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. Nature activities for the kids will including a scavenger hunt, crafts and a live Touch Tank. Convention Hall Exhibit hours are Fri., Noon to 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 New Jersey Audubon Cape May Fall Festival and receive the special rate. To inquire about hotel reservations at The Grand Hotel, contact 609-884-5611.
For more information about registration, programming and costs associated with the Cape May Fall Festival contact CMBO at 609-246-3581.
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