New Jersey

Birding Cape May

With its many protected areas and variety of unique habitats, Cape May is a Mecca for both birds and birders alike. Come see songbirds in spring and raptors in the fall.
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Program No. 14349RJ
6 days
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Great, knowledgeable leaders, interesting birds


Excellent birding with terrific guides who knew their birds and the area.


This is an excellent program. Our leader Mark was an excellent educator and birder and very welcoming. I give this program five stars!


BIRDS! BIRDS! Everywhere! And birding leaders everywhere! Do you think all Fall migration is to the south? HA! Come to experience Cape May's unique geography and find out about the "northern" migration.


This program makes birding around Cape May easy and interesting for experienced bird watchers. A variety of advice (eg. use of binoculars) helped everyone in the group. Guides with spotting scopes were better than I have experienced on less formal local bird walks.

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Mark Garland did a superb job of leading this birding adventure. Our evening speakers were all fascinating and informative, and on the daytime bird walks we 28 participants were split into three groups so that we could all get a view of the birds and wildlife we encountered. Various personable and highly skilled birders joined us along the way. The trolley rides were ideal transportation, and the hotel provided comfortable accommodations and reasonable to excellent food. Valerie kept everyone organized and was very responsive to all creature-comfort-related issues. Well Done! A couple of possible improvements: 1. The weather. (Just kidding, of course!) 2. The Lobster House did not impress me with either their service or food. 3. Harry's was very noisy and the menu limited, service was poor and our final meal together (scattered across isolated tables) did not provide the optimal experience. Find a place with a separate room for the whole group, or at least a much quieter venue. The Grand Hotel's Crystal room served very well for our group dinner Wed. 4. Consider offering an evening of bird-related games to help everyone get to know each other better. This would be fun, and especially helpful in poor weather! 5. Play a party game after dinner, or while everyone is still seated after dessert. Celebrate someone's birthday, anniversary, or another event. Act like a Social Director at a summer camp to help this group of almost exclusively couples interact more from the first day on. I enjoyed this, my first trip ever to Cape May. The horseshoe crab and red knot and other prolific shorebird viewing was the highlight of the birding experience for me, truly a spectacular event in the spring on Delaware Bay's shores.


This program was very effective in explaining how and why Cape May is such a special birding area, particularly at migration times. Highly knowledgeable guides helped us explore many of the top birding sites in the area.


This is extremely well thought out and managed. Everyone will find some thing to love and much to learn about birds, habitat, and Cape May. You will be well fed too. The group is appreciative and not too demanding.


Great leaders, great food, so many birds, so much fun!


This program puts you smack-dab in the middle of the vast fall bird migration season in Cape May, New Jersey - a very well known and highly cherished birding hot spot. If you are a birder, you simply cannot do better than this!


It was so interesting to be in Cape May for fall migration (I attended an October program). I learned a lot about identifying hawks and other birds on the wing and also about migration in general. Mark Garland was an awesome guide, and funny too.


Thoroughly enjoyable week with an enthusiastic leader Mark G who has a sincere love for Cape May and its birds , butterflies and environment. Cape May has many other birding experts and Mark ensured that some of their wealth of knowledge was shared with us on each excursion . Informative presentations and excellent accommodation and meals. Highly recommended program. .


Even though I am not a birder, I've been told I'm an SOB(spouse of birder) I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The leaders were very knowledgeable and the presentations were interesting to even a non birder.

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