a year ago
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.