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.
Rating (4.89)
Program No. 14349RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Cape May has earned a reputation as one of North America's best birding locales because of its diverse set of protected natural areas at the intersection of two major migration flyways. Spring brings warblers and other songbirds. Autumn highlights hawks, falcons, eagles and other raptors. The backdrop is a charming seaside town with Victorian architecture and a scenic lighthouse.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to two miles daily on varied terrain; standing up to an hour at a time.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Cape May Point State Park, site of the world-famous Cape May Hawk Watch, to spot the inhabitants of beaches, ponds, marshes, fields and coastal forests.
  • Experience an afternoon boat ride through Cape May Harbor into the salt marsh and back-bay environment, with a visit from a local birding authority.
  • After a field trip to one of the premier songbird migration hotspots on the East Coast dine at the famous Lobster House.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Mark Garland
Mark Garland is a birding enthusiast who has worked six years as a naturalist and ranger with the National Park Service, 17 years with the Audubon Naturalist Society and four years with the New Jersey Audubon Cape May Bird Observatory. A University of Maryland School of Agriculture graduate, he authored the book "Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History," published by the Smithsonian Press, and he wrote the chapter "Canal Walk" in the anthology "City Birding."
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