14349
Cape May
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
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Registration/Meet & Greet Reception/Orientation
Cape May, NJ
D
Grand Hotel

Afternoon: 3:00 PM: Hotel check-in. From 4pm on, pick up materials from Road Scholar in hotel meeting room. 5:00 PM: Wine and cheese reception and introductions in hotel meeting room.

Dinner: 6 PM: Dinner in the Hotel

Evening: 7:30 PM: Orientation: Introductions, review of week's program, orientation to hotel and area.

DAY
2
Coastal Birding Field Trip Birding ID Workshop
Cape May, NJ
B,L,D
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: 7 AM: Pre-breakfast guided beach bird walk. 9:45 AM: Birding field trip to Cape May Point State Park, site of the world-famous Cape May Hawk Watch, where habitats include beach, dune, freshwater pond, marsh, field and coastal forest. Also includes a visit to the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse.

Lunch: 12:30 PM: Lunch in the hotel.

Afternoon: 1:45 PM: "Building Better Birding Skills" - Illustrated interactive lecture with naturalist. 3:30 PM: Birds and Birding at Cape May with Pat and Clay Sutton.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Three-course dinner in the hotel.

Evening: 7:30 PM: Building Better Birding Skills Workshop with Mark Garland.

DAY
3
Field Trip to Birding Hotsposts
Cape May, NJ
B,L,D
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: 7:00 AM: Pre-breakfast guided bird walk around town. 10:00 AM: The Bayshore Birding Phenomenon with Mark Garland. 11:00 AM: Birding Film: Crash: A Tale of Two Species.

Lunch: 12:30 PM: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: 1:30 PM: Birding the Bayshore and visit to CMBO's goshen Center.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Three-course dinner in the hotel.

Evening: 7:30 PM: Free evening

DAY
4
Coastal Birding Field Trip
Cape May, NJ
B,L,D
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel

Morning: 10:00 AM: Birding at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.

Lunch: 12:30 PM: Lunch

Afternoon: 1:45 PM: Birding at the South Cape May Meadows. 3:30 PM: Birding at Cape May Point State Park. 5:00 PM: Free time.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Three-course dinner in thehotel.

Evening: 7:30 PM: The Next Steps in Birding with Mark Garland.

DAY
5
Back Bay Birding Cruise
Cape May, NJ
B,L,D
Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Free time until noon trolley to lunch.

Lunch: 12:15 PM: Lunch

Afternoon: 1:30 PM: Back Bay Birding Cruise with naturalist to see the habitats in and around the harbor.

Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner at a local Inn. Choice of three dinner options.

Evening: 7:30 PM: 101 Great Birds from Around the World with Mark Garland.

DAY
6
Magic & Mystique of Cape May
Cape May, NJ
B

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet in the Hotel

Morning: 9:30 AM: "Magic and Mystique of Cape May:" Powerpoint presentation highlighting the birding and ecology of Cape May and explaining why so many birds come to Cape May each year. Program ends at 11.