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Cape May Bird Observatory in New Jersey



By: David Urmann

Cape May in New Jersey is home to the Cape May Bird Observatory. Cape May is arguably North America's premier birding location. This premier New Jersey bird watching spot is widely known among birders for its vast concentrations of autumn migrants. That over 200 species have been seen in a day is a testament to the everyday avian wealth of this area. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in Cape May. There are few places in North America that offer more to bird lovers Cape May.

Cape May is an especially good place to observe shorebirds. Nearly a million and a half shorebirds gather along the beaches of Delaware Bay every spring, including loons, gannets, cormorants and sea ducks, all of which migrate within sight of land. An average of 60,000 birds of prey are tallied at the Official Hawk Watch every autumn.

Cape May Bird Observatory is also a nature resource center for bird, butterfly and dragonfly watching activity in New Jersey. Here visitors can find information pertaining to travel, lodging, and bird and butterfly watching.

New Jersey’s Cape May Bird Observatory is a Mecca for American birdwatchers because it takes its purpose seriously. Cape May even features the Cape May Birding Hotline a 24-hour bird alert covering bird sightings in South Jersey. Cape May is also famous for its many workshops, nature weekends, regularly scheduled walks and a host of seasonally calibrated programs, field trips and special events. Cape May offers these walks, programs, and workshops throughout the year.

Since 1976 The Northwood Center overlooking Lily Lake at Cape May Bird Observatory has been the perfect one-stop shop for visiting nature lovers. Here birdwatchers can stock up on binoculars and spotting scopes. They can also pick up field-guides and books about nature for adults and children alike.


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