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Fall Banding Update: Week 9 (10/11 – 10/17)

Photo above is a close-up of our first Hermit Thrush of the season…but we expect many more in the weeks to come! By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge Week nine of our inaugural banding season here in Cape May was quite the departure from the beginning half of the…...

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Major Milestones at the Banding Station

The last week has been very busy for New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) in partnership with Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT), Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Our first deployment of LifeTags™, tiny solar-powered radio transmitters weighing about 0.35g (less than a dollar bill cut in half).…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 8 (10/04 – 10/10)

By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The eighth week of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) inaugural banding season saw mostly southerly winds and warmer temperatures in The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (The Meadows), and yet we had quite a few surprises and an impressive total…...

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CAUGHT IN MONHEGAN’S TRAP – Monhegan Island, Maine

NJA Eco-Travel Tour September 14-19, 2018 Monhegan Island is a small bump in the ocean (1.7 miles long and 0.7 miles wide), twelve miles off the mid-coast of Maine, that has played a larger role in history than most people would ever imagine. Monhegan was known to European explorers, even…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 7 (9/27 – 10/3)

Words and Images by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The excitement that ended the sixth week of our inaugural season of banding here in Cape May continued right over into the seventh week with September 27 being our biggest day yet! We processed 180 birds (165 new) of 28 species.…...

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The first season of the next 100 years

Introduction Bird banding provides an opportunity to assess the physical condition of birds, as well as to determine the age/sex ratio of birds passing through a site. Together these data provide insight into the health of individuals, populations, and in some cases, entire species. While NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 6 (9/20 – 9/26)

Words by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The sixth week of our inaugural banding season began with a stinker of a surprise at the nets and ended with one huge surprise in the nets. September 20, while opening the nets, we came around the corner to discover a skunk had taken…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 5 (9/13 – 9/19)

Words by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The fifth week of the inaugural season of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory banding station saw a continuation of the easterly winds and variable totals from day-to-day. For example, on September 11th, we banded 107 birds, the following day we banded…...

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The Best of Migration – Cape May School of Birding Workshops!

Cape May is world renowned for its fall bird and butterfly migration, involving spectacular numbers, diversity, views, and photographic opportunities – and Cape May School of Birding Workshops are an incredible way to enjoy and partake in this natural phenomenon. And the best part is – it’s all going to…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 4 (9/6 – 9/12)

By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The fourth week of the inaugural season of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory banding station began and ended the same way, with birthday celebrations and closing early due to the heat index surpassing 100F. September 6th (David La Puma’s birthday) was particularly…...

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