NJ Audubon

Try Ducks

I know, I know, I know, Wait. You are suffering from post migration depression.  There’s  a cure. Ducks.  Yes ducks, waterfowl.  Winter means ducks, Hardy cold impervious birds that get you out, gratify you with their colors and tantalize you with possibility. Every flock of geese you scan holds the…...

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Freeze

We in New Jersey live in that iffy “between zone.”  The zone between sure survival and getting a good pole position for Spring migration.  The strategy for many birds is migrate just far enough south to insure survival but get a head start on the competition come Spring.  It’s a…...

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Suet Cake

Say it: sue it. It is the backyard bird feeder’s secret ingredient. No matter how much seed you put out, you’ll still not attract the variety of species that you can with suet, the processed energy rich fat deposited around beef kidney. You won’t get the numbers you do at…...

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Bird Feeding Dos and Don’ts

You like feeding birds.  Who doesn’t? A winter landscape without the color and animation birds bring is just a still life. Different seed types attract different species, each one a dab of paint on your winter canvas.  Of course you’ll want cardinals.  This big showy sparrow is a favorite of…...

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Time For Seed

Hey New Jersey Resident, it’s time to put out your bird feeders. Our hungry winter minions have arrived and this year purports to be a banner year for colorful northern finches.  You can expect hordes of Purple Finch, a smattering of Evening Grosbeaks and hordes of siskins.  The seed crops…...

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Report – Southwestern Louisiana: Cheniers, Cypress Swamps, and Cameron Parish

Southwestern Louisiana: Cheniers, Cypress Swamps, and Cameron Parish  April 22-29, 2015 Final Tour Report and Species List We gathered in Lafayette, Louisiana for our birding trip to the swamp forests, “working wetlands,” coastal prairies, and oak cheniers of the sportsmen’s (or perhaps birder’s) paradise. During the ensuing week, we endured…...

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Solace

You’re right, the world seems totally screwed up.  Since you are a thinking, feeling, member of our species, I need not elaborate, but I can, perhaps offer an antidote:  Try nature.   A walk through some nurturing environment goes a long way toward righting the inner balance. This is not a…...

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Surprising increase in monarchs

We had just about given hope of seeing many more monarchs in Cape May Point this year, since we have seen very low numbers over the last week.  Gentle northwest winds on Tuesday brought a modest increase in monarch numbers, to our surprise, and it seemed like numbers were increasing…...

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Still Fall

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Festival is over.  Autumn must be waning, you think. Think again.  There are still weeks of Autumn ahead.  Fact is bird migration continues until February.  November and December are migratory prime time for some species of raptors and water birds. Big burley buteos like Red-tailed…...

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Fall Festival Wrap-up

This past weekend, October 19th – 21st, the Cape May Bird Observatory hosted the annual New Jersey Audubon Fall Festival, a celebration of all things migration. Our team had the pleasure of setting up a display at the Cape May Convention Hall, where we were fortunate to meet hundreds of…...

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