NJ Audubon

Looking good for Saturday

A big cold front passed through Cape May Thursday night into Friday morning, bringing strong northwest winds onto the Cape. Northwest winds trigger all sorts of migration, and more than 5,000 American Kestrels (shown here) were counted from the Cape May hawkwatch on Friday. Northwest winds are the best for…...

Read more

Peak Migration

What ever happened to bird watching?  I remember when this was just a quaint little closet avocation, practiced by professorial types and other social misfits.  Just last weekend I was just one of the standing-room-only crowd at the Cape May Hawkwatch Platform.  Around mid-afternoon a trio of non-birders (identified by…...

Read more

Outsiders

I had an interesting revelation the weekend of September 1st. While sitting on the hawk watch platform at Cape May Point State Park; a platform overflowing with raptor enthusiasts, I overhead a non-birding trio as they mounted the platform, who were expressing their astonishment over the number of bird watchers…...

Read more

Landscaping for Birds

Cape May is celebrated as a migrant trap as southbound birds and insects get caught in the land funnel and are directed toward the peninsula’s terminus at Cape May Point. While never wishing to undermine Cape May’s well earned fame it should be noted that the entire state of New…...

Read more

Wow in Glass

This past weekend I witnessed New Jersey Audubon at it’s best. The occasion was the Bird Expo at the Philadelphia Expo Center. The experience underscored why I have dedicated 34 years of my life to this organization. The Expo Center is large enough to host a skeet competition but it…...

Read more

A Day at Hawk Rise

An amazing day at Hawk Rise Sanctuary in Linden NJ was had by all.  It was a bit overcast but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of over a dozen guests especially when the birds began to show themselves.  Led by All Things Birds program director, Scott Barnes, we started…...

Read more

Mighty Monarchs

Yes I typically write about birds but when  it comes to migration, gram for gram, nothing can out migrate the mighty Monarch, an insect weighing in at .25-.75 grams.That is less than the weight of a legal-sized envelope sans stamp, yet this welter weight traveler will migrate from New England…...

Read more

Heads up, it’s time for Broad-wingeds

Mid- September means migrating Broad-winged Hawks. Between September 10 ad 20 tens of thousands of these stubby forest buteos will migrate across mostly n. New Jersey heading for winter territories in Central and South America. Traveling in large aggregations called “kettles” in honor to the flock’s resemblance to water boiling…...

Read more

Grand North Dakota Tour

A journal of our recent Grand North Dakota Eco Travel Tour Author: Scott Barnes Trip Leaders: Scott Barnes and Linda Mack July 6: Arrival in Bismarck; evening orientation July 7: We began our trip with a morning spent in the famed grasslands, sloughs, and lakes in Kidder County. Horsehead Lake…...

Read more

NJ Audubon Goes To Cuba

New Jersey Audubon Eco-Travel trips are not just about beautiful wildlife and habitat. The tours are carefully selected by New Jersey Audubon staff and crafted to connect our participants to the conservation work being carried out in the U.S and around the world. Eco-Travel is just one of many ways…...

Read more