NJ Audubon

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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Monarch Numbers Increased on Sunday

We were growing impatient in Cape May, as we heard reports of good numbers on monarchs in Ocean City and Stone Harbor over the last few days, two spots north of us in Cape May County. Numbers had remained fairly modest here in Cape May Point. On Sunday they finally…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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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…...

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