Fall Festival Highlights
New Jersey Audubon is offering the most complete virtual Fall Festival experience you will find anywhere on the Internet. Our roster of speakers and presenters will capture the thrill of fall birding in Cape May, and our “roving reporters” will bring you up-to-the-minute action from Cape May’s hotspots. Hone your skills on Friday with bird ID sessions with the experts and prepare yourself for the ID Quiz on Sunday afternoon. And just like an in-person Fall Festival, you will be able to check out vendors, including artists, publishers, birding tours and optics companies. There will be a Silent Auction and a raffle; practically the only thing we can’t provide is Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures!
“I can’t wait to register for the Virtual Cape May Fall Festival – easy peasy! No decisions to make, no potential workshop conflicts, no wardrobe anxieties, and the fridge is SO close. I’m looking forward to this new experience, and am practicing my birding skills here on the home front. Many thanks to all the CMBO/NJ Audubon folks for making this event happen!”
“The Fall Festival is a great experience regardless of your level of experience or expertise. Something for everyone!”
“The quality of the professional leaders and the helpfulness of the local volunteers really make the Cape May festival experience something special.”
When asked for a short bio, Kenn Kaufman responded, “Just say, Kenn Kaufman loves birds, all birds, and he’s always excited to talk about them to anyone who will listen.”
Kenn burst onto the national birding scene as a teenager in the 1970s, hitch-hiking throughout North America in pursuit of birds, an adventure later chronicled in his cult-classic book Kingbird Highway. After several years as a professional tour leader, taking birding groups to all seven continents, he transitioned to a career as a writer, editor, and illustrator. Most of his energy currently goes into book projects and into painting bird portraits. Kenn has written a dozen books, including his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt of Boston. The series now includes volumes on North American birds, butterflies, mammals, insects, advanced birding, the nature of New England, and the nature of the Midwest. His other books include Lives of North American Birds and Flights Against the Sunset.
Kenn’s newest book is A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration. Kenn is a field editor for Audubon magazine, a fellow of the American Ornithological Society, and the only person to have received the American Birding Association’s lifetime achievement award twice. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Kimberly, who is currently the director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
Katy Duffy has conducted the Cape May Owl Project each fall since 1980. She has a master banding permit from the Bird Banding Lab of the U.S. Geological Survey and has banded owls, diurnal raptors and songbirds in Wyoming, Montana and Israel as well as New Jersey. Katy worked for the National Park Service for 32 years as a resource education ranger in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. When she retired from the NPS at the end of 2014, Katy moved to Gardiner, Montana and continues to volunteer for Yellowstone’s Bird Program.
Among the bird projects that she conducts as a volunteer are (you guessed it) owl surveys, diurnal raptor nest monitoring, raptor migration counts and education programs. Katy has an M.S. in Ecology from Rutgers University and an M.A. in biology (biochemistry) from Temple University.
Speaking of the Bird ID Quiz, these members of the New Jersey Young Birders Club are working hard to stump you on Sunday afternoon, October 4th!
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