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Spring Shorebirds and Southern Breeders

May 18 @ 7:00 am - May 19 @ 4:00 pm

Join Tom Reed for this two day workshop to celebrate spring migrants at Heislerville, Belleplain, and more! This birding workshop brings together the two very best things about spring birding in Cape May County – its impressive shorebird show along the Delaware Bay, and a fine suite of songbirds, which here reach almost the northern limit of their regular breeding range. We’ll start relatively early to get the best of the morning birdsong in Belleplain State Forest, where learning how to locate such species as Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Summer Tanager and – with luck – Kentucky Warbler will be high on our agenda. We will follow this with time spent at Heislerville, where high tide roosts on the impoundments can be quite spectacular and we’ll search the throng of shorebirds in the hope of locating a vagrant Curlew Sandpiper.

Because of the inherent dynamic nature of birding, we do not pre-set an exact itinerary but will visit those parts of Cape May County that regularly hold good numbers of birds. Final location decisions will be made by the leader based on local knowledge and conditions at the time. We may walk up to 2 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain.

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED (walk-ups will not be permitted).

COST: $150 members, $200 nonmembers.

Interested in becoming a member? Please click on the following link to learn more or join: Become a Member today!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Due to our Covid-19 guidelines (see below), there will be no sharing of equipment including binoculars or spotting scopes. Binoculars WILL NOT be available for loan from the leaders. Thank you for your understanding.

We bird in all weather. Be sure to check the forecast in advance and dress in layers appropriate for prevailing weather conditions. The weather in Cape May can differ considerably from nearby inland areas and may be warmer, colder, or windier so it’s best to be over prepared. We may have to bird in the rain, so please bring your rain gear.

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON’S PROGRAM GUIDELINES:

New Jersey Audubon field trips and programs adhere to CDC guidelines; leaders have the right to ask a participant to leave the program if someone is not adhering to these guidelines for the health and safety of all. Leaders and participants must wear face coverings* throughout the program and maintain social distancing (at least 6’ of separation). Leaders may remove their face covering to be heard by the group while maintaining social distance. Please do not come to a program if you are sick, have a sick family member or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. There will be no sharing of equipment including binoculars or spotting scopes.

*Face coverings do not include winter scarves or bandanas. Two-layer fabric or surgical-type masks are required.

*** If you have spent time in a state that appears on New Jersey’s Travel Advisories, we request that you do not attend the program and will provide a full refund. ***

TRANSPORTATION: Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles.

We may walk up to 2.0 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. Some trips involve walks over jetties.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For those of you traveling from further afield and looking for somewhere to stay, please take a look at our list of Business Supporters of the Cape May Bird Observatory below:

Cape May is a popular place, so we suggest making reservations as early as possible. Accommodations are the responsibility of participants and are not included in the price.

CANCELLATION: CMBO programs require a minimum number of registrants to run, five days in advance of the start of the tour, but are seldom cancelled. If we do cancel, due to lack of participation, severe weather, or unforeseen circumstances,we notify all participants in advance and all are eligible for a full credit or refund. Participants may cancel without penalty if greater than 30 days in advance. Cancellations 10 to 30 days in advance may be subject to a 25% service charge. No refunds or credits for cancellations less than ten days in advance unless due to health emergencies

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Belleplain State Park
1 Henkensifkin Rd
Woodbine,NJ08270United States
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