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Spring Shorebirds and Southern Breeders

May 23, 2023 @ 7:00 am - May 24, 2023 @ 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.


COST: $150 members, $200 nonmembers.

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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.

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 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. Some trips involve walks over jetties.

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


May 23, 2023 @ 7:00 am
May 24, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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Belleplain State Forest
1 Henkensifkin Rd
Woodbine, NJ 08270 United States
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