Why Attend

NJ Audubon’s Fall Festival is the longest running birding festival in the country.

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory has its finger on the pulse of fall migration and you are invited to be a part of it. Four official migratory counts take place during the fall: the Monarch Monitoring Project, the Avalon Seawatch, the Morning Flight Songbird Count, and of course the celebrated Cape May Hawkwatch. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the storied birding experience that is Cape May than attending this festival.  We are not the only ones that think Cape May is the best place for birding, see what National Geographic has to say

National Geographic lists Cape May as a World’s Best destination for birding

Here is what they say: The narrow peninsula at Cape May acts as a bird funnel, bringing in songbirds during their spring and fall migrations. At dawn on a good day, legendary Higbee Beach offers front-row seats to a feathered fashion show: A steady procession flies by, each bird intent on finding a place to rest as it encounters the natural barrier of Delaware Bay. With a little luck, you can see 20 species of warblers, each in its own colorful costume.

Cape May has 2 of the best beaches in New Jersey

Cape May and Cape May Point according to NJ.com

While you bird your family will have plenty to do


The main reason to come to our Cape May Fall Festival….SO.MANY.BIRDS



Friday evening’s program will be a presentation by Cape May residents Michael Lanzone of Cellular Tracking Technologies and Dr. Trish Miller entitled, Golden Opportunity: Our Journey Studying the Ghosts of the Eastern Forests. Trish is an accomplished wildlife biologist who has travelled the world working with Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles.  Mike, once a counter at the Cape May Hawkwatch, is the President and Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Chairman of Cellular Tracking Technologies, which is a developer and manufacturer of wildlife tracking devices based in Cape May County.  This dynamic duo will share their stories from the field and get you excited about the future of bird research.


Saturday evening, we are very pleased to host Amanda D. Rodewald, Ph. D, one of Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s most senior faculty members.  Her presentation is entitled, Making your cup count:  how coffee can fuel migratory bird conservation in the tropics. She offered this introduction to the talk, “Many of the planet’s biodiversity hotspots face widespread deforestation, land degradation, and poverty, and, as such, require creative ways to sustain species, protect ecosystem services, and support human health and well-being.   Shade-grown coffee farms are well-suited to simultaneously meet social and ecological needs. When coffee is grown under trees, farms can supply a variety of products (e.g., coffee, fruits, firewood, lumber, and medicines), while at the same time provide forest cover, support diverse species assemblages, and reduce erosion and chemical use compared to other intensive agricultural systems. Perhaps no other group better highlights the positive role that shade-coffee can play in conservation than neotropical migratory birds, which heavily use shade-coffee farms.  Unfortunately, traditional shade management has given way to intensive ‘sun coffee’ monocultures.”  In her talk, Dr. Rodewald will discuss how shade-coffee and other agroforestry practices can support bird conservation, healthy ecosystems, and human communities in Latin America.

Convention Hall

We’ve got representatives from all the major optics companies, a wide variety of international birding tour companies, publishers and magazines, and a some extremely talented artists, craftspeople and photographers.  Here’s your opportunity to check out several brands and find out which one is the best fit for your eyes.  Field guides?  We have them!  International tour companies?  We have them!  How about unique crafts?  Yup, they’re here, too.  And don’t miss the first-class artists with a variety of wildlife prints, note cards, etc.  You can certainly do a good deal of Christmas shopping here!

Great deals on Optics

Save up least 10% on nearly 150 models of binoculars and spotting scopes from the following leading brands

Be a part of the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project

You can also participate in a Monarch Butterfly tagging demonstration daily at 12 noon. Hear the story of the Monarch’s long distance migration and the importance of the habitat in Cape May for its survival on its potentially final journey to its wintering grounds in Mexico.


dancing vulture
NCCM at Convention Hall
Sand sculpting

Thank You Sponsors

October 15 –  18, 2020

Grand Hotel of Cape May
1045 Beach Ave
Cape May, New Jersey 08204

Visit the Convention Hall for tons of free family fun

  • Free Tote Bags for early birds
  • Browse our vendor partners
  • Watch a live demonstration of Monarch tagging
  • Do sand art right on the beach with our artist
  • Join in our silent auction for amazing goodies

Discover Animal Adventures with Nature Nick

Cape May Convention Hall
714 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204