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.


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


October 17 –  20, 2019

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

Visit the Convention Hall for tons of free family fun

  • 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


Friday evenDrew Lanham_ing’s program will be an early night starting with a social including light snacks and cash bar at 5:00 pm with a program at 6:15 pm.  Dr. J.Drew Lanham will present Ornitherapy–Confessions of a Lapsed Lister and a Life Saved by Birds a medley that blends natural history, travelogue adventure and social commentary that evokes emotions running the gamut from introspection to inspiration. His talk will build upon his experiences as an ornithologist, birder-conservationist and poet-author who’s wrapped in a different skin. There is no extra fee for Friday evening!

MerlinTuttleThis year we welcome Dr. Merlin Tuttle, scientist, father of modern bat conservation and founder of Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation, as our Keynote speaker on Saturday night for The Incredible World of Bats. If you’d like to learn more about these fascinating creatures, you won’t want to miss this. His stunning photographs show bats courting, living in pitcher plants and termite nests, pollinating an amazing variety of flowers, including billion-dollar crops, fishing, catching frogs and insects, and much more.  Cost for the social, dinner buffet and program is $40 for registrants; $50 for non-registrants — a real bargain any way you look at it!

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!

Animal Adventures with Nature Nick Show Hours

Friday: 1:00pm; 2:30pm, 4:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am; 1:45pm; 4:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am; 12:30pm; 2:00pm