May 14 – May 17

 

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

609-400-3836

2020 Cape May Spring Festival

There is no place like Cape May New Jersey for springtime birding

Immerse yourself in the Cape May Spring Festival!  Experience these legendary birding hot spots, all within just 35 miles of Cape May: Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), TNC’s Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek, and up the road a piece, Cox Hall Creek WMA, and Belleplain State Forest.  The Delaware Bayshore plays host each spring to the magical Horseshore Crab/shorebird spectacle.  A short drive north on State Route 47 (aka “Shorebird Alley”) are Cooks Beach and Reeds Beach; and shorebird-filled impoundments at Heislerville WMA in Cumberland County.

We’ve put together a host of special activities including trolley trips, special walks, field workshops and indoor programs, including sunset activities on Friday and keynote speakers on Friday and Saturday night.  Add to this the cacophony of warblers singing and sporting their spring best, and you’re in for a fantastic festival.

Friday Afternoon Keynote, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Light Snacks and Cash Bar

Included in Friday and 3-day registration

Jim Wright on his new book, The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue and Ian Fleming

Saturday Evening Keynote, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Social time with Cash Bar and Buffet Dinner

$40 registrants, $60 non-registrants

Jason Ward, Host, Birds of North America

Your registration can be just 1-day, or the full 3-day festival, and includes a wide selection of bird walks with our extremely talented local naturalists, as well as educational and entertaining indoor programs.  There are also special “experiences” available, for additional fees, such as small group walks or talks with our keynote speakers or other “VIPs.”

On Friday, join us for a social time at the Grand Hotel and a keynote presentation by author Jim Wright, speaking on his most recent title: “The Real James Bond.”  There’s no extra fee!  It’s an early evening, so you can take advantage of one of several activities afterwards to experience the sunset/moonrise with spawning horseshoe crabs on nearby beaches.

Saturday evening’s event (additional fee) includes a dinner buffet followed by keynote Jason Ward, host of “Birds of North America,” found on Topic on YouTube.  Jason reveals how an urban Peregrine Falcon in The Bronx launched his life-long passion for birds, and spearheaded sharing his excitement with a new generation of naturalists.

You’ll definitely want to sign up for an exploration of the back bay waters aboard The Osprey, offered twice each day for an additional fee.  Captain Bob and our naturalists almost always find something rare and exciting!

Round out your weekend with our 3-hour “Trip to the Rips” on Sunday afternoon.  This trip is timed for the changing of the tides just offshore, which stirs up the fish, which brings in the birds.  This trip is only available to 3-day and Sunday registrants.  The trip sells out, so sign up early.

Friday Afternoon Keynote, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Light Snacks and Cash Bar

Included in Friday and 3-day registration

Jim Wright on his new book, The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue and Ian Fleming

Jim Wright headshot

Jim Wright

Jim Wright is an author, blogger, and longtime birding columnist for The [Bergen] Record in northern New Jersey. A prize-winning writer, his books include The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya, and Hawk Mountain. Born in Philadelphia, he is a lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan. Wright is a marsh warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Patty. In his spare time, he spies on birds. Follow his adventures on Twitter @1realjamesbond, and read his blog at realjamesbond.net.

Saturday Evening Keynote, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Social time with Cash Bar and Buffet Dinner

$40 registrants, $60 non-registrants

Jason Ward, Host, Birds of North America

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Jason Ward

Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, his love for wildlife began at a young age as he fell in love with dinosaurs. An infatuation that provided him with an escape from the obstacles growing up in the South Bronx provided.

Now, he gets to share his love for modern-day dinosaurs with the public in many ways, including guided field trips across the country and in his web series; “Birds of North America”.

Jason’s mission is to change the way the public views wildlife, and to blaze a trail for future generations of children growing up in underrepresented communities.”