Founded in 1976 by New Jersey Audubon, the Cape May Bird Observatory is a leader in research, environmental education, bird conservation, and recreational birding activities.

The twofold mission of New Jersey Audubon is to connect people to nature and steward the nature of today for the people of tomorrow. Funded almost entirely by the support of an international membership, two facilities serve our members’ needs and interests.

There are few places in North America which have been birded longer or have more birding advocates than Cape May, New Jersey, one of the planet’s most celebrated migratory junctions. An array of habitat types and a wealth of protected natural areas make Cape May and the entire Delaware Bayshore a bird spot for all seasons. Wind and geography conspire to direct millions of migrating hawks, seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, butterflies, and dragonflies here every autumn.

Hours

April – October
DAILY 9:30am – 4:30pm
Closed for holidays

November – March
Closed on Tuesdays

Center upcoming events

  • 12 May 2018

    World Series of Birding

    Starting at 12:01 midnight on Saturday, May 12th, from midnight to midnight and all kinds of hours in between, birders…
  • 02 Jun 2018

    BREEDING BIRDS AT TNC’s GARRETT FAMILY PRESERVE

    Meets at the parking lot at the end of Wilson St. off of Seashore Road on Cape Island. Located along…
  • 04 Jun 2018

    BIRDING THE MEADOWS

    Meets at The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows Preserve parking lot on Sunset Blvd. Expect wading birds, gulls, beach-nesters,…

Things To Do

  • Weekly walks
  • Field Trips
  • Cape May School of Birding
  • World Series of Birding

Special Programs

Cape May School of Birding

These workshops are a fun and attentive way to visit one of the best birding and natural history places on the planet. From our cadre of in-depth birding excursions to a celebration of butterflies, dragonflies, and all things wild, you’re sure to find an offering that catches your eye. All of our workshops are led by experts in their field: world-class birders and naturalists that have often written the guides we all rely on. Our intimate approach to enjoyment and teaching will provide the opportunity and information you need to grow in understanding and appreciation – the leader-to-participant ratio is 12:1 or better.

While the majority of time is spent in the field watching birds and nature, some of the workshops will incorporate an indoor session – a chance to demonstrate and discuss identification, techniques, conservation, and ecology. Along the way, you’ll meet like-minded people and are sure to form lasting memories and friendships. From beginner to advanced, all are welcome! All the while, your registration fees are helping support the mission of New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory.


Details and descriptions of all our preregistration programs are available on the registration site (Special Field Trips in brown and School of Birding Workshops in blue).  All special field trips require advance registration, and the number of participants is limited to ensure the best experience. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email that also contains attached details and directions – please look all the materials over and retain for your records. Sign up early to secure your spot!

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON AND CAPE MAY BIRD OBSERVATORY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT ON ALL SPECIAL FIELD TRIPS AND WORKSHOPS – please make sure to indicate you are a current member at registration checkout. Not a member – join now at FeatherEdge Optics, by contacting the Program Registrar at 609-400-3864 , or in person at the nearest NJA center.

Cape May Bird Observatory Weekly Walks

CMBO’s Weekly Walks are regularly scheduled programs and activities, led by our stellar Associate Naturalists and professional staff, that take place at all the best birding and natural history locations around Cape May. These walks change throughout the year, focusing on the best of each season, whether that is breeding hotspots, winter visitors, or the spectacle of migration. Normally two or three hours in duration, these walks are sure to fit nature into your busy schedule. All experience levels are welcome, and those marked E-Z Birding and A Bird Walk for All People are especially geared for beginners or a relaxed pace. A full schedule of Weekly Walks is published seasonally in The Kestrel Express, along with our Special Field Trips, School of Birding Workshops, Festivals, and other events.

NO PREREGISTRATION is necessary for our weekly walks – just show before the designated start time. Children age 15 and younger are free. Although children accompanied by parents are always welcome, walks that are especially Family-friendly are noted. New Jersey Audubon and Cape May Bird Observatory members receive a discount on weekly walks, as indicated in the individual walk descriptions. Not a member? Join now at FeatherEdge Optics, by contacting the Program Registrar at 609-400-3864 , or in person at the nearest NJA center.

These walks meet at locations highlighted on the CMBO Bird and Butterfly Map of Cape May County. Bring binoculars (loaners often available if you don’t have any), field guides, bug repellent, sunscreen, and drinking water. Dress for prevailing weather and protection from sun, heat, cold, wind, rain, and insects according to season. Most of our weekly walks involve walking a mile or more on varied terrain, such as asphalt, boardwalk, gravel, beach, and dirt (sometimes muddy) paths.

For more accessibility for those with limited mobility, contact the Northwood Center at 609-400-3868 .

Note: Programs may be cancelled due to difficult/unsafe weather conditions.

Special Field Trips

Cape May Bird Observatory’s Special Field Trips offer you a chance to experience the natural wonders of the Cape May area alongside our Associate Naturalists. These outings take our weekly walks a step further, with extended opportunities for viewing birds and other wildlife. They are single day events (two – six hours in length) that target famous local hotspots and are timed to capture diversity and abundance during the breeding, migratory, and winter seasons. Join us on one of these exciting excursions!


Details and descriptions of all our preregistration programs are available on the registration site (Special Field Trips in brown and School of Birding Workshops in blue).  All special field trips require advance registration, and the number of participants is limited to ensure the best experience. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email that also contains attached details and directions – please look all the materials over and retain for your records. Sign up early to secure your spot!

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON AND CAPE MAY BIRD OBSERVATORY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT ON ALL SPECIAL FIELD TRIPS AND WORKSHOPS – please make sure to indicate you are a current member at registration checkout. Not a member – join now at FeatherEdge Optics, by contacting the Program Registrar at 609-400-3864 , or in person at the nearest NJA center.

Staff & Personnel

David La Puma, Ph.D.
Center Director

Pete Dunne
Birding Ambassador

Lillian Armstrong
Special Events Coordinator

Brett Ewald
Program Director

Brian Moscatello
Sales Manager

Jessica Schera
Nature Store Associate

Deborah Shaw
Administrative Director

Cari Slotterback
Nature Store Associate

Contact Us


The Northwood Center
701 East Lake Drive
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

609-400-3868
cmbo1@njaudubon.org


Center for Research and Education
600 N Delsea Drive (Rt. 47 N)
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

609-427-3006
cmbo2@njaudubon.org