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36th World Series of Birding

This weekend marks the 36th World Series of Birding–a 24 hour Easter Egg Hunt for mature eggs of a feathered kind.  Hosted by New Jersey Audubon, played out in New Jersey’s Green Arena.  Over 250 species will be tallied by all participants, a princely sum. As the event’s founder I…...

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Cape May Springwatch

This exciting new migration monitoring project is underway at legendary birding hotspot Cape May, New Jersey. The Cape May Springwatch, a research initiative of New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory, has existed for some time as an exploratory project operated by volunteers. After several years of careful data collection,…...

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Remembering the Great Bacinski – by Pete Dunne

Having just learned about the passing of my long time friend and birding companion, Pete Bacinski. I feel compelled to express my thoughts regarding the passing of this natural history legend.  I first met “The Great Bacinski,” in May, 1977.  Cape May Bird Observatory’s founding director, Bill Clark and I…...

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Costa Rica Trip

The NJ Audubon 2019 Costa Rica trip was another successful and enjoyable visit to this diverse Central American nation. Led by renowned Costa Rican naturalist Charlie Gómez, CMBO Associate Naturalist Mark Garland, and our driver Marco “Niño” Morales (who doubles as an extra birding guide), our group explored a variety…...

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1st ANNUAL NJ YOUNG BIRDERS CONFERENCE

It was proving to be a beautiful day for NJ Audubon’s 1st annual “NJ Young Birders Conference” on March 24, 2019.  As with any first-ever event we were unsure what the turnout would be but were thrilled with having 46 people attend! The event was hosted by the Marine Academy…...

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Fall Delmarva Van Tour Recap

Fall Delmarva Van Tour by Scott Barnes Nov 9-12, 2018 Our annual late fall foray to the bird-rich Delmarva Peninsula began at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Bombay Hook is one of the best places on the East Coast for large numbers and diversity of shorebirds. A flock of some…...

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You Have to Fake it to Make It – the Art of Camouflage

Walking through a field with my Dad at the Flat Brook Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County, I paused to look at a plant that I did not recognize. As I examined the leaves of the plant, I suddenly realized that I too was being examined. A female Ring-necked Pheasant…...

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Report – Southwestern Louisiana: Cheniers, Cypress Swamps, and Cameron Parish

Southwestern Louisiana: Cheniers, Cypress Swamps, and Cameron Parish  April 22-29, 2015 Final Tour Report and Species List We gathered in Lafayette, Louisiana for our birding trip to the swamp forests, “working wetlands,” coastal prairies, and oak cheniers of the sportsmen’s (or perhaps birder’s) paradise. During the ensuing week, we endured…...

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Still Fall

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Festival is over.  Autumn must be waning, you think. Think again.  There are still weeks of Autumn ahead.  Fact is bird migration continues until February.  November and December are migratory prime time for some species of raptors and water birds. Big burley buteos like Red-tailed…...

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