Trail Guides
New Jersey Audubon - Cape May Bird Observatory, Northwood Center

701 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point, NJ 08212
Phone: (609) 884-2736

OWNER:  New Jersey Audubon

DIRECTIONS:  Travel South on the Garden State Parkway beyond its terminus onto the bridge into the town of Cape May. You are now on Rt. 109, which becomes CR 633 or Lafayette Street. Follow Lafayette Street for 1.9 miles until it ”doglegs” right onto Sunset Boulevard, CR 606. Follow Sunset Blvd. approximately two miles and turn Left onto Lighthouse Avenue. Turn Right onto Lake Drive after just a few hundred yards. The Center is on your Right.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Tuesdays - November through February. Parking is available along the street.

Magnolia Warbler
Magnolia WarblerKevin Karlson
SITE DESCRIPTION:  Start your visit to the area at New Jersey Audubon Cape May Bird Observatory. The Northwood Center is a small house located in a patch of tall trees adjacent to Lily Lake. The combination of trees, untouched undergrowth, a small pond, and ample birdbaths and feeders attract birds year-round and especially during the spring and fall migrations. The Center is also a hub for up-to-the-minute information on unusual birds and natural phenomenon in the region. Gather local maps and brochures on local businesses, and look around the bookstore, which carries a variety of backyard birding necessities and gifts for wildlife lovers.

Winter:  The staff at Northwood keeps the feeders and the birdbaths in working order throughout the cold season, supplying wintering songbirds essential food and water. It’s a great time for photographing many of the handsome species we sometimes take for granted. Also, check Lily Lake for waterfowl and gulls.
Spring:  Northwood Center’s wooded lot offers migrating songbirds a perfect resting spot. Look for warblers, tanagers and orioles around the grounds, and scan Lily Lake for swifts and swallows.
Summer:  It’s family time, for the birds, that is, as adults frequent the feeders and feed their young. In addition, the wildlife garden has been planted with both host plants and nectar plants to attract butterflies.
Fall:  Northwood is a hub of activity in the fall, as wildlife watchers stop in to record their sightings, and find out what others have seen. There’s always the possibility of an unusual migrant thanks to the Center’s wildlife habitat.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  Follow the path around the house and into the habitat garden for close looks at native plants, many of which are labeled, and the potential for a close up view of a migrating warbler or a resident wren.

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