Cape May Fall Festival
October 18 - October 21$3 - $185.
There is no place like Cape May, New Jersey for autumn birding! SO.MANY.BIRDS!
Perhaps you have heard of all the legendary birding hot spots in Cape May, NJ, such as the Cape May Point State Park, Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (WMA), The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (aka “The Meadows”), and TNC’s Garrett Family Preserve on Cape Island Creek. Then, north over the canal you will find Cox Hall Creek WMA to the west, and the Avalon Seawatch and Stone Harbor Point on the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The best way to experience them all is to immerse yourself into the Cape May Fall Festival!
This year we welcome Dr. Merlin Tuttle, scientist and founder of Bat Conservation International, 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!
Friday evening’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. There is no extra fee for Friday evening!
Your registration includes a wide selection of bird walks with our extremely talented local naturalists, as well as indoor programs, both educational and entertaining. A 3-day registration is $185. A daily registration is $69. No charge for kids 10 or under. There are also special “experiences” available exclusively to registrants, for additional fees, such as the coveted walk at the US Coast Guard Training Facility, and small group walks with Drew Lanham, David La Puma, Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson.
Back by popular demand are our Leader’s Choice ($35) and Triple Play ($45) Trolley trips. These popular trips always fill up so don’t delay to sign up.
You’ll definitely want to sign up for an exploration of the back bay aboard The Osprey, or the Skimmer. Our naturalists always seem to come up with something rare and exciting out on the back bays.
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 off shore, which stirs up the fish, which brings in the birds!