Friday, May 11, 2018

APPALACHIAN BIRDING BY EAR with Michael Lanzone - May 25 & 26


With its many forested ridges, hemlock glens, marshes, streams, bogs and grasslands, one of the premier places to hear a diversity of bird songs in a concentrated area is the ridge and valley region of Pennsylvania. With over 25 species of breeding warblers, you will not want to miss this special, out-of-the-area trip! (meets in Shippensburg, PA). We will plan to begin early for dawn chorus, have lunch in the field, and end by late afternoon each day. This workshop is entirely in the field and, yes, we will also get crushing looks birds like Canada, Cerulean, Blackburnian, Hooded, Chestnut-sided, and Black-throated Blue Warblers, and MANY more, over 100 other species to be heard or seen. Some of the areas have so many warblers singing and visible you will think you’re at a fallout during migration, but all breeding plumaged birds! We will work on improving your birding by ear skills and also have plenty of time to get great looks and do some photography for those interested. Join Michael Lanzone, CEO of Cellular Tracking Technologies, on this incredible Cape May School of Birding Workshop!!! 

Register now at: Cape May School of Birding


Thursday, May 10, 2018

SHOREBIRDS ON THE BAY - MAY 14 & 23

It's the time of year when the fascinating Horseshoe Crabs arrive on the beaches of Delaware Bay to lay their eggs - a much needed feast for migrating shorebirds, some of which are traveling thousands of miles to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. This special phenomenon is one you won't want to miss, as Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Willets, Laughing Gulls and more create a constantly moving mass of color and sound - truly a memorable birding experience!!! We'll visit a couple protected beaches to make the most of our viewing time.

These two Special Field Trips are timed to capture this event, so sign up for one or both at: CMBO Programs.

Monday, May 14 - 1:00-4:30 PM
Wednesday, May 23 - 1:00-4:30 PM
$15 members, $20 nonmembers


Saturday, May 5, 2018

May Means Migration!!!

The warmer temps and southerly breezes have been blowing birds to Cape May - warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, bunting, sparrows, hawks, kites, shorebirds, herons, egrets, ibis, and more! This coming week presents an amazing opportunity to enjoy this spectacle, and learn from the best.

There are only a couple more days to sign up for the Warblers By Sight & Sound workshop, led by Scott Whittle - an immersion into this wonderfully diverse and colorful group of birds: May 14 & 15.

Or take it all in with Pete Dunne on the Shorebirds and Southern Breeders workshop and experience what Cape May County has to offer - from New Jersey Audubon's Birding Ambassador: May 16 & 17.

You can find more details and register at Cape May School of Birding - professionally led workshops in the Birding Capital of North America!

Join us for an amazing birding experience!







Thursday, May 3, 2018

WARBLERS, WARBLERS, WARBLERS

WARBLERS BY SIGHT AND SOUND with Scott Whittle
Monday & Tuesday, May 14 - 15.

Few families of birds are so colorful, vocal and animate as the North American warblers and no spring is complete without a trip seeking warbler waves. Here’s your trip, timed to catch the peak of the wave of northern species like Blackburnian, Blackpoll and Canada, while also engaging southern breeders like Hooded, Yellow-throated and Prothonotary. This workshop aims to help you pick up on both audio and visual clues to be able to quickly and accurately locate these springtime gems. Join Scott Whittle, co-author of The Warbler Guide, Warbler Guide App, and the new BirdGenie song identification app, on this fantastic Cape May School of Birding workshop. $150 members, $200 nonmembers. 

Reserve your spot now!!! - Cape May School of Birding



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

CAUGHT IN MONHEGAN'S TRAP

There are just a couple spaces remaining on the NJA Eco-Travel tour to the birding hotspot of Monhegan Island, Maine - September 14-19, 2018.

Get ready to leave the noise and bustle of everyday life behind as we venture to this picturesque and serene island off the coast of Maine! Its remote location 12 miles offshore and diverse habitats help to make Monhegan one of the top migrant “traps” on the East Coast. Our time will be filled observing some of the incredible array of birds that reside on or visit this island, such as flycatchers, thrushes, vireos, warblers (over 20 species possible), sparrows, finches, and blackbirds.

We will scan the ocean waves for waterfowl, alcids, shearwaters, jaegers, and other seabirds, while raptors pass by in their search for prey on the island. The list of possibilities reads like a checklist, and we’ll search for species such as Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, Black Guillemot, Manx Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Black-legged Kittiwake, Parasitic Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Philadelphia Vireo, Connecticut Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Clay-colored Sparrow, and many more!! Regularly sighted vagrants include Western Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Dickcissel, Lark Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Blue Grosbeak, and more. Monhegan has also hosted a stunning list of rarities, topped by the likes of Magnificent Frigatebird, Bridled Tern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Say’s Phoebe, White-winged Dove, Northern Wheatear, Lazuli Bunting, and Lark Bunting!

We will be leaving our vehicles on the mainland and soaking it all in while covering some of the many trails on this small and peaceful island (only 1.7 miles long and .5 miles wide), which includes a fresh water ice pond, nine acre meadow, and the tallest cliffs on the eastern seaboard (180’). Wonderful birding, breathtaking scenery, and an enchanting atmosphere – Monhegan has it all!

Reserve your space now or get more details at: NJA Eco-Travel

You can also contact the tour leader directly, Brett Ewald - CMBO's Program Director, at brett.ewald@njaudubon.org

Hope you'll join us for a memorable trip!


Seawatching at Whitehead
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black Guillemot
Merlin
Northern Gannet
View from the Lighthouse

Monarch

Harbor at Sunset


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

BIRDING BY EAR: CALLS & SONGS OF EASTERN BIRDS with Michael O'Brien

Everyone’s dreamed of learning bird songs, and everyone can. Even experienced birders spend time each spring “getting their ear in,” re-learning the songs they already know. Jump-start your audio-recall by learning how to listen critically, group and categorize song types, and (as your song and call repertoire grow) gain confidence and skill. Many of southern New Jersey’s breeding birds are back and singing heartily, while migrants will be joining the chorus, too. Join Michael O'Brien on this exciting Cape May School of Birding Workshop and make the most of appreciating the beauty of bird song!

Monday - Tuesday, May 7 & 8
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$150 members, $200 nonmembers

Reserve your spot now at: Cape May School of Birding

Friday, April 6, 2018

Back-to-back Birding Bonanza!!!!! BIRDING WITH A PURPOSE with Tom Johnson & LEARNING TO HEAR BIRD SOUND with Scott Whittle

These two exciting workshops are new offerings by the Cape May School of Birding - sure to please and educate at the same time - and run in succession, so consider taking both and double your fun!!

BIRDING WITH A PURPOSE
with Tom Johnson

This NEW workshop will emphasize how to document unusual sightings, and underscore that birders usually carry something with them that can record sound.  Join Tom Johnson and go through the steps explaining how to use your smart phone (or sound recorder, if you have one) to make serviceable recordings and then add them to eBird checklists as documentation. An additional segment will focus on documentation photos and how to add them to eBird. This workshop will involve spending half your time in the field collecting photos and audio, and the other half in a classroom setting learning to edit and upload.  

Sunday, April 22
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
$48 members, $64 nonmembers

LEARNING TO HEAR BIRD SOUND
with Scott Whittle

Spring is alive with birdsong, but how can we understand what they're saying?  Scott Whittle is the co-author of the Warbler Guide, Warbler Guide App, and the new BirdGenie song identification app, and will help you decode the sounds you hear and turn them into identifications.  He uses a unique structural, objective approach to listening, so instead of trying to listen for subtle quality differences or fuzzy descriptions, he'll be teaching the four basic questions you can ask about a song, and the simple things you can do to separate it from any other song.  Come listen with us and open up a whole new dimension to your understanding and enjoyment of the natural world.  

Monday, April 23 & Tuesday, April 24
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
$150 members, $200 nonmembers

Register now for either/both programs at: Cape M:ay School of Birding