Friday, January 12, 2018


We are embarking on a first-of-its-kind, citizen science study in January and February - a survey of wintering "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrows at selected sites throughout the coastline of New Jersey, from Sandy Hook in the north all the way around Cape May Point and up the Delaware Bayshore. Past observations have shown that the dunes and marshes of NJ are a preferred habitat for this unique subspecies with a restricted breeding range on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. We are also hoping to note the presence of color-banded individuals from the breeding grounds this past summer. We have selected the target dates of January 20 and February 17 for 2018 (with a bad weather day the following day). You can find out more about this fascinating bird in an article by Michael Kilpatrick in the 2017 Peregrine Observer - available to members or for purchase at NJ Audubon centers. If you have an interest in participating, and can identify and separate Ipswich Savannah Sparrows, please pass along you interest ASAP to Brett Ewald, Program Director at and get involved!

© Michael Kilpatrick

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Join CMBO's Associate Naturalists on this Special Field Trip to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge's Two Mile Beach Unit. We'll see shorebirds, gulls, and waterfowl as we walk the beach to the Cold Spring Jetty where we'll look for Great Cormorant and Purple Sandpiper. We'll go to the duck blind overlooking the salt ponds, and, if there's time, we'll visit a nearby back bay location for other wintering waterfowl. A great afternoon of winter birding. Preregistration required.

Saturday, January 13
1:00 - 4:00 PM
$15 members, $20 nonmembers

Register now at: CMBO Programs

Thursday, January 4, 2018

WINTERING HAWKS, EAGLES & OWLS with Brett Ewald - January 13 & 14

Over ten species of diurnal raptors and owls are possible on this School of Birding workshop, thanks to southern New Jersey mosaic of prey-rich habitats. You'll see a lot of other great birds too, along with some of the most beautiful and remote landscapes on the Eastern Seaboard. Learn to find and recognize good wintering hawk and owl habitat. Past years have featured hunting Short-eared Owls and Rough-legged Hawks. Join Program Director Brett Ewald for two days of  exciting winter birding. The bulk of this workshop is in the field, with an indoor session to heighten your understanding of wintering birds of prey. Preregistration required. 

Saturday, January 13 & Sunday, January 14
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
$150 members, $200 nonmembers

Register now at: CMBO School of Birding