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Birders flock to Cape May for Autumn migration

Cape May Autumn migrationThe Cape May autumn migration – specifically the Hawk watch – runs from September 1 through Nov. 30th. October, however, is the peak period. In fact the 58th Annual N.J. Audubon Weekend/The Bird Show is October 28-30.

Audubon Migration Workshops

Experts are on hand at the Hawk Watch Observation Platform at Cape May Point State Park to help beginners identify the many species of raptors and birds which fly by on their way south. Their real job though, is to count the numbers of raptors. Cape May Point is a world famous migration capital. No place in North America offers more spectacles more consistently than Cape May, NJ and nowhere else will so many birds and so much birding talent be assembled in one place – at one time.Cape May Autumn migration

As an example, on Saturday October 4 alone, there’s a session on Fall Migrants at Rea’s Farm, a Photo walk, and fifteen other activities!! Go to their website to see the incredible variety of classes, workshops, and walks. You can ask for a packaged Early Birder Breakfast at Leith Hall to take with you, or you can return for our later breakfast seating.

Cape May Autumn migration

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The World Series of Birding begins this Saturday

Forget Baseball, this is the World Series!

world series of birdingThis Saturday, May 11th, the thirtieth annual World Series of Birding will begin right here in Cape May. There will be youth and senior teams as well as the cutthroat competition among the thousands of participants, who raise over six hundred thousand dollars for conservation each year.  The event is organized by NJ Audubon Society and will begin at midnight on May 11th and  end at midnight May 14th

The World Series of Birding really is worldwide

You may know that Cape May is one of the ten top birding sites in the world. We’ve hadwirld series of birding guests at Leith Hall from as far as China, Kenya, and Germany for birding both spring and fall. Guided  walks and classes start at either the Northwood Center on Lily Lake in Cape May Point, or at the Research and Education center on Route 47 in Cape May Court House.

Give us a call or go online to make world series of birdingreservations for this spring, either to be here for the World Series of Birding, or to take a beautiful and calm guided walk and learn the basics of birding.

 

 

 

 

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Monarchs and Hummingbirds Earth Day April 20

Monarchs and Hummingbirds at the Nature Center of Cape May

monarchs and hummingbirdsThe Nature Center of Cape May will have lots of offerings to celebrate Earth Day, April 20th. You may know that Cape May is famous for its Monarch Butterflies, migrating on their way to and from Yucatan in Mexico. You may not know that they need milkweed to survive. Pat Sutton will show you how to encourage a variety of milkweed species. The session begins at 10:30 at the Nature Center of Cape May

Pat Sutton will also offer a session about ruby-throated Hummingbirds that same monarchs and hummingbirdsafternoon starting at 1:00 P.M.. Learn how to create a hummingbird garden.

April 20 is Earth Day

If you bring your garden tools, you can help deadhead, weed and prune the Nature Center’s gardens and participate in Clean Ocean Action’s annual Beach Sweeps. This will be just the beginning of the season’s offerings at salt-marsh-safarithe Nature Center and heralds the start of Salt Marsh Safari – beginning April 27 – the Nature Center’s  ever-popular exploration of the shore.

Of course, as always, please come stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast.

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Green Festival Kick Off April 13

Green Festival to Kick Off Birding Season

Birding World Series, Green Festival kick off Cape May, Leith Hall bed and breakfast Kick off  Cape May’s spring offerings of birding and other wetlands activities at the Green Festival– Saturday April 13 – in our new Convention Hall. Lots of environmental groups will be there with information and beautiful photography.  Michael Hogan will sell his large-format book Natural Wonders of the Jersey Pines and Shores. (catchy title, no?) Susan Puder will hawk her book, New Jersey Birds and Beyond.

A really fascinating film about participants in the world series of birding will be shown andGreen Festival to kick off spring season, Leith Hall bed and breakfast, Cape May there will be a wide variety of exhibits from Cape May’s nature organizations. You can contact the Green Festival at green@capemaycity.com or get information at the city’s website www.capemaycity.org   Of course, you should stay with us at Leith Hall while you’re here. If you are a current member of the Cape May Bird Observatory, you get a 10% discount!

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BIRDER BARGAINS IN CAPE MAY

Birder Bargains at the Cape May Bird Observatory

March 23 and 24, the Cape May Bird Observatory will hold its 18thbirder bargains annual optics sale.. It will be held at the Goshen research and education center, on route 47, starting at 9 A.M. You have to be a member of the CMBO, or NJ Audubon, but it’s easy to join to take advantage of the birder bargains.

They sell Zeiss, Leica, and other famous names in optics and greatly reduced prices. It’s also a great time to do some spring birding, and you won’t have to pretend that you can see what the other guys are seeing.

While you’re here for the birder bargains, you can also consider staying with us at Leith Hall.

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BIRDING CAPE MAY

Birding Cape May for BeginnersBirding Cape May

You may already know that Cape May is one of the top birding sites in the world. But, what if you’re not a knowledgeable birder? Those other people will know everything about every detail and you will be stuck like an ignorant lummox. Wrong!

The Cape May Bird Observatory has lots of informal walks and talks where the new birding cape maybirder will feel welcome and comfortable. For example, Tuesday June 26 at 10 am, there will be a relaxed photo walk around Cape May Point with Scott Whittle. He is a professional photographer and an instructor for bird photography workshops.

On Wednesday, June 27, at 9:30 am,  Mike Crewe and a team of naturalists will lead a group around Cape May Point and the hawk birding cpe maywatching platform to see both breeding birds and the visitors just passing through.

June 28, the program is called A Bird Walk for All People at 9:30 am, and they’ll guarantee that you’ll see at least twenty species – and they’ll lend you the binoculars. Contact us for reservations for any of these dates.

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