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Sounds of Spring
April 30 @ 7:00 am - May 1 @ 4:00 pm
Of all the different elements involved in birdwatching, perhaps learning the vocalizations of our breeding birds is the most difficult to master. Many birders dream of learning such songs and calls – and most birders can. Experienced birders spend time each spring getting their “ear in” and re-learning songs they already know. On this workshop, Michael O’Brien, primary author of the Larkwire birdsong learning app, will help you to develop your audio recall, learn how to listen critically, how to group and categorize songs, and gain confidence and skill as your song and call repertoires grow. Many of southern NJ’s breeding birds will be back and singing heartily, while a range of migrants will join the chorus too. Whether you consider yourself a novice, learning bird sounds for the first time, whether you are looking to increase the spectrum of sounds that you can recognize, or whether you simply want a refresher course, this workshop offers you a fine opportunity to learn from the experts.
Because of the inherent dynamic nature of birding, we do not pre-set an exact itinerary but will visit those parts of Cape May and beyond that regularly hold good numbers of birds. Final location decisions will be made by the leader based on local knowledge and conditions at the time. We may walk up to 2 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain.
COST: $150 members, $200 nonmembers.
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We bird in all weather. Be sure to check the forecast in advance and dress in layers appropriate for prevailing weather conditions. The weather in Cape May can differ considerably from nearby inland areas and may be warmer, colder, or windier so it’s best to be over prepared. We may have to bird in the rain, so please bring your rain gear.
TRANSPORTATION: Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles.
We may walk up to 2.0 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. Some trips involve walks over jetties.
ACCOMMODATIONS: For those of you traveling from further afield and looking for somewhere to stay, please take a look at our list of Business Supporters of the Cape May Bird Observatory below:
- Carroll Villa Hotel-Mad Batter Restaurant – Carroll Villa Hotel-Mad Batter Restaurant
- West Cape Motel – West Cape Motel
- Coastline Realty – Coastline Realty
- Periwinkle Inn – Periwinkle Inn
- The Jetty Motel
- Mt. Vernon Motel
- The Views at Cove Beach
- Avondale by the Sea
- Capri Motor Inn
Cape May is a popular place, so we suggest making reservations as early as possible. Accommodations are the responsibility of participants and are not included in the price.
NEW JERSEY AUDUBON’S PROGRAM GUIDELINES:
Fully vaccinated people may attend outdoor programs without masks. If you are unvaccinated, please mask up. Please do not come to a program if you are sick, have a sick family member or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
CANCELLATION: CMBO programs require a minimum number of registrants to run, five days in advance of the start of the tour, but are seldom cancelled. If we do cancel, due to lack of participation, severe weather, or unforeseen circumstances, we notify all participants in advance and all are eligible for a full credit or refund. Participants may cancel without penalty if greater than 30 days in advance. Cancellations 10 to 30 days in advance may be subject to a 25% service charge. No refunds or credits for cancellations less than ten days in advance unless due to health emergencies
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