Cape May School of Birding

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Cape May School of Birding

Want to really take your birding skills to the next level? Check out our Cape May School of Birding offerings and join the best field birders in the world for an experience you’ll never forget!

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These workshops are a fun and attentive way to visit one of the best birding and natural history places on the planet. From our cadre of in-depth birding excursions to a celebration of butterflies, dragonflies, and all things wild, you’re sure to find an offering that catches your eye. All of our workshops are led by experts in their field: world-class birders and naturalists that have often written the guides we all rely on. Our intimate approach to enjoyment and teaching will provide the opportunity and information you need to grow in understanding and appreciation – the leader-to-participant ratio is 12:1 or better. While the majority of time is spent in the field watching birds and nature, some of the workshops will incorporate an indoor session – a chance to demonstrate and discuss identification, techniques, conservation, and ecology. Along the way, you’ll meet like-minded people and are sure to form lasting memories and friendships. From beginner to advanced, all are welcome! All the while, your registration fees are helping support the mission of New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory.


Details and descriptions of all our preregistration programs are available on the registration site (workshops in blue and field trips in brown).  All workshops require advance registration, and the number of participants is limited to ensure the best experience. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email that also contains attached details and directions – please look all the materials over and retain for your records. Sign up early to secure your spot!

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON AND CAPE MAY BIRD OBSERVATORY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT ON ALL WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL FIELD TRIPS – please make sure to indicate you are a current member at registration checkout. Not a member – join now at FeatherEdge Optics, by contacting the Program Registrar at 609.400.3864, or in person at the nearest NJA center.

City of Cape May to Hold Memorial Day Ceremony, May 29

CAPE MAY – The City of Cape May in conjunction with the American Legion Harry Snyder Post 193 and VFW Post 386 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony May 29, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m. in Cape May Convention Hall.

The ceremony at Convention Hall will be preceded by wreath laying observances county-wide including those in Cape May at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center and the All Wars Monument on Columbia Avenue.  Immediately following the ceremony at approximately 11:45 a.m. the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May detachments will participate with Flotilla 8-2 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in presenting the Rifle Salute and launching of the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach.

The public is encouraged to attend these ceremonies to honor our military veterans.

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Coast Guardsmen will participate in numerous Memorial Day events

Cape May Coast Guardsman Participating in Memorial Day Events

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guardsmen will participate in numerous Memorial Day events to help Cape May County honor the service of America’s military members who have died in service to our country, Monday.

The Coast Guard Training Center Cape May’s ceremonial staff will provide buglers, a color guard and firing parties at a number of community events in honor of Memorial Day. Senior officials from the training center are also expected to speak at a number of these events.

“Memorial Day is about honoring the many lives that have been lost in protection of our freedoms,” said Capt. Owen Gibbons, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “Places like the jungles of Vietnam, the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, the beaches of Normandy, and so many more towns, provinces and nations where blood was shed defending the rights of citizens against the enemies of peace. Their sacrifices offer a humbling reminder to what America stands for and to what lengths the men and women of the armed services are willing to go to protect it.”


Service members at Training Center Cape May will begin Memorial Day with a ceremony at the Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro Memorial, here. The ceremony will be attended by active duty and prior service members, including members of local veterans’ organizations.

A bugler, color guard and firing party from the training center ceremonial staff will join members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for an observance at the Columbia Ave. War Memorial in Cape May at 9 a.m.

Additionally, Capt. Gibbons, a bugler and a color guard will participate in an observance at the Corinthian Yacht Club at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., Capt. Gibbons along with a color guard will be at the Cape May Convention Center for a ceremony followed later that afternoon at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery in Cape May Court House, N.J., where Gibbons will be a speaker.

Cape May Shark Cisco The Great White Swims into Delaware Bay

Cisco, the Great White Shark, Swims Into Delaware Bay for Memorial Day Weekend

>The shark is one of the few white sharks tagged by OCEARCH researchers

As folks flock to the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches this Memorial Day weekend, a great white shark has joined them.
According to the non-profit shark-tracking group OCEARCH, Cisco — weighing around 362 pounds and measuring 8-feet, 7-inches — pinged around 4 a.m. Friday at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, slightly closer to Lewes, Delaware than Cape May, New Jersey.
Great White Shark Mary Lee’s Back at Jersey Shore

In the past month the immature shark — one of the few male white sharks tagged by the research group — has made its way up from off the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to the Delaware Bay. He was originally tagged off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts in October and named for a nearby beach and brewery, OCEARCH said.
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Top Free Things To Do in Cape May County 2017

The top 10 free – or nearly free – things to do in Cape May County

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The Jersey Cape is where recreational, educational and economical opportunities abound. Whether it’s the free beaches in The Wildwoods, an exploration of the county’s bayside or a visit to the Cape May County Park Zoo, visitors to the Jersey Cape don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a whole lot of fun. What’s more, children have the opportunity to find their own diamonds – of the Cape May variety.

“Cape May County is truly the best vacation spot for any family – whether they’re on a budget or not – because we’re easily accessible from so many places on the East Coast, we have high-quality accommodations and businesses, the number of special events and attractions we have is enormous and of course, because we are the seashore,” said Diane Wieland, director of tourism for Cape May County.

While it’s true that most visitors to the Jersey Cape pick the area for its natural beauty, situated on New Jersey’s peninsula at the south, there’s much more to Cape May County than lazy days on the beach. Some vacationers prefer to spend their entire visit on the beach by day and in the area’s fine restaurants and nightclubs by night. There are many, however, who come away from a vacation on the Jersey Cape with more than they bargained for. From Cape May Point to Ocean City, the Jersey Cape is filled with free, or nearly free, activities and attractions to satisfy any interest and any budget..

Filled with hundreds of animals from all over the world, the zoo is surrounded by a park, which has picnic areas, a playground, trails and biking paths. For a nominal fee, the littlest ones can even ride on a train or a carousel as part of the Zoo’s newest attractions. Visitors can spend an entire day at the county’s zoo, which is free and open everyday from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday night until 7:45 p.m.

Cape May is THE location for observing birds in North America, favored by such celebrated naturalists as John Audubon, Tory Peterson and others. More than 400 different species have been seen on the peninsula during the fall migration and the area is known for spectacular flights of peregrines, merlins, ospreys, and sharp-shinned hawks. Cape May Point is one the premier places with marked, easy-to-follow trails to help even the novice birder spot ducks, swans, osprey, and other shore birds and wildlife along the way.

The Wetlands Institute, at the entrance to Stone Harbor, is an educational – but fun – treasure that entire families can enjoy. The Institute, which admits children free with paying adults, is dedicated to education and preservation of the Jersey Cape’s environment. World-renown researchers make the Wetlands Institute their home in the summer. Families can view exhibits, take ecological tours or participate in a long list of special events offered at the Wetlands Institute.

Free movies under the stars are part of the summer event line-up in Sea Isle City. Bring your favorite blanket or beach chair to JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Avenue at Dusk and enjoy the latest screen favorites. If one free movie per week isn’t enough, take Ocean Drive to the historic landmark City of Cape May where the family can relax with a pail full of popcorn instead of sand and watch movies under the stars at the beach at Stockton Street every Thursday in July and August.

At the southern tip of the Cape is Sunset Beach, where the area’s only stone-bearing beach is located. The stones at Sunset Beach have been polished during their travels that took them hundreds of years until they met their resting place on Sunset Beach. There are all sizes, colors and varieties, but the most famous are the beautiful quartz stones, better known as Cape May Diamonds. Once professionally cleaned and polished, Cape May Diamonds look like genuine diamonds and children and adults alike have enjoyed collecting them for generations.

A free day enjoying the sun, sand, and ocean can be found at the largest beach on the east coast in Wildwood. Whether it’s swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, or fishing, there is plenty of room for everyone. Strathmere also offers free admission to its big beaches and is located between Ocean City and Sea Isle City. It’s a quiet hamlet on a very slender slice of the barrier island offering visitors a glimpse of what life was like at the shore before summer visitors arrived by the thousands.

Surprisingly, the Atlantic Ocean does not hold exclusive claim to beaches in South Jersey. Beautiful, less traveled beaches also abound on the bay side of the peninsula, cooled by the waters of the Delaware Bay. Unlike the ocean beaches, the bay side beaches are primarily unprotected, so swimming should be done so with caution. These bay side beaches, which stretch from Sunset Beach into Lower Township, are perhaps the most breathtaking because they are used primarily for fishing and walking, rather than swimming and sunbathing. Untouched by beach-cleaning vehicles and much less traveled by visitors, these beaches are less restrictive and provide great spots for wind surfing, jet skiing or skipping along in a colorful Hobie Cat.

While there is a charge for rides on boardwalk amusement piers and water parks, the Cape’s boardwalks in Ocean City and The Wildwoods offer amusements at costs lower than comparable facilities. Strolling the “boards” in Ocean City and the Wildwoods to absorb the sights and sounds of the seashore at its best is free, and on family nights, the entertainment is free too! Free entertainment in the Wildwoods happens every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cedar Avenue. Every Thursday through Labor Day, visitors can enjoy free entertainment, including live bands, magicians, karaoke, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Ocean City. The Wildwoods summer Fireworks extravaganza is a real crowd pleaser and takes place every Friday night at 10:30 a.m. at Pine Avenue and the Boardwalk.

The Jersey Cape invites the littlest to the biggest ones in the family to rock around the clock from Monday through Saturday all summer long in free concerts and dance parties hosted by Sea Isle City and Avalon.

Sea Isle City hosts two free family fun events billed as “Summer Concerts Under the Stars” on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Promenade and JFK Boulevard. On Thursday nights all summer long, everyone in the family can shake their groove thing at the Family Night Dance Parties from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Promenade and JFK Boulevard.

On Friday and Saturday in the summer, the Borough of Avalon shows visitors why it is cooler by a mile as the town invites visitors to get sand in their dance shoes and enjoy a free concert at 30th Street on the Beach from Noon to 3 p.m.

Whether it is on the Beach or Boardwalk or in a special venue like the Ocean City Music Pier or the Wildwoods Convention Center, everyone in the family can find fun to be extremely affordable or free simply by checking the special events calendar at

Nearly every seashore town at the Jersey Cape has a historical society or historical museum that vacationers may visit to learn a little more about the local history. The Cape May County Historical Museum, along Route 9 in Cape May Court House, has no admission fee and has a large collection of documents and artifacts that trace the county’s history to before the Revolutionary War.

Historic Cold Spring Village in Lower Township, just north of Cape May, offers visitors a glimpse of a 19th-century village with working trades and craftspeople. There is a small admission fee to the village, but it’s well worth the cost to have children sit in a class at a one-room schoolhouse; watch a blacksmith create shoes for one of the village’s horses or pet the farm animals on the village grounds.

The historic town of Greenwich, located in Cumberland County, looks much the same as it did 300 years ago when sailing ships crowded the Cohansey River and the British flag fluttered in the breeze. A group of defiant patriots even staged their own protest in Greenwich burning a consignment of the King¹s tea destined for Philadelphia. There is a monument to the Greenwich tea party, a testament to the bravery of those early colonists, in the old marketplace on Ye Greate Street, a street unchanged from 1684 when it was first laid out.

Well-known for its bed and breakfast inns and large quantity of historic architecture, the City of Cape May is one of the few municipalities that, as a whole, is considered a national historic landmark. Visitors are free to roam the streets of Cape May on their own to gaze at the exquisite buildings, but the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, housed in the Physick Estate near the entrance to the city, has a variety of walking and trolley tours for a nominal price.

Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon no longer play Beach Blanket Bingo but the motels with the pink and aqua color schemes, colorful neon signs and swaying plastic palm trees are still here, with memories of a ’57 Chevy, saddle shoes and golden age of endless summers in the Wildwoods. More than 200 Doo Wop style-buildings are clustered in the Wildwoods, a resort town famous for its boardwalk and beaches. Motels with names like the Starlux recall the Space Age and architectural features that seem to defy gravity are winning national recognition for the 1950s, a time like no other in America’s history.

Enjoy a trip to the city of Bridgeton, around since the American Revolution, full of Victorian architecture. Settled in 1686, experience the largest Historic District in the state of New Jersey. The National Register Historic District includes over 2,000 historic structures comprising nearly one third of the City’s housing stock.

The Jersey Cape is still one of the best values for family vacationing as you don’t need a lot of money to have a whole lot of fun.

Memorial Ceremony for WWII Naval Aviator Killed at Naval Air Station Wildwood in 1945

Memorial Ceremony for WWII Naval Aviator Killed at
Naval Air Station Wildwood in 1945

Cape May Airport, NJ – Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum would like to invite members of the media to a memorial service in memory of Andrew P. Hamilton who was killed at NAS Wildwood (Cape May Airport) March 30, 1945. This event is not open to the public. Members of Mr. Hamilton’s family contacted the museum and helped organize the memorial with help from museum founder Joseph E. Salvatore, MD, museum staff and Airport Operations Manager Thomas Berry.

Members of the Hamilton family will travel from New Castle, KY to attend. Mr. Hamilton’s Brother Robert S. Hamilton Sr. is now 89 and hopes to make the trip along with his son Captain Bob Hamilton, also a pilot. Part of the museum’s mission is to honor and remember the 42 mem who perished at the former Naval Base.

Due to security and limited space, members of the media are asked to RSVP via email by March 27, 2017. Part of the ceremony will take place at the actual crash site on the active side of the airport property followed by an unveiling of a permanent sign on Breakwater Road. Please find attached: photo of Andrew P. Hamilton, Naval Crash Report, and News Clipping.

Tentative schedule: Thursday 3/30/17 10:30am NASW Aviation Museum Café, welcome, lite refreshments; 11:00am bus to crash site & brief ceremony; bus to Breakwater Road, sign unveiling; 11:45 return to Café lunch. Expected to attend: Joseph E. Salvatore, MD, Hamilton Family, representative from Freeholder Morey’s Office, Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, and Assemblyman Bruce Land.
UPDATE: If you have already RSVP’d, thank you! If you haven’t but would like to, please do so by 4pm today Wednesday March 29th. The schedule of events for the day is attached.

Thank you for you time and consideration. We hope to see you all.

Touching Flag Ceremony in Cape May NJ

Flag Ceremony Cape May Evening Flag Ceremony is a 40 Year Tradition

The Evening Flag Ceremony is a 40 year Tradition at Sunset Beach

When visiting Cape May and Sunset Beach, be sure to leave at least one night open to join us for our evening flag ceremony held daily in season (May through September). We are immensely proud of this tradition which has been a staple of our area for over 40 years. All of the flags that we fly at our mast are veterans’ casket flags that families bring with them from their loved one’s funeral. We are honored to fly them here at Sunset Beach. There is nothing as thought provoking than to watch the sun set over the Delaware Bay while taps plays and Old Glory is lowered for the evening. If you have not experienced this emotionally moving tradition, we invite you to be a participant in this celebration of being an American.

If you would like to request a date to be reserved for a certain veteran, please check out the availability of our ceremony dates by clicking the button below.

Flag Ceremony Request Form in Cape May NJ

To request a date for the flag ceremony, please fill out the following form. Upon completion, you will receive an email to confirm the dates.

Your date will not be reserved until you click the confirmation link in the email.

You will have up four hours to confirm your date. If you do not confirm before then, the date will become available to someone else.

Please add to your address book in order to ensure delivery.

If you do not receive an email within an hour, please send an email to

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Cape May Aviation Museum’s Popular “Runway 5K” Fundraiser adds 10K Distance

Cape May Airport, Lower Township, NJNaval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (NASW), located at the Cape May Airport, will host the 5th annual “Runway 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk” on Saturday June 10, 2017 at 9am.

The museum is excited to “double the fun” in 2017 with the addition of the 10K distance. Also new for this year, cash prizes for male and female overall winners for both the 5K and 10K.

With the cooperation of the Delaware River & Bay Authority (operators of the Cape May Airport), the airport will temporarily close to air traffic allowing runners and walkers this unique opportunity to compete on the runways! Early registration is highly recommended. Race day registration opens at 7am located at the entrance to the Aviation Museum. Air traffic and runways will be shut down between 8am-11am. No back packs will be permitted. Race amenities include: Craft Beer tastings (21+), indoor finish through Hangar #1, music, expanded award/age categories, high quality camouflage tech shirts (early bird registrants only, prior to May 26th) and precisely measured course. Registration details can be found at: Proceeds will benefit restoration efforts of historic Hangar #1 which is listed on both the National and State of NJ register of Historic Places. The museum will be open FREE to the public from 9-noon for this family and pet friendly event! Race and walk will be held rain or shine.

Cape May Airport was formerly Naval Air Station Wildwood, which served as a World War II dive-bomber training center. The museum is dedicated to the 42 airmen who perished while training at Naval Air Station Wildwood between 1943 and 1945. Open Daily 9-5.

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Cape May Ferry Excursion Packages 2017

Cape May Ferry 2017 Summer Excursion Packages

Foot passengers can take advantage of many cruise/tour packages available through the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. In most cases, your ticket includes a roundtrip ferry ride, shuttle tickets to and from the attraction and admission to the attraction. Please click on the event details for more information.

Cape May County Zoo

Includes round-trip ferry ride for passengers from Lewes and shuttle service to the Cape May County Zoo. You’ll get a fascinating look at 250 species of animals, birds and reptiles in a beautiful garden setting. Space is limited. 

2017 Information Coming soon! 

Cape May Guided Trolley Tours

Includes a round-trip ferry ride from Lewes for a foot passenger, a best of cape may tour, lighthouse visit, and catered box lunch, offered by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Historic Lewes Tours

Includes a round-trip ferry passage from Cape May for a passenger, shuttle service to historic Lewes. Discover historic Lewes on a guided trolley tour.

Maritime Trolley Tour of Lewes

Enjoy a trolley tour of historic Lewes. Departing Cape May, this package includes round-trip foot passage aboard the ferry and a 1-hour trolley tour guided by a representative of the Lewes Historical Society, who will point out the many maritime historic high points of Lewes.