You’re invited… to the big celebration! New Jersey’s Cape May Bird Observatory is celebrating its 40th anniversary – a celebration of wildlife in Cape May. Walk through the doors of the Convention Hall on October 21, 22 and 23 and enter a world of discovery. Bring the family for a day of fun – IT’S FREE! Whether you are a casual birder, backyard naturalist, avid explorer or just have an interest in nature, there is something for everyone’s interest. The first 750 visitors will receive a free festival tote bag, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State, Travel and Tourism.
You’ll find wildlife artwork, photography, glass art, gifts, hand-crafted birdhouses, specialty retailers, children’s clothing and books. For the adventurer, there are tour companies that travel the globe, and binoculars and spotting scopes to fit all lifestyles and budgets. And, of course, there’s Cape May Bird Observatory’s mobile store with an endless variety of gifts for the nature in everyone.
If you want to get up close and personal with hawks, owls and eagles, you MUST see Jonathan Wood and his nationally acclaimed Raptor Project. Jonathan and his feathered friends will be at Convention Hall all weekend, with three special shows daily: Friday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Don’t miss it!
We have gathered an exciting diversity of items to bid on in our Silent Auction, set up in the hall Atrium, including binoculars, carvings, gifts, artwork and even some birding trips. Bidding runs from noon Friday to noon Sunday. Winning bidders will be notified by phone, and must retrieve their items by 3 p.m. Sunday. Auction proceeds benefit NJ Audubon.
All youngsters can play our Scavenger Hunt Game, finding as many objects as they can inside Convention Hall. Bring back the finished list and everyone wins a prize! For more activities, visit the Nature Center of Cape May exhibit in Convention Hall’s lobby for a variety of hands-on activities, interactive nature discovery and lots more.
Admission to Convention Hall is FREE! Hours are Friday, October 21 from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hope to see you there!