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“It was those early morning walks...”

Cape May Bird Observatory
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Owner description: Founded in 1975 by the New Jersey Audubon Society, the Observatory takes visitors on birdwatching trips to view more than 400 species of birds during fall migration.
Reviewed May 18, 2013

I am writing this review after spending annual vacations at the Jersey Shore since 1979 At first our vacations were timed for the summer beach crowds, but somewhere along the way we met up with the fine people of CMBO.

It was those early morning bird walks at "The Meadows", Stone Harbor Point, Higbee Beach, and "The Beanery". The entrance fee was nominal for the guided experience. We had our own binoculars, but often availed ourselves to the box of "higher end" optics provided courtesy of the CMBO guides and numerous famous optic companies. We had a great time and suddenly found that some of those guides were world renowned bird and nature experts. We started to read their books and articles in various magazines.

Next thing we knew our migration pattern to the Jersey Shore shifted from Summer to coincide with the Spring and Fall bird migrations as we sought more knowledge. While we are not experts, we know a lot thanks to the folks at CMBO. They provide a great natural experience for the whole family.

One other thing... if you are in the market for optics at any price level, CMBO is an excellent place to shop. They will let you view different equipment side-by-side in a non-threatening, non-pushy environment. Once you choose an optic (at any price level) they will personally check it out for flaws. My first binoculars was a $69 pair of 7x21s from a famous company who mass produced these little wonders with very little quality control. The knowledgeable optics manager at CMBO checked out four pairs of these binoculars and pointed out subtle flaws that I could not see with my untrained eye, but would have frustratingly found during regular use. He wanted to make sure that I was satisfied. I was, and have subsequently returned to CMBO for much more expensive and sophisticated equipment. Prices are competitive and profits go to maintain habitat and educational programs in South Jersey.

In a nutshell CMBO is a great place for a nature experience for the whole family with a walk through the marsh, woods and dunes. Be careful though, it just might lead to a life time of birding knowledge and a perennial return to this wonderful part of North America.

1  Thank hankski
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Walkways around bird santuary were great for seeing different types of nesting birds and other small animals around the perimeter of the park. The observatory was on a raised boardwalk where you could look out over the swamps and water at many types of birds. Check the internet for birding times of the year and don't forget to bring a good pair of binoculars,

1  Thank emtdpw
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Saw Ospreys! A mating pair. NJ has some fascinating
birds. It is free and very informative. Something to do with the kids for free.

Thank cruiserone
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We visited just at the start of the migration season last fall. There were many people there who had brought their high-powered binoculars, but the site has a bin of binoculars for people who arrived without. There was also a staffer who was anxious to tell us all about the local view of the migration, and help us locate the birds that were passing through. The site is unspoiled, and well-maintained and staffed. Child-friendly, too.

1  Thank Richard S
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Cape May birding especially spring or fall and especially at their festivals is a world class experience. Note other reviews. Old or new birder (I'm in the middle) it's and eye and eat opener! Easy to get to (by car), it's always been a joy and a fun learning experience. It's about 3.5-4 hrs. from my NYC residence but I've been back numerous times.

Thank GDK18
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