Fall Migration in Cape May

      Cape May, NJ 08204, USA

      5 reviews
      Oct 15 - 19, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 16
      Fall Migration in Cape May
      Cape May, NJ 08204, USA

      5 reviews

      Oct 15 - 19, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 16

      About this trip

      We travel to Cape May, New Jersey, for the heart of fall migration. This is an excellent time for hawks, sparrows, returning seaducks and northeast specialists like Purple Sandpiper, Great Cormorant and more. Cape May itself has much to offer, and is among the most famous birding spots and migration meccas in the world.

      This fall migration tour is built around raptor, songbird, seabird, and monarch migration with field trips and workshops on each. We will be guided by raptor expert and Ornitherapy author Holly Merker, and we will also learn from staff at Cape May Bird Observatory and Cellular Tracking Technologies. 

      What’s included

      • Accommodation
        4 hotel nights.
      • Meals
        3 meals per day from dinner on day 1 until breakfast until day 5. Including non-alcoholic beverages during meals.
      • Transportation
        Local transportation to and from sites visited.
      • Airport transfers
        Pick-up at PHL airport 10/15 at 1pm. Drop-off at PHL airport 10/19 at 11am.
      • Guiding fees
        All guiding fees for tour leaders and local guides.
      • Entrance fees
        All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
      • Activities
        All activities as described in the itinerary.
      • Donations
        Donations to CMBO, CTT, and local conservation program.
      • Transportation
        Transportation between your home and the start/end point of the tour (i.e. Philadelphia International Airport.)
      • Alcoholic beverages
        Alcoholic beverages
      • Personal purchases
        Items such as (but not limited to) laundry service, room service, phone calls, toiletries, souvenirs etc.
      • Insurance
        No insurance is included. We do strongly recommend you get your own travel, cancellation, and medical insurance.
      • Tips
        Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping etc. for outstanding service.

      Available Packages

      Double occupancy
      16 left

      This is the price per person in a shared room (double or twin).


      If you don't have a roommate, or if we can't find one for you, you should book in single occupancy and a single supplement ($600) applies.

      Deposit: $1,250
      Single occupancy
      16 left

      This is the price per person in a single room

      Deposit: $1,475

      Available options

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      American Birding Association
      5 reviews
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      Lodging accommodations were satisfactory, sea mammals were observed and the Kwakwaka"wakw culture was truly interesting, but the tour was very disappointing on the whole. We were particularly unhappy with the opportunity to (and I quote from the tour description) "to observe Grizzly Bear and Black Bear during the fruitful salmon run." Bears weren't actually observed and if they could have actually been observed they would have been seen eating grass not salmon. No salmon were observed. There were no "spectacular numbers of migrating and wintering birds at the Fraser River estuary." Birds seen there were of very low numbers and those that were observed were at such great distances that identification as to species was often just a guessing game. Meal opportunities were not good. A cup of coffee and a granola bar is not a breakfast. A tray of little egg salad sandwiches offered while standing in the woods isn't much of a lunch. Bar snacks do not constitute a dinner meal. Travel timing was often off by hours. Two whole days of the tour were burned up with grueling travel.
      By Dennis R for 2022 British Columbia on 06 Oct, 2022
      I run out of superlatives when I try to share my experiences on this ABA trip to Panama. Every single day was filled with the sensory overload of new birds, new plants, new bugs, etc. I appreciated how each day was broken up into segments with some free time in between to rest or process photos or explore the property. I had never been on a trip of this type and had never been to a foreign country, so I was a bit nervous. I had wanted to go to Canopy Tower/Lodge for years as an introduction to tropical biology, so when I heard about the trip on the ABA podcasts, I decided it was time to have an adventure (and it truly was an adventure!) The itinerary was well thought out-we sampled many of the different habitats in the area, which exposed us to a maximum number of species-over 300!! Everything about the trip was wonderful-the other participants were great to spend time with (I really appreciated that they would call to me when they found interesting bugs). The Canopy Family staff were very friendly and they obviously know how to do eco-tourism right. The food was always delicious! Eating meals together as a group was an opportunity to connect and to reflect on the highlights of the day. One participant had to avoid gluten and it was handled very well at each meal-always an alternative available or something we could all eat. Our guides both had decades of experience and uncanny abilities to find the birds we were looking for, even in the thickest brush. They knew all the calls and could imitate them perfectly. They were able to get scopes on the birds quickly as well as directing us to where the birds were such that the entire group almost always got eyes on the bird-no small feat, especially in the rain forest. In summary, I feel like I can’t adequately describe just how amazing the trip was. I will remember it forever and can’t wait to try it again.
      By Bob N for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 21 Sep, 2022
      Birding with a group of ABA members in Panama was very enjoyable - most of us had never been there before. While most of us were strangers to each other at the start, our shared passion and the beautiful birds brought us together as friends. The Canopy Family is extremely well organized and accommodating, including excellent guides. There is room for improvement in communication between the ABA and folks signed up for the tour, some info wasn't received until the night before the trip, but I'm sure this will be addressed. I look forward to future ABA trips.
      By Paul K for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 14 Sep, 2022
      This was the best birding trip of my life! The Canopy Family and ABA took care of everything! Expert guide Carlos Bethancourt and ABA liaison Nate Swick were both incredible in their depth of bird behavior, habitat, and classification in Panama and beyond. Our group was small, cohesive, and full of passionate and interesting individuals who love birds and travel. Accommodations were perfect for this type of trip! Overall, worth every penny!
      By Greg S for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 13 Sep, 2022
      This was a great trip! We had so much fun and saw gorgeous birds. The weather was perfect in the mountains, the scenery was beautiful. Jake Thompson - our bird guide - was smart, knowledgeable, indefatigable in his search for birds. He has energy! Our organizer, Katinka, was great. Kind and smart and organized,. The artist - Christina Baal was excellent. She had ALL of us (skeptics that we were ) sitting and drawing Burrowing Owls and painting other birds. It was surprisingly fun. Very good at getting us all engaged. Five stars!
      By LORNA h for Bird of the Year in Southeast Arizona on 08 Aug, 2022

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