The Word on Birds

It’s fair to say that South Jersey is a birder’s paradise, but for those of us who are not experts in spotting our avian friends, it’s sometimes a challenge to know where to set up a tripod and binoculars. That’s why the New Jersey Audubon Society has just published Important Bird Areas of New Jersey.

The 324-page book—which is loaded with colorful photos and illustrations—is a comprehensive guide to the best sites for bird breeding, wintering, and migration in the Garden State. If you’re interested in the rich and diverse bird habitats of New Jersey, you should pick up a copy and prime yourself for a stunning South Jersey bird-watching experience.

Cape May Point State Park, for example, is consistently ranked by the national Audubon Society as one of the top six birding sites in the country. Throughout October, you can view some impressive birds of prey, including hawks, eagles, and vultures, along with one of the largest monarch butterfly migrations in the world.

For a lesser-known spot, head down to the Maurice River Corridor. Every fall, about 60,000 purple martins gather there for migration, and it is indeed a sight to behold. And as we head into winter, keep an eye out for Dunlins—as many as 6,000 of them are known to winter there in the colder months.

But Important Bird Areas of New Jersey isn’t the only way to spread the word about birding in South Jersey. Let us know where you like to go to see these creatures of flight.

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