Atlantic City Aquarium
Atlantic City Aquarium at Gardner’s Basin displays fish, reptiles and amphibians. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children. Call 609-348-2880.
Cape May Bird Observatory
NJ Audubon's CMBO has the Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and the Northwood Center on Lily Lake in Cape May Point. Call 609-861-0700.
Free butterfly tagging demo by Monarch Monitoring Project 2 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at pavilion near Hawk Watch.
Free Autumn Hawk Watch sunrise to 5 p.m. daily at Hawk Watch platform, Cape May Point State Park. Free songbird morning flight count at sunrise daily at Higbee Beach WMA jetty. Free Avalon Seawatch count of seabirds daily starting Sunday, Sept. 22, at Seventh Street and the beach.
Free hawk I.D. mini-workshops 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; meet at platform.
Weekly birding (and other) trips Sept. 19 to 25 — Cost $10; show and go. Thursday: Casual birding at Cape May Point State Park at 8:30 a.m.; meet at hawk-watch platform. Butterfly walk 10:30 a.m., R&E Center. Friday: Higbee Beach WMA 7 a.m.; at lot, west end New England Road, south of canal. Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge at 5:30 p.m.; meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard. Saturday: Rea Farm 7:30 a.m.; lot, Bayshore Road, West Cape May. Photo birding walk at Cape May Point State Park at 7:30 a.m.; at platform. Cape May Point State Park at 3 p.m.; at platform. Sunday: Cox Hall Creek WMA at 7:30 a.m.; meet at west end of Shawmount Avenue, Lower Township. Butterflies and dragonflies at Cape May Point State Park at noon; at platform. Monday: Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge with Pete Dunne at 7:30 a.m.; meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard. Tuesday: Photo birding walk at Cape May Point State Park at 8 a.m.; at platform. Easy birding at Cape May Point State Park at 9 a.m.; at platform. Stone Harbor Point at 5 p.m.; at lot, south end of Second Avenue. Wednesday: Cape May Point State Park at 7:30 a.m.; at platform. Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge at 5 p.m.; meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
Free family nature walks 9 a.m. Saturdays at Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR, Ocean Drive south of Wildwood Crest. Call 215-341-1044.
Cape May Point State Park
Cape May Point State Park has nature trails and museum. Call 609-884-2159.
Free Saturday programs include beginner’s bird walk 9 a.m., live animal program 11 a.m., and nature walk 2 p.m.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Guided birding and nature walk 8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, starting at Forsythe NWR visitor center, off Route 9 in Oceanville, Galloway Township. Call 609-652-1665, ext. 21.
Erin Kiefer, of Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, will present a free live owl program at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the headquarters auditorium.
Guided wildlife drive tours aboard new 12-passenger electric minibus from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays; $10 donation.
The Nature Center of Cape May
The Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., has viewing tower and store. Call 609-898-8848 to preregister for activities.
Robert Elwell, former mayor, will talk about Cape May’s maritime history at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the center’s Saltwater Café. Program Sept. 26: Photographer Kathy Fallon.
Family campfire and storytelling 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20; $5.
Nature programs for toddlers 2 to 4 years with adults at 10:30 a.m. Fridays through Dec. 6; $10.
Center director Gretchen Whitman will lead a “Girls’ Weekend Getaway” with fishing workshop and boat trip Saturday, Sept. 21, and optional kayak trip and winery tour Sunday, Sept. 22; cost is $80; must preregister.
Author Pat Sutton will lead tours of private monarch butterfly gardens 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 (mid-county); Wednesday, Sept. 25 (Cape Island); and Sept. 26 (north county); cost is $45; preregister.
Public trips Sept. 20 to 22 aboard Bayshore Discovery Project’s oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald out of Bivalve in Port Norris: Sail trips 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, adults $35 and children $20; Maurice River cruises 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, adults $20 and children $10. Call 856-785-2060.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, at 3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, offers a museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; donation requested. Call 609-266-0538.
Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, has displays and gift shop. Admission $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. Call 609-368-1211.
Fall Migration Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, with photography workshops, live animals, guided wildlife viewing, kayak tours and activities. Adults $10, children $8. Jitney link noon to 4 p.m. Saturday to Food, Wine & Beer Festival.
Sept. 19 to 25: Salt marsh film and guided walk 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. weekdays; animal program 2:30 p.m. Friday and Monday; seine-net outing 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
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