Nature Listings

Atlantic Audubon

Monthly meeting of Atlantic Audubon Society with nature-inspired presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Galloway Township Library, 360 E. Jimmie Leeds Road.

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

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Free family nature walks at 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.

Schooner Meerwald

Public sails aboard the Bayshore Discovery Project's oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, from its home port in the Bivalve section of Port Norris. Cost is $20 to $35 adults, $10 to $20 children. Call 856-785-2060.

Stranding center

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, at 3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, with free museum and tours. Call 609-266-0538.

Wetlands Institute

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.

Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival Friday to Sunday, May 17 to 19, with shorebird program 7 p.m. Friday, children's activities and programs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and beach walks at Stone Harbor Point and on Delaware Bay on Saturday and Sunday; $15 adults, $10 children.

Salt marsh film and guided walk 11 a.m. every day, and 2 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Animal program 12:30 p.m. Fridays; Seashells noon Sundays.

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

N.J. 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.

World Series of Birding Century Run Team guided moderately paced bid day birding, seeking 100-plus birds, all day; $1 or more donation per bird; preregister.

Weekly birding (and other) trips Thursday to Wednesday, May 16 to 22 - Cost $10; show and go. Monday: Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge with Pete Dunne at 7:30 a.m.; meet at lot. Heislerville WMA with Dunne at 3 p.m.; meet at end of Matt's Landing Road. Tuesday: Wildlife walk at Belleplain State Forest at 7:30 a.m.; meet at forest office. Photo birding walk at Cape May Point State Park at 8 a.m.; meet at platform. Easy birding at Cape May Point State Park at 9 a.m.; at platform. Wednesday: Cape May Point State Park at 7:30 a.m.; meet at platform. Cumberland County at 7:30 a.m.; meet at Maurice River Bridge on Route 670. Nummy Island at 4:30 p.m.; meet just south of free bridge from Stone Harbor.

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Guided birding and nature walk 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, starting at Forsythe NWR visitor center, off Route 9 in Oceanville, Galloway Township. Call 609-652-1665, ext. 21.

Free presentation by Peter Bosak on healthy garden insects 7 p.m. Friday, May 17.

Reopening celebration with refuge manager Virginia Rettig and Rep. Frank LoBiondo at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18. Children's activities and nature walks at 8, 10 and 11 a.m.

The Nature Center of Cape May

The Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave., has viewing tower and store. Call 609-898-8848.

Harbor walk with seining at 11 a.m. Saturdays; $8.

Family horseshoe crab program 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11; $8.

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