BACKGROUND: The Cape May is a hot spot for bird watching. That's because of the geography of Cape May. Birds spend some time in Cape May before crossing the 13 miles of Delaware Bay to continue their migrations. Some birds actually follow the Garden State Parkway on their annual commute to warmer climes.

There are two observatories operated by the New Jersey Audobon Society.

INSIDER INFO: The observatories give bird enthusiasts a place to see the many different species that come through Cape May. New Jersey Audubon offers a variety of excursions to spot birds, butterflies and other wildlife that visit or call southern New Jersey home.

WHERE: The Northwood Center, located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point and the Center for Research and Education, at 600 Route 47 North in Cape May Court House. Both have areas to watch birds, but the Northwood Center offers walks, programs and workshops throughout the year. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=CAPE+MAY+BIRD+OBSERVATORY&sll=39.011581,-74.792604&sspn=0.030745,0.046692&ie=UTF8&hq=CAPE+MAY+BIRD+OBSERVATORY&hnear=&ll=38.98183,-74.904785&spn=0.246063,0.373535&z=11&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: Call 609-884-2736 for The Northwood Center or 609-861-0700 for The Center for Research and Education or 609-898-BIRD for the bird watching hotline, and to find out more about hours and prices for programs.

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