Meet the ABA at Cape May
by Nate Swick
There are a few spots in the ABA Area that are universally considered hallowed ground for North American birders, their names written on the psyches of nearly every binocular slinger on the continent. The Valley, Pelee, Monterey Bay, Ding Darling, among others. But near the top of that list has to be Cape May, New Jersey. The little peninsula in the extreme south of the Garden State has hosted amazing birding and amazing birders for more than a generation, and there are few places in North America that can combine such avian abundance with a proximity to major urban centers. In short, the wonders of Cape May are certainly unique, but also easy to experience for millions.
Cape May is at its best when millions of birds are streaming southwards to warmer climes. And Cape May Bird Observatory's annual Autumn Weekend, now in its 65th amazing year, is held during that movement's peak.
The American Birding Association is excited to have a presense this year at this fantastic birding event. Wearing the ABA cap (perhaps even literally), among their other eminent qualifications, will be Birding editor Ted Floyd and ABA Board member and birding icon, Kenn Kaufman. Both will be offering evening programs during the festival.
On Friday, Ted will be speaking on birding at night, a look at nocturnal flight calls that hopes to open your mind to a brand new way of birding, and for Saturday, Kenn will encourage you to hold your birder flag high as he asks are you proud to tell people you watch birds.
Set against the backdrop of an exciting New Jersey fall migration it is practically guaranteed to be a good time. If you're an ABA member, be sure to tell Ted and Kenn, "Hi".
We hope to see you out there!