At New Jersey Audubon, we care in regards to the well-being of birds simply as a lot as we get pleasure from their magnificence, wonderful life histories, and curious behaviors, each playful and territorial. Our festivals have all the time been designed for optimum enjoyment within the discipline mixed with plentiful academic alternatives. With two digital festivals underneath our belts, the 2021 Hybrid Spring Competition shall be like no different. Its restricted in-person one-day workshops are almost bought out, however digital periods can be found and we’ve added extra LIVE protection from Cape Might hotspots. All of the content material shall be model new, with nearer appears at warblers with Scott Whittle, vireos with David Weber, and shorebirds with Kevin T. Karlson and Glen Davis. New locations embody Garrett Mountain, a New Jersey gem to the north, and Heislerville, the place viewers will get an intimate take a look at the shorebird banding course of LIVE (Mom Nature keen, that’s).
Cape Might has a lot to supply for birders, from newbies to consultants, so we usually keep near residence in our programming. Who higher to share what it was prefer to be “caught” in Cape Might in the course of the pandemic than Mark Garland, our keynote speaker on Friday night? He’s an award-winning naturalist, creator, and worldwide tour chief who occurs to stay in Cape Might, like so most of the nation’s prime birders, together with tour guides, artists, authors, and scientists.
We puzzled, if we have been to enterprise farther afield, the place would we go? Halfway Atoll, that’s the place! On Saturday night, we’ll hear from Kelly Goodale, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service avian biologist with private expertise interacting with Knowledge the Laysan Albatross, the world’s oldest identified wild fowl. Our programming on Saturday additionally contains academic content material in regards to the significance of fresh oceans, forest well being, plastic bag discount, and pollinator gardens, all of which is significant to wholesome fowl populations.
To prime all of it off, we’ll current “fowl’s-eye” views of a number of Cape Might hotspots with professionally captured drone footage.
After each occasion, we conduct participant surveys to gauge our success and gather suggestions. Based mostly on the newest outcomes, we’ve adjusted the format of the 2021 Digital Competition to supply plentiful programming from early morning to early afternoon and a several-hour break earlier than the night keynote displays. We offer closed captioning for the listening to impaired, and the ENTIRE pageant is recorded and accessible to registrants for viewing later or watching on repeat!
About these numbers; we should be doing it proper. Our 2020 Digital Fall Competition scored a 91% Very Happy and 9% Happy score from contributors, i.e., 0% Unhappy. 70% discovered it to be an Wonderful Worth and 28% stated it was a Good Worth. Of those that had NOT visited Cape Might earlier than, absolutely 70% ranked it of their Prime 5 future locations for birding after attending the digital pageant – and so they’ll be higher ready to benefit from their go to in consequence.
However wait, there’s extra! We’ll have a prize drawing for a three-day weekend in Cape Might, together with compact binoculars, a guided stroll, and miscellaneous reward certificates, plus a separate Silent Public sale. This pageant’s t-shirts are fairly enticing and may be bought throughout registration in a wide range of kinds.
Wait now not and register at present! It’s solely $100 for members and $125 for non-members, and proceeds help New Jersey Audubon’s ongoing fowl conservation work in training, analysis, stewardship, and coverage growth. Click on right here to register: https://cvent.me/n92WOY