Bird Watchers Flock to New Jersey


For birding enthusiasts, New Jersey is a haven for sites that offer great views of migrating fowl. Each year, the New Jersey Audubon Society hosts the World Series of Birding in Cape May.

Teams of bird watchers are challenged to count as many species as possible in a 24-hour period. The society also operates the Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May Point. The 43,000-acre Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Jersey is a coastal habitat that protects migratory birds. Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it also has numerous prospects for birding.

Yet another large bird sanctuary can be found at the Sandy Hook Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area in Highlands. The park is open year 'round and is home to hundreds of bird species.

And the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst, which is home to more than 265 species of birds, is recognized as a major migratory flyover and resting preserve. This is just a sampling of areas that provide birders, photographers and nature lovers opportunities to enjoy New Jersey's great outdoors.