Cape May: Then and Now – The Landscape and The Birding

Cape May: Then and Now – The Landscape and The Birding

Cape May, the southernmost part of New Jersey has always been a place of change. Buffeted by tides, storms, and development, what we see today is far different than what was first observed by Captain Cornelis Jacobson Mey who sailed around the area between 1616 and 1624. One of the first seaside resorts, vacationers have been flocking here since the mid-1800s. A mecca for birders ever since Witmer Stone began documenting the area in 1890, Cape May has become one of the great birding locations in the world. This program will relate the changes to the landscape, the evolution of the birding and highlight personalities that shaped, and continue to shape the area.

 About Bert Filemyr

Bert Filemyr is an active field birder both in the Delaware Valley and throughout North America. He has birded extensively in all 50 states, as well as many of the Canadian provinces. Retired from a public school teaching career, he pursues his passion for birding while researching topics related to early American ornithology. He currently serves as treasurer and webmaster of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) and was a member of the championship Nikon/DVOC World Series of Birding Team, the Lagerhead Shrikes. He co-authored, along with Jeff Holt, the “The Composite Prints of Audubon’s Birds of America” and an article on Alexander Wilson and the Milestown School in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

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