Few birders would dispute that Cape May, New Jersey, is among the continent’s most storied birding locations, both in terms of birding spectacles and its influence in North American birding culture. It feels like Cape May Bird Observatory, New Jersey Audubon’s Center for Bird research and education, has always been at the center of it all. CMBO has been doing research and outreach about birds and especially bird migration since 1975, and Dr. David La Puma is the current director. He and the New Jersey Audubon crew are hosting the Cape May Fall Festival later this month and he joins me to talk about that, as well as fallouts, next-generation bird research, and what it’s like to be the steward of all that history.

Also, I share some thoughts on my recent trip to Cuba, think about the USFWS’s recently released Outdoor Recreation Survey, and catch up on all the rare bird news for the last 4 weeks.

Come join us at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival this November!

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The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond.

Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.