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New Jersey is visited by numbers of bird lovers each year! The state is on the migratory path of countless bird species, so many birders gather here to participate in the counts. Over 50 species of butterflies and 340 bird species have been sighted here. A great place for bird watching is Sandy Hook--a barrier island which is composed of various habitats that attract a variety of wildlife.

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory (established in 2001) is one of New Jersey's best year-round birding locations--it's on the route for major migrations in the Spring and Fall. Their birdwatching focuses on certain species at specific times. Here are some samples:

MARCH/APRIL-waterfowl, gulls and raptors
MAY-songbirds
AUGUST-shorebirds flying South
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER-flycatchers, warblers, sparrows, buntings and other songbirds

WINTER brings the occasional snowy owl, Lapland longspur and winter finches. Other rare birds have been seen here and reported. See my CAPE MAY tips for birding in that area.

Sandy Hook Observatory offers a number of educational programs. Hours of operation are Tues.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-3 pm. During the summer from July to August, the hours are Tues.-Fri. 10 am -5 pm; Sat. 10 am-3 pm; Sun. 1 pm-5 pm. The center is closed on December 24,25, 31 and Jan. 1.

Address: Building 20, Hartshorne Dr., Fort Hancock, NJ
Phone: 732-872-2500
Website: http://www.njaudubon.org/centers/SHBO/index.html

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2007
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