New Jersey Audubon's World Series of Birding
One of the Project's long time banders, John Shafer, along with three co-patriot birders has formed Team "Interpraptors" to compete in one of the country's most prestigious birding competitions. John and his team mates will scour the Cape May peninsula in order to identify as many bird species as possible on May 9th. The event is set up to allow teams to seek pledges for the number of birds sighted with proceeds going to the non profit of their choice. The Cape May Raptor Banding Project will use the funds raised to improve operations and to help support our Internship Program. To learn more about how you can participate, click here
To learn more about the World Series of Birding, click here.
Cape May Raptor Banding Project Inc. was created to conduct long-term monitoring of the status and trends of migrating raptors and to analyze and disseminate this information.
Hawks usually migrate over a broad front; however they can be concentrated by land forms such as the peninsula that creates the southern tip of New Jersey. Raptors passing through this area during the autumn migration hesitate to cross the Delaware Bay, slowing their progress and often resulting in large concentrations of birds of prey.
We conduct field operations at several raptor banding stations located at Cape May Point every autumn. Hawks are captured, banded with United States Geological Survey (USGS) bands and released unharmed. An extensive set of measurements are taken on selected species. Since the project began in 1967, over 139,000 raptors have been banded. Since 1974, we have banded between 2000 and 6000 each season.
Our banding records are collected by the U.S.G.S. Bird Banding Laboratory and can be made available for appropriate research projects. We also cooperate with fellow researchers by sharing data directly, making in-hand raptors available for related studies and by providing internships for field research technicians.