IBOC-II Cape May 2017
On October 26-30 2017, New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) hosted the 2nd International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC). CMBO was founded in 1976 by New Jersey Audubon because of its strategic geographic location, which puts it right in the flyway of millions of birds each spring and fall. Migrating songbirds, including colorful warblers, joined by scores of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls, followed by over a million waterbirds, define the fall season at Cape May. All the while Cape May Bird Observatory keeps its finger firmly on the pulse of migration through our annual migration counts, seasonal interpretive programs, and cadre of staff, seasonal naturalists and volunteers working to connect people to nature, and steward the nature of today for the people of tomorrow.
Hailing from five continents, the participating bird observatories annually engage millions of bird enthusiasts in person and online with educational programs, scientific research and community projects. They also serve as key players working with national and local governments to promote conservation. And together, bird observatories are cooperating along migratory flyways to share critical data and address conservation challenges.