Birding on the Cape during fall migration offers incredible diversity. Resident species mingle with southbound migrants and early-arriving winter birds. We will explore the Outer Cape’s barrier beaches, salt marshes, tidal flats, and woodlands in search of shorebirds, raptors, seabirds, songbirds, and ducks. We will also take an extended hike out along Hatches Harbor in Provincetown out to Race Point for the prime opportunities it provides to see pelagic species from shore. Sharpen your bird identification skills and learn fascinating biological and natural history facts about the region’s migrants. Indoor presentations will augment field trips. This weekend course also features a unique visit to our bird banding research station and time with Certified Master Bander James Junda.
In addition to the guided field trips, boat trip, and lectures, this course also includes a welcome dinner on the first evening.
Please note: the hours listed may change based on tides, staff, optimal wildlife sightings, and other variables. A detailed schedule will be prepared and sent out to registrants at approximately 3-4 weeks in advance.
Instructors: Christine Harris Bates is a naturalist and public programs coordinator with Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Prior to working for Wellfleet Bay, Christine was a Park Ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore and coordinated and lead canoe trips in Nauset Marsh. She has a passion for ornithology and is a skilled birder. Christine is also a native Cape Codder, having grown up in Orleans.
Joel Wagner has been a seasonal naturalist with Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary since 2017. He is a graduate of Penn State with a major in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management with emphasis in Environmental Interpreation. He is an avid and excellent birder.
Instructor: Christine Harris Bates - Education Coordinator, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; Joel Wagner - Outdoor Naturalist