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Initial Last Name Area Available Language

J Greenlee Blackwood Weekend English, Spanish
T Neumyer Cape May Anytime English
H Kirk Cape May(Summer only) Anytime English
Cape May Observatory Cape May Anytime English
J Klizas Chatham Weekend English
I bird New Jersey

B Horton East Winsor Anytime English
I do most of my birding in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.
G Satz Egg Harbor Twp Anytime English
I am a member of the Atlantic Audubon Society. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Brigantine NWR) Atlantic Ocean, back bays, wetland. An hour from Cape May.
P Breuninger Clementon Anytime English
S Mahajan Edison Anytime English, Hindi
S Galick Flemington Anytime English
E Schneider Fort Lee Anytime English
Fort Lee is the NJ end of the George Washington bridge, the bridge which links NJ and NY. It is a heavily populated urban area. There are a number of local sanctuaries average size 35 acres. Bird population is mediocre except for Cape May which is 160 miles south.
J Payeur Gillette Anytime English
One mile from Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Watchung Reservation is 3 miles. Sandy Hook and shore areas are 1 to 1 1/2 hours car drive from here. Two blocks from Gillette Metro North Railroad station - 1 hour to New York City by train.
Y Chen Harrison Weekend English, Chinese, Japanese
Study in Newark, live in Harrison.


  W Test Hewitt Anytime English
  I'm an avid birder with good knowledge of the local areas. Willing to help visitors to my area. Area:
North Jersey, Southern New York, Catskills, Black Dirt, NJ Meadowlands

Area Birds:
Warblers, Wading Birds, Hawks

Nature: birdwatching


  V Schwartz Hillsborough Anytime English
  I am a slow and steady birder, happy to stand and stare into bushes, scan through flocks of geese and gulls, amble through the woods. I'm a strong ear birder (and an amateur musician).

I volunteer for New Jersey Audubon and lead nature walks. Happy to show you around, adults and children alike.
Mixed suburban and farmland, rolling hills. Great Swamp, Sandy Hook, Glenhurst Meadows, Negri Nepote, Sourlands

Area Birds:
Depends on season: prairie warblers, green herons, bald eagles, etc.

Nature: birding, hiking, flowers, insects, herps, kayaking.
Music: classical, rock, folk, world.

M Fox Hoboken Anytime English
J Paris Hopewell Anytime English
I bird mostly NJ and eastern PA. Always looking for company. The more eyes the better!
B Anderson Hopewell Anytime English
I am an hour and a half to two hours from the shore areas and over 3 hours from Cape May. I don't know Cape May very well, but I know Barnegat and Brigantine quite well. There are several good birding spots nearby with typical New Jersey species, but not too many rarities.
D Roszel Interlaken Weekend English
D El-Roy Jersey City Weekend English
N Ellman Livingston Weekend English
C Miles Mountain Lakes Anytime English
J Lee New Brunswick Weekend English, Cantonese
I bird whenever possible but never enough. There are many good birding spots in central New Jersey and within a couple of hours drive. I would be glad to help visiting birders.
S Bahr New Brunswick Anytime English, some Spanish
Avid birder for many years. Excellent knowledge in the species in New Jersey and what habitats to find them in. Hummingbird gardener.
R Prol Oradell Weekend English
There are many areas in North Jersey to find migratory birds. I am familiar with most of them.
G Wilson Princeton Weekend English
R Buck Somerset Weekend English
1 hour train from NYC, frequently bird Great Swamp, Sandy Hook, Forsythe NWR, Meadowlands area.
C Miller Somerville Anytime English
D Wolfe South Jersey Anytime English, French, Spanish
Amateur birder. Semi-retired professor of languages. Familiar with birding spots in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware. Several Sate and Federal Parks nearby. Good migration between September and November; I've done birding in Western and Eastern Europe; North America (Canada, USA. Mexico). South America (Ecuador and Colombia); Costa Rica extensively; and Japan.
J Oleary Teaneck Weekend English
I live within 1 mile of a park along the Hackensack River where Bald Eagles regularly visit for the winter. I live close to Alpine on the cliffs along the Hudson River where we often get Osprey, have nesting Peregrine Falcons, and have occasionally seen Bald and Golden Eagles. Also live near Allendale Celery Farm, a great birding spot in Bergen County.

K Lippert Ventnor Weekend English
I live about two miles from Forsythe (Brigatine)Refuge and about a half an hour from Cape May. We have excellent birding in our area all year round. I am available on Fridays and Satudays.
B Robertson West Milford Weekend English, Spanish
I am in the highlands of NJ. We have nesting wood warblers in summer and occasional rarities in winter. Spring and fall migration are great. It is woodland birding for the most part, with some grasslands and lakes.
R Faries Westwood Weekend English, Dutch
Diverse woods, wetlands, reservoirs. So much to see not far from Hudson River Valley and shore.

Local wildlife photographers

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Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

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Marc Chelemer Tenafly, New Jersey Weekends and Weekday mornings English, passable French
Experienced birder (50 years, 10 of them focused on New Jersey) who has traveled and birded extensively all over the state--from the northwestern corner at High Point to the southern tip of Cape May, and all points in between.

I'd be delighted to share my state's exceptional diversity of habitats and species with birders from elsewhere. Beginners especially welcome. We can spend a half-day, a whole day, or any amount of time that suits your fancy. I normally find around 300 species in the state in a year; the yearly total for all birders is usually around 360--370. Depending on when you visit and what your interests are, we could encounter 60--100 on a good day.

All information about me, my background, my inspiration, and rates for guiding are found on my website. Short rate card: Half-day 4+ hours $150. Full day 8+ hours $300. Second and third guests discounted.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Great Swamp NWR, The Meadowlands, Sandy Hook, Edwin Forsythe NWR, Heislerville and Belleplain, Cape May

Area Birds:
Winter birds: Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Sandhill Crane, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur (occasional)
Spring migration: >30 species of wood warblers, including Prothonotary, Blackburnian, Mourning, Golden-winged, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 4 species Empidonax flycatchers
Summer breeding: Least Bittern
Fall migration: 13 species diurnal raptors, Lincoln's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow
Nature: birdwatching, beach
Travel: walking, hiking, climbing

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia New Jersey
Local weather Yahoo
Atlantic Audubon Society Club
New Jersey Audubon Society Club
Monmouth County Audubon Society Club
Washington Crossing Audubon Society Club
Bergen County Audubon Society Club
Chipper Woods Bird Observatory Banding
NABA-North Jersey Butterfly Club Butterflies
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites