Here are some of the upcoming field trips

I will be leading in my home region.

Cape May: Our home is in Cape May for a reason -- this is a superb natural history destination.  Nature enthusiasts can find much to enjoy in this seaside locale at any time of year, but Cape May really shines in autumn, when literally millions of southbound birds and insects pass through our airspace.  Enjoy it all from the shadows of the stately Cape May Point lighthouse on any of these programs. 


Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel): I continue into my second decade as lead instructor for the Road Scholar birding programs at Cape May, joined by a number of other Cape May naturalists.  Birds are the primary focus, with a special focus on seasonal spectacles: shorebirds on Delaware Bay in the spring, migration of raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl in the fall.  Each program includes a boat tour through the salt marsh aboard the Osprey.  For details check the website  The spring Cape May Birding Road Scholar programs are scheduled for May 13 - 18 and May 20 - 25.

Field Trips in the Mid-Atlantic Region

New River Birding & Nature Festival:  In 2018 I’ll be heading back to West Virginia’s New River region for a wonderful, relaxed and warbler-rich birding festival.  A bunch of great leaders join me here, including Bill Thompson, Julie Zickefoose, Jim McCormac, Bill Hilton, Ernesto Carman, Jim Rapp ... the list goes on and on.  I can’t think of a better place to be in early spring!  The festival runs from April 30 to May 5 in 2018.  For more info check the website

Speaking gigs:  Every year I give talks to a few birding clubs, nature festivals, etc.  In recent years I’ve given the talk, “The Wilds of Alaska” for the Smithsonian in Washington, and “Tropical Birds Do the Coolest Things” to many different groups.  The latest talks, “Birds are Crazy!” and “101 Great Birds from Around the World,” have been well received at several venues.  I’ve also been a featured speaker for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in southern Texas, at the New River Birding and Wildlife Festival, the Adams County (Ohio) Amish Bird Festival, and at many Cape May Birding Festivals.  I’ve presented programs to various Audubon groups and birding clubs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, and beyond.  Interested in having me speak to your group?  Contact me at for rates and scheduling information.

ANS field trips:  I will be leading a weekend field trip to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for the Audubon Naturalist Society March 17 - 18.  See details of this field trip and all upcoming ANS programs at:  Watch for announcements of other ANS field trips I’ll be leading later in 2018 and beyond.

Private Tours: Want to set up a field trip or tour for a group of friends or family?  We can do this for you!  I have planned and led private tours to Costa Rica, Panama, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Tanzania, and of course around Cape May and other areas close to home.  Drop me a note by e-mail if you’d like to explore this possibility.

West Virginia: Almost every year I head back to the state where my grandfather William Triplett was born and raised, places I’ve been visiting my whole life.  Stay tuned for information about my next trip out to these wonderful mountains.

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