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Bird Watching in Northern NJ

Birds of New Jersey
NJ State Website
There are approximately 450 species of vertebrate wildlife which can be found within the Garden State, along with 85 freshwater fish. Our bays, estuaries and marine waters can be home to 28 marine mammals and 336 marine finfish at some point during the year. This is an exceptional number of species for a state as small as New Jersey. Click on the link above to see an extensive list of birds which can be found in the State of New Jersey.

Lorrimer Sanctuary 
Bergen County
Lorrimer Sanctuary contains 14 wooded acres with winding Self-Guided trails throughout. The grounds feature a main house, parts of which date to the 1700's, that has a Visitors' Center with an exhibit and lecture room, winter bird feeding station, interpretive displays, hands-on exhibits and gift shop.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum 
Morristown NJ
Nature trails and trees galore. A great place to bird watch in New Jersey. The Arboretum grounds are open from 9:00 am to dusk daily. The Haggerty Education Center is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Sunday (except holidays).

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary 
Short Hills NJ
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit organization which serves as a cultural and educational center for the residents of greater Millburn Township, NJ. The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum encompasses 16.5 acres in Millburn Township. Arboretum trails pass kettle moraines, hilly slopes and even a natural amphitheater created by the glaciers. The Arboretum today boasts one of the state's greatest concentrations of wildflowers, over 150 species, and is home to 45 species of trees, 100 species of birds, rare ferns, and 275-year-old tulip trees. We continue to share and build upon Miss Cora's vision as a special place where children and adults may come to observe and study a native woodland habitat.

Hilltop Conservancy
Verona NJ
The Hilltop Conservancy is located in Essex County NJ. The Hilltop Conservancy organizes several bird walks, etc. throughout all four seasons. S
ee their list of birds that can be seen while visiting. Bird species most commonly found on the Hilltop, their relative seasonal abundance and habitat requirements, are listed. A few rare occurrences have been left off the list. Bird populations also vary from year to year. Thus, some species may increase in the future, or disappear as habitats change.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Myersville NJ
The swamp is located in Myersville NJ. You can walk around the swamp on special boardwalks where you can see a wide range of wildlife. There are two paths and at the end of each there are observation blinds. You can enter one of those blinds and look at the birds through the narrow openings. The purpose of them is that you can see the birds and the birds can't see you. Bring your best binoculars because besides the estimated 223 species of birds there are muskrats, foxes, fish and wildfowls. The refuge covers about 7,500 acres of land. The refuge is east from N. Maple Ave. on Madisonville Rd. to Long Hill Rd. The Swamp is free and the trails are open from dawn till dusk. For more info please call (201) 425-1222 or (201) 635-6629.

New Jersey Botanical Garden
Ringwood NJ
The New Jersey Botanical Garden (NJBG) at Skylands is located in Ringwood, NJ. The jewel of the Ringwood State Park System, the NJBG offers the elegance of its Tudor-style manor house, the beauty of its formal and naturalized gardens and the serenity of its gentle woodland paths. It is along these paths that you will become one with Nature. A good place to bird watch in Northern NJ. Skylands' gardens are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day. Entrance to the gardens is free. On weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day, there is a modest parking charge.

Bird Watching in Central NJ

Central NJ
Somerset County Tourism Somerset County Tourism Bird Watching Spots in Central NJ
Somerset County, NJ

Somerset County Tourism Best Places to go Birdwatching in NJ Amazing Wildlife Presence!
Birders will be stunned by Somerset County’s remarkable diversity of birdlife, which surpasses many larger areas with its expanse of parks, open green spaces and wide variety of distinct habitats.

Bird watchers will come to appreciate Somerset County, NJ as one of the best places in the world to get out and grow their life lists.

View Their Birding Itineraries!

Located in the Piedmont Plains Region of the state, we are home to three Important Bird & Birding Areas (IBBA) with locations that provide essential habitat for a variety of bird species and that make a contribution to the long-term viability of native avian populations in New Jersey.

Duke Farms
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park
Sourland Mountain Region

Additionally, Somerset County is home to New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Bernardsville at the headwaters of the Passaic River just before the river leaves the Highlands of New Jersey. The sanctuary has the riparian corridor of the Passaic River, floodplain habitat, upland forest and fields and is home to over 200 species of wildlife.

Another birding favorite, especially in fall, is the Somerset County’s Hawk Watch Area platform located in Washington Valley Park.

The #1 Bird Watching Spot in Central NJ!

Herrontown Woods
Princeton NJ
Bird Watching in NJ at its best! Herrontown Woods, owned by Mercer County and run by the County Park Commission, is located in the northeastern corner of Princeton Township. It can be reached by taking Snowden Lane off Route 27 (Nassau Street). The entrance to the parking area is located on the left a few hundred feet before the intersection of Snowden and Herrontown Road.
This completely wooded park, with its mature trees and gently rolling contour, is among the best in the area for a moderate hiking adventure. A system of more than three miles of color-coded trails enables the visitor to explore the forest ecosystem and provides an insight into the history of the tract as well.

Trailside Nature & Science Center
Mountainside NJ
Trailside Nature & Science Center is located in the Watchung Reservation, a 2000 acre preserve containing forests, three ponds, swamps, streams, springs, fields and over thirteen miles of color-coded hiking trails.

The Raptor Trust 
Millington NJ
One of the premier, privately funded wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located in central New Jersey, the Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. The Raptor Trust is open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours. Visitors are afforded a unique opportunity to view at close range the many hawks, eagles, falcons and owls that are permanent residents at the facility. There is no charge to visit, but a modest donation of $2.00 per person is encouraged. Visit this great place today!

Bird Watching in Southern NJ

New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail 
Newport NJ
You can see vast migrations of birds every spring and fall or watch resident birds in their native habitat. Bird watchers can see bald eagles, osprey, and heron in the wetlands. Kayaks and canoes can take you through freshwater streams, forests, and white cedar bogs.

The Wetlands institute
Stone Harbor NJ
The Wetlands institute in Stone Harbor overlooks 6,000 acres of coastal wetlands. The wetlands are a bird-watcher's paradise. You can spend an entire day here exploring the many educational exhibits. They have a gift shop and an aquarium. Walk the nature trails or check out the observation tower. Relax on a marsh walk or in a Kayak in the summer.

Rancocas Nature Center 
Westampton NJ
The Rancocas Nature Center is a Burlington County New Jersey center where families can learn about and watch animals in their natural environment. Visitors can walk our trails and watch the birds as they soar through the sky, visit our conservatory where we seek to protect and enhance the ecological and cultural integrity of all local Rancocas Creek critters.

Cattus Island County Park 
Toms River NJ
The unspoiled beauty of nature is the main attraction at Cattus Island County Park.  The park spans almost 500 acres and has miles of hiking trails. Come
bird watching on broadwalks through wetlands. Our two-hour workshops are designed to expand the participant's knowledge of birds and birding. Please bring your field guides and optics. You can also go crabbing, cross-country skiing and fishing. Handicap-accessible, nature trails, picnic area, playground, restrooms and scenic overlooks.

Cape May Bird Observatory
Cape May NJ
When you think of Cape May, think nature, and when you think nature, think of the Cape May Bird Observatory - the nature resource center since 1976.
The Northwood Center is the perfect one-stop shop for the nature lover on your list! They have the finest selection of binoculars and spotting scopes, field guides, and a variety of books about nature for adults and children. They offer walks, programs, and workshops throughout the year. Relax on their garden benches and enjoy the view of Lily Lake or go inside and check out the sightings sheet on the latest bird and nature sightings; get a view through their wonderful selection of binoculars and spotting scopes.
Hours - Open Thursday thru Monday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM (closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

The Center for Research and Education
in Goshen was opened in 1997. This 8,600 square-foot center, surrounded by 26 acres of marsh and upland, is strategically located to access the natural wealth of New Jersey's Delaware Bayshore.  Open 9am to 4:30pm, seven days a week, the facility focuses on backyard habitat and backyard bird watching, with displays, a bookstore featuring natural history books, optics, bird feeders and supplies, a 170-seat lecture room, outside observation deck, natural landscaping demonstrating model backyard habitat, wildlife art gallery, and offices for staff.

Cape May migratory bird refuge
Cape May NJ
Located on the southwest tip of the Cape May peninsula, the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, is replete with dunes, fresh and saltwater marshes, meadows, ponds, and a full mile of beachfront. See Plants, Salt marshes, a host of migratory birds, migrating dragonflies and butterflies as they rest and feed at the preserve. Go through beautiful trails that wind through the marsh edges. The preserve is open from dawn until dusk. During spring season, beaches are closed for beachnesting birds. The birding platform and a portion of the associated preserve are wheelchair accessible.

Sayen Park Botanical Garden 
Hamilton NJ

This 30 acre municipal property in Hamilton NJ includes elaborate gardens with rare species of flora gathered from around the world. See the wonderful ponds and gazebos as you stroll on the walking trails.

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Places to go Bird Watching NJ

Our goal is to help you find the best parks, sanctuaries, and other cool venues where you can take advantage of the finest New Jersey bird watching.  Go bird watching in NJ today and enjoy a scenic morning or afternoon that you won't soon forget!
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