This week the jackpot over at Two Mile Refuge was the siege of hundreds of Gannets. These pelagic birds were out in force and spectacular in their arrow-like plunges into the sea.
Piping Plovers were plentiful along the beach. I counted at least sixteen in one day. And there was a crowd of little Sanderlings scurrying about, the usual gulls, and at least four pairs of noisy American Oystercatchers.
And it is not only the birds that are coming back to the Cape May peninsula. The big beige and brown RV of our intrepid work campers, Carol and Steve Montony rolled into the Two Mile Refuge this week and began to get settled in for the season. We so are fortunate to have their support again this year.
Also, we are getting ready for the opening of the Visitor's Contact Station and Nature Store at Two Mile Beach on May 5th. An area is being prepared for the planting of a pollinator garden with native, non-invasive plants that will attract the birds and the bees and the butterflies.
We could use some help, so come over, grab one of the shovels we will have available and dig in. If you do get tired of digging, stop in the Nature Store to say hello.
Once again we are presenting a wide range of free family friendly activities such as Full Moon Walks, Ghost Crab Walks, Family Nature Walks and Plein Air Painting classes.
We will be sending out regular updates and you can, also, refer to our website at friendsofcapemaynationalwildliferefuge.org and Facebook at Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Two Mile Beach Unit for more information.
MAY 5TH at TWO MILE BEACH UNIT:
-Nature store opens at 9:00 AM.
-Family nature walk at 9:00-10:30 AM.
-Help plant the pollinator garden at 11:00 AM.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Writing for Friends of CMNWR