Wildlife Watching Bay, River and Ocean
Available May 15th – December
- 3 hr3 hours
- 300 US dollars$300
3 hours $300. Up to 6 people. Each additional hour is $50 The Great Egg Harbor River and Bay estuary is recognized as a premiere birding location. Great Egg Harbor (and thus the river) got its name from Dutch explorer Cornelius Jacobsen Mey. In 1614, Mey came upon the inlet to the Great Egg Harbor River. The meadows were so covered with shorebird and waterfowl eggs that he called it "Eyren Haven" (Egg Harbor). Today, the National Park Service considers it one of the top 10 places in North America for birding. There are a wide variety of shore/wading, waterfowl and raptors to be spotted along the bay and river from late Spring – late Summer. Observing our local colony of Black Skimmers and Osprey tending to their young at their nests is popular. Bald Eagles are sighted up the river. Dolphin sightings are common in the ocean from June – October. On the ocean from Mid-October until Late December we see pelagic birds on the ocean such as Gannets, Bonaparte’s Gull, and a wide variety of sea ducks/waterfowl.