Upcoming Events

2021

Due to COVID-19 many programs are in limbo until times are safe.  I will present several ZOOM programs in 2021.  Details follow.

Check back often.  Program requests come in throughout the year.  We continue to add them here.

October 2021

October 25 (Monday) — 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  HOW TO CREATE A NO-FUSS WILDLIFE POND

Pat Sutton will present this program at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, in their downstairs Presentation Room.  FREE.  To learn more, go to the Cape May County Library’s Calendar.  I never promoted this because of the Covid Variants.  It has been cancelled.

October 28 (Thursday) — 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  THE UNFOLDING OF A WILDLIFE GARDEN: ONE YEAR IN THE SUTTON GARDEN, presented by Pat Sutton for CU Maurice River at their CU Social

WHERE: Zoom

All CU Socials are free for CU Maurice River Members and $25.00 per non-member.  Click HERE to join as a member (annual cost of membership: $20 – individual / and $30 – family) and register for this program. Call (856) 300-5331 for more information.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Please let CU Maurice River know you plan on attending by signing up HERE

BE PREPARED
Please have your favorite device handy with a solid internet connection in order to participate. Registration is required so that CU Maurice River can get you the Zoom meeting link, which will be sent out the day before the presentation.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Join Pat Sutton for this virtual presentation (on Zoom) for CU Maurice River at their CU Social. Filming began in mid-February and continued through 2021 to capture the unfolding of four seasons in Pat Sutton’s 44-year-old wildlife garden. It showcases her favorite visitors while also demonstrating how (and why) she maintains her wildlife habitat in many, many maybe-new-to-you wildlife-friendly ways.

Through an unsettling and uncertain time, the Sutton’s wildlife garden soothed the soul, entertained, and educated. In this wildlife habitat so much happens right before your eyes, with nature unfolding in so many ways. Migrant (and nesting) birds find countless caterpillars and other juicy treats, as well as plentiful seed heads. Varied and beautiful pollinators benefit from native perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines that offer a cascade of blooms from early, early spring until late fall’s first frost. Busy water features draw in wintering birds to heated bird baths, and migrants and nesting birds to a whole host of warm season water features, from misters to fountains to bird baths. A din of calling Green Frogs on many summer nights led to their egg masses being discovered the next day. The transition of “Cover” provided in this wildlife garden will be showcased, from brush piles in late fall through winter, to robust stands of perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines. Life cycles occur on a daily basis. Each year Monarchs can be found in this garden daily from mid-June on, mating and laying eggs, and swelling the summer population so that by fall the migratory population is strong and substantial. This year Pat witnessed and filmed a Monarch caterpillar in its “J” position metamorphosing into its chrysalis, and a Monarch emerging from its chrysalis.  Will these magical moments be shared in the presentation? You bet!

October 29 (Friday) — 6:30 to 9:00 pm   RAPTORS AND WATERFOWL ON THE MAURICE RIVER, presented by Clay Sutton for CU Maurice River at their CU Social

WHERE: Zoom

All CU Socials are free for CU Maurice River Members and $25.00 per non-member.  Click HERE to join as a member (annual cost of membership: $20 – individual / and $30 – family) and register for this program. Call (856) 300-5331 for more information.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Please let CU Maurice River know you plan on attending by signing up HERE

BE PREPARED
Please have your favorite device handy with a solid internet connection in order to participate. Registration is required so that CU Maurice River can get you the Zoom meeting link, which will be sent out the day before the presentation.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Clay Sutton is a name well-known to CU Maurice River members for many years, for over three decades in fact!  Clay and his colleague Jim Dowdell have monitored Maurice River raptor and waterfowl for the past 34 years, and are about to begin their amazing 35th season of winter surveys on the Maurice. What began in 1987 with conservation goals has become over time a true long-term monitoring effort, one of the very few true long-term monitoring projects in the Delaware Estuary.

In “Raptors and Waterfowl on the Maurice River,” Clay will present the findings of these years on the Maurice. Some of the documented trends are heartening, while others are surprising and disturbing. Clay will detail how climate change and sea level rise are impacting and changing the bird life on the Maurice, particularly our numbers of wintering hawks, eagles, ducks and geese. Clay has been proud to represent CU Maurice River for these many years, privileged to, as he describes it, “take the pulse of the river many times each season.”

November 2021

November 22 (Monday) — 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.   HOW TO SPOT HAWKS & EAGLES

At the peak of the world-famous raptor migration (and heading into winter, also a raptor-rich time), Clay and Pat Sutton will present this program at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, in their downstairs Presentation Room.  FREE.  To learn more, go to the Cape May County Library’s Calendar.  I never promoted this because of the Covid Variants.  It has been cancelled.

December 2021

December 20 (Monday) — 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  PLANT WARS: HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND DEAL WITH INVASIVE NONNATIVE PLANTS Depending on Covid Variants, this too may be cancelled.

Pat Sutton will present this program at the Cape May Court House Library, 30 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, in their downstairs Presentation Room.  FREE.  To learn more, go to the Cape May County Library’s Calendar.