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Clay Sutton (see also Pat Sutton)

1987 Julian K. Potter Award (Clay and Pat Sutton)
1982 Witmer Stone Award (Clay Sutton)
2008 Witmer Stone Award (Clay and Pat Sutton)

Clay Sutton is a life-long resident of Cape May County, where he has worked as an environmental planner, environmental program administrator, vice-president of an environmental consulting firm specializing in threatened and endangered species, and for the past decade as a self-employed environmental consultant, naturalist and field biologist. Clay is a writer, lecturer, tour leader, and a long-time instructor for the American Birding Association’s Institute for Field Ornithology. Migration in all its forms remains his most captivating interest. Clay is a co-author, with Pete Dunne and David Sibley, of the classic Hawks in Flight (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1988; 2nd Edition 2012), and Clay and his wife Pat have co-authored How to Spot Butterflies (1999), How to Spot Hawks & Eagles (1996), and How to Spot an Owl (1994), all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Their latest book, Birds and Birding at Cape May (Stackpole Books, 2006), is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the Cape May area that they so love. This landmark book is a complete guide to birds and birding for the Cape May region, covering what to see, when, where, and how to go, as well as the storied ornithological history of the Cape.

For more information go to Pat and Clay’s website:

DVOC interview with Clay and Pat Sutton:

CMBO / NJAS interview with Clay and Pat Sutton by Rick Radis


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