Pat Sutton lives near Cape May, New Jersey, the world renowned migratory crossroads that is famous for its hawk, owl, songbird, shorebird, and Monarch butterfly migration. She has keenly studied the natural world for over 30 years.
Pat and her husband Clay’s landmark book, Birds and Birding at Cape May, is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the hometown that they so love.
Pat has been a working naturalist since 1977, first for the Cape May Point State Park and then for 21 years with New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory, where she was the Naturalist and Program Director.
Today, Pat and Clay are free-lance writers, naturalists, lecturers, and tour leaders. Pat is a founding Board Member of the North American Butterfly Association. She coauthored, with David Wright, CMBO’s “Cape May County Butterfly Checklist” and the Cape May County butterfly site guide in Jeffrey Glassberg’s Butterflies Through Binoculars.
Pat is an Honorary Director of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. She is a passionate advocate and wildlife gardener for (and photographer of) butterflies, moths, birds, and other critters.
Articles and photography by Pat & Clay have appeared in New Jersey Audubon, Peregrine Observer, New Jersey Outdoors, Sanctuary, American Butterflies, Wild Bird, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birder’s World, Birding, Living Bird, Defenders, and others. Check out Pat’s Facebook page. Check out Pat’s Facebook page.
Hawks in Flight: The Flight Identification of North American Migrant Raptors, by Clay Sutton, David Sibley, and Pete Dunne