Positions and Achievements
Fellow of the DVOC
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 (Stackpole Books, 2006, 568 pages), is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the hometown that they so love. Pat and Clay Sutton together have also 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. 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’s Cape May Bird Observatory, where she was the Naturalist and Program Director (1986 to 2007). Pat has a Masters Degree from Rowan University in Environmental Education and an undergraduate degree in Literature from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Today Pat is a free-lance writer, photographer, naturalist, educator, lecturer, tour leader, and wildlife garden consultant. Pat is a passionate advocate and wildlife gardener for butterflies, moths, birds, and other critters. Pat has taught gardening for wildlife workshops and led tours of private wildlife gardens for over 30 years. Sutton’s own wildlife garden is a “teaching garden” featured in many programs, workshops, and garden tours. Pat and Clay Sutton’s wildlife habitat was one of 15 “Birdy Backyard All-Stars” featured in Bill Thompson III’s Bird Homes and Habitats and was one of 29 gardens featured in Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry’s Gardens of the Garden State (published in 2014). Pat and Clay share their passion around the country at festivals and conferences. Pat is an Honorary Director of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes and a Team Member of Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, where you can find her post the 18th of each month. 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. 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.
For more information go to Pat and Clay’s website: http://www.patsuttonwildlifegarden.com/
DVOC interview with Clay and Pat Sutton: https://dvoc.org/Publications/Larus/Spring2007/LoL_2007_spring_s.pdf
CMBO / NJAS interview with Clay and Pat Sutton by Rick Radis
See: Clay Sutton