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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Birding Festival

04/20/2017 - 04/22/2017
  • Day: Thursday
  • Location: Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
  • Phone: (757) 986-3705
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Deloras Freeman
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The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge hosts its tenth annual Birding Festival on April 20 - 22, 2017. The festival strategically falls during the height of the spring Neotropical songbird migration, when the greatest diversity of species are on the fly.

Bird lovers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson's Warbler and the Wayne's Warbler (a race of the Black-throated Green Warbler), two of the most secretive and least observed of all North American birds. Lucky visitors will likely catch a "peep" of the White-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle. Other birds of interest are the Wood Duck, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker and Prothonotary Warbler.

The FREE annual Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival is open to the public and offers family-fun activities, such as guided bird walks, canoe trips, owl prowls, bus tours and workshops. Bird walks, canoe trips, and bus tours require reservations and can be made by calling the Refuge Headquarters at (757) 986-3705. For more information about the festival, visit

*Schedule Subject to Change Without Notice. Please check back frequently*  ** Space is limited so reservations are required. Call (757) 986-3705 during normal business hours to reserve your spot!

Schedule of Events (To Be Announced)