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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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DETAILS ν

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 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/great_dismal_swamp/.

*Schedule Subject to Change Without Notice. Please check back frequently* For a complete listing of events along with descriptions and locations, please click here. ** Space is limited so reservations are required. Call (757) 986-3705 during normal business hours to reserve your spot!

Schedule of Events
 

                       Thursday, April 20, 2017

 Event Check-in Location 
7:00am - 9:30am **Guided Bird Walk - Jericho Ditch (Adults) JD
7:00am - 9:30am **Guided Bird Walk - Washington Ditch (Adults) WD
7:00am - 10:00am Cypress Marsh and Interior/West Guided Birding (by bus to) HQ
10:30am - 1:00pm Lake Drummond Motorized Boat Tour  HQ
11:00am - 12:30pm Wildlife Drive Guided Bus Tour HQ
1:30pm - 4:00pm Lake Drummond Motorized Boat Tour HQ
2:00pm - 3:00pm Washington Ditch Guided Nature Walk WD
2:00pm - 3:00pm GDSNWR - No Alligators Here! ( HQ
7:00pm - 8:30pm Night Prowl HQ

Friday, April 21, 2017
   
7:00am - 9:30am Jericho Ditch Guided Bird Walk (Adults) JD 
7:00am - 9:30am Washington Ditch Guided Bird Walk (Adults) WD 
7:00am - 10:00am Cypress Marsh and Interior/West Guided Birding (by bus to) HQ 
9:00am - 11:30am Dismal Swamp Canal South Guided Bird Walk
Ballahack Road Boat Ramp 
9:00am - 11:30am Birding Basics Workshop and Field Session HQ 
10:30am - 1:00pm Lake Drummond Motorized Boat Tour HQ 
11:00am - 12:30pm

Wildlife Drive Guided Bus Tour       

HQ
1:30pm - 2:30pm Return of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker to the Great Dismal Swamp HQ
1:30pm - 4:00pm Lake Drummond Motorized Boat Tour HQ 
2:00pm - 3:00pm Washington Ditch Guided Nature Walk WD 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

   
7:00am - 9:30am Jericho Ditch Guided Bird Walk (Adults) JD 
7:00am - 9:30am Washington Ditch Guided Bird Walk (Adults) WD 
7:00am - 10:00am Cypress Marsh and Interior/West Guided Birding (by bus to) HQ 
8:00am - 10:30am Dismal Swamp Canal South Guided Bird Walk Ballahack Road Boat Ramp 
9:00am - 10:30am Dismal Swamp Canal South Guided Bird Walk Ballahack Road Boat Ramp 
10:00am - 12:00pm Nature Photography Workshop & Field Session HQ 
10:30am - 1:00pm Lake Drummond Motorized Boat Tour HQ 
11:00am - 12:30pm Wildlife Drive Guided Bus Tour HQ 
1:30pm - 4:00pm Lake Drummond Motorized Boat Tour HQ 
2:00pm - 3:00pm Washington Ditch Guided Nature Walk WD 
2:00pm - 3:00pm Kid's Nature Walk HQ