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Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival
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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Birding Festival

05/10/2012 - 05/12/2012
  • 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 sixth annual Birding Festival on May 10 - 12, 2012. 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, owl prowls, bus tours and photography workshops. Bird walks and bus tours require reservations and can be made by calling the Refuge Headquarters starting March 1, 2012 at (757) 986-3705. For more information about the festival, visit www.fws.gov/northeast/greatdismalswamp.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 10, 2012

 
7:00am - 11:00am Bird Banding Station - Demonstration - Jericho Ditch
9:00am - 12:00pm

Canoe Birding - Dismal Swamp Canal (Adults)
Departs from Ballahack Boat Ramp

8:30am - 10:00am
Get N2 Birds - Adult Beginners Class at Headquarters
7:30pm - 9:30pm Owl Prowl - Bus Tour Departs from Refunge Headquarters
Friday, May 11, 2012
 
7:00am - 9:30am
Guided Bird Walk - Jericho Ditch (Adults)
7:00am - 9:30am
Guided Bird Walk - Washington Ditch (Adults)
7:00am - 11:00am
Bird Banding Station - Demonstration - Jericho Ditch
8:30am - 10:00am
Nature Photography Workshop with Guided Photography
Walk at Headquarters (12 - 16 years with adult)
10:30am - 12:00pm Bus Tour to Lake Drummond from Headquarters
11:00am - 2:00pm Light Lunch Items Available at Headquarters
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dismal History; Informal Showing at Headquarters
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Canoe Birding - Lake Drummond (Adults)
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bus Tour to Lake Drummond from Headquarters
7:30pm - 9:00pm Owl Prowl - Jericho Ditch
Saturday, May 12, 2012
 
7:00am - 9:30am
Guided Bird Walk - Jericho Ditch (Adults)
7:00am - 9:30am
Guided Bird Walk - Washington Ditch (Adults)
7:00am - 11:00am
Bird Banding Station - Demonstration (Jericho Ditch)
7:00am - 10:00am
Birding Bus Tour to Lateral West Fire Scar (Adults
Departs from Refuge Headquarters
9:00am - 11:30am
Family Activities at Headquarters
10:00am - 11:30am
Bus Tour to Lake Drummond from Headquarters
10:30am - 12:00pm
Bob Ake's "Big Year" Presentation at Headquarters
11:00am - 2:00pm
Light Lunch Items Available at Headquarters
12:15pm - 1:00pm
Dismal History; Informal Showing at Headquarters
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Bus Tour to Lake Drummond from Headquarters
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Nature Photography Workshop with Guided Photography
Walk at Headquarters (12 - 16 years with adult)