Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival


April 20 - 22, 2017

When winter's grip loosens and springs starts to blossom, as many as 35 species of neotropical warblers begin to fill the air with their delicate and charming songs.  The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a birder's paradise with more than 200 types of birds either residing here or just passing through.

Springtime is the most popular time for birders to visit the area.  Serious bird watchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson's Warbler and the Wayne's Warbler (a subspecies of the Black Throated Green Warbler), two of the most secretive and least observed of all of North American birds.  Bird watchers can also catch a "peep" of the white-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle.  Other birds of interest that can be seen in the Refuge include the wood duck, barred owl, pileated woodpecker and prothonotary warbler.

So grab your binoculars and make a plan to head out to the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival April 20 - 22, 2017.