Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Virginia Birding Festivals

The following list includes several birding (birdwatching) festivals that will be held in Virginia during the 2014 season.

Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, VA
April 24-26, 2014

The Great Dismal Swamp birding festival falls during the height of the spring neotropical songbird migration. Among the species that appear this time of year are the Swainson’s warbler and the Wayne’s warbler, two of North America’s most secretive birds.

The festival is part of International Migratory Bird Day, which highlights journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America.

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA, and elsewhere
May 10, 2014

The 20th annual International Migratory Bird Day celebration at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge features workshops, bird walks and guided lighthouse tours. The event is one of many planned to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.

Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival
Cape Charles, VA
October 10-12, 2014
The Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife festival features field trips to the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge.

Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend
November 27 - 30, 2014

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will offer special events and programs to mark the fall migration of waterfowl to the refuge.

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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