October 18-23, 2016
Swanquarter, North Carolina
Each fall, Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival plays host to hundreds of visitors who travel from near and far to experience the offerings of the Outer Banks and the nearby mainland portions of Eastern North Carolina. The six-day event is held in the shoulder season when lodging rates are lower, there is less traffic and the weather is mild.
The counties of Dare, Currituck, Tyrrell and Hyde are home to a diverse and fascinating array of wildlife to view, waterways to paddle, art to enjoy, and history to learn. In addition to marine life, black bears, alligators and Red Wolves, hundreds of species of birds are waiting to be spotted.
Paddlers enjoy gliding through the backwaters, the sounds and even the Atlantic Ocean. Birders take advantage of the six-day event to add to their life lists – with more than 400 species reported in the regions, there are limitless possibilities!
In Dare County, there are only about 16000 acres that are open to development; the remaining property is in conservation. While there have been changes since the late 1500s when the first English colonists arrived – 20 years before the settlement of Jamestown – the richness of flora and fauna still exists. And the area’s history is fascinating.
The region is a favorite location for both photographers and artists who capture the ‘flavor’ of the area in print and on canvas.
Birding Tour Organizer
The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is a non-profit organization established and incorporated in 1989 by a group of local citizens with a broad mission:
- Recruits and supervises interns
- Recruits and supervises volunteers
- Solicits, administers and pays grants for educational programs and field trips on the refuges
- Educational programs and classroom presentations in the schools
- Provides personal enrichment opportunities
- Purchases and prints brochures and pamphlets
- Design, built and maintains Pea Island Visitor Center
- Helped with acquisition of property on which the National Refuges Visitor Center is located on Roanoke Island(http://www.fws.gov/ncgatewayvc/)
- Pays for 3 CWRS refuge staff members (gift stores manager, volunteer coordinator, WOW coordinator/administrative assistant)
- Helps with turtle watch & patrol program
- Staffs and stocks gifts shops and Pea Island and National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Centers
- Trail maintenance around refuges