Great Dismal Swamp Migration Celebration
April 26 – 28, 2018
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is holding its new Migration Celebration in April. This event will focus on guided bird walks and guided nature walks.
The festival occurs during the height of the spring Neotropical songbird migration, when the greatest diversity of species are likely to be present at the refuge.
During the festival, birders may catch a glimpse of Swainson’s warbler, Wayne’s warbler (a race of the black-throated green warbler), two of the most secretive and least observed of all North American birds.
Other birds of interest in the area include white-throated sparrow, great egret, bald eagle, wood duck, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, and Prothonotary warbler. Since its establishment, more than 200 species of birds have been identified at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
The Migration Celebration is part of International Migratory Bird Day. International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America.
The annual Great Dismal Swamp Migration Celebration is open to the public and offers guided bird walks and guided nature tours. Guided bird walks are suggested as adults only.
For more information about the festival, call (757) 986-3705 or visit the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge website.
source: Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge