Isn't it time to become a ‘Wild Thing?’
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. Set for Oct. 22-27, 2013, 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.
Programs offered by the event’s partners are offered for a reasonable cost, making this a great travel value.
This year’s offerings include, but are not limited to the following:
- Guided birding trips
- Art and photography workshops
- Tram tours of National Wildlife Refuges
- Instructions for building a birdhouse and how to garden to attract birds
- Wildlife artists’ reception
- Guided kayak and canoe tours
- A visit to an ancient maritime forest
- And much, much more…