​October 16 thru 21, 2018 (main session) and December 7 thru 9, 2018 (WOW Encore session)

Beautiful Wings Over Water T-shirts  2 different colors $21.95 S-M-L-XL  & $24.00 2 XL

               Available at National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges Gift Shops

                       Artwork donated by artist John Sill.


Noah is the 2015 world 'Big Year Birding' record holder-6,042 species.

WOW Partners

Partners volunteer time, equipment, expertise, donations, locations and more.

Photos, Eve Turek


Schedule (date & time) for 99 trips, including the main session in October and WOW Encore in December.

wings over water Overview





In 1997 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival was begun under the direction of then refuge manager, Mike Bryant, as a way to encourage and offer the public wildlife and wildland interpretation and educational opportunities and experiences on regional national wildlife refuges. This annual national wildlife refuge fundraising event has grown from a few offered activities in 1997, to over 90 birding, paddling, photography, art & natural history programs. The festival takes place in 6 national wildlife refuges over 6 northeast North Carolina counties. It is one of the premier east coast wildlife festivals. Locally, many activities take place on National Park Service property, specifically Cape Hatteras National Seashore, one of the Festival partners. What keeps Wings Over Water going year-after-year with a high registrant return rate? Great, knowledgeable activity leaders along with a small ratio of participants-to-leader (so you don’t get lost in the crowd) and of course wonderful wildlife opportunities.  Every festival leader is a professional in their own field, volunteering their time, travel and expertise. Wing Over Water leaders are professors, top birders, well-respected botanists and biologist, authors and award-winning photographers and artists.

To reach the 2017 WOW registration website:



A signed Wings Over Water waiver form is required for each registrant.
If you sign up alone (as an individual) you don't need to send in a physical form. Your initials on the registration website waiver form will be sufficient. You will see and initial this form during the regular registration process.

BUT, if you register as a group, you will need to print off the waiver form and have each member of the group sign it. And then either scan and email it to Wings Over Water, or fax or mail (to be received no later than October 13, 2017 for main session and December 4. 2017 for WOW Encore).

SAVE THE DATE!–– December 9, 2017 • Swan  Days Festival at Lake Mattamuskeet • 9:00AM–3:00PM. Guided migratory bird tours. Living history of CCC Company 424 (Swan Quarter and Mattamuskeet Camps). Live raptor demonstration by Steve Hoddy of EarthQuest. Exotic bird exhibits by Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Lake Lewis Forrest presentations on Mattamuskeet history. Free photo workshop with Matthew Molt and Allen Phelps. Marco Gibbs presentation on small game trapping. Free decoy carving workshop with Chase Luker. Lunch with the guides who led hunts on Lake Mattamuskeet before 1972, moderated by Morgan Harris. Craft and food vendors. Much more! All ages! For more information, call (252) 926-4021, visit  http://www.swandays.com, or visit Swan Days 1017 facebook page.