WOW Encore-A Winter Weekend (December 8-10)

Friday December 8

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Birding  WOW Encore. Wings Over Water offers WOW-Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. This walk, suitable for all levels of birding, will include the south and north dikes and will be paced to give participants an opportunity to study species found. Likely birds include dabbling ducks, herons, egrets; Brown pelicans, White ibis, shorebirds, gulls; terns, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds. App. 1.5-mile walking distance. Meet at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14500 NC Hwy 12,  App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of NC Hwy 12. Leader/Field Expert:  Peggy Eubank. Fri 12-8-17, 8:00-11:30 am. $25.00

Mattamuskeet and Swan Quarter Refuges Birding (Distant Trip) WOW Encore   Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its waterfowl. And, it's widely recognized as one of the best birding sites in North Carolina.  During the fall and winter hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, including a wide variety of ducks, geese and swans migrate to Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina.  Besides waterfowl you may also see Bald Eagles, warblers, waders, otters and muskrats.  You will also experience the diversity that adjacent Swan Quarter National Wildlife Refuge has to offer. Loons, sea ducks and a few shorebirds are possible. Binoculars and bird identification book are recommended. ALERT: App. 59 miles from Roanoke Island to this location. For distant trips, consider travel times when planning your WOW schedule. Meet: Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot. 85 Mattamuskeet Road, Swan Quarter, NC 27885 Leader/Field Expert: Carson Wood. Fri 12-8-17, 8:00 am-noon. $25.00

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Birding, (Distant Trip) WOW Encore   Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. Come learn about the best spots on the refuge for bird and wildlife watching.  Expect a wide assortment of waterbirds in the lake and refuge impoundments.  The group will see plenty of Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers to name a few.  There is also the possibility of finding a Eurasian Wigeon. Herons and egrets will be abundant. This is a good place to spot a 'Great White' Heron, the rare form of the Great Blue. The group should also see a variety of land birds in the adjacent bottomland forest. Wrens, sparrows and perhaps an unusual flycatcher such as an Ash-throated could turn up. Driving with short walks at some stops. Meet: Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot. ALERT: App. 59 miles from Roanoke Island to this location. For distant trips, consider travel times when planning your WOW schedule.  Leader/Field Expert: Carson Wood. Fri  12-8-17, 1:00-4:00 pm. $25.00

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond & Beach Birding,  WOW Encore   Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT:When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. The first hour will be spent ocean-watching and searching for and identifying ocean and beach birds. The rest of the trip will be spent birding the impoundments, dikes, and marshes of South Pond. Expect a variety of waterfowl, herons, egrets, wrens and sparrows. American bitterns are possible. If we have good weather, there is also a chance for an assortment of raptors. With any luck we might find some warbler species in addition to all of the Yellow-rumps! Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12,   App 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, on the west side of NC Hwy 12. Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Pippen. Fri  12-8-17, 1:00-4:00 pm. $25.00

Saturday December 9

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond & Beach Birding,  WOW Encore   Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT:When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. The first hour will be spent ocean-watching and searching for and identifying ocean and beach birds. The rest of the trip will be spent birding the impoundments, dikes, and marshes of South Pond. Expect a variety of waterfowl, herons, egrets, wrens and sparrows. American bitterns are possible. If we have good weather, there is also a chance for an assortment of raptors. With any luck we might find some warbler species in addition to all of the Yellow-rumps! Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12,  App 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, on the west side of NC Hwy 12.   Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Pippen. Sat 12-9-17, 8:00-11:30 am. $25.00

Oregon Inlet Old Coast Guard Station Birding, WOW Encore.  Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. Where the ocean meets the sound you will find an interesting selection of birds. Around the historic Oregon Inlet old Coast Guard Station look for land birds and whatever else may fly through the often volatile Oregon Inlet corridor. Walk sand flats to find terns, shorebirds, and Piping Plover. Explore the rock jetty for Purple Sandpiper and view the inlet and ocean for waterbirds. App. 1 mile walk. Meet: Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge south parking lot. From the north, this is immediately on the east after crossing south on NC Hwy 12. Leader/Field Expert: Susan Campbell. Sat 12-9-17, 8:00-11:30 am. $25.00

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge & Oregon Inlet Birding  WOW Encore  Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds and waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. This trip will start at Pea Island and then move northward Oregon Inlet. The group will start with surveying the impoundments at Pea Island. Then they will drive up to the north end of the island to Oregon Inlet and Bonner Bridge.  Time will be spent checking the inlet out to the rock groin, looking for species that may include Great cormorant, Common eider, Purple sandpiper, Piping plover, “Ipswich” Sparrow and more. The group will also spend time ocean watching at multiple locations along the way. Northern gannet, Red-throated loon and an assortment of gull species, as well as scoters should be visible from the beach. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on west side of NC Hwy 12.  Leader/Field Expert:  Steve Shultz.  Sat 12-9-17, 8:00 am-3:00 pm. $25.00

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Birding,  WOW Encore. Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. Pocosin Lakes is famous for huge flocks of wintering Snow Geese.  Mixed in may be Ross’s, Greater White-fronted or Cackling Geese.  Red-winged Blackbirds can number in the thousands, a spectacle in itself.  Yellow-headed Blackbird might be found.  Also raptors abound with the possibility of a Golden Eagle overhead.  Farm field and edge species may include a variety of sparrows as well as American Pipits and Horned Larks. Meet: Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 205 S. Ludington Drive, Columbia, NC 27925. (Alert: app. 33 miles west of Roanoke Island) off of Hwy 64 at the Scuppernong River.  From this meeting location we will either carpool or caravan following the leader to various birding hotspots around the refuge. Leader/Field Expert: Ed Corey & Jeff Beane.  Sat 12-9-17, 10:00 am-6:00 pm. $25.00

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Birding,  WOW Encore.  Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December.  Explore Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in areas open year-'round and others normally closed to the public. Look for waterfowl and shorebirds in the impoundments, raptors including Bald and Golden eagles over the farm fields, and songbirds in roadside vegetation. Rare species such as the Western kingbird and Ash-throated flycatcher have been found during previous festivals. Black bear often seen. Red wolf and bobcat are a possibility. Meet at Creef Cut Trail parking lot,  app 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island on Hwy 64 at Milltail Road. Leader/Field Expert:  Carson Wood.  Sat 12-9-17, 1:00-4:00 pm. $25.00

WOW Encore-Birder's Social  Meet and greet fellow WOW Encore birders (leaders & registrants) for a casual evening birding social. You'll have an opportunity to talk about sightings, species and the illusive birds not seen. Light snacks, wine, tea and other beverages will be provided. This is a December WOW Encore program.  Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island.  Sat. 12-9-17, 6:00-8:00 pm, $15.00

Sunday December 10

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Birding  WOW Encore   Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. Explore Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in areas open year-'round and others normally closed to the public. Look for waterfowl and shorebirds in the impoundments, raptors including Bald and Golden eagles over the farm fields, and songbirds in roadside vegetation. Rare species such as the Western kingbird and Ash-throated flycatcher have been found during previous festivals. Black bear often seen. Red wolf and bobcat are a possibility. Meet at Creef Cut Trail parking lot,  app 5.5 miles west of Roanoke Island on Hwy 64 at Milltail Road.  Leader/Field Expert: Jay Ross. Sun 12-10-17, 8:00 am-11:30 am.  $25.00

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Birding  WOW Encore   Wings Over Water offers WOW Encore festival trip dates especially designed to provide better possibilities of seeing large flocks of migratory birds & waterfowl. ALERT: When registering for this trip please note the date is in December. This walk, suitable for all levels of birding, will include the south and north dikes and will be paced to give participants an opportunity to study species found. Likely birds include dabbling ducks, herons, egrets; Brown pelicans, White ibis, shorebirds, gulls; terns, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds. App. 1.5-mile walking distance Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of NC Hwy 12.  Leader/Field Expert:  Susan Campbell. Sun 12-10-17, 8:00-11:30 am. $25.00



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2017 Main Session WOW Trips

Tuesday October 17


Big Day Birding
  If you have ever envied those birders who find rarities and tally 100 plus species in a whirlwind birding day, then this is the trip for you!  We drive while you bird. The trip will move from the coastal plain at Lake Phelps to the Outer Banks, stopping at varied habitats and birding hotspots to try to see and hear as many species as possible in one day. This trip is NOT designed for first time birders. Each participant should have their own pair of binoculars (and scope if you have one) and be comfortable with bird identification and all day birding. The pace will be fast in order to cover the ground required. Identification by sight and sound will be quick. Bird checklists and an itinerary with map and timetables will be provided in advance. Bring food and drink for the day. Rest stops will be made as needed. Wear walking shoes/boots suitable for mostly flat terrain; no hike from the van will be lengthy or strenuous. Some wading possible, but not required. Very limited availability. Meet: Outer Banks Welcome Center parking lot on Roanoke Island, located at the foot of the Virginia Dare Bridge, Highway 64. This is the opposite end of Roanoke Island from Wings Over Water headquarters. Leaders/Field Experts: Brian Bockhahn (current record holder for North Carolina Fall and Winter Big Days) and Audrey Whitlock Map ID Blue Y.  Tue 10-17-17 , 4:30 am-7:30 pm.  $50.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding  The search for birds will include checking the impoundment for waterfowl and migratory shorebirds and also checking the undisturbed vegetation of the dikes and marshes for songbirds and raptors. Come prepared for mosquitoes. Cacti can also be a problem. Wear appropriate footwear. 1.5 to 2-mile walk. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, west side of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N. Leaders/Field Experts: John & Paula Wright.  Tue 10-17-17, 7:30-11:00 am.  $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Birding  This walk, suitable for all levels of birding, will include the south and north dikes and will be paced to give participants an opportunity to study species found. Likely birds include dabbling ducks, herons, egrets; Brown Pelicans, White Ibis, raptors, shorebirds, gulls; terns, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds. App. 1.5-mile walking distance. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968. App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of Hwy 12. Map ID Green N. Leaders/Field Expert: Marcia Lyons.  Tue  10-17-17, 7:30-11:00 am.  $25.00


Maritime Forest Stand-up Paddleboard Eco-Tour   Here's one of the hottest sports during a cooler time of year. Be brave! Bundle up! Give it a try! Have you ever wanted to try stand-up paddleboarding? Here is your chance! Paddle through the calm waters of the Kitty Hawk Woods Maritime Forest out into the salt marsh. There is the potential of seeing an array of estuary birds and wildlife such as, herons, egrets, Red-winged blackbirds, sparrows, otters and more. What better way to see everything high and low than from a quiet, calm stand-up paddleboard! Excellent for beginners. We provide the leader, the paddleboard, paddle and personal flotation device and you provide the paddle power. Meet: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School  6150 N. Croatan Hwy,  Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Map ID Red C. Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School Staff. Tue  10-17-17, 8:00-9:30 am.  $40.00


Nags Head Woods Reptile and Amphibian Hike (NEW)  Explore Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve for some of the many reptile and amphibian species that live in the preserve. The preserve is made up of several types of habitat including maritime forest, sand dunes, freshwater wetlands, and marsh that provide a home to one of the highest diversities of reptile and amphibians on the Outer Banks. A total of 29 species of reptile and 15 species of amphibians have been found within the preserve. There are several species that the only location on the Outer Banks in which they have been documented is in Nags Head Woods. Walk a few of the trails in search of species of reptile such as black racer, rat snakes, cottonmouth, green anoles, and skinks. Search the edges of some of the ponds and under logs for amphibian species such as southern leopard frogs, cricket frog, bull frog and marbled salamander. Meet: Nags Heads Woods Ecological Preserve parking lot, 701 West Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Leader/Field Expert: Michael Gosselin 10-17-17, 9:00-11:00 am. $25.00


Maritime Forest Morning Kayak Tour   Take an early morning paddle through Kitty Hawk Woods, one of three maritime forests remaining on the Outer Banks. This paddling trip offers a unique experience to kayak through amber-colored creeks under a canopy of Live oaks and Loblolly pines. You may see a variety of backyard birds, wrens, chickadees, as well as Pileated woodpeckers, kingfishers, herons and egrets.    Great for beginner or experienced paddlers. Dress for the weather, water and insects. We provide the leaders, the kayaks, the paddles and the personal flotation devices, you provide the paddle power! Meet: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School 6150 N. Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk. Map ID Red C. Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School staff. Tue 10-17-17, 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  $40.00


Beginning DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) Camera Video Class   The past several years have seen a massive shift in video/film making with the emergence of HD video capable DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras. Using a DSLR camera, a shooter cannot only capture quality images, but motion picture as well. DSLR’s have been used on everything from feature films to documentaries to TV shows, and their popularity as a motion picture camera is only growing. This class is an introduction to shooting video with a DSLR camera. The very basics of video/film rules will be explained, but the primary focus will be on the practicalities of using a DSLR camera for motion picture; such as frame rates, shutter speed/angle, lenses, depth of field, handling of footage, the trade-offs of a ‘hybrid’ camera and much more. Participants are asked to bring their own DSLR camera that has a manual HD video mode (consult your owner’s manual if unsure). Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center  100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island. Map ID Blue V.  Leader/Videographer: Tyler Jackson.  Tue 10-17-17, 2:00-4:30 pm. $25.00


Roanoke Island Night Kayak Paddle   This is one of our most popular tours, whether we have a full moon, stars or clouds. We will paddle through the marshes of Roanoke Island at night. The tour begins at the docks in downtown Manteo, circles Festival Park Island and finishes back at the Manteo docks. The marsh canals take you though some quiet night habitats of owls, deer, and resting herons. A hit for any nature lover. Sunset is 6:25 pm. Dress for the weather and water. Flashlight or headlamp is recommended.  We provide the leaders, the kayaks, the paddles and the personal flotation devices, you provide the paddle power! Meet: Kitty Hawk Kites 307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC  27954, Manteo waterfront (next to Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop). Map ID Blue X  Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School staff.  Tue 10-17-17, 6:00-8:00 pm.  $40.00


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge at Night  The refuge is a magical place at night. This trip is a rare opportunity to visit Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge after it closes at night, using spotlights to watch for deer, bear, birds and other wildlife. Climb aboard one of our comfortable vans and discover what the critters do as the sun sets and the stars appear. We will do the driving, you do the observing! Stretch your legs while we stop along the way to look at the night sky and listen for night sounds. We might be treated to the Orionid meteor shower, which peaks during this time. Sunset is at 6:23 pm.  Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island, Hwy 64 at Milltail Road. Map ID Blue a.  Leaders/Field Experts: Cindy Heffley, USFWS & Bob Glennon. Tue 10-17-17, 6:00-8:30 pm.  $25.00


Wednesday October 18


Outer Banks Big Day Birding  Are you interested in finding as many bird species as possible in a single day on the Outer Banks? You'll start in the dark listening for Eastern Screech Owls in Nags Head Woods and end the day at dark listening for rails at Bodie Island. In between you'll travel north and south along highway 12 picking up as many species as possible in places such as Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon Inlet and the Duck boardwalk.  However as reports come in from other Wings Over Water trips, the destinations may vary. This trip is about numbers; quantity over quality. It's stop-and-go-birding, always on the move. So there won't always be time to get a good look at every bird.  We will ID by ear and by sight. Unlike Tuesday's Big Day Birding, this trip stays on the Outer Banks. So there will be a little more flexibility of where we go and for how long. Three participants each will load into the leader's vehicle for a day of birding. This trip is NOT recommended for beginning birders. There will be some walking. The terrain will be easy, the pace fast! Bring your lunch, snacks, water, binoculars and scope. Be ready to bird! Meet: Outer Banks Mall, mile marker 14. Turn at main entrance traffic light and into parking lot immediate to the right.  Map ID Yellow G. Leaders/Field Experts: Nate Swick & Lucas Bobay. Wed  10-18-17, 5:45 am-7:00 pm.  $50.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Sunrise Kayak Tour   Enjoy a sunrise kayak tour through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The shallow waters bring an abundance of shorebirds. Oystercatchers, plovers, gulls, cormorants and pelicans gather to feed.  On occasion you may catch a glimpse of migrating Snow geese. This is a stunningly beautiful paddle between islands of marsh grass during the first light of day. Sunrise 7:13 am. We provide the kayak, paddle, personal flotation device and leader, you provide the paddle power. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge west side Hwy 12. We will transport you to the launch location.  Map ID Green N. Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School staff. Wed 10-18-17, 6:00-8:00 am.  $40.00


Alligator River Refuge Photography Tour   The trip meets before sunrise (7:13 am) at the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot, Milltail Road and Highway 64. This is one entrance to the beautiful Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. We will drive you in a Refuge van and try to take advantage of the sunrise and early morning light. We'll drive through popular areas for photographing the American Black Bear and possibly early migratory birds. We might see Great Blue Heron, turtles, bobcat, raccoon, river otters and owls. There may be opportunities for great photos on the fly right from the van. But we will also stop at times and allow you to set up your tripod. Come for the photographic opportunities or just come along for the ride, the fresh air, and the beautiful scenery that the refuge has to offer. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 & Milltail Road (app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island).  Map ID Blue a. Leaders/Field Experts: Tracey Rock and Jackie Orsulak.  Wed 10-18-17, 7:00-9:00 am.  $30.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Birding  This walk, suitable for all levels of birding, will include the south and north dikes and will be paced to give participants an opportunity to study species found. Likely birds include dabbling ducks, herons, egrets; Brown Pelicans, White Ibis, raptors, shorebirds, gulls; terns, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds. App. 1.5-mile walking distance. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968. App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of Hwy 12. Map ID Green N. Leaders/Field Expert: Harry LeGrand.  Wed  10-18-17, 7:30-11:00 am.  $25.00


Bare-naked Birding with Noah Strycker (NEW)  You won't want to miss birding without with the most basics---you! Noah Strycker is a master birder. Leave your binoculars and field guide at home, but leave your clothes on! 'Bare-naked birding'-birding without gear or even a car-is gaining in popularity among birders who are discovering the rewards of relying on their eyes, ears, and other senses to watch and identify birds. Join this bird walk with Noah Strycker, Associate Editor of Birding Magazine, for an introduction to the world of intuitive birding. By focusing on features such as behavior, vocalizations, posture, habitat, and position in the habitat, you will learn to really see and appreciate the birds around you. Noah is also this year's keynote speaker. (This is a repeat program offered with Noah in 2014). Meet: Lost Colony parking lot, near ticket booth, Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site, NPS Roanoke Island. Leaders/Field Experts: Noah Strycker & Susan Campbell. Wed 10-18-17, 7:30-11:00 am $25.00.


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding   The search for birds will include checking the impoundment for waterfowl and migratory shorebirds and also checking the undisturbed vegetation of the dikes and marshes for songbirds and raptors. South Pond is normally closed off to people. It is only during guided Wings Over Water trips such as this one, that we are given special refuge permission to visit this otherwise closed area. Come prepared for mosquitoes. Cacti can also be a problem. Wear appropriate footwear. 1.5 to 2-mile walk. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12 Rodanthe, NC  27968. App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, west side of NC Hwy 12 Leaders/Field Experts:  Audrey Whitlock & Peggy Eubank 10-18-17.  7:30-11:00 am, $25.00


Exploring Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary   Explore one of the gems of the region with special access to the various habitats of the 2600-acre Audubon Sanctuary. This guided walk, although focused on bird watching, will feature all the nature and history that the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary has to offer.  2-mile walk on solid terrain. Meet: Audubon Nature Sanctuary 300 Audubon Drive, Corolla, NC 27927 (app. 32 miles north of Roanoke Island off of NC Hwy 12).  Pull onto Audubon Drive, wait at wooden gate. http://pineisland.audubon.org/visit  App. 32 miles north of Roanoke Island off of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Red B.  Leader/Field Expert: Robbie Fearn,  Director of the Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary and Audubon Center an co-leader, Curtis Smalling, Audubon NC, Director of Conservation. Wed 10-18-17, 8:00-11:00 am.  $25.00


Maritime Forest Kayak Birding Tour (Kitty Hawk Woods)  Created by popular demand, we have a water trip designed for birders. On this outing you'll have both a paddling and a birding guide.  Kayak through Kitty Hawk Woods with an experienced birder. Kitty Hawk Woods is one of three maritime forests remaining on the Outer Banks. The tour is designed specifically for those interested in viewing the many bird species living in this forest. Paddling through this 1900 acre preserve offers a unique experience through amber-colored creeks under a canopy of Live Oaks and Loblolly Pines. We provide the kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices and guides, you provide the paddle power. Experience is not necessary for kayakers. We will move slowly, stopping at many inlets to view birds. There are generally an abundance of backyard birds, wrens, chickadees, as well as Pileated woodpeckers, kingfishers, herons and egrets. There is no better way to view this area than by kayak since it is inaccessible vehicle or foot. If you bring binoculars or camera we suggest you also bring a dry bag or something to protect them from getting wet. Meet: Kitty Hawk Kayak and Surf School 6150 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC  27949. Leaders/Field Experts: Kitty Kayak & Surf School staff and John Hammond, USFWS.  Wed 10-18-17, 9:00-11:00 am $40.00


Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve Exploration  Nags Heads Woods Ecological Preserve is 1,400 acres of sand dunes, marshes, ponds, woods and wetlands. More than 50 species of birds breed in the forest. More than 300 species of plants have been identified. There are 5 miles of hiking trails. Natural communities found here are, maritime deciduous forest, maritime swamp forest, maritime shrub forest & interdunal ponds. Explore a globally-rare, maritime, deciduous forest with towering dunes, ponds, swamps and other ecological communities with the North Carolina Nature Conservancy’s northeast regional steward. Learn about conservation efforts in this unique preserve that contains the richest biological diversity on the Outer Banks. Watch for various forms of wildlife and both northern and southern species of native flora.  Meet: Nags Heads Woods Ecological Preserve parking lot, 701 West Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.  Map ID Orange F. Leader/Field Expert: Aaron McCall, Northeast Regional Steward, The Nature Conservancy. Wed 10-18-17, 9:00-11:00 am  $25.00


Purple Martin 101 (Family Friendly)  Purple Martins make great neighbors with their social chatter, engaging flight acrobatics, and insect-eating habits.  Once martins take residence in your yard, they return year after year. Learn more about these magnificent birds and how to attract them to your yard.  After the presentation, follow the leader to the site of a nearby nest box.  Although no birds will be there at this time, it’s a great way to understand the needs of the Purple Martins. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center  100 Conservation Way  Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island, classroom. Leader/Field Expert: Cindy Heffley, USFWS.  Thu 10-18-17, 10:00 am-noon.  $20.00


Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Birding (Distant Trip)  Take a wildlife walk and drive on Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge’s impoundment dike to view waterfowl, marsh birds, wading birds, songbirds and a variety of raptors. Waterfowl prospects include Green and Blue-winged Teal, American Widgeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck and Ruddy Duck. Refuge marshes provide cover for a variety of shorebirds, rails and bitterns. ALERT: This is the northern most WOW trip and it could require a ferry ride, depending on what route you choose. App. 62 miles from Roanoke Island to Mackay Island. Plan your travel time carefully because Mackay Island is a good distance from the Outer Banks. Reaching the refuge could include a 45-minute ride on the Currituck ferry. Call 1-800- BYFERRY to confirm ferry schedules. There is also an all-land route that you can find using Google maps.  Map ID Red A. Meet: Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge headquarters parking lot, 316 Marsh Causeway Road, Knotts Island, NC 27950.  Leader/Field Expert: David Hughes.  Wed 10-18-17, 11:00-3:30 pm.  $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding   The search for birds will include checking the impoundment for waterfowl and migratory shorebirds and also checking the undisturbed vegetation of the dikes and marshes for songbirds and raptors. Come prepared for mosquitoes. Cacti can also be a problem. Wear appropriate footwear. 1.5 to 2-mile walk. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12  Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, west side of NC Hwy 12. Map ID Green N.  Leader/Field Expert: Simon RB Thompson. Wed 10-18-17, 1:00-4:30 pm.  $25.00

Birding 101 (Classroom & Field)   Birding 101 is designed for the inexperienced or casual bird watcher who would like to improve their birding skills. Using a combination of classroom and field exercises, participants will learn clues to solve the bird identification puzzle. Following classroom discussion and identification exercises, participants will put their new skills to work with a short walk at a nearby location. Although designed for the beginning birder, others may learn methods to expand their birding skills. Binoculars are recommended but not required. Due to class length you might want to bring a snack and water. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954, Roanoke Island, conference room.  Map ID Blue V. Leader/Field Expert: Lena Gallitano. Wed 10-18-17, 1:00-4:00 pm. $25.00


Gull/Tern Workshop (Classroom & Field)  Perfect for beginning and intermediate birders, the classroom introduction to the basics of gull and tern identification will simplify studying them in the field. The diversity of gull and tern plumage, size, and behavior may seem daunting, but this workshop will teach you how to easily identify and age the common local species. Join this workshop and get hooked on the mystery of birding identification. We'll then go on a brief excursion that will solidify the basics. As many as six gull and four tern species may be located for further study. After the classroom portion of the program we will caravan following the leader to various gull and tern gathering spots.  Carpooling is optional.  Locations we might visit are: Manteo/Nags Head Causeway, Wanchese docks area, the sound behind the Nags Head Tanger Outlet Mall and as far south as Oregon Inlet. Locations to be determined by up-to-the-hour birding reports.  For additional practice with gull/tern identification, consider these other Wings Over Water trips: Cape Hatteras Birding, Pelican Island Safari, Ocean-watching at Jennette’s Pier, & North Pond Birding. Meet at National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way, Roanoke Island. Be prepared to drive as far south as Oregon Inlet as part of this program. Map ID Blue V. Leader/Field Expert: Brian O'Shea. Wed 10-18-17, 2:00-6:00 pm $25.00


Maritime Forest Sunset Kayak Tour   Kitty Hawk Woods, one of only three maritime forests remaining on the Outer Banks, offers a unique experience as kayakers paddle through an amber-colored creek under a canopy of Live oaks and Loblolly pines. Turtles, snakes, and other reptiles are very common in this area, as are birds such as herons, egrets, woodpeckers, kingfishers, Red-tailed hawks and eagles. At sunset, paddle through the marsh to search for feeding wildlife. Sunset is at 6:22 pm.  A great kayak tour for the beginner as well as the experienced paddler. The woods provide shelter from the wind, and the water is shallow. Dress for weather, water and insects.  We provide the leaders, the kayaks, the paddles and the personal flotation devices, you provide the paddle power! Meet: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School 6150 N. Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk. Map ID Red C.  Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School staff. Wed 10-18-17, 5:30-7:30 pm.  $40.00


Owl Prowl   We hope to hoot up Barred Owls, Screech Owls, and maybe even a Great Horned Owl & observe classic owl behavior. But it's the wild and you never know what will appear. The program begins with a brief presentation on the natural history, distribution and identification of local owl species.  Transportation is provided by refuge vans. Dress warmly. Flashlights or headlamps may prove handy. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 & Milltail Road, app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island. Map ID Blue a. Leader/Field Expert: Brian Bockhahn & Refuge Staff. Wed 10-18-17, 5:30-8:00 pm.  $25.00


Lost Colony Astronomy (Family Friendly)  Come to the Lost Colony parking lot on Roanoke Island, bring a beach chair or blanket, sit or lie back for a tour of the sky. Discover the stories in the sky. Explore constellations and bright stars that have fascinated humankind for ages. Your new knowledge will help transform the vast sea of stars into a readable map. Bring bug spray, blanket, beach chair and/or pillow. Dress for the weather. If you have a red-filtered light for reading maps & charts without ruining your night vision, bring that along with any star/constellation guides or charts. Binoculars are not necessary. You are welcome to use cellphone night sky apps if you have them. A standard flashlight or headlamp might be useful getting to and from the program location and the meeting area. This trip is the same as one last available during the 2014 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival. Leader/Field Expert: Jim Gould Wed. 10-18-17, 7:00-8:00 pm  $20.00.


Thursday October 19


Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Palmetto-Peartree Preserve (P-3)   This is a two-part trip. First you meet at Creef Cut Trail parking lot on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Then you will either carpool or caravan in your vehicle following the leader to the Palmetto-Peartree Preserve, app. 15 miles west of Creef Cut Trail parking lot. There you will look for several colonies of endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers who live in the 'P-3.' Most of the sites are visible from the network of unpaved roads. We may also look for six other species of woodpeckers, and various songbirds that can be found in this area. Binoculars, cameras, water & insect repellent recommended. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, corner of Hwy 64 and Milltail Road (app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island). Be prepared for app. 15 miles further driving to the observation location.  Carpooling is possible. Map ID Blue a. Leader/Field Expert: John Hammond. Thu 10-19-17, 6:00-11:00 am.  $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Sunrise Kayak Tour  Enjoy a sunrise kayak tour through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. The shallow waters bring an abundance of shorebirds. This is where oystercatchers, plovers, gulls, cormorants and pelicans gather to feed.  On occasion you may catch a glimpse of migrating Snow geese. This is a stunningly beautiful paddle between islands of marsh grass during the first light of day. Sunrise 7:12 am. We provide the kayak, paddle, personal flotation device and leader, you provide the paddle power. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12  Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge west side Hwy 12. Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School staff  Thu 10-19-17. $40.00


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Birding and Wildlife  Explore Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in areas open year-'round and others normally closed to the public. Look for waterfowl and shorebirds in the impoundments, raptors including Bald and Golden Eagles over the farm fields, and songbirds in roadside vegetation. Rare species such as the Western Kingbird and Ash-throated Flycatcher have been found during previous festivals. Butterflies possible (weather permitting). Black Bear often seen. Red Wolf and Bobcat are a possibility. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 and Milltail Road (app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island).  Map ID Blue a. Trip leader/Field Expert: Brian Van Druten. Thu 10-19-17, 7:30-10:30 am.  $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding  The search for birds will include checking the impoundment for waterfowl and migratory shorebirds and also checking the undisturbed vegetation of the dikes and marshes for songbirds and raptors.  Come prepared for mosquitoes. Cacti can also be a problem. Wear appropriate footwear. 1.5 to 2-mile walk. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12  Rodanthe, NC 27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, west side of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N. Leader/Field Expert: Harry LeGrand. Thu 10-19-17, 7:30-11:00 am.  $25.00


Sorting Out Shorebirds (NEW)  Get a leg up on those confusing shorebirds with this beginner/intermediate workshop out in the field. We all know that peeps, sandpipers, plovers and the like can be terribly confusing, so let's head outdoors to get a grip on the shorebirds here on North Carolina's Outer Banks. As well as looking at identification features such as general impression, plumage characteristics, and size, we will also visit several different locations to see habitat preference and feeding methods for many of our resident and transient shorebirds. A scope will be very useful to bring along. Come prepared for mosquitoes. Wear appropriate footwear for walking pondside trails, weedy dikes, and sandy shorelines. We will carpool or caravan to the various locations. Meet:  On the porch of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center , 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968.  App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side Hwy 12. Leader/Field Expert:  Simon RB Thompson. Thur 10-19-17, 7:30 – 11:00 am  $25.00


Roanoke Island Birding   Explore Roanoke Island's birding hotspots: from open lawns to dense forests, from salt marsh to scanning the sound, to birding the Wanchese harbor. Lots of photo opportunities. Look for year-round resident bird species as well as a mix of fall migrants, including warblers, vireos, kinglets, nuthatches woodpeckers, thrushes and sparrows.  Binoculars and insect repellent recommended.  Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island. You will caravan to the various locations. Carpooling is optional. Map ID Blue V. Leader/Field Expert: Kevin Burke. Thu 10-19-17, 7:30-11:30 am. $25.00


Birding the Northern Banks-From Corolla to Duck  Spend most of the day birding from north in Corolla and moving down to the boardwalk at Duck. Birding will begin with and include areas around Corolla village, the Currituck Beach lighthouse, Whalehead Club, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education & the boardwalk. We'll look for fall migrants: warblers, vireos & swallows. If water levels are low, shorebirds might be present. Terns and raptors are also possibilities.  We will dine at a local restaurant. We'll then bird the famous Town of Duck boardwalk and vicinity, looking for migrant warblers, vireos, and sparrows. Meet at 7:30 a.m in Southern Shores at the Marketplace Shopping Center in the eastern portion of the Food Lion parking lot, nearest Juniper Trail. We will carpool/caravan from there north to Corolla. You will need to cover the cost of your lunch or bring your own.  Also, if you are already in Corolla we can arrange to meet you there rather than you having to drive to Southern Shores. Call 252-216-9464 to arrange a Corolla meeting location. Alert: When you're looking at overall driving, the mileage one way from Roanoke Island to Corolla is app. 41 miles.  Map ID Orange D.  Leaders/Field Experts: Jeff Lewis & Peggy Eubank. Thu 10-19-17,  7:30 am-3:00 pm.  $30.00


Ocean-watching at Jennette's Pier for Casual Birders   Spend a leisurely morning watching for ocean-going birds from the vantage point of Jennette’s Pier, a historic landmark owned and operated by the North Carolina Aquarium. The 1,000-foot pier is the perfect place for spotting both pelagic birds and an array of other species found along the shoreline during the fall. Scan for sea ducks, loons, cormorants, gulls, and terns as well as Northern Gannets and Brown Pelicans. Test your skills looking for birds flying just beyond the breakers. And, be on the lookout for whales, dolphins, and seals. The group might also spend some time on the adjacent beach studying flocks of gulls & shorebirds. Binoculars recommended. Spotting scopes are an asset if available. For intermediate birders. Meet: Jennette's Pier pedestrian entrance boardwalk near the parking lot. Map ID Green H. ALERT: Jennette's Pier now charges a mandatory fee of $2.00 plus tax to walk out on the pier. Please bring $2.14 to access the pier. The charge does not go to WOW and is not included in your registration fee. Leader/Field Expert: Audrey Whitlock. Thu 10-19-17, 8:00-11:00 am.  $25.00


Cape Hatteras Birding   Cape Hatteras is one of the Outer Banks' premier birding locations. The Point, the Salt Pond and adjacent flats, dunes and wetlands are historically important to both anglers and birders. Expect to see not only Brown Pelicans, gulls, terns, seabirds, shorebirds, ducks, and waders, but also a variety of raptors and passerines are possible. Northern Gannets and an assortment of grebes and sparrows are possible as well. The trip will be in leader-driven beach vehicles with some walking on off-road areas. Alert: App. 45 miles south from Roanoke Island (Manteo) to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (Buxton). Make it a day on Hatteras Island. Combine this trip with the new Buxton Woods Maritime Forest Hike. It starts just a few miles away after lunch, Thursday only. Meet: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking lot, 46368 Old Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC  27920. Map ID Green P. Leaders/Field Experts: John Wright, Kevin Markham & Jeff Pippen. Thu 10-19-17, 8:00-11:30 am.  $30.00


eBird Workshop (All-Day, 2-Part, One-Fee, Birding in the Field & Classroom Program)  Part 1 eBird Birding Field Trip. eBird has grown in popularity in recent years due to its ease of use for birders of all skill levels. The advantageous part of the eBird database is that it allows the user to get involved at whatever level desired. No other database at the birder's disposal allows us to use the hobby we enjoy so much to help make such a significant impact to science and conservation by simply watching and counting birds. No matter from what state or country you're from, entering your bird sightings into the eBird database and checking sightings from everyone using the system will prove valuable to your birding experience. We will explore the Bodie Island Lighthouse area in an effort to build a list of birding observations that will be used in the classroom portion, where the data entry and submission process will be discussed. During the trip we will discuss the three major observation/protocol types, when to choose them and the effort levels that eBird asks the user to record. We will also talk about how to approach counting birds in the field and why it is important to actually count and "record all species". We will discuss list-keeping and phone applications that aid in keeping your list accurate as possible. Most importantly, as eBird states it, you will learn how to make your 'checklist more meaningful.' Part 1, Meet: Bodie Island Lighthouse parking lot, 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, Nags Head, NC  27959, north end near the public restrooms. Thursday 10-20  8:00-11:00 am-Take a lunch break between eBird field and classroom programs. Part 2 eBird Classroom eBird has become the go-to resource for keeping your bird observations in one easy-to-use database. It's a wealth of information and an increasingly powerful tool that is useful to birders on a local, state and national level. In this classroom portion of the eBird workshop we will use our observation counts from the eBird morning field trip to discuss the data submission process. Discussion will include data entry tips and shortcuts. We will explore the various types of data output available (maps, bar charts, graphs and count data, etc.) and how we as birders can use this data to further our personal knowledge of avian status and distribution locally and nationally. Nate will discuss how scientists use the data we submit to eBird and how eBird is useful to the traveling birder and those searching to find specific species in their own region. He will explain the use of list keeping phone applications and their interaction with the eBird database. Part 2, Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island, Conference Room.  Map ID Blue V. Leader/Field Expert: Nate Swick, North Carolina eBird Coordinator. Thu 10-19-17, 8:00 am-3:00 pm. $30.00


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour (Family Friendly)   Enjoy the beauty of the refuge from the open-air tram! Sit back and enjoy the ride with your hands free to take fantastic photographs, or gaze at wildlife up-close through binoculars. Enjoy a lively narrative about the natural history of the refuge and hear fascinating stories of past and present uses of the land. Find out if there really were buffalo in Buffalo City. Discover techniques used to manage the mosaic of habitats for native wildlife. The tour will include Twiford Road which is normally closed this time of year. Because of varying temperatures and possible insects, dress appropriately to keep warm and prevent insects bites. Tram seating is a hard bench. You are welcome to bring a towel, blanket or seat cushion to use as seat padding to make the ride more comfortable. Binoculars and cameras are recommended but not required. Tram is handicapped and wheelchair accessible.  Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 & Milltail Road (app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island). Map ID Blue a.  Leaders/Field Expert: Cindy Heffley, USFWS. Thu 10-19-17, 9:00 am-Noon.  $25.00


Buxton Woods Maritime Forest Hike  Take a two-hour hike in the wild maritime forest, on relict sand dune ridges as high as 60 feet surrounding freshwater swales locally known as sedges. Located on the widest and wildest part of Hatteras Island, these topographic and geographic features combine to produce unique island habitat.  The maritime forests, swamps, and inter-dune ponds of Buxton Woods provide habitat for much of the island's wildlife. Bring water.  Wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet:  Buxton Woods Nature Trail parking lot on Lighthouse Road, adjacent to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking area. We may caravan to other nearby trails showing various aspects of wooded habitats.  Alert: This meeting location is app. 48 miles south from Roanoke Island. Make it a day on Hatteras Island.  Register for the morning, Cape Hatteras Birding. Leader/Field Expert: Marcia Lyons, retired Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park Naturalist & Field Biologist. Thu 10-19-17, 1:00-3:00 pm.  $25.00


Introduction to Photography   This program is intended for new photographers or those looking to gain a better understanding of their digital or film camera. It is a practical look at the ‘rules’ of photography and general camera operation that will give you a solid foundation to build upon. Still not sure what f-stop is all about? What is RAW format? Is film relevant anymore? We will discuss these topics and more to give you a working understanding of your camera and photography. Be sure and bring your camera to class. They can be film or digital cameras,  but should have manual controls. This is a good class to combine with Saturday's Beginning Bird Photography in the Field. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center  100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954, Roanoke Island.  Map ID Blue V. Leader/Photographer: Tyler Jackson. Thu 10-19-17, 1:00-3:00 pm. $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding   The search for birds will include checking the impoundment for waterfowl and migratory shorebirds and also checking the undisturbed vegetation of the dikes and marshes for songbirds and raptors. Come prepared for mosquitoes. Cacti can also be a problem. Wear appropriate footwear. 1.5 to 2-mile walk. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12  Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, west side of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N.  Leader/Field Expert: John Connors. Thu 10-19-17, 1:00-4:30 pm.  $25.00


The Thing With Feathers-Insights for Humans From the Amazing Lives of Birds-An Illustrated Talk  Birds aren't people, but just how different are they from us? They have the same basic requirements we do - food, shelter, reproduction. And they can do some amazing things! Approaching bird behavior from new and surprising angles, Noah Strycker explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, life-long loves of albatrosses, particle physics of starling flocks, and other mysteries--revealing why birds do what they do, and how we can relate. With humor and wit, and drawing deep from cutting-edge science and anecdotes from the field, Strycker's presentation will leave you with renewed inspiration about our close connections with birds. Purchase copies In the visitor center gift shop of Noah's books, The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human and, Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica. Noah will be happy to sign/personalize your books. And don't forget to show your Wings Over Water name tag and save 10%! Meet: National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Auditorium) 100 Conservation Way, Roanoke Island. Speaker; Noah Strycker, 2017 Wings Over Water keynote speaker. Thu 10-19-17, 3:00-5:00 pm $20.00


Lost Colony Astronomy (Family Friendly)  Come to the Lost Colony parking lot on Roanoke Island, bring a beach chair or blanket, sit or lie back for a tour of the sky. Discover the stories in the sky. Explore constellations and bright stars that have fascinated humankind for ages. Your new knowledge will help transform the vast sea of stars into a readable map. Bring bug spray, blanket, beach chair and/or pillow. Dress for the weather. If you have a red-filtered light for reading maps & charts without ruining your night vision, bring that along with any star/constellation guides or charts. Binoculars are not necessary. You are welcome to use cellphone night sky apps if you have them. A standard flashlight or headlamp might be useful getting to and from the program location and the meeting area. This trip is the same as one last available during the 2014 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival. Leader/Field Expert: Jim Gould. Thu 10-19-17, 7:00-8:00 pm  $20.00.


Friday October 20


Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Palmetto-Peartree Preserve (P-3)  This is a two-part trip. First you will meet at Creef Cut Trail parking lot on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Then you will either carpool or caravan in your vehicle following the leader to the Palmetto-Peartree Preserve, app. 15 miles west of Creef Cut Trail parking lot off of Hwy 64. There you will look for several colonies of endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers who live in the 'P-3.' Most of the sites are visible from the network of unpaved roads. We may also look for six other species of woodpeckers, and various songbirds that can be found in this area. Binoculars, cameras, water & insect repellent recommended. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, corner of Hwy 64 and Milltail Road (app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island). Be prepared for app. 15 miles further driving to the observation location. Carpooling is possible.  Map ID Blue a.  Leader/Field Expert: John Hammond.  Fri 10-20-17, 6:00-11:00 am. $25.00


Sunrise Photography with Mark Buckler  Join acclaimed professional photographer Mark Buckler for an enjoyable and educational outing.  Explore some of Mark's favorite locations–the beach and dunescapes of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge as well as other settings such pier, marsh & lighthouse environments. In these beautiful settings, learn how to create compelling images of the Outer Banks landscape with hands-on instruction and guidance. Sunrise is at 7:13 am. Meet: Outer Banks Fishing Pier  8901 Old Oregon Inlet Road (Milepost 18.5) Nags Head, NC 27959. Leader: Mark Buckler  Fri 10-20-17, 6:15 -9:00 am. $25.00


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Photography Tour   This trip meets before the 7:13 am sunrise, at Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Milltail Road and Highway 64. This is one entrance to the beautiful Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Once you're loaded onto the refuge van we will try and take advantage of the sunrise and early morning light. We'll drive through popular areas for photographing the American Black Bear and possible early migratory birds. We might see Great Blue Heron, turtles, bobcat, raccoon, river otters and owls. There may be opportunities for great photos on the fly right from the van. But we will also stop at times and allow you to set up your tripod. Come for the photographic opportunities or just come along for the ride, the fresh air, and the beautiful scenery that the refuge has to offer. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 & Milltail Road (app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island).  Map ID Blue a.  Leaders/Field Experts: Tracey Rock and Jackie Orsulak. Fri  10-20-17, 7:00-9:00 am. $30.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding for Experienced Birders   Bring your own scope for some serious birding with an expert leader who will help you identify unusual species and direct you to special areas of this usually closed impoundment. Expect the usual songbirds, raptors, migratory shorebirds & waterfowl. Hope for the unique! Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14500 NC Hwy 12 Rodanthe, NC  27968. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N.  Leader/Field Expert: Kent Fiala.  Fri  10-20-17, 7:30-11:00 am. $25.00.


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Birding  This walk, suitable for all levels of birding, will include the south and north dikes and will be paced to give participants an opportunity to study species found. Likely birds include dabbling ducks, herons, egrets; Brown Pelicans, White Ibis, raptors, shorebirds, gulls; terns, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds. App. 1.5-mile walking distance.  Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968 . App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N.  Leader/Field Expert: Simon RB Thompson.  Fri  10-20-17, 7:30-11:00 am. $25.00


Roanoke Island Birding   Explore Roanoke Island's birding hotspots: from open lawns to dense forests, from salt marsh to scanning the sound, to birding the Wanchese harbor. Lots of photo opportunities. Look for year-round resident bird species as well as a mix of fall migrants, including warblers, vireos, kinglets, nuthatches woodpeckers, thrushes and sparrows. Binoculars and insect repellent recommended. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center  100 Conservation Way, Roanoke Island. You will caravan to the various locations. Carpooling might be an option. Map ID Blue V.  Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Lewis. Fri 10-20-17, 7:30-11:30 am. $25.00


Ocean-watching at Jennette's Pier for Experienced Birders  Spend the morning watching for ocean-going birds from the vantage point of Jennette's Pier, an historical landmark owned and operated by the North Carolina Aquarium. The 1,000-foot pier is the perfect place for spotting both pelagic birds and an array of other species found along the shoreline during the late fall. Scan for sea ducks, loons, cormorants, gulls and terns as well as Northern Gannets and Brown Pelicans. Test your skills looking for large flocks of fast-flying birds moving south just beyond the breakers. Be on the lookout for whales, dolphins and seals. The group will also spend time on the adjacent beach studying flocks of gulls and shorebirds. Binoculars and spotting scopes are essential.  Meet:  Jennette's Pier entrance boardwalk, at the parking lot.  Alert: Jennette's Pier now charges a fee of $2.00 plus tax to access the pier. You are responsible to bring $2.14 to cover this charge. The money does not go to Wings Over Water and it is not part of your registration fee.  Map ID Green H. Leader/Field Expert:  Brian Van Druten.  Fri  10-20-17, 8:00-11:00 am. $25.00


Exploring Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary  Explore one of the gems of the region with special access to the various habitats of the 2600-acre Audubon Sanctuary. This guided walk, although focused on bird watching, will feature all the nature and history that the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary has to offer. 2-mile walk on solid terrain. Meet:  Audubon Nature Sanctuary, 300 Audubon Drive, Corolla, NC 27927 (app. 32 miles north of Roanoke Island off of NC Hwy 12).  Pull onto Audubon Drive, wait at wooden gate. http://pineisland.audubon.org/visit   32 miles north of Roanoke Island off of NC Hwy 12. Map ID Red B.  Leader/Field Expert: Robbie Fearn, Director of the Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary and Audubon Center, Curtis Smalling, Audubon NC, Director of Conservation.   Fri 10-20-17, 8:00-11:00 am. $25.00


Cape Hatteras Birding   Cape Hatteras is one of the Outer Banks' premier birding locations. The Point, the Salt Pond and adjacent flats, dunes and wetlands are historically important to both anglers and birders. Expect to see not only Brown Pelicans, gulls, terns, seabirds, shorebirds, ducks, and waders, but also a variety of raptors and passerines are possible. Northern Gannets and an assortment of grebes and sparrows are possible as well. The trip will be in leader-driven beach vehicles with some walking on off-road areas. Alert: App. 45 miles south from Roanoke Island (Manteo) to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (Buxton). Meet: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking lot,  46368 Old Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC  27920.  Map ID Green P. Leaders/Field Experts: John Wright, Kevin Markham , Taylor Piephoff & Carson Wood. Fri 10-20-17, 8:00-11:30 am. $30.00


Ocracoke Island Birding (Distant Trip)   Explore this wonderful 15-mile long barrier island, which is almost entirely in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Target birds are Purple sandpipers, Marbled godwits, Piping plover, Red knots, White ibis, Eurasian collared-doves, Palm warblers and, hopefully, spectacular views of Northern gannets feeding just offshore. Stops will include a maritime forest, marshes, the beach, views of Pamlico Sound and Springer's Point. Meet at the northern Ocracoke ferry terminal parking area. ALERT: This trip is one of WOW's most southern programs. Be prepared for the longer distance travel times. It is 63 miles from Roanoke Island to the Hatteras ferry teminal. You have to wait to board the ferry. The ferry ride is app. 65 minutes. If you are traveling from the north via NC Hwy12, arrive at Hatteras ferry dock by 6:30 a.m. to line up for 7 a.m. ferry. Call 1-800-BYFERRY to confirm ferry schedules. You are loaded on the ferry, first come, first serve. The ferry ride is FREE. Plan your WOW schedule considering the travel time. Look for waterfowl, gulls and pelicans during the 65-minute ferry crossing to Ocracoke. 4x4 vehicles useful but not required. Should be able to make the 3 p.m. ferry back to Hatteras. Save one-day, long-distance driving. Consider pairing this trip with Friday Hatteras Island trips and register for Cape Hatteras Birding or Buxton Woods Maritime Forest Hike.  Map ID Blue S.  Leader/Field Expert: Peter Vankevich. Fri 10-20-17, 8:00 am-2:00 pm. $30.00


Mashoes Marshes Kayak Tour  Kayak with experienced, local guide and Coastal Kayak owner, Joe O' Grady through the backwater canals and creeks of the Mashoes community. This is a lesser-traveled portion of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, making it one of the most pristine kayak locations on the Outer Banks. The trip combines open water and narrow, winding paths through cordgrass fields. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore on foot a remote beach and maritime forest along the Albemarle Sound. We provide the leader, the kayaks, the paddles and the personal flotation devices, you provide the paddle power! Meet: Mashoes Road roadside canal launch area 3.3 miles northwest of Hwy 64/264, Manns Harbor. Look for leader and kayak trailer and park on roadside completely off of the roadway.  Map ID Blue Z.  Leader/Field Expert: Joe O'Grady, Coastal Kayak Touring Company. Fri 10-20-17, 9:00-11:30 am. $40.00


Oregon Inlet Dredge Spoil Island Adventure-Birding, History & More  Join on us on a tour past man made dredge spoil islands. Captain Stuart Wescott, 9th generation Outer Banker, will share local history as you motor along the Oregon Inlet and Pamlico Sound waters on his 53-foot pontoon boat.  We will disembark on a former pelican rookery. We'll explore islands dunes, watch birds and hopefully tag some Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. Each year brings new discoveries and colonizing animals that swim, float or fly over from the mainland.  Several of these islands are closed during the nesting season, so take advantage of this unique opportunity. Beachcombing is allowed. (This trip was formerly called Pelican Island Safari).  Dress for weather, insects and walking around a sand island. There is a restroom on-board the pontoon boat. Meet: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center front porch. 98 NC Hwy 12, Nags Head, NC  27959 (north side of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge. Please do not park in the store's customer parking area. Map ID Green K.  Leaders/Field Experts: Capt. Stuart Wescott, Brian Bockhahn & Kevin Burke. Fri 10-20-17, 9:00 am-Noon. $40.00


Birding Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond by Van  For those who always wanted to explore the far side of the North Pond but were unable to get there, this is the trip for you. Have a seat and save your feet! You will ride in one of two 2 refuge vans as we drive slowly on the 2 mile North Pond service road to look for birds and other wildlife. We will stop along the way to use scopes, binoculars and cameras. On the northwest pumping station turn around you will have an opportunity to see both sound and pond birds. App. half way through the trip, we will stop for a bathroom break if needed. Conditions allowing, the vans will then move from the south end of the pond to the parking area at the north end of North Pond. There you can easily view the adjacent marsh and salt flats.  A few steps away, via the east end of the nature walk, the northeast corner of the pond and the trip's only sandflats can be studied for shorebirds. Target birds are: Black Duck, Brown Pelican, Great & Snowy Egret, White Ibis, Black-bellied Plover, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Herring & Great Black-backed Gull, Forster's and Royal Tern, Red-winged Blackbird, Meadowlark and Boat-tailed Grackle. Dress for weather and insects. The mosquitoes can be fierce! Due to the driving surface, this trip will cancel if we have too much rain. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N. Trip leaders/Field Experts: John Connors & Jeff Lemons. Fri  10-20-17, 9:00 am-Noon. $25.00


How to Listen-An Introduction to Birding by Ear  Introducing birding by ear for those interested in learning basic information helpful in identifying and remembering common bird songs. Many beginning birders wonder how to identify a bird by sound when the bird cannot be seen. Using recorded bird songs, this class will give you the techniques of how to be a good listener. Learning the techniques of how to listen is an important aspect of our day-to-day human interaction, but it is also an excellent basic tool for bird identification. Cathryn Sill leads this short class on the ways to listen. Especially designed for beginning birders and anyone who wants to improve their listening skills. Most advanced birders will have already developed the skills taught in this class. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954,  Roanoke Island. Conference room. Leader: Cathryn Sill.  Fri 10-20-17, 12:30-2:00 pm, $25.00


Roanoke Island Kayak Tour  Join us for a leisurely paddle though the marshes of Manteo and around Roanoke Island Festival Park (formerly called Ice Plant Island). This area is loaded with natural history and wildlife. Learn about the history of the first English settlers while paddling through black needle rush in the same waters on which they arrived and traveled. Birds and wildlife are abundant in the grasses. On occasion owls, deer, and dolphins make an appearance. We provide the leaders, the kayaks, the paddles and the personal flotation devices, you provide the paddle power! Meet: Kitty Hawk Kites 307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue Manteo Waterfront (next to Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop).  Map ID Blue X.  Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School staff. Fri 10-20-17, 1:00-3:00 pm. $40.00


Bodie Island Lighthouse Birding   Look for songbirds around the lighthouse and on wooded trails, and for waterbirds (swans, geese, ducks, grebes, herons, egrets, ibis, rails, etc.) from the boardwalk by the ponds. While the emphasis will be on birds, the search will also include identifying butterflies and dragonflies (weather permitting). Local plant life will also be pointed out, and fun flora facts will be mentioned relating to both human culture and the importance to birds.  Meet: Bodie Island Lighthouse parking lot near the north end restrooms. Map ID Green J.  Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Pippen. Fri 10-20-17, 1:00-4:30 pm. $25.00

Oregon Inlet Marsh Birding   Check the inlet’s beach and flats for shorebirds, including Piping Plover. Then wade the marsh in search of Clapper Rails, marsh sparrows (including Nelson’s and Saltmarsh) and Marsh and Sedge Wrens. Bring boots for walking in calf-deep water. This can be a strenuous birding excursion. Co-leader, John Fussell is the author of, A Birder’s Guide to Coastal North Carolina. Alert: Friday and Saturday trips meet at different times but same location. Meet: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, south end, left-most parking lot (to the left of the fishing boat docks). Do NOT turn right toward the fishing center building. GPS 35.79468, -75.54797.  Map ID Green L.  Leaders/Field Experts: John Fussell, Kent Fiala & Audrey Whitlock. Fri 10-20-17, 1:00-5:00 pm.  $30.00


Hummingbird Banding (Family Friendly) (Buxton-South)  We have two different hummingbird banding locations-Roanoke Island (north) and Hatteras Island (south). Be careful choosing the correct date and location.  Hummingbird expert and licensed bander, Susan Campbell will demonstrate techniques for capturing and banding hummingbirds. The program also will provide useful tips on attracting hummingbirds. Both the north & south groups will go to residences that host hummingbirds throughout the year. On Friday the demonstration will be held at a Buxton residence located near the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve.  On Saturday the program will visit a Roanoke island residence. If possible, bring a folding chair. ALERT: Because this is a 'Family Friendly' trip, two children 12 or under may accompany a paying, supervising adult at no charge. To include your child or children you must make reservations by either calling or emailing. 252-216-9464 or  wow@coastalwildliferefuge.com.  Meet: Cape Hatteras Secondary School parking lot, near tennis courts, 48576. NC Hwy 12, Buxton, NC 27920 (App. 48 miles south of Roanoke Island). From there you will carpool/caravan following the leader to the hummingbird banding location. Map ID Green Q.  Map ID Blue W . Leader/Field Expert: Susan Campbell. Fri 10-20-17, 2:00-4:00 pm  $25.00


Bird Drawing and Watercolor with John Sill  If you have ever wanted to learn to draw, sketch and paint birds this is the class for you! John Sill is one of the country's top nature artists. You will enjoy your time learning to draw with John. Besides being a nature artist John is the illustrator of over 2 dozen nature books written by his wife, Cathryn. John was the 2012 Wings Over Water keynote speaker. Each year since, John has returned to teach a basic class in bird sketching, focusing on waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds. This year John has modified the class from only basic pencil and paper bird drawing to a class that now includes watercolors. You will spend the beginning of the class learning the basics of drawing a bird. Using an overhead projector, John will demonstrate how to outline and draw what you see. By the end of class you will have a good idea of how to draw basic birds and maybe more. If you are beyond the basic drawing level, John will help you refine and develop your skills. Then you will transfer your bird drawing to watercolor paper and render a watercolor (or 2) of your bird(s). We will provide all basic supplies but you are welcome to bring your own.  Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954, Roanoke Island, conference room.  Map ID # Blue V. Leaders/Artist: John Sill. Fri 10-20-17, 2:15-4:15 pm. $30.00


Alligator River Refuge Sunset Canoe Tour (Experienced Paddlers Only)  During Wings Over Water, refuge managers grant us special use, after-hours exceptions for selected trips. Take a canoe tour through the black waters of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge while the fading light of day casts a soothing spell on your relaxing journey. Learn about Buffalo City and the history of the area before it became a refuge. Bathed in silence and the dimly lit sky, listen for the calls of the wild. You may even see the Alligator River Refuge's native nocturnal life. Dress warmly. Bring a flashlight or headlamp recommended. Sunset is 6:20 pm. We provide the leaders, the canoes, the paddles and the personal flotation devices, you provide the paddle power! This is a Wings Over Water exclusive opportunity to be on the refuge when it is normally closed after dark. For experienced paddlers. Meet: Buffalo City boat ramp (end of the road), 2 miles south of Hwy 64, Buffalo City Road. Leader: Cindy Heffley, USFWS. Fri 10-20-17, 5:00-7:00 pm. $40.00


Kitty Hawk Bay Sunset Kayak Tour   Come paddle the beautiful marshes of Kitty Hawk Bay at sunset. Wildlife comes out to feed at dusk. The tour follows the south end of the maritime forest creek out into the mouth of Kitty Hawk Bay. Many birds, reptiles and animals can be found foraging in the shallow estuary waters while the sun sets over the sound. Sunset is at 6:29 pm. We provide the leaders, the kayaks, the paddles and the personal flotation devices, you provide the paddle power! Meet:  4190 Bob Perry Road boat access (Kitty Hawk Recycling Center) 3 miles south off of Kitty Hawk Road on the right (west). Map ID Orange E. Leader/Field Expert: Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School staff. Fri 10-20-17, 5:30-7:30 pm. $40.00


Owl Prowl  We hope to hoot up Barred Owls, Screech Owls, and maybe even a Great Horned Owl & observe classic owl behavior. But it's the wild and you never know what will appear. The program begins with a brief presentation on the natural history, distribution and identification of local owl species. Transportation is provided by refuge vans. Dress warmly. Flashlights or headlamps may prove handy. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 & Milltail Road, app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island. Map ID Blue a.  Leader/Field Expert: Brian Bockhahn & Refuge staff. Fri 10-20-17, 5:30-8:00 pm. $25.00


Red Wolf Howling (Family Friendly)  Come learn about the majestic Red Wolf, one of the world’s most endangered canids, at the only place in the world where they exist in the wild! Then caravan deep into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge to ‘howl up’ the captive wolves. You will not only learn about this endangered and elusive specie, but will hopefully experience the opportunity of a lifetime to hear their harmonious howls. Flashlights/headlamps recommended. Happy Howling! Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot. App. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island, Hwy 64 and Milltail Road. Map ID Blue a. Leader/Field Expert: Red Wolf Caretaker. Fri 10-20-17, 6:00-7:30 pm. $25.00


North Carolina Birding Trail 10 Year Anniversary Celebration & Reception (NEW)  From our vast coastline to our high mountain peaks, North Carolina is home to a diversity of habitats that support hundreds of bird species, making our state a premier birding destination. The North Carolina Birding Trail has guided thousands of birders and wildlife watchers to over 300 sites across the state. The Coastal Plain Birding Trail region opened ten years ago. The Piedmont and Mountain regions opened in subsequent years. During that time, the Trail has been recognized nationally for its comprehensive list of prime birding spots in North Carolina and well-written guide books. Please join North Carolina Birding Trail partners, state and federal agency leaders and elected officials in celebrating the North Carolina Birding Trail’s success over the past decade. Reception with light appetizers, beer and wine. Free (except for required $5 on-line registration fee). Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island. Friday, 10-20-17, 6:00-7:30 pm.


Saturday October 21


Bear and Bird Photography with Mark Buckler (NEW)   Join acclaimed professional photographer Mark Buckler on this engaging photo safari of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.  Our primary purpose will be photographing black bears in this area that is home to one of the highest concentrations of black bears in North America.  Mark will instruct you on how to create compelling wildlife images and how to take your photography to the next level.  We will also photograph any other wildlife that we encounter, including the possibility of various birds, deer, red wolves, coyote, bobcat, turtles, snakes and much more. Sunrise: 7:15 am.  Meet: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot, Milltail Road & Hwy 64 (app. 5.5 miles west of Roanoke Island). Leader/Photographer: Mark Buckler. Sat 10-21-17 6:45-9:15 am. $25.00


Beginning Bird Photography in the Field (NEW)  Bring your camera for hands-on in the field introductory bird photography class at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Jeffrey P. Karnes is an award winning, professional photographer from Wilmington, NC. Jeff was recognized by the Audubon Society for best bird images on Instagram! During Wings Over Water Jeff's work will be on display in the North Carolina Aquarium gallery on Roanoke Island.  See Jeff's work now at jeffreypkarnesphoto.com. This class will compliment Tyler Jackson's, Introduction to Photography (Thursday 10-19-17, 1:00 - 3:30 pm) class, so that you can practice in the field what your learned in the classroom. We will concentrate on: -Shooting in shutter priority 1. Stopping action
2. Depth of field 3. Light -Aesthetically pleasing composition 1. creating bokeh (Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke, which means 'blur' or 'haze', or boke-aji, the 'blur quality.') 2. dealing with different kinds of foreground -How to shoot action with birds 1. basic camera settings 2. knowing when to shoot-ISO: Knowing the correct ISO for the best shot (ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor)-Camera and equipment recommendations-Inside secrets and advice to start creating amazing photos. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968 Leader/Photographer: Jeffrey P. Karnes. Sat 10-21-17, 7:30-10:00 am  $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond and Beach Birding   The first hour will be spent ocean-watching and searching for and identifying ocean and beach birds. The rest of the trip will be spent birding the impoundments, dikes, and marshes of South Pond. Expect a variety of waterfowl, herons, egrets, wrens and sparrows. American Bitterns are possible. If we have good weather, there is also a chance for an assortment of raptors. With any luck we might find some warbler species in addition to all of the Yellow-rumps! While the emphasis will be on birds, the search will include identifying butterflies and dragonflies that we might encounter (weather permitting). Fun flora facts will be mentioned relating to both human culture and the importance to birds. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on west side of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N. Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Pippen. Sat 10-21-17, 7:30-11:00 am. $25.00


Bodie Island Lighthouse & Beach Birding   Look for songbirds around the lighthouse and on wooded trails, and for waterbirds from the boardwalk by the ponds. Then experience the diversity of the island’s habitats by spending an hour on nearby Coquina Beach watching for migrating scoters, loons, seabirds, and marine mammals.  Be prepared to walk up to 1 mile on paved or hard-packed, flat terrain. Meet:  Bodie Island Lighthouse parking lot, near the north end restrooms. 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, Nags Head, NC 27954.  Map ID Green J.  Leader/Field Expert: Steve Shultz. Sat 10-21-17, 7:30-11:00 am. $25.00


Oregon Inlet Marsh Birding   Check the inlet’s beach and flats for shorebirds, including Piping Plover. Then wade the marsh in search of Clapper Rails, marsh sparrows (including Nelson’s and Saltmarsh) and Marsh and Sedge Wrens. Bring boots for walking in calf-deep water. This can be a strenuous birding excursion. Co-leader, John Fussell is the author of, A Birder’s Guide to Coastal North Carolina. Alert: Friday and Saturday trips meet at different times but at same location. Meet: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, south end, left-most parking lot (to the left of the fishing boat docks). Do NOT turn right toward the fishing center building. GPS 35.79468, -75.54797.  Map ID Green L.  Leaders/Field Experts: John Fussell, Kent Fiala & Audrey Whitlock. Sat 10-21-17, 7:30-11:30 am. $30.00


Oregon Inlet Old Coast Guard Station Birding   Where the ocean meets the sound you will find an interesting selection of birds. Around the historic Oregon Inlet old Coast Guard Station look for land birds and whatever else may fly through the often volatile Oregon Inlet corridor. Walk sand flats to find terns, shorebirds, and Piping Plover. Explore the rock jetty for Purple sandpiper and view the inlet and ocean for waterbirds. App. one mile walk. Meet: Southern Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge parking lot. If you're headed south on NC Hwy 12, this lot is immediately east (left) after crossing the bridge. Map ID Green M.  Leader/Field Expert: Simon RB Thompson. Sat 10-21-17, 7:30-11:30 am. $25.00


Pamlico Sound Birding Kayak Tour (NEW)  This is a trip designed for birders and non-birders alike. On this outing, you'll have both a paddling and a birding guide.  Kayak out of the Salvo Day Use Area (a Cape Hatteras National Seashore National Park Service area) with an experienced local birder and a paddling co-leader. The Salvo Day Use Area is located on the shores of the Pamlico Sound. The tour is designed specifically for those interested in viewing the many bird species that live along the marshlands, feed along the shores, and swim the waters of the sound. Paddling along the shoreline and into coves and canals, you will see the richness and diversity of our wetlands. We will move slowly, stopping at many inlets to view birds. There are usually a variety of shore birds and long-legged water birds, such as Great egrets, Tricolored herons, Willets and Sandpipers. You may also be able to see one of the local raptors, such as an Osprey or a Bald eagle. There is no better way to view this area than by kayak since it is inaccessible by vehicle or foot. Skill level-beginning paddlers and above. If you bring binoculars, camera or items you don't want to get wet we suggest you also bring a dry bag for protection. We provide the kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices and guides, you provide the paddle power. Meet: Salvo Day Use Area, 5.6  miles south of Rodanthe on west side of NC 12, S.
Leaders/Field Experts: Kitty Kayak & Surf School staff and Karen Lebing. Sat 10-21-17, 8:00-11:00 am. $40.00


Cape Hatteras Birding   Cape Hatteras is one of the Outer Banks' premier birding locations. The Point, the Salt Pond and adjacent flats, dunes and wetlands are historically important to both anglers and birders. Expect to see not only Brown Pelicans, gulls, terns, seabirds, shorebirds, ducks, and waders, but also a variety of raptors and passerines are possible. Northern Gannets and an assortment of grebes and sparrows are possible as well. The trip will be in leader-driven beach vehicles with some walking on off-road areas.  Alert: App. 45 miles south from Roanoke Island (Manteo) to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (Buxton). Meet: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking lot.  46368 Old Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC  27920.  Map ID Green P. Leaders/Field Experts:  John Wright, Kevin Markham, Taylor Piephoff & Carson Wood. Sat 10-21-17, 8:00-11:30 am. $30.00


Birding Portsmouth Island (Distant Trip)  Bird the abandoned village on Portsmouth Island, now part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore and maintained by the National Park Service, and take a step back in time. The historic village is maintained in good shape and was once part of a busy fishing and hunting area. Expect a variety of waders, shorebirds, raptors and thicket-loving birds. The overall experience makes this a truly once-in-a-lifetime birding trip.  Your registration fee covers the chartered boat which transports participants from Ocracoke to the sound side of Portsmouth Island. Be prepared for walking and insects. Mosquitoes can be fierce. ALERT: This trip requires careful planning with lots of travel time. It is Wings Over Water's most southern trip. The trip is unique and wonderful. But we urge you to plan your schedule carefully due to the time and distance involved. 63 miles from Roanoke Island to the Hatteras ferry docks. There is a wait to get on the ferry. The ferry ride takes is app. 65 minutes. Once off the ferry you have another 20-30 minute drive south to the south Ocracoke ferry docks.  If you're traveling from the north via NC Hwy 12, you should arrive at Hatteras ferry dock by 5:30 a.m. to line up for the 6 a.m. ferry. Call 1-800-BYFERRY to confirm ferry schedules. Free ferry ride, first come, first serve when loading onto ferry. Meet at the south ferry parking lot, south end of Ocracoke Island. If you're not on the south ferry docks before 8 am, you'll miss the boat to Portsmouth Island and they won't be back until the trip is over. You may choose to spend the night before on Ocracoke. Because of limited room space on Ocracoke, make your motel reservations early if you choose this option. Save one-day long-distance driving, consider pairing this trip with Friday Hatteras Island trips. Register for, Cape Hatteras Birding or, Hummingbird Banding (Buxton-South) or, Ocracoke Island Birding. Leader/Field Expert: Peter Vankevich. Sat 10-21-17, 8:00 am-1:00 pm. $40.00


Mattamuskeet Refuge Tram Tour-Birding & Wildlife with Noah Strycker (NEW)  Join keynote speaker Noah Strycker and veteran leader Susan Campbell on this special trip! Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its waterfowl and is widely recognized as one of the best birding sites in North Carolina. During the fall and winter hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, including a variety of ducks, geese and swans migrate to Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in the state. Besides waterfowl you may also see Bald eagles, warblers, waders, otters and muskrats. Binoculars and a bird identification book are recommended. Dress for the weather. Because the tram has hard seating, you may bring a seat cushion, towel or blanket on which to sit for more comfort. Meet: Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge headquarters parking lot, 85 Mattamuskeet Road, Swan Quarter, NC  27885.  ALERT: App. 59 miles from Roanoke Island to this location. For distant trips, consider travel times when planning your WOW schedule. Leader/Field Experts: Noah Strycker & Susan Campbell Map ID Purple g.  Sat 10-21-17, 9:00 am-noon. $25.00


Oregon Inlet Dredge Spoil Island Adventure-Birding, History & More  Join on us on a tour past man made dredge spoil islands. Captain Stuart Wescott, 9th generation Outer Banker, will share local history as you motor along the Oregon Inlet and Pamlico Sound waters on his 53-foot pontoon boat.  We will disembark on a former pelican rookery. We'll explore islands dunes, watch birds and on the Friday trip only we will hopefully tag some Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. Each year brings new discoveries and colonizing animals that swim, float or fly over from the mainland.  Several of these islands are closed during the nesting season, so take advantage of this unique opportunity.  Beachcombing is allowed. (This trip was formerly called Pelican Island Safari). Dress for weather, insects and walking around a sand island. There is a restroom on-board the pontoon boat. Meet: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center front porch. 98 NC Hwy 12, Nags Head, NC  27959 (north side of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge. Please do not park in the store's customer parking area. Leaders/Field Experts:  Capt. Stuart Wescott & Kevin Burke  Map ID Green K. Sat 10-21-17, 9:00 am-Noon. $40.00


Shorebirds & Waders   The marshes, flats, and beaches of the Outer Banks are some of the best places in North Carolina to enjoy two groups of birds closely associated with the coast, shorebirds and waders. Join us as we roam the coast from Nags Head to Rodanthe in search of sandpipers, plovers, godwits, herons and egrets. This trip will focus on the identification of shorebirds and waders by size, plumage, and behavior. Learn which shorebirds winter in North Carolina and where some of our migrants end up. You might be surprised! The exact locations that we will visit will depend on current conditions and the timing of the tides, but may include Bodie Island Lighthouse, Oregon Inlet, and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Spotting scopes are helpful, but not required. Mosquito repellent may be appropriate at Pea Island. The bugs can be fierce! Be prepared to walk up to 2 miles along mainly flat, hard-packed terrain. Meet: Bodie Island Lighthouse parking lot, 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, Nags Head, NC  27959, at north end near the rest rooms. You will carpool or caravan to the various other locations. Map ID Green J. Leader/Field Expert: Steve Shultz. Sat 10-21-17, 1:00-4:30 pm. $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding  The search for birds will include checking the impoundment for waterfowl and migratory shorebirds and also checking the undisturbed vegetation of the dikes and marshes for songbirds and raptors. Come prepared for mosquitoes. Cacti can also be a problem. Wear appropriate footwear. 1.5 to 2-mile walk. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, west side of NC Hwy 12. Map ID Green N. Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Lemons. Sat 10-21-17, 1:00-4:30 pm. $25.00


Birding 101 (Classroom & Field)   Birding 101 is designed for the inexperienced or casual bird watcher who would like to improve their birding skills. Using a combination of classroom and field exercises, participants will learn clues to solve the bird identification puzzle. Following classroom discussion and identification exercises, participants will put their new skills to work with a short walk at a nearby location. Although designed for the beginning birder, others may learn methods to expand their birding skills. Binoculars are recommended but not required. Due to class length you might want to bring a snack and water. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island, conference room.  Map ID Blue V. Leader/Field Expert: Lena Gallitano. Sat 10-21-17, 1:00-4:00 pm. $25.00


Bird Drawing and Watercolor with John Sill  Bird Drawing and Watercolor with John Sill  If you have ever wanted to learn to draw, sketch and paint birds this is the class for you! John Sill is one of the country's top nature artists. You will enjoy your time learning to draw with John. Besides being a nature artist John is the illustrator of over 2 dozen nature books written by his wife, Cathryn. John was the 2012 Wings Over Water keynote speaker. Each year since, John has returned to teach a basic class in bird sketching, focusing on waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds. This year John has modified the class from only basic pencil and paper bird drawing to a class that now includes watercolors. You will spend the beginning of the class learning the basics of drawing a bird. Using an overhead projector, John will demonstrate how to outline and draw what you see. By the end of class you will have a good idea of how to draw basic birds and maybe more. If you are beyond the basic drawing level, John will help you refine and develop your skills. Then you will transfer your bird drawing to watercolor paper and render a watercolor (or 2) of your bird(s). We will provide all basic supplies but you are welcome to bring your own.  Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954, Roanoke Island, conference room.  Map ID # Blue V. Leaders/Artist: John Sill. Sat 10-21-17, 2:15-4:15 pm. $30.00


Hummingbird Banding (Family Friendly) (Roanoke Island-North)  This year we have two different hummingbird banding locations-Roanoke Island (north) and Hatteras Island (south). Be careful choosing the correct date and location. Hummingbird expert and licensed bander, Susan Campbell will demonstrate techniques for capturing and banding hummingbirds. The program also will provide useful tips on attracting hummingbirds. Both the north & south groups will go to residences that host hummingbirds throughout the year. On Friday the demonstration will be held at a Buxton residence located near the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve.  On Saturday the program will visit a Roanoke island residence. If possible, bring a folding chair. Meet:  North Carolina Aquarium parking lot, 374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954, Roanoke Island. Map ID Blue W.  From there you will carpool/caravan following the leader to the hummingbird banding location. Leader/Field Expert: Susan Campbell. Sat 10-21-17, 2:00-4:00 pm. $25.00


Keynote Reception & Dinner with Noah Strycker (NEW)  Enjoy an evening of food, drink & good company, highlighted by a talk from this year's keynote speaker, Noah Strycker-Birder, Author, Artist, Guide, World Traveler...and Much More! Noah Strycker, 30, is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of two well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media; he blogs regularly for the American Birding Association. Strycker set a World Big Year record in 2015, and his book about the experience will be released in fall 2017. Strycker has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. He also works as a naturalist guide on expedition cruises to Antarctica and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, literally spreading the inspiration of birds from pole to pole. His first book, Among Penguins, chronicles a field season working with Adélie Penguins in Antarctica (Oregon State University Press, 2011) and his second, The Thing with Feathers, celebrates the fascinating behaviors of birds and human parallels (Riverhead Books, 2014). Strycker is also a competitive tennis player, has run five marathons, and hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He is based in Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds. Visit his website at: www.noahstrycker.com Reception begins at 6:00 pm, with coffee, iced tea & water (provided) as well as a cash bar (alcoholic beverages are not included in dinner price) . This is a casual hour to meet & talk before dinner. Dinner (buffet style) begins at 7:00 pm. Menu will include vegetarian, seafood & meat items. Not kosher.  Angus beef & mushroom burgundy with egg noodles, eggplant parmesan, seafood Newberg, tossed green salad, seasonal vegetables, red bliss mashed potatoes, jasmine rice, bread/rolls, desserts. Meet: Pamlico Jack's Restaurant  6708 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC  27959 252-441-2637 (sound side (west) bypass, north of Tanger Outlet Mall) Sat 10-21-17, 6:00-9:00 pm $35.00.  


Sunday October 22


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Birding  & Wildlife.  Explore Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in areas open year-'round and others normally closed to the public. Look for waterfowl and shorebirds in the impoundments, raptors including Bald and Golden Eagles over the farm fields, and songbirds in roadside vegetation. Rare species such as the Western Kingbird and Ash-throated Flycatcher have been found during previous festivals. Butterflies possible (weather permitting). Black bear often seen. Red Wolf and bobcat are a possibility. Meet: Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 and Milltail Road (app. 5 1/2 miles west of Roanoke Island).  Map ID Blue a. Trip leader/Field Expert: Jeff Lewis. Sun 10-22-17, 7:30-10:30 am. $25.00


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge North Pond Birding  This walk, suitable for all levels of birding, will include the south and north dikes and will be paced to give participants an opportunity to study species found. Likely birds include dabbling ducks, herons, egrets; Brown Pelicans, White Ibis, raptors, shorebirds, gulls; terns, warblers, sparrows and blackbirds. App. 1.5-mile walking distance. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on the west side of Hwy 12. Map ID Green N. Leader/Field Expert: Audrey Whitlock. Sun 10-22-17, 7:30-11:00 am. $25.00


Birding for Eagles (Distant Trip)  There is nothing like viewing the majesty of raptors! Due to the presence of catfish ponds, Bald Eagles are usually abundant in this area near Plymouth. As we drive along the pond areas in our cars we will stop to view eagles and other raptors. You'll be able to set up scopes for distant birds. Very little walking is involved. ALERT: This trip is at the farthest western portion of Wings Over Water. You will want to plan your WOW and travel schedule carefully due to the distance involved. The trip should be especially appealing for those who travel Rte. 64 back to their homes, it's approximately 1.5 hours (68 miles) west of National Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island (Manteo). Heading west from the Outer Banks.
Meet: Washington County Rest Area, 1109 US Hwy 64, Plymouth, NC  27962.  Good place for a bathroom break.Leader/Field Expert: Peggy Eubank. Sun  10-22-17, 9:00-11:00 am. $25.00


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