October 17 thru 22, 2017 (main session) and December 8 thru 10, 2017 (WOW Encore session)


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Schedule Below

2016 only. 2017 will not show until May

2016 WOW Trips

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 Virignia 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 10-18-16 , 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 10-18-16, 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  10-18-16, 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  10-18-16, 8:00-9:30 am.  $40.00

Painting Marshlands with Fay Davis Edwards (NEW) The focus is on painting marshlands.  We will be making one or two small watercolor/mixed media paintings of the marshes. After a brief orientation and materials discussion, the class will start with a short walk along the docks over to Festival Park (weather permitting) to make notes of the colors and structure of the marshland environment, and observe any wildlife. At the studio, we will bring our observations to life using watercolors, acrylic, and graphite. Everyone should go home with at least one 8"x10" painting. Open to all levels of experience. Materials will be provided. Meet: Dare County Arts Council  300 Queen Elizabeth Street (Old Dare County Courthouse) Manteo, NC  27954
Leader/Artist: Fay Davis Edwards MAP ID Violet J. Leader/Artist: Fay Davis Edwards. Tue 10-18-16 9:00 am-noon. $40.00

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 10-18-16, 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/filmmaking 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 tradeoffs 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 10-18-16, 2:00-4:00 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 6:23 pm. Dress for the weather and water. Flashlight or headlamp is recommended. Full moon is October 16th. Orionid Meteor Shower-October 16th-October 30th (peak time October 20-21).  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 10-18-16, 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: Bob Glennon & refuge staff. Tue 10-18-16, 6:00-8:30 pm.  $25.00

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 & Paul Taillie. Wed  10-19-16, 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 10-19-16, 6:00-8:00 am.  $40.00

Alligator River Refuge Photography Tour   The trip meets before sunrise (7:13 am) at the Creef Cut 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, 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 10-19-16, 7:00-9:00 am.  $30.00

Bird Photography With Mark Buckler (NEW) Explore Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge with professional photographer (and former wildlife biologist) Mark Buckler and learn how to create better photographs of birds. You will learn how to get the right exposure and composition, as well as other field techniques that will result in more compelling bird images. A telephoto lens of at least 400 mm is recommended for this workshop. Meet: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center  parking lot, 14500 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968 Leader: Mark Buckler Wed 10-19-16, 7:00-9:30 am $25.00

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Birding   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 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.  Leader/Field Expert: Harry LeGrand.  Wed 10-19-16, 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 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: Audrey Whitlock & Peggy Eubank. Wed 10-19-16, 7:30-11:00 am  $25.00

Beginning Birding at Bodie Island & Oregon Inlet with Kenn & Kimberly Kaufmann (NEW) Join keynote speaker Kenn Kaufman along with his wife Kimberly (Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio) and veteran leader Susan Campbell on this special trip for beginning birders. This trip will focus on how to look at birds closely in order to make good field identification.  The group will stop in a diversity of habitats on both National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service refuge land in order to encounter a wide variety of coastal birds. Bodie Island hosts an array of waterfowl and water birds as well as songbirds in the fall.  Oregon Inlet should provide ample opportunities to view gulls, terns and some shorebirds.Meet: Bodie Island Lighthouse parking lot, near north end restroom. 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959  Leaders/Field Experts:  Susan Campbell with Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman  Wed 10-19-16, 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. Wed 10-19-16, 8:00-11:00 am.  $25.00

Maritime Forest Kayak Birding Tour (NEW)  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 sommething 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  Wed 10-19-16, 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 10-19-16, 9:00-11:00 am  $25.00

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 10-19-16, 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: Ricky Davis. Wed 10-19-16, 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 10-19-16, 1:00-4:30 pm.  $25.00

Painting Watercolor Wetlands with Susan Van Gieson (NEW)  Learn to paint a beautiful wetland landscapes with artist Susan Van Gieson. Participants can be of all skill levels, ranging from the person who wants to enhance their abilities, to the beginner exploring the gentle process of working with watercolors. The class will focus on the subtle beauty of wetlands and capturing their essence in a painting.  Students will gain knowledge of techniques to use in future painting with watercolors.  Susan's hope is that you'll leave the class excited by the process of painting and will look at wetlands in a new way.  Meet: KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios, 502 S. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC   27948.  Teacher/Artist: Susan Van Gieson Wed 10-19-16 2:00-3:30 pm $40.00

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 10-19-16, 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 10-19-16, 5:30-8:00 pm.  $25.00

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 10-20-16, 6:00-11:00 am.  $25.00

Sunrise Photography with Mark Buckler (NEW) 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 6:21 am. Meet: Outer Banks Fishing Pier   8901 Old Oregon Inlet Road (Milepost 18.5) Nags Head, NC 27959 Leader: Mark Buckler Thu 10-20-16, 6:30-9:00 am $25.00

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Birding   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 10-20-16, 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: Ricky Davis. Thu 10-20-16, 7:30-11:00 am.  $25.00

Intermediate/Advanced Pea Island Refuge North Pond Birding (NEW)  This walk, geared toward intermediate and advanced birders, will include the south and north dikes and will be paced to give participants an opportunity to study not only birds but other local fauna as well. Harry LeGrand is one of the top natural history experts in North Carolina. Interesting plants as well as any butterflies and/or dragonflies will be identified.  Expect a variety of waterfowl and waterbirds as well as warblers, sparrows and blackbirds and perhaps a flycatcher or two. Bringing a spotting scope is highly recommended.  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.  Leader/Field Expert: Harry LeGrand  Thu 10-20-16, 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: Mike McCloy. Thu 10-20-16, 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 10-20-16,  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 10-20-16, 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 10-20-16, 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 10-20-16, 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: Refuge staff. Thu 10-20-16, 9:00 am-Noon.  $25.00

Wading Birds in Pastel with James Melvin (NEW)  Award-winning Outer Banks artist and illustrator, James Melvin will teach you the basics of drawing with pastels. Through years of painting and hundreds of illustrations, James has developed basic pastel techniques that he will share with you to help you draw a wading bird to be determined. Meet: Melvin's Studio  124  W. Wood Hill Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959. Leader/Artist: James Melvin Thu 10-20-16 10:00 am-noon $40.00

Purple Martin 101 (NEW)  (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 10-20-16, 10:00 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: Cape Hatteras Secondary School parking lot, near tennis courts, 48576. NC Hwy 12, Buxton, NC 27920. From there you will either carpool or caravan to Buxton Woods. Alert: This meeting location is app. 48 miles south from Roanoke Island. Make it a day on Hatteras Island.  Register for one of several morning Hatteras Island trip options, such as Cape Hatteras Birding. There are no handy restrooms. Map ID Green Q. Leader/Field Expert: Marcia Lyons, retired Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park Naturalist & Field Biologist. Thu 10-20-16, 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. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center  100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954, Roanoke Island.  Map ID Blue V. Leader/Photographer: Tyler Jackson. Thu 10-20-16, 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 10-20-16, 1:00-4:30 pm.  $25.00

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 10-21-16, 6:00-11:00 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, 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  10-21-16, 7:00-9:00 am. $30.00

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge South Pond Birding for the 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  10-21-16, 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: Ricky Davis.  Fri  10-21-16, 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 10-21-16, 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  10-21-16, 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.  Fri 10-21-16, 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. Fri 10-21-16, 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 Ocraocke 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 10-21-16, 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 10-21-16, 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. Fri 10-21-16, 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  10-21-16, 9:00 am-Noon.  $25.00

How to Listen-An Introduction to Birding by Ear (NEW)  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 10-21-16, 1:00-2:00 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 10-21-16, 1:00-3:00 pm. $40.00

Cape Hatteras Birding (NEW TIME)  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. This year we've added two new afternoon trips. 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.  Leaders/Field Experts: John Wright, Ed Corey & Paul Taillie. Fri 10-21-16, 1:00-3:30 pm. $30.00

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 10-21-16, 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 10-21-16, 1:00-5:00 pm.  $30.00

Bird Drawing with John Sill  If you have ever wanted to learn to draw and sketch 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. This year John returns to teach a basic class in bird sketching. This class will focus on waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds.  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 level, John will help you refine and develop your skills. We provide paper and pencil, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954, Roanoke Island, conference room.  Map ID # Blue V. Leaders/Artist: John & Cathryn Sill. Fri 10-21-16, 2:00-4:00 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 10-21-16, 2:00-4:00 pm  $25.00

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 10-21-16, 5:30-7:30 pm. $40.00

Alligator River Refuge Sunset Canoe Tour  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 10-21-16, 5:00-7:00 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 10-21-16, 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 10-21-16, 6:00-7:30 pm.  $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 10-22-16, 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 10-22-16, 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 10-22-16, 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: Ricky Davis. Sat 10-22-16, 7:30-11:30 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. Sat 10-22-16, 8:00-11:30 am. $30.00

Birding on 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 meeting location.  You may choose to spend the night before on Ocraocke. Because of limited room space on Ocracoke, make your motel reservations early if you choose this option. If you're traveling from the north via NC Hwy 12, you should 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. Free ferry ride, first come, first serve when loading onto ferry. Meet at the ferry parking lot, south end of Ocraocke Island. Map ID Blue W.  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 10-22-16, 8:00 am-1:00 pm. $45.00

Portsmouth Island Village History Tour (NEW) Visit historic Portsmouth Island Village with one of the top Portsmouth Island Village historical authorities, village caretaker Dave Frum. Explore the natural and cultural history of Portsmouth Island village, established by North Carolina's Colonial Assembly in 1753 and maintained by the National Park Service since 1976. Although the last resident left in 1971, the village and its remaining buildings, on the National Register of Historic Places, are a living testimonial to a once-thriving and vibrant coastal community. Bring water and snacks. 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. Prepare for the possibility of cold weather.  Distant Trip App. 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. It is a 20-30 minute drive from the northern ferry terminal to your meeting location at the southern ferry terminal parking lot. 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. You may choose to spend the night prior to this trip on Ocraocke. Because of limited room space on Ocracoke, make your motel reservations early if you choose this option. Meet: Ocracoke southern ferry terminal parking lot on Silver Lake.  Leader: Dave Frum, NPS Portsmouth Village Caretaker Sat 10-22-16, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, $40.00

Mattamuskeet Refuge Tram Tour-Birding & Wildlife with Kenn Kaufman (NEW)  Join keynote speaker Kenn Kaufman along with his wife Kimberly (Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio) 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: Susan Campbell & Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman. Map ID Purple g.  Sat 10-22-16, 9:00 am-noon. $25.00

Oregon Inlet Dedge 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 & Mike McCloy  Map ID Green K. Sat 10-22-16, 9:00 am-Noon. $40.00

Cape Hatteras Birding (NEW TIME)   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. This year we've added two new afternoon trips. 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. Leaders/Field Experts:  Taylor Piephoff, Ed Corey & Paul Taillie. Sat 10-22-16, 1:00-3:30 pm

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 10-22-16, 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 10-22-16, 1:00-4:30 pm. $25.00

Birding 101 (Classrom & 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 10-22-16, 1:00-4:30 pm. $25.00

Bird Drawing with John Sill   If you have ever wanted to learn to draw and sketch 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. This year John returns to teach a basic class in bird sketching. This class will focus on waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds. 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 level, John will help you refine and develop your skills. We provide paper, pencil and eraser, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC  27954, Roanoke Island, conference room.  Map ID Blue V.  Leaders/Artist: John & Cathryn Sill. Sat 10-22-16, 2:00-4:00 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 10-22-16, 2:00-4:00 pm. $25.00

Keynote Reception & Dinner with Kenn Kaufmann (NEW)  Enjoy an evening of food, drink & good company, highlighted by a talk from this year's keynote speaker, Kenn Kaufman. Kenn didn’t start to notice birds until the age of six, but this interest soon developed into a lifelong passion that has never let go. Kenn burst onto the national birding scene as a teenager in the 1970s, hitch-hiking all over North America in pursuit of birds, an adventure later chronicled in his cult-classic book Kingbird Highway. After working as a leader of nature tours to all seven continents, he switched to a career as a freelance writer, artist, and naturalist. Most of his energy currently goes into book projects and into painting bird portraits. He has written a dozen books, including his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt of Boston. The series now includes volumes on North American birds, butterflies, mammals, insects, advanced birding, and the nature of New England, with a guide to nature of the Midwest as the latest addition in 2015. His other books include Lives of North American Birds and Flights Against the Sunset. Kenn currently lives in Ohio, where his wife Kimberly is now director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Kenn is a field editor for Audubon magazine, a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and one of only two persons to have received the American Birding Association’s lifetime achievement award twice. Kenn's keynote program is:  THE TWO-BIRD THEORY   When did the Carolinas become famous as a birding hotspot? (Hint: it was 300 years ago.) When did scientists figure out that warblers migrate at night? How did the Red-headed Woodpecker change the course of history? What was the first back-handed compliment ever given to the Northern Rough-winged Swallow? How did Swainson's Thrush and Gray-cheeked Thrush prove to be the most astonishing champions of hide-and-seek among all our migratory birds -- edging out Lincoln's Sparrow for the title? Come to this presentation and you'll find out these things and more. Kenn Kaufman has been researching the history of birding as part of a book project; in this talk he'll share some insights into the interactions between birds and people in centuries past, and how these historical events continue to have an impact on our birding today. Read Kenn's fine essay on national wildlife refuges:  http://www.kaufmanfieldguides.com/treasures-worth-defending.html  6 to 7 pm--Enjoy socializing and beverages. Exchange bird and wildlife sightings and stories with fellow WOWers. Explore the Visitor Center displays. Browse and shop in the refuge gift shop. You may purchase copies of Kenn Kaufman's books and field guides for him to sign. 7 to 8 pm--Dinner, catered by Kelly's Restaurant. 8 to 9 pm--Kenn Kauman keynote presentation. Meet: National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center 100 Conservation Way  Manteo, NC  27954 (Roanoke Island) Sat 10-22-16, 6:00-9:00 pm

Alligator River National Willdife Refuge Birding   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 10-23-16, 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 10-23-16, 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  10-23-16, 9:00-11:00 am. $25.00

WOW Encore-A Winter Weekend (December 9-11)

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Nature & Wildlife Photography Workshop (Distant Trip)  (NEW) WOW-Encore  Explore Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge with acclaimed wildlife photographer, Brady Beck, and get some in-the-field instruction that will improve your photography.  We will photograph sunrise and then explore the refuge in search of wildlife and other scenic subject matter. Meet: Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Causeway Observation Platform (Highway 94, in the middle of the lake)  Alert: Plan carefully for this trip. Because it begins so early and usually requires that you drive over an hour from most locations.  You'll want to plan your route carefully. ALERT: App. 59 miles from Roanoke Island to this location. For distant trips, consider travel times when planning your WOW schedule, especially this very early morning trip. Map ID Purple f.  Leader/Photographer: Brady Beck. Fri  12-9-16, 6:30 am-Noon, $30.00

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 at 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.  Leader/Field Expert:  Peggy Eubank. Fri 12-9-16, 8:00-11:30 am. $25.00

Mattamuskeet and Swan Quarter Refuges Birding (Distant Trip)(NEW) 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. Meet: Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot. 85 Mattamuskeet Road, Swan Quarter, NC 27885 Leader/Field Expert: Carson Wood. Fri 12-9-16, 8:00 am-noon. $25.00

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Birding, WOW Encore (Distant Trip)  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: Mattamuskeeet 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. Map ID Purple g.  Leader/Field Expert: Carson Wood. Fri  12-9-16, 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 NCHwy 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. Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Pippen. Fri  12-9-16, 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 ass+A189ortment 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, Rodnathe, NC 27968.  App 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge, on the west side of NC Hwy 12. Map ID Green N.  Leader/Field Expert: Jeff Pippen. Sat 12-10-16, 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 possibilites 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. Map ID Green M. Leader/Field Expert: Susan Campbell. Sat 12-10-16, 8:00-11:30 am. $25.00

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Bodie Island & 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 mulitple 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, Rodanthe, NC  27968.  App. 4 miles south of the Oregon Inlet (Bonner) Bridge on west side of NC Hwy 12.  Map ID Green N.  Leader/Field Expert:  Mike McCloy.  Sat 12-10-16, 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 Scuppernog River.  From this meeting location we will either carpool or caravan following the leader to various birding hotspots around the refuge. Map ID Purple c. Leader/Field Expert: Ed Corey.  Sat 12-10-16, 9:00 am-3:00 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.  Map ID Blue a.  Leader/Field Expert:  Carson Wood.  Sat 12-10-16, 1:00-4:00 pm. $25.00

WOW Encore-Birder's Social (NEW)  We will gather In the auditorium of National Wildlife Refuges on Roanoke Island. Meet and greet fellow WOW Encore birders 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. $15.00

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.  Map ID Blue a.  Leader/Field Expert: Jay Ross. Sun 12-11-16, 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, 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.  Leader/Field Expert:  Susan Campbell. Sun 12-11-16, 8:00-11:30 am. $25.00Type your paragraph here.

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