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WALLOPS ISLAND, VIRGINIA

Birding Virginia's Eastern Shore: Assateague, Chincoteague and Wallops Island

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Program #2019RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
During the migratory season, millions of birds along the Atlantic Flyway "funnel" through a small area along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where more than 400 species have been recorded. Explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge's restricted back country on Chincoteague and Assateague islands. Examine geological and environmental factors that influence birds and their habitats and keep an eye out for resident wild ponies.


Highlights

• Gain access to restricted Wallops Island to bird in an unspoiled environment maintained by NASA.
• Learn identification methods using field markings, vocalizations and behavior patterns.
• Embark on a study cruise aboard the Marine Science Consortium’s research vessel and enjoy a narrated walk through the dunes and beaches of Delmarva.

Program Notes

So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1. Road Scholar birding programs are conducted in accordance with the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html

Activity Notes

Walking at a slow “birding” pace up to two miles on mostly flat terrain, occasional small hills, sand dunes, loose sand. Climbing vintage school bus stairs.

Date Notes
4/26/2015
Spring and summer are exciting times for birders in our area. This is a good time to see large numbers of migrating shore birds, warblers, and other birds invade Assateague. Throughout the spring and summer, visitors will also find many herons and egrets stalking the shallow ponds for a meal.12/6/2015
Winter on the Eastern Shore of VA brings thousands of waterfowl. Northern gannet, brant, snow geese, surf scoter, loons, bald eagles and long tailed duck make this one of the best winter birding sites in the Commonwealth.

Coordinated by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.


Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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