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Birding On The Outer Banks: Coastal Forests And Island Sanctuaries

Program Number: 14083RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/16/2014 - 3/19/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/5/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/11/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina
Price starting at: $498.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Discover areas of the Outer Banks that the National Audubon Society call “essential strongholds of avian abundance and diversity.” Waterfowl, waders, songbirds, and shorebirds from over 200 species — 23 of which are rare — call the sandy barrier islands, marshes, and forests home. Explore rare habitats of pocosin and maritime forests as our ornithology experts help you locate and identify ospreys, terns, herons, oystercatchers, plovers, geese and more.




Highlights

• Journey by boat to Bird Shoal, the sandy, uninhabited barrier island and best place to see the rare species of plovers skirting the waves.
• Explore the last remnants of rare maritime southern pine forests and the shrubby, bog-like pocosins habitats with birding forays with our ornithology experts.
• Learn more about the birds of prey with a demonstration from a raptor rehabilitator.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to two miles over varied terrain, some wet.



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.



Coordinated by Trinity Conference Center.




Southern Outer Banks

The southern outpost of the scenic barrier islands known collectively as the "Outer Banks" is an ecologically rich region that stands in contrast to the more developed destinations in the north. This relative remoteness lends to quiet beaches, abundant wildlife and tranquil vistas.



Accommodations
Conference center with private beach, nestled in unique maritime forest preserve.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
John Fussell

John Fussell is a North Carolina native who has seen 423 species of in his home state. Starting his first bird list in 1962, John earned his bachelor’s and master’s from North Carolina State in zoology and botany, with his primary interests being the birds and plants of the pine savanna habitats. He has written two books, “Birding in Carteret County” and “A Birder's Guide to the North Carolina Coast.”
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Trinity Conference Center
  Salter Path, NC 3 nights
 Trinity Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Our conference center features attractive meeting and dining areas, double occupancy rooms (limited singles, extra charge), private bath.
  Contact info: Salter Path Road
Salter Path, NC 28575 USA
phone: 252-247-5600
web: www.trinityctr.com
  Facility amenities: Outdoor pool is available mid-May to mid-October. 1500 feet of private beach on the Atlantic Ocean (no lifeguards). Internet access in meeting spaces and in rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $45 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $9, Lunch is $10 and Dinner is $14.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $45 for the room. Meals extra. Additional nights are offered on a space available basis. Meals can be added on individually. Breakfast is $9, Lunch is $10 and Dinner is $14.
  Check out time: 9:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration at 4PM. You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Depart after lunch at the Center at 11:30. You will be staying at Trinity Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site. Long-term parking is between 100-300 feet from rooms.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Salter Path, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Pine Knoll Shores
  Nearest highway: NC Highway 58
  Nearest airport:  New Bern Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Salter Path, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Raleigh, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45-70/ day
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

170 Miles

   

Renting a car is the only way to get directly from the Raleigh Airport to Trinity Center.

 

New Bern, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Cherry Cab Co.
phone: 252-447-3101

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

42.8

   

If flying into New Bern, taxi service is available. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

 

Jacksonville, NC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Carolina Express Transportation
phone: 910-353-3300
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 23 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

If flying into Jacksonville, taxi service is available. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 24 or Highway 70 From Highway 70: Follow US 70 into Morehead City. Follow signs to Atlantic Beach and cross the bridge onto Bogue Banks. Turn Right at the traffic light onto Highway 58 (West Fort Macon Road). Continue approximately 7 miles. Trinity Center is on the right, between mile markers 9 and 10. (If you pass the blue water tower, you have gone too far!) From Highway 24: Follow NC 24 through Swansboro. At the Highway 24 and 58 intersection, turn right. Cross the bridge to Emerald Isle. Continue approximately 11 miles. Trinity Center is on the left, between mile markers 10 and 9 (just past the blue water tower.)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and Social
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 Afternoon: Check in at the Registration Office. Wine Social from 5-6pm.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm
 Evening: A short program introducing the following days field trip.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bird Shoal or Harker's Island / Field trip to The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum/ Local Musicians
(Monday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 8am
 Morning: Birding field trip either to Bird Shoal, an uninhabited barrier island reported to have the richest diversity of shorebirds in North Carolina, OR to Harker's Island, depending on weather. Possibly observe more than 200 species, twenty-three of which are considered rare, including Piping Plover.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Historic Beaufort or on Harker's Island.
 Afternoon: Afternoon field trip to The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. See a decoy carver at work and learn about this unique part of coastal Carolina heritage.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm
 Evening: Relax to the music of the talented artist known as Bogue Sounds.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Croatan Forest/Calico Creek Birding Trip/ Life List Review
(Tuesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-8:30 am
 Morning: Birding field trip comparing species found in areas of the maritime forest to the Croatan Forest, one of the south's most important undisturbed sites of Long Leaf Pine Savannah and Pocosin habitat.
 Lunch: Lunch from 12:30-1:30
 Afternoon: Afternoon birding trip to Calico Creek's boardwalk. Look for wading and forest birds on this evening walk.
 Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm
 Evening: Review the birds seen during the program with our birding expert.
   
Accommodations: Trinity Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Live Birds of Prey/Departure
(Wednesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9 am
 Morning: Program with live birds of prey.
 Lunch: Lunch begins at 11:30
 Afternoon: Depart following lunch
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Salter Path, NC Area Attractions
There are so many cultural and natural areas of interest in coastal North Carolina. Please read about the many options at Trinity Center's website. For additional information, visit www.trinityctr.com/other.html
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Birder's Guide to Coastal Carolina


Author: John O. Fussell III


Description: A popular destination for bird-watchers from across the country, the coastal region of North Carolina is a seasonal home to approximately 400 species of birds, some of which are found more easily here than anywhere else in the United States. A Birder's Guide to Coastal North Carolina is the first guide to the prime bird-watching spots of the Tar Heel coast and nearby areas—including national seashores, national forests and wildlife refuges, state parks and game lands, and other public areas. Written for both casual and serious birders, the book features detailed site guides to the entire coastal region, including the Outer Banks. John Fussell provides an annotated checklist, habitat information, and bar graphs indicating seasonal abundance for all regularly occurring species. The book also includes a chapter on the 140 most sought-after species on the coast. Fussell describes the best places and conditions—seasonal, weather, and tidal—for finding these popular varieties. Detailed maps of most of the major birding sites complement the text. (From Amazon.com)



Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas


Author: Blair Witherington


Description: Georgia and the Carolinas beckon curious beachcombers with over 600 miles of wave-swept Atlantic coastline. These beaches offer more than a sandy stroll amidst stunning scenery—they are alive! As ever-changing ribbons of sand, these beaches foster unique life-forms and accept beguiling castaways from a vast marine wilderness. Mysteries abound. What is this odd creature? Why does the beach look this way? How did this strange item get here? Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas satisfies a beachcomber’s curiosity within a comprehensive yet easily browsed guide covering beach processes, plants, animals, minerals, and manmade objects. The guide is written in a familiar style and is illustrated with distribution maps and over a thousand color photos. (From Amazon.com)





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