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Birding Delaware’s Seashore and Refuges

Program Number: 12655RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2014 - 5/2/2014; 4/27/2015 - 5/1/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Price starting at: $749.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Kosher; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Immerse yourself in the birding oasis of Delaware Bay shores, marshes and coastal woodlands — a rich habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, warblers and finches. Experience such great birding sites as Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges, and Cape Henlopen State Park. Led by experts who have lived and birded the area for more than 25 years, this adventure is designed for beginning and experienced birders, and typically, well over 100 species of birds are observed.




Highlights

• On a mile-long hike along Gordon's Pond that begins and ends at the ocean, get arm's-length views of Great-blue herons, plovers and more than a dozen species of shorebirds.
• Explore wooded swamps looking for Prothonotary Warblers and the elusive Pileated Woodpecker.
• Experience historic Cape Henlopen, the direct flight path of thousands of raptors migrating along the coast.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over flat and uneven terrain.



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 Delaware Technical Community College.




Rehoboth Beach

Long ago, Native Americans came here during the summer for cool breezes and abundant seafood. Today, visitors from the D.C. area and beyond flock to Rehoboth Beach -- established as a seaside resort in 1891 -- to enjoy those same features, and to relax on sandy beaches and in beachfront cafes.



Accommodations
Walking 2-4 miles per day over flat and uneven terrain.
Meals and Lodgings
   Brighton Suites Hotel
  Rehoboth Beach 4 nights
 Brighton Suites Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: All suites hotel
  Contact info: 34 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 USA
phone: 800-227-5788
web: www.brightonsuites.com
  Room amenities: Separate living room with full size sleep sofa; wet bar with refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, two televisions with DVD players, wireless internet service, data port phone
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool; exercise room
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies. Contact Hotel for rates/availability.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. Contact Hotel for rates/availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 p.m. in lobby for check-in on Monday afternoon. You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11 a.m. check-out on Friday You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rehoboth Beach
  Nearest city or town:  Ocean City, MD
  Nearest highway: Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury/Wicomico
  From End of Program
  Location: Rehoboth Beach
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cape May/Lewes Ferry

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dart Shuttle Bus
phone: 800-652-DART
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free shuttle service from ferry terminal to downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE or Taxi Service Approx $25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

7 miles

   

Shuttle service operates seven days a week June 15 to September 30. In May, early June and in October, the shuttle service runs on weekends only. For Taxi service call City Cab 302-227-8294 or Eastside Cab 302-645-6800.

 

Salisbury Wicomico Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Dave's Taxi
phone: 410-250-2400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately ~ $50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Dave's Taxi to Rehoboth/Lewes, DE approx. $50 or Aaron's Taxi to Rehoboth/Lewes, DE approx. $65.

 

BWI Marshall

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
BayRunner Shuttle
phone: 410-334-6440
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx. First Person $104.00; Party of (2) $158.00; Party of (3) $206.00; Party of 4 $246.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

110

   

The above information is to Ocean City, MD; but then a taxi is needed to Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE. Aaron Taxi (410) 430-7728 approx. $65 or Dave's Taxi to Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE for approx. $50.00

 

Amtrak/Rehoboth-Lewes

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Service
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately~45.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2-1/2 - 3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

137

   

There is Amtrak service to Wilmington, DE - then Greyhound to Ocean City, MD - then taxi to Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE. From Ocean City, MD there is Aaron Taxi (410) 430-7728 approx. $65.00 and Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 approx. $50

 
Driving Directions
  Airports Baltimore/Washington International (800) 435-9294 Philadelphia International Airport (800) 745-4283 Washington/Dulles Airport (703) 572-2700 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (703) 417-8000 Salisbury-Ocean City, MD Wicomico Airport (410) 742-4190
  Cape May/Lewes Ferry - From NY/NJ Please call ahead for reservations (800-643-3779) Thruway to Garden State Parkway to Cape May/Lewes Ferry. From Lewes, DE take Route 1 south to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  From North (Phila., PA./Wilm., DE) 1-95 South To Exit 4-A to Rt. 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE Continue South. Approaching Milford, follow Rt. 1 South/Shore Points approx. 20 miles to Rehoboth. At Rehoboth Beach, follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.) Turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  From South (Norfolk, VA) From Ches. Bay/Bridge Tunnel, follow Rt. 13 north. At Pocomoke, MD bear right onto Route 113 North to Millsboro, DE. At Millsboro take Route 24 east (Towards Rehoboth Beach) to Route 1, turn south on Route 1. Approaching Rehoboth, exit on 1-A (Rehoboth Ave.) turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  From West (DC/Balt. MD) Rt. 50 east to Rt. 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Rt. 9 east to Rt. 1. South on Rt. 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue.) Turn right at First Street - Turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars suggested.
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: Arrival and Check-in/Migration Sensations - An Overview
(Monday, April 28)
   
 Afternoon: Check in, welcome and orientation.
 Dinner: Dining Room
 Evening: Slide presentation with Bird Naturalists
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bombay Hook Refuge/Mispillion - Delaware Bay/Birds of Cape Henlopen
(Tuesday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Room
 Morning: Birding field trip with Field Naturalists to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Since 1937, Bombay Hook has hosted hundreds of thousands of migrating ducks, geese, shorebirds and other neotropical songbirds.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch
 Afternoon: Lecture and Hike with Naturalist to visit Mispillion Light near Milford, DE.
 Dinner: Dining Room
 Evening: Presentation/Discussion on the Birds of Cape Henlopen
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Birding on the Water!/Picnic/Marsh Bird Ecology
(Wednesday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Room
 Morning: Enjoy beautiful view, marshes, birds - by pontoon boat in Trap Pond State Park - Delaware's Cypress Swamp! This park retains a part of the swamp's original beauty and mystery, and features the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the U.S.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Hiking trails at Trap Pond surround the pond and hikers may spot a Great Blue Heron, owls, hummingbirds, and more.
 Dinner: Dining Room
 Evening: Slides, discussion, great interaction with Naturalist
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Prime Hook Refuge/Cape Henlopen/Bird lists
(Thursday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Room
 Morning: Birding field trip to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which spans approx. 10,000 acres along the western Delaware Bay. The marshes of the refuge provide ideal habitat for thousands of migrating ducks, geese and shorebirds. Also is home to woodland and grassland birds, amphibians and mammals.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch
 Afternoon: Cape Henlopen State Park is Delaware's largest state park along the Atlantic Ocean. It is the prime location along the eastern flyway. Numerous shorebirds, as well as migrating songbirds and raptors are seen.
 Dinner: Dining Room
 Evening: Birding Wrap-up with our Naturalists! Birding lists will be handed out.
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Check out at 11:00 a.m./Gordon's Pond
(Friday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Room
 Morning: Bird walk at Gordon's Pond near Rehoboth Beach. This walk weaves around a mile-long tidal pond and ends at the ocean, offering arm's-length views of more than a dozen species of shorebirds. You might also see blue herons, plovers, and other shorebirds. Program ends 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rehoboth Beach General Overview
Delaware Coast Vacationland - Information and Calendar of Events for Rehoboth Beach, DE and local area For additional information, visit www.beach-fun.com
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.


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