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Birding on the Outer Banks: Coastal Forests & Island Sanctuaries

Add to your birding list as you learn about and identify rare birds alongside experts, visit Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and explore the pristine beauty of the Outer Banks.
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Program No. 14083RJ
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4 days
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749
North Carolina

Birding on the Outer Banks: Coastal Forests & Island Sanctuaries

Add to your birding list as you learn about and identify rare birds alongside experts, visit Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and explore the pristine beauty of the Outer Banks.
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Program No. 14083 RJ
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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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas
by Blair Witherington
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)
A Birder's Guide to Coastal Carolina
by John O. Fussell III
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)
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4 days
3 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Social
Salter Path, NC
D
Trinity Conference Center

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.

DAY
2
Intro to Birding, Birding on Aquarium Trails, Evening Class
Salter Path, NC
B,L,D
Trinity Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-8:30 am in the conference dining room.

Morning: This morning's class will cover an Intro to Birding. We'll discuss how to use binoculars effectively, how to use the scope the instructor brings and review the clock system. After, we'll have a brief introduction to the area with a PowerPoint and then take a walk around property to get oriented.

Lunch: in the conference dining room.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll head to the nearby aquarium to bird on their marsh and forest trails and meet the injured birds used in their flighted bird program with a behind the scenes tour.

Dinner: Dinner will be from 6-7 pm in the cafeteria.

Evening: After dinner we'll learn about Migration and Citizen Science, including back yard bird counts.

DAY
3
Croatan Forest, Calico Creek Birding Trip, Free Time
Salter Path, NC
B,L,D
Trinity Conference Center

Breakfast: There will be an optional sunrise birding excursion before 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 in the conference dining room.

Afternoon: Afternoon birding trip to Calico Creek's boardwalk. Look for wading and forest birds on this evening walk.

Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm in the conference dining room.

Evening: Free time to explore on your own or relax after a busy day and prepare for tomorrow.

DAY
4
Birding N River & Rachel Carson Preserves, Waterfowl Museum
Salter Path, NC
B,L,D
Trinity Conference Center

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 am

Morning: This morning we'll head to the North River Preserve for some birding and then to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum where you'll have the opportunity to see a decoy carver at work and learn about this unique part of coastal Carolina heritage.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant on Harker's Island.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll board a boat to travel to the Rachel Carson Preserve and Bird Shoals for some birding.

Dinner: Dinner from 6-7pm in the conference dining room.

Evening: This evening, relax to the music of the talented artist known as Bogue Sounds.

DAY
5
Outerbanks Wildlife Shelter, Free Time, Bird List Debrief
Salter Path, NC
B,D
Trinity Conference Center

Breakfast: In the cafeteria.

Morning: This morning we'll venture to the Outerbanks Wildlife Shelter for a program on bird rehabilitation.

Lunch: We'll return to Trinity Conference Center and you'll have the opportunity for free time to explore some local fare on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon you'll have free time to explore the area on your own.

Dinner: Dinner will be from 6-7 pm in the conference dining room.

Evening: After dinner we'll start to wrap up our week together with a Bird List Debrief with an expert birder.

DAY
6
Live Birds of Prey, Program Concludes
Salter Path, NC
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast from 8-9 am

Morning: Program with live birds of prey.

Lunch: Lunch begins at 11:30 in the conference dining room.

Afternoon: Depart following lunch






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