North Carolina
Birding on the Outer Banks: Coastal Forests and 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
6 days
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At a Glance

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

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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Kelli Kaelin
Kelli Kaelin was raised in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. This quiet town on the real Jersey shore is where she developed her love for wildlife and the great outdoors. After graduating from Rider University with a degree in marine science, Kelli worked at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where she was able inspire children and their families to take conservation action. Kelli then found her way to the Sound to Sea program, and is excited to share this wonderful place with all of you!
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