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
Outdoor: No Sweat
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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Becca Knudson
Becca Knudson was born and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. For college, she traveled west and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, graduating with a degree in Geography. After graduating from BYU, Becca worked for the American Youth Foundation in Shelby, Michigan. But, the mountains weren’t through with her yet, this time to Idaho to complete her M.S. Natural Resources degree. While Becca treasures her true winter experience, she was more than a little willing to trade it in for life on the coast.
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