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Birding Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Chincoteague Island

Program No. 2019RJ
Enjoy special access to Wallops Island and other protected birding destinations, where you’ll learn from experts as you look for the region’s more than 400 species of birds.

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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 6 - Oct 11, 2024
Starting at
1,299
Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2024
Starting at
1,299
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Nov 10 - Nov 15, 2024
Starting at
1,299
Apr 13 - Apr 18, 2025
Starting at
1,399
Apr 27 - May 2, 2025
Starting at
1,399
May 18 - May 23, 2025
Starting at
1,399
Full Inventory
Oct 19 - Oct 24, 2025
Starting at
1,399
Full Inventory
Oct 26 - Oct 31, 2025
Starting at
1,399
Nov 9 - Nov 14, 2025
Starting at
1,399
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 6 - Oct 11, 2024
Starting at
1,399
Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2024
Starting at
1,399
Nov 10 - Nov 15, 2024
Starting at
1,399
Apr 13 - Apr 18, 2025
Starting at
1,539
Apr 27 - May 2, 2025
Starting at
1,539
May 18 - May 23, 2025
Starting at
1,539
Full Inventory
Oct 19 - Oct 24, 2025
Starting at
1,539
Full Inventory
Oct 26 - Oct 31, 2025
Starting at
1,539
Nov 9 - Nov 14, 2025
Starting at
1,539

At a Glance

During the migratory season, millions of birds along the Atlantic Flyway “funnel” through a small area along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where more than 400 species have been recorded. Explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge’s restricted back country on Assateague Island with Chincoteague Bay Field Station.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking at a slow “birding” pace up to two miles on mostly flat terrain, occasional small hills, sand dunes, loose sand. Climbing vintage school bus stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Participate in a guided boat excursion into the marshes and tidal creeks to view these habitats and their inhabitants from a different angle.
  • Learn identification methods using field markings, vocalizations and behavior patterns.
  • Enjoy narrated walks through dunes, beaches, cypress swamps, maritime forests, and more.

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. 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 in the field. ATTENTION FOREIGN NATIONALS: Part of this program takes place on Wallops Island, which is a restricted access NASA base. In order to participate in the Wallops Island activities, all foreign nationals must complete additional paperwork at least 6 weeks in advance to be allowed access onto the base. Access is then subject to approval by NASA Wallops Island base. If you are a foreign national enrolled in this program, please contact the program provider directly at julie@cbfieldstation.org to request the required forms.
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