Getting on/off buses. We will be making many stops on the Refuge throughout the day to take advantage of birding opportunities as we find them. Please dress according to the weather. It can be quite windy on the beach.
In the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria, our staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs, and pancakes for your choosing. Coffee, tea, water, and a selection of soft drinks are available.
The road to Assateague Island National Seashore boasts a variety of habitats from freshwater and saltwater wetlands to beaches and piney woodlands. To date, 340 species of birds have been sighted on the island. We will be on the lookout for nesting Piping Plovers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, Red-headed Woodpeckers as well as an assortment of songbirds, waterfowl, herons, egrets, and our daily bald eagle sightings.
The Eastern Shore is home to some outstanding American fare and seafood restaurants. Your meal will not disappoint at one of our fine local eateries.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most visited refuges in the country, but we’ll be heading into its restricted back country to have the birds all to ourselves. The shallow pools, grasslands, and woodlands are managed to provide plenty of food and resting spots for native wildlife and migratory waterfowl, so the diversity of birds will not disappoint! We’ll be on the lookout for Glossy Ibis, Caspian Tern, Merlin, Whimbrel, and an assortment of sandpipers, not to mention the famous Chincoteague wild ponies!
In the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria, the dining staff will prepare and serve our meals cafeteria style, with options ranging from a hot meal to a diverse salad bar. Coffee, tea, water, and a selection of juices and sodas are available.
We will begin each evening with a review of the birds that we encountered during the day. Hundreds of species migrate through this region during spring and fall and many regularly spend the winter months here. We’ll learn and practice key skills in turning any bird seen in the field into a positive identification. Also, we’ll get a review of the many resources birders today have at their fingertips; from field guides and magazines to websites and phone apps.