Getting on/off buses and on/off a boat with assistance. We will be participating in a guided boat tour in the morning. In the afternoon, we will access many parts of the refuge to take advantage of birding opportunities as they arise. 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 tidal creeks and marshes and sandy shores surrounding Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are home to some elusive wetland birds. We'll climb aboard a pontoon boat to get up close and personal with this unique habitat and look for some of its residents. Common species include Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Green Herons, Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Clapper Rails, and more!
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 cafeteria.
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.