Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

July 7, 2009

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival this Fall's 'Best Buy' for Travelers

The 13th annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival offers dozens of reasons to join other nature enthusiasts on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from Nov. 3 through Nov. 8, which includes Veterans' Day weekend.

Birders who prefer to use their binoculars and scopes will be offered more opportunities than they can possibly take advantage of during the six-day event. Birding trips are planned for locations throughout the northeastern part of the state including but not limited to Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge in Currituck, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Ocracoke Island and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife refuges, both in Hyde County, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on mainland Dare County and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The long list of different birding trips offer a wide assortment of viewing possibilities including shorebirds, songbirds, waterfowl and even Red Cockaded Woodpeckers. Some of the sightings reported during recent Wings Over Water Wildlife Festivals include Eared Grebe, American White Pelican, Fork-Tailed Flycatcher and the Magnificent Frigatebird.

But Wings Over Water isn't just about birds. History is explored, kayaks and canoes are paddled, black bear and red wolf habitats are visited, and there is a lighthouse to be explored.

Just can't seem to get close enough to get that perfect shot at a pintail? Both hunters and photographers can get up close and personal to waterfowl by learning how to use decoys and calls on the Pea Island "Duck Hunt." Participants in this three-to-four hour class will sit in a duck blind while learning how to bring the waterfowl into range. Cameras welcomed; guns are not.

Nature photographers who want to improve their skills can join one of several professional photographers including Mark Buckler, program director of the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla, for a wildlife photography class. Buckler, also a professional photographer, will show participants how to catch the morning light while exploring for wading birds, fall migrant songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds. He also will be the keynote speaker at this year's keynote dinner to be held at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

The Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Carolina Bird Club, the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, Roanoke Island Festival Park and the Outer Banks Sentinel.

To learn more, visit www.wingsoverwater.org or call 252-216-9464 to order a program book complete with map and registration forms.