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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It's almost here! Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival registration is now open!

The 2010 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks of North Carolina is set for Nov. 9-14.

Birding, natural history, photography and paddling are just some of the types of programs planned for the festival which spans Veteran's Day weekend.

Participants should come prepared to be introduced to the real world of the Outer Banks where adventure is whatever folks long to enjoy. Offerings include kayak and canoe tours, photography, birding and
natural history programs. Many of this year's events are family-friendly and priced so that they are affordable.

Birding trips range from those geared toward beginners to experts who are searching for a life-list species. There are more than 400 species that can be found on the Outer Banks, of which more than a
quarter of a million acres is in conservation in Dare County alone!

The region offers some of the country's best paddling for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. From tannin-fed cypress swamps to endless marsh mazes, it is possible to paddle the region for a lifetime yet still study charts at night, discovering unexplored areas.

Registration currently is open for an assortment of water trips escorted by leaders who are familiar with the various areas. Physical demands range from open water with wind exposure, to short distances with excellent wind protection.

Lighthouses, museums and area historic attractions also are hosting programs this year. These offerings will both inspire and intrigue participants with the unique heritage of the Outer Banks.

This festival is traditionally set during the "shoulder season" when rates are lower for accommodations, traffic is light and the weather is mild. To learn more about the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival call 252-216-9464 or go to www.wingsoverwater.org.

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

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Photo by Klaus Ritter