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

August 01, 2011

Registration now open for 15th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

The 2011 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks of North Carolina is set for Nov. 8-13, 2011.
           
As always, new programs have been added to the festival's traditional offerings that include birding, natural history, photography and paddling.
           
Earthcaching at Pea Island is a perfect fit for those looking for a new way to discover and experience nature adventures. Discover a fun activity for the whole family while learning how to use a Global Positional System Receiver (GPS) to uncover sites that are important scientifically or help us to learn more about the planet. GPS units will be provided.
         
If looking up is appealing, enjoy going to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theater, sitting back and relaxing in the amphitheater for a tour of the night sky with an astronomer as your guide. And remember that the stars you see are the same ones that helped guide The Lost Colony to these shores 20 years before Jamestown was settled. Discover the stories in the sky and explore the constellations and bright stars that have fascinated humankind for ages. Before you know it, new knowledge will transform the vast sea of stars overhead into a readable map of the cosmos.
           
Many of this year's events are family-friendly and priced so that they are affordable. And there are tram tours for those who don't wish to walk far.
           
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.
           
The Outer Banks region is home to thousands of acres of conservation property and a diversity of wildlife, including alligators, black bears, deer, red wolves, and hundreds of species of birds. Participants in the Wings over Water Wildlife Festival will have the opportunity to discover natural wonders and take part in an array of activities that celebrate the region’s environmental and cultural diversity.
           
To learn more about the Wings over Water Wildlife Festival or to register, call 252-216-9464 or visit www.wingsoverwater.org.
           
Wings Over Water is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, Carolina Bird Club, Roanoke Island Festival Park and the Outer Banks Sentinel.
           
Profits from the event are used to fund nature programs for children in area schools.

Kid in Kayak
Young explorer enjoying a kayak tour. Wings Over Water offers many different paddling adventures in various areas of the Outer Banks. Photo Courtesy of OBVB.