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 8, 2012

16th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival bigger, better!

The 2012 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks of North Carolina is set for Nov. 6-11.

The stars have it! See what the first English colonists saw and what helped guide their trip to the New World. Sit back and relax in the The Lost Colony’s amphitheater – Waterside Theater - for a tour of the night sky with an astronomer as your guide. Remember that the stars seen 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.

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.

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.
Birding trips range from those perfect for 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!

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.

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.

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.

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, Carolina Bird Club, and the Outer Banks Sentinel.

Profits from the event are used to fund nature programs for children in area schools.

Wings Over Water
Snowgeese on the ground and over the water. Photo Credit: Michael Halminski.