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2014 Birding Festival


April 24 -26, 2014


2014 Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival 

Join us for the 2014 Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival on Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26. This year’s event presents special opportunities to bring more of Virginia’s birders and ornithology experts together in one weekend! The Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) has scheduled its Annual Meeting for April 25-27, 2014, to coincide with the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival and is partnering with refuge staff to coordinate activities associated with the two events. VSO members will join (or lead!) Birding Festival field trips and other outdoor programs, while Birding Festival attendees who are currently not VSO members are invited to either register for the VSO’s Annual Meeting or attend select conference events free of charge. 



Birding Festival Registration:

The Birding Festival features three days and nights of guided walks, bus tours, canoe birding, night events, photography and birding basics workshops. All are free of charge but most require a reservation.

 Registration is simple: 

1. Look over the attached schedule   2014 GDS Birding Festival Brochure
2. Select your activities, and then
3. Call 757-986-3705 during office hours to reserve your space.


Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Conference Registration:



The VSO conference meeting headquarters will be the Springhill Suites Chesapeake Greenbrier. Meeting highlights will include a scientific paper session, a presentation by Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge biologists, and a keynote speech by Alicia King, Communication Coordinator and Urban Bird Treaty Program Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program.


In the keynote presentation, “Your National Wildlife Refuges - Great Birdwatching and Conservation Opportunities,” Alicia’s colorful presentation will focus on bird conservation efforts on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges related to citizen science, bird monitoring, and research. She will also speak about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program mission of Conserving America’s Birds and reaching the public through birds and birdwatching.


For more information about joining the VSO or to register for the Annual Meeting Conference, please visit the VSO’s web site.


The VSO, founded in 1929, is a grassroots all-volunteer organization dedicated to the study, conservation, and enjoyment of Virginia’s birds. 


Other Nearby Lodging

Ask for special lodging rates when attending the Birding Festival at the Suffolk Hilton Garden Inn  

More nearby accommodations can be found through the following links:


Last Updated: Feb 07, 2014
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