Monday, April 25, 2011

Delmarva Birding Weekend

The Delmarva Birding Weekend celebrates the spring migration of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors. The Weekend combines boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions by foot, and takes place April 28 through May 1, 2011.

The Delmarva Peninsula possesses an extensive variety of environments, including barrier islands, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval forests. Field trips take place in the land and water that feed into the Delaware Bays and coastal inland bays. More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the region. 204 species were tallied during the 2009 event!

Space is limited, but weekend participants can book trips through May 1 to kayak in Rehoboth Bay, search for seabirds aboard the Cape May/Lewes Ferry, and explore some of Delaware’s best birding grounds at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park, and Assawoman Wildlife Area. On Friday, April 29 at 5:00 pm, a birder’s Tally Rally will be held at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach to add species to the weekend’s checklist.

Participating birders will be helping birds by promoting bird and habitat conservation. Birders, both novice and experienced, can make an important statement about the economic value of birds and their habitats through low-impact tourism. Birders are encouraged to remind local businesses that they are here to enjoy Delmarva’s natural areas and the birds that inhabit them.

For more information, please email or call 443-614-0261. For more information about the Delmarva Birding Weekend and trip availability, please visit

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