The Swamp may be “Dismal” but the Birds can be Spectacular at the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival Each April

The Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival is held annually in late April in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, located in the Virginia cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk.  According to Chesapeake’s Web site for the event, “[t]he Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a birder’s paradise with more than 200 types of birds either residing here or just passing through.”  Possible sightings at the spring festival include eagles, egrets, owls, ducks, woodpeckers, migratory warblers, and more.  Among the organized events are guided walks, bus tours, bird-banding demonstrations, and an evening “owl prowl.”  For more information and to register, visit www.visitchesapeake.com/gds-birding-festival; or contact Delores Freeman at (757) 986-3705 or deloras_freeman@fws.gov.

Dismal Photo

A guided walk along the Washington Ditch (shown here in April 2005) is one of the scheduled events at the 2013 Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival.

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