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2017 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival
October 17- 22 (main session)
December 8-10 (WOW Encore session)
Keynote speaker and bird leader is Noah Strycker (world Big Year birding record holder, 6.042 species). Noah is a great guy, wonderful speaker, top birder and multi-talented author, artist and athlete (what doesn't he do?) Keynote reception & dinner Saturday October 21, 2017 6-9 pm.
On-line registration opens first week of May 2017
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WELCOME TO THE 20th ANNIVERSARY WINGS OVER WATER WILDLIFE FESTIVAL
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is an annual fundraising event held in support of regional National Wildlife Refuges. It's made up of over 90 trips and programs for nature lovers. These trips and programs include birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history.
The main body of Wings Over Water takes place Tuesday October 18th through Sunday the 23rd. WOW Encore takes place Friday December 9th through Sunday the 11th. WOW Encore is especially for birders and photographers who hope to see larger flocks of migratory waterfowl that might not be as prevalent in October. You'll have top birding guides during both portions of Wings Over Water.
All Wings Over Water trips and program descriptions, dates and times, locations and availablility are on this website. You may register for any available trips. You may register for just the October portion of Wings Over Water. Or, you may register for just WOW Encore. Or you may register for both portions of the festival. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover & American Express.
We are honored to have Kenn Kaufman as our keynote speaker. Kenn is a world reknown birder, artist and author. Kenn and his wife Kimberly (Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio) will join us on some of the festival birding trips. Saturday October 22nd, Kenn is the featured speaker at a reception and dinner located at beautiful National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Space is limited, so be sure and register soon on this site to reserve your seat. We suggset you read Kenn's essay in support of National Wildlife Refuges at this link: http://www.kaufmanfieldguides.com/treasures-worth-defending.html
Another special social event this year will take place during Wings Over Water Encore. Saturday, December 10th 6:00-8:00 pm. We'll meet at National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center's auditorium on Roanoke Island with fellow WOW Encore birders for a casual evening birding social. This will be an opportunity to talk about sightings, various species and the birds we wish we had seen. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. You need to register for this event.
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