Birding in Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp
Discover the wonders of birding in the Great Dismal Swamp, a national wildlife refuge covering more than 111,000 acres of forested wetlands in eastern Virginia and North Carolina. Learn firsthand the complexities of migration during the spring neo-tropical songbird season as you count migratory species, observe bird banding, take sunset walks and venture out on nocturnal "owl prowls." Visit nearby preserves encompassing other habitats with different bird populations. Observe a diversity of species including warblers, woodpeckers, waterfowl, wading birds and birds of prey. Trace the footsteps of 13,000 years of human presence from Native Americans to George Washington, escaped slaves to 20th-century loggers while adding to your Life List.
Walking up to 3 miles, generally flat terrain with gravel, boardwalk, forest paths. Weather is variable at this time of year, often warm and humid.