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16th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, Eastern North Carolina and The Outer Banks

Posted by Jody on October 19, 2011

Updated for 2012: 16th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

When we lived in Virginia, the Outer Banks of North Carolina became our ultimate travel destination.  We couldn’t wait for the opportunity to head back to this amazing strand of golden sand.

The Outer Banks, a 200-mile long string of narrow barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, is rich in beautiful beaches, historic lighthouses, coastal wildlife and American history. Eastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks have something for everyone! That’s going to become even more evident during the 16th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival celebrated November 6 – 11, 2012  You can chose from over a dozen kayak and canoe tours, take photography lessons, tour the night sky, explore historic sites, and learn about the varied wildlife of this ultimate natural playground. That’s just for starters!

The Outer Banks of North Carolina (Photo by Roland Weber/Wikimedia Commons)

Following are just a few examples of the activities offered during last year’s 15th Annual Wings over Water Wildlife Festival from the Outer Banks Sentinel.  How will you chose?

“Explore the Shore – Visit a place where geologic time moves in fast forward. Join a National Park Service ranger to explore the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and discover ways that plants, animals, and people adapt to this ever-changing environment.”

“Moonlight Walk – Enjoy November’s full moon with an evening beach walk. Bring binoculars to better observe the moon, planets and constellations. Learn why protecting the night sky is important to conserving coastal wildlife.”

“Corolla Sunset Kayak Tour – Escape to the quiet waters of the Currituck Sound and end the day watching an extraordinary fall sunset as the light from the Currituck Beach Lighthouse begins to wink. The peace and quiet makes it easy to observe wildlife as well as unwind in a unique setting.”

Marbled Godwit (Photo by Faucon/Wikimedia Commons)

“Ocracoke Island Birding – Explore this wonderful 15-mile-long barrier island, which is almost entirely Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Target birds are Marbled Godwits, Piping Plover, Red Knots, White Ibis, Common Moorhen, Hooded Mergansers, and hopefully, spectacular views of Northern Gannets feeding just off shore traveling from the north.”

No doubt people will be flocking to Eastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks to participate in the 16th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival!
(*For more information you can check out the article from 2011, The Outer Banks Sentinel: Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is around the corner.)

Have a great day at the beach!

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