Come celebrate the migration of hundreds of warblers, shorebirds
and waterfowl as well as many nesting birds and raptors. Chose from
26 trips at 17 locations. This region possesses an extensive variety
of environments including barrier islands, coastal bays, tidal
wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval forests. More
bird sightings have been recorded here than in any other region of
the state. The weekend combines boat trips, canoe treks and
expeditions by foot.
Celebrate the 35th Year of the premier wildlife art event in the
country, attracting 19,000 visitors and 400 of the nation's finest
wildlife artists and craftsmen. During the Festival, historic and
contemporary buildings serve as venues for exhibits. Food, music,
demonstrations and kids activities are found on the colonial streets
and around the beautiful gardens and ponds of Easton.
The varied habitats of Blackwater, from open water to dense
woodlands, produce a diversity of wildlife that change in numbers and
species with the seasons. The Refuge woodlands provide year-round
homes for owls, towhees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, bobwhite and
woodcock. Also a fast growing population of wild turkeys can be seen.
Numerous marsh and shore birds arrive in the spring and fall,
searching for food in the vast mud flats and shallow waters of the
Blackwater River. The warmer months invite warblers, vireos,
orioles, flycatchers, and many others to this same habitat. Except
for the bird walk, programs will run approximately 30 - 45 minutes.
Entrance Fee Waived.