Events held in both October and December, 2016.

Wings Over Water is one of the most unique wildlife and birding festivals in the country.  The festival covers such a large area that it takes two events to do the area justice.

Wings Over Water takes place over a six counties in northeastern North Carolina.  It includes six national wildlife refuges: Alligator River, Pea Island, Pocosin Lakes, Mattamuskeet, Mackay Island and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges.  The area is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Outer Banks.

Located along the Atlantic flyway, large numbers of both resident and migratory birds can be seen in the varied habitats of the region. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the area.


Northern Shoveler. Photograph © Glenn Bartley.

First Up – October 18-23
The 20th anniversary of the event kicks off on October 18th and runs through Sunday, October 23.

Visitors to the event will be able to participant in a wide variety of activities including birding, kayak tours, painting classes, photography tours/classes and night-time explorations.

Kenn Kaufman is the keynote speaker for this year’s event.  It is worth the trip just to hear Kenn speak.

Besides being a haven for birds, Wings Over Water participants have the potential of seeing a variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals, including black bear, river otter, alligators and the endangered red wolf.

Encore Weekend: December 9-11
Encore week is especially for birders and photographers to enjoy seeing large flocks of migratory birds and waterfowl. Thousands of Green-winged Teal, Mallards, American Widgeons, American Black Ducks, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, and Tundra Swans can be seen during the winter.


Online registration is now open for both sections. Visit the event web site to register.

About the event:
Wings Over Water is an annual refuge fundraising event sponsored by Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society. The CWRS is a non-profit group who exist to support regional national wildlife refuges.  Besides providing educational grants to schools, the CWRS is a part of many refuge support projects such as maintaining trails and signs and other refuge structures.

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