Monday, January 9, 2017

Bird Festivals 2017 - Mid Atlantic Region

royal terns
royal terns

This article includes bird festivals and other birding events that will take place in the Mid Atlantic region during 2017.

Each year, national wildlife refuges host bird festivals throughout the Mid Atlantic region.

Most Mid Atlantic national wildlife refuges are located along the Atlantic Flyway, an important migratory bird route. Many festivals coincide with spring or fall migration.

Mid Atlantic bird and birdwatching festivals are also hosted by cities, towns, state parks, and birding organizations.

Winter Wildlife Festival
Virginia Beach VA
​​​​January 20 - 22, 2017
presented by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries​

Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend
27-28-29, 2017
The 2nd Annual Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend will be held January 27-28-29, 2017.

Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Chesapeake - Suffok, VA
April 20-22, 2017
The Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival is held during the height of the spring neotropical songbird migration. The festival is part of International Migratory Bird Day.

Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend
April 27-28-29-30, 2017
The 22nd Annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend will be held April 27-28-29-30, 2017.

International Migratory Bird Day
May 2017
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. This year, many events will take place on May 13.

Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival
The Wetlands Institute
Cape May, New Jersey
May 20-21, 2017
The Wetlands Institute in Cape May will host the 5th Annual Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival, May 20-21, 2017.


Cape May Spring Festival
May 19-21, 2017

Wings over Water Festival
Manteo, NC
October 17-22, 2017
This multi-day festival features field trips to five national wildlife refuges: Pea Island, Alligator River, Mattamuskeet, Pocosin Lakes and Mackay Island.

Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival
Cape Charles, VA
October 2017
Based in Cape Charles, Virginia, the Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival coincides with the peak of fall bird migration in a coastal environment.

International Bird Observatory Conference 2017
Cape May, New Jersey
October 26, 2017 to October 30, 2017
www.njaudubon.org

Refuge Waterfowl Week
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Chincoteague Island, VA
November 19-26, 2017
During Refuge Waterfowl Week, the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will offer guided walks, tours, and other special events to mark the fall migration of waterfowl to the refuge.

Related Information

Chesapeake Bay Birds

Thursday, December 15, 2016

North Carolina Shape of the Coast 2017


North Carolina coastal stakeholders are encouraged to sign up for the Shape of the Coast series of sessions that will focus on coastal law and policy in North Carolina.

The talks are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The event is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law Festival of Legal Learning.

The coastal session is co-sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant; the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, or NCCRLPPC; and the UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Law.

Lisa Schiavinato, California Sea Grant extension director; Palmer Hilton, UNC School of Law student; and Jane Harrison, North Carolina Sea Grant coastal economics specialist, will lead the final session on public beach access and oyster aquaculture.

In the first part, Schiavinato, former North Carolina Sea Grant coastal law specialist, will focus on the conflicts between oceanfront property owners and beachgoers in coastal states, including North Carolina and California.

Harrison and Hilton, a former NCCRLPPC fellow, will offer an overview on the current state of the oyster aquaculture industry in North Carolina, including an update on regulatory efforts that could facilitate oyster farming in state waters.

Other topics include:

 “Insurance Update”​ by Donald T. Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, UNC School of Law;

“What’s Ahead for NC Coastal Policy?” from the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission; and

“Federal and State Coastal Case Law Update” by Meredith Jo Alcoke, Ward and Smith, P.A., and Todd S. Roessler, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

For more information, visit www.law.unc.edu/cle/festival.

source: North Carolina Sea Grant

Saturday, April 30, 2016

US Wind Tower Off Ocean City MD

US Wind MD is proposing to establish a meteorological tower within the Maryland Wind Energy Area approximately 15.5 miles east of Ocean City, Maryland. US Wind anticipates establishing the tower in August 2016.

The tower will be located at 38 21 09.9 N, 074 45 12.8 W. Its mast height will be approximately 100 m (328 feet) above mean sea level, and will be made of steel construction, including Braced Caisson foundation (3 legs), deck, and lattice framework tower.

The foundation and deck will be yellow, approximately comprising the first 60 feet of the structure above mean sea level. The tower lattice structure will be painted red and white, comprising the remainder of the tower height.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that the tower will be deemed a Class A structure, meeting the requirements of 33 CFR 67.20. This means it will be equipped with white obstruction lights with 5 mile visibility and a sound signal with 2 mile range. Additionally, the tower will be fitted with aircraft warning lights.

source: U.S. Coast Guard

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
May 28, 2016 - 10am - 4pm
Milton Memorial Park
Milton, Delaware
www.HistoricMilton.com

The Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, long considered by many to be a natural wonder of Delaware Bay.

The annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival often draws 1,500-plus visitors who annually enjoy arts and crafts, as well as an art show, boat rides down the Broadkill River, canoe trips on Prime Hook Creek, games, food, music, and more.

This year, the event is sponsored by the Milton Chamber of Commerce and Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge.

A shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors to and from the Refuge. For more information, www.historicmilton.com or call the Milton Chamber of Commerce at 302-684-1101.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Outer Banks NC Outdoors Day

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting a free “Outdoors Day” on March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla.

At Outdoors Day, visitors can experience the outdoors and gain practical knowledge through hands-on activities and demonstrations, such as fishing, kayaking, shooting a bow and arrow and an air rifle.

Visitors also can check out other activity stations, such as Game Species, Talking Turkey, Backyard Bass, Birding Basics and Sea Turtles.

Staff from Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges will be on hand to describe their seasonal tours, canoe outings, and ranger-led programs on local wildlife during the day.

The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education features exhibits and programs that interpret coastal North Carolina’s wildlife and habitats, natural history and cultural heritage. Things to do include daily showings of an award-winning documentary, and a calendar of events, and educational courses.

Admission to the center is free, as are the educational programs offered. The Center is Located in Currituck Heritage Park on Highway 12, next to Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club.

For more information, visit ncwildlife.org/obx.

source: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Delmarva Birding Weekend 2016

Delmarva Birding Weekend
January 29 - January 31, 2016


The annual Delmarva Birding Winter Weekend celebrates songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors that are seen on the Delmarva Peninsula. Winter Weekend activities included boat and hiking trips with a special emphasis on winter birds.

The Delmarva Peninsula possesses an extensive variety of environments, including barrier islands, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval forests.

Field trips take place in the land and water that feed into the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and the Atlantic coastal bays. More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the region.

For more information, visit www.delmarvabirding.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MARCO Forum in Dewey Beach DE

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) Forum
January 29, 2016
Hyatt Place
1301 Coastal Highway
Dewey Beach, DE

DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs is hosting the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) forum on scientific data that will be used to develop an Ocean Action Plan (OAP) for the region.

The forum will be held 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Jan. 29 at the Hyatt Place, 1301 Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach. The public and stakeholders are invited to attend.

Established in 2009 by the Governors of Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, MARCO provides a forum for the coastal Mid-Atlantic states to collaborate on shared regional priorities related to marine habitats, renewable offshore energy, climate change adaptation, and ocean water quality.

Attendees are required to register by Jan. 28 at: http://midatlanticocean.org/event/public-workshop-on-ocean-planning-data-products/

source: DNREC