2019 Wings Over Water

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Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival (WOW) is an annual fundraising event held in support of regional National Wildlife Refuges. Funds raised through Wings Over Water help with educational travel grants to get school children out of the classroom and into the visitor centers and out onto the refuges. WOW funds also help pay for signs, trail maintenance, refuge promotional materials and refuge supplies. All this is done throught the non-profit refuge friends support group, Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (CWRS). WOW funds help pay the salary of three CWRS staff members. One CWRS staffer coordinates all volunteers, Rvers and interns, without whose help there would be no visitor centers and hundreds of projects around the refuges would go undone. Another CWRS staff manages four regional refuge gift shops. And the third staff member coordinates the WOW Festival, maintains CWRS & WOW websites and handles reservations for all refuge guided interpretive trips. All of this and more are important and vital support to which Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival funds support the local national wildlife refuges.

WOW consists of over 85 trips and programs for nature lovers. These trips and programs include birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history.

The main session of Wings Over Water takes place Tuesday October 15 through Sunday October 20. WOW Encore session takes place Friday December 6 through Sunday December 8. WOW Encore is especially for birders. Our hope is that we will see larger flocks of migratory waterfowl than were here during the October Wings Over Water main session.. You'll have top birding guides during both sessions of Wings Over Water.

This year our featured keynote speaker is author, artist & lecturer. Julie Zickefoose. Julie is the author and artist of over 10 nature books. Her latest books is, Saving Jemima: Life & Love With a Hard Luck Jay. Keynote reception and dinner is Saturday October 19, 6-9 pm. at Pamlico Jack's Restaurant in Nags Head. Besides being the keynote speaker, Julie will co-lead some festival birding trips during the October session.

All Wings Over Water trips and program descriptions, dates and times, locations and availablility are on this website. You may register for any available trips. You may register for just the October portion of Wings Over Water.  Or, you may register for just WOW Encore. Or you may register for both portions of the festival.  We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover & American Express.

We suggest that you read over all trips, tours & programs before finalizing your registration. Some events fall under more than one category but can only be listed under one. For example, Pamlico Sound Birding Kayak Tour is listed under birding, but it could have been listed under paddling as well. The same can also be said for, Maritime Forest Kayak Birding Tour.  Look at all trips to make sure you don't miss one of interest.

Join us for WOW Encore
December 6 thru 8

A weekend of birding trips led by expert birders!


Questions/Help    252-216-9464 or wow@coastalwildliferefuge.com