Va Beach & Cape Henry Audubon 2019 Field Trips

To sign up for field trips please  check with the field trip leader listed or as a last resort call 757-460-5333

 

Pine savanna at Virginia's Piney Grove Preserve.
Sunday , March 22 (Cape Henry Trip)
Piney Grove Preserve Bus Tri

Meet at 6:45 AM at REI 350 Independence Blvd, Va Beach

Restoring pine savannas and protecting Virginia's rarest bird, the red-cockaded woodpecker.  There is a $20.00 per person cost for this trip and you must sign up in advance.  Go to this webpage for details and signup.


 
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail Entrance Sign - photograph
Saturday, March 28
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Chesapeake, VA
Meet at 8:00 AM

Spend the morning walking the trail with trip leader Peggy Waterfield.

Formerly US Route 17, this multi-purpose linear trail accommodates horse owners, bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and boat owners. It runs 8.3 miles adjacent to the Dismal Swamp Canal and threads through some of the most uniquely historical and ecologically significant habitats in the United States. The Ballahack Road/Great Dismal Swamp Boat ramp provides easy access to launch your small boat, canoe, or kayak. An outdoor recreation playground for serious and casual outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the trail is home to the annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival and Paddle for the Border. Open sunrise to sunset.

For the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail Map, please click here.


 
A summer day at Merchants Millpond State Park
Saturday, April 18
Merchant Mill Pond

Gates, NC
Meet at 8:00 AM
Trip leader Jim Marcum will lead us through this Southern swamp and hardwood forest mingle at Merchants Millpond State Park, adorning the landscape with massive bald cypress trees, beech groves, Spanish moss and exotic wildlife.  Full details can be found at the Parks website.  Click here for details.

Driving details:
1. Take exit 291B (17 South/Elizabeth City)  off of I-64 from VB toward Suffolk
2. Follow 17 S into NC till Route 158 (about 30 miles)
3.  Turn right on Route US 158 West to Mill Pond Road (about 30 miles)
4.  Meet at the canoe launch not the visitor center
5. Merchant Mill Pond State Park, 176 Millpond Rd, Gatesville NC 27938

Saturday & Sunday, May 16th & 17th
Bombay Hook NWR
Coastal Delaware

Full details will be available soon
The trip leader will be Steve Coari
The refuge is open 1/2 before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. The Visitor Center and office are open Monday -Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and open on spring and fall weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The refuge offers visitors a 12-mile wildlife drive, five walking trails (2 handicapped accessible), three observation towers, wildlife photography, hunting opportunities, a variety of nature and educational programs, and interpretative displays. Cash or check is required to purchase permits and passes.
Bombay Hook NWR is an important stop on the Delaware Bay for thousands of migrating shorebirds every spring, as they make their critical trip north to their breeding grounds. At low tide they can be seen feeding by the thousands on the salt marsh mudflats along the wildlife drive. The refuge’s freshwater impoundments also provide mudflat habitats as they are drawn down each spring. During late summer and early fall, southbound migrating shorebirds also visit the refuge as they fly towards their wintering grounds. Common species include semipalmated sandpipers, dunlin, dowitchers, yellowlegs, semipalmated plovers, American avocets, and many more.
Bombay Hood NWR Visitor Center, 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977
Click here for their website