Saturday, April 29 Trips & Reservations

All reservations will be confirmed via email. No cancellations after April 10, 2017. Trips are subject to weather cancellations.

BOAT: The Nature of Smith Island, 8:00 a.m. – SOLD OUT
COST: $85/person, includes lunch
MEETING LOCATION: Somers Cove Marina, Pier N, in Crisfield, MD

Depart Somers Cove Marine in Crisfield, Maryland, for a daylong birding cruise to historic Smith Island in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay – home to Maryland’s Official State Dessert, the Smith Island Cake! View many species of gulls, terns, shorebirds, herons, and Brown Pelicans. At midday, enjoy a walking tour and a hearty lunch of local island fare (lunch is included in the trip cost). The boat returns to Crisfield around 4:00 p.m.

 

KAYAK/CANOE: Nassawango Warblers on Water, 8:00 a.m. – SOLD OUT
COST: $40/person sharing a tandem kayak, $50/person solo kayak
MEETING LOCATION: Pocomoke River Canoe Company

Nassawango Creek, a tributary to the Pocomoke River near Snow Hill, Maryland, has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society, and is thick with warblers and neotropical migrants, including incredible numbers of Prothonotary Warblers. The Nature Conservancy has preserved almost 10,000 acres along the Nassawango, which makes this 3-hour trip bordered by bald cypress a beautiful one. This smooth water paddle is appropriate for all skill levels. Paddlers may choose canoes, tandem kayaks, or solo kayaks. For scheduling, please select tandem kayak if you want a canoe. We will follow up later with your preference.

All paddling done by participants; some experience required. Must be 13 years old to participate. Please note: If you are reserving a tandem kayak or canoe, please plan to attend with a paddling partner also registered with the DBW. We can’t always guarantee another solo paddler will join you in a two-person boat. Thank you!

KAYAK/CANOE: Porter’s Crossing Prothonotary Paddle, 8:00 a.m.
COST: $40/person sharing a tandem kayak, $50/person solo kayak
MEETING LOCATION: Pocomoke River Canoe Company

We’ll launch from Porter’s Crossing on the Pocomoke River a few miles north of Snow Hill, Maryland and paddle deep into this forested wilderness of bald cypress. Prothonotary Warblers Wood Ducks, Eagles, and beavers are regulars on this 3-hour trip, which will end at the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill.

On a windy day, this paddle can present a moderate challenge as we approach Snow Hill. Paddlers may choose canoes, tandem kayaks, or solo kayaks. For scheduling, please select tandem kayak if you want a canoe. We will follow up later with your preference.

All paddling done by participants; some experience required. Must be 13 years old to participate. Please note: If you are reserving a tandem kayak or canoe, please plan to attend with a paddling partner also registered with the DBW. We can’t always guarantee another solo paddler will join you in a two-person boat. Thank you!


Kayak Options



BOAT: Prothonotary Pontoon, 8:00 a.m. – SOLD OUT
COST: $30/person
MEETING LOCATION: Pocomoke River Canoe Company

Join fellow birders for a guided pontoon boat cruise on the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill, Maryland. Prothonotary Warblers will be seen in the low branches of the bald cypress that border the river. Several other warblers and neotropical migrants will be added to your tally, as well as possibilities for Red-headed Woodpecker and Barred Owl.

 

DRIVING: Birds of Maryland’s Chincoteague Bay, 8:00 a.m.
COST: $25/person
MEETING LOCATION: Public Landing, MD

The historic landings of Chincoteague Bay in Maryland feature some of the most unspoiled wilderness on the East Coast. Guides will lead participants to Public Landing, Figgs Landing, Scott’s Landing and Truitt’s Landing, some of the most remote and best coastal birding spots in Maryland. Shorebirds, ducks, and raptors will add to the breathtaking beauty.




DRIVING: Trap Pond State Park, 8:00 a.m.
COST: $25/person
MEETING LOCATION: Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park

Note: Cost does not include entry fee for Trap Pond State Park. Access is granted with a Delaware State Parks Annual Pass, or with a day-use fee of $4/vehicle with DE tags or $8/vehicle with out-of-state tags. For more information, please visit www.destateparks.com/fees/.

Your guide will meet you at Trap Pond State Park for a walk along forest trails searching for warblers and migratory songbirds. Beavers have created a wide shallow pond along Terrapin Branch, which may help with or nice looks at Wood Ducks and Prothonotary Warblers from the boardwalk.




TALLY RALLY: M.R. Duck’s, 1:00 p.m.
COST: Free, but food and drinks are available for purchase
MEETING LOCATION: M.R. Duck’s in Ocean City, MD

After a full morning of field trips, meet at the World Famous M.R. Duck’s, just a short hike from the Ocean City Inlet. This event begins just before the Shorebird Explorer boat trip leaves the Talbot Street Pier at 2:00 p.m. M.R. Duck’s serves beer, wine and cocktails, and delicious sandwiches and appetizers. Help our guides add species to the DBW checklist, and fuel up for your afternoon and evening field trips.

BOAT: Shorebird Explorer, 2:00 p.m.
COST: $30/person
MEETING LOCATION: Talbot Street Pier in Ocean City, MD

Leave the dock at Talbot Street in Ocean City, Maryland, and tour by boat around Skimmer Island and the north shore of Assateague Island. This two-hour trip is a great for adding coastal species to your DBW checklist, such as Royal Tern, Piping Plover, Purple Sandpiper, and Brant. And don’t forget the Assateague ponies!




BOAT: Prothonotary Pontoon, 4:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT
COST: $30/person
MEETING LOCATION: Pocomoke River Canoe Company

Join fellow birders for a guided pontoon boat cruise on the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill, Maryland. Prothonotary Warblers will be seen in the low branches of the bald cypress that border the river. Several other warblers and neotropical migrants will be added to your tally, as well as possibilities for Red-headed Woodpecker and Barred Owl.

 

BOAT: Trap Pond Pontoon Owl Prowl, 6:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT
COST: $30/person
MEETING LOCATION: Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park

Note: Cost does not include entry fee for Trap Pond State Park. Access is granted with a Delaware State Parks Annual Pass, or with a day-use fee of $4/vehicle with DE tags or $8/vehicle with out-of-state tags. For more information, please visit www.destateparks.com/fees/.

Join fellow birders for a guided pontoon boat cruise at Trap Pond State Park to search for warblers and neotropical migrants, and listen for the signature sound of the cypress swamp–the eerie calling of Barred Owls.

 

DRIVING: Night Birds of the Marsh, 6:30 p.m.
COST: $25/person
MEETING LOCATION: Taylors Landing boat ramp near Girdletree, MD

Tour the 2,630-acre E.A. Vaughn Wildlife Management Area and Truitt’s Landing east of Snow Hill, Maryland. Seek out Clapper Rail, Sora, Marsh Wrens, Chuck-will’s-widows, and Eastern Screech Owls. Bring a flashlight and boots or shoes you won’t mind getting wet. Meet in the parking area for the Taylor Landing boat ramp near Girdletree, Maryland, at 6:30 p.m. prior to carpooling to our first stop.