Weekend Tweets

by Dave on May 15, 2009

As seen in Coastal Sussex Weekly, April 23, 2009:

This weekend, the annual Delmarva Birding Weekend focuses on the spring migration of birds returning to the area – warblers from the tropics who winter in Costa Rica and migrating shorebirds, among others – as well as the local winter birds preparing to move on.

“They’re vibrant, they’re active, they’re singing, and they’re usually easy to find,” says Jim Rapp of Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences (DLITE), who puts on the weekend. “It’s a celebration in the field of the phenomena that is spring migration.”

The event, which runs from today through Sunday, features events such as a circumnavigation of Maryland’sTilghman Island and a trip  paddling Ocean View’s James Farm Preserve, all the while on the lookout for osprey, egrets, tern and shorebirds.

“Birding is all about the places, the seasonality and the time of year,” says Rapp.  “So right now, if you go birding with us in a Cypress swamp, you’re going to see warblers. If you go to Prime Hook, you’re going to see shorebirds getting ready to arrive. It’s very predictable.”

The weekend offers a variety of guided field trips that appeal to everyone from a novice to an experienced birder, all in a great social atmosphere.

“If you enjoy being outdoors, for that 2-4 hour experience, you’re going to see a whole lot more and learn a whole lot more than going out by yourself,” adds Rapp.

The last two years, the birders have viewed an amazing 192 different species.

For more on the Delmarva Birding weekend, click here or call Jim Rapp at (443) 614-0261.

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