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Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival

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April 27, 2024 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

The Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival will have free guided bird walks in the Refuge: Jericho Lane Trailhead, Washington Ditch Trailhead, Wildlife Drive (by bus), and Dismal Swamp Canal  (7 am); family activities (10 am to 2 pm); interpretive nature walks and bus tours to Lake Drummond (10 am and 1 pm); guest speakers; live animals; and food trucks.

All events are free. Pre-registration required for Guided Walks, Bus Tours and Talks. Registration will be available March 1. For a full list of events, visit our website. The refuge office can be contacted with questions, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, at 757-986-3705.  The tentative schedule follows. Visit our website for the most up-to-date information.

Friday, April 26

Special Event, 6AM

Nansemond NWR Bird Walk
​*Restricted Access: area only open for registered festival participants​.​

Saturday, April 27

Guided Bird Walks, 7AM

Jericho Lane Trailhead
Washington Ditch Trailhead
Wildlife Drive (Birding by Bus)
Dismal Swamp Canal

Family Activities 10 AM to 2 PM

Great Dismal Swamp Headquarters
3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434

Bus Tours of Wildlife Drive 10 AM and 1 PM

Railroad Ditch Trailhead
(Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive)

Guest Talks

The Great Dismal Swamp Christmas Bird Count is held in December each year. Contact the NWR for more information.


Great Dismal Swamp NWR


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Great Dismal Swamp NWR

3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, VA 23436 United States
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