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