Join Audubon birding trip to the eastern shore

Join Audubon birding trip to the eastern shore

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a birding trip to Delaware's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge the weekend of July 31.
Local birding expert Matt Orsie, of Summit Point, will lead the trip. Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate. There is no fee but each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel expenses.
The end of July is a good time to witness shorebird migration, and those species will be the main focus of this trip.
Trip participants will drive to Delaware the afternoon of Friday, July 30; spend that night in Dover, DE; and bird the Refuge all day Saturday, July 31. If there is sufficient interest, participants may opt to stay overnight Saturday and bird some of the other shoreline areas towards Cape Henlopen on Sunday.
For those wanting to carpool, Mr. Orsie can accommodate three people in his vehicle for the trip.
To carpool with Mr. Orsie or get more trip details please email him at wvbirder@comcast.net.
The Bombay Hook Refuge was established in 1937 as a link in a chain of refuges that extends from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Its 15,978 acres are mostly tidal salt marsh-one of the largest expanses of such habitat in the mid-Atlantic region.
The Refuge serves primarily as a sanctuary and breeding ground for migrating birds and other wildlife.
Its value and importance for the protection and conservation of waterfowl has increased greatly over the years, primarily due to the loss of surrounding marshland to development.
Those who prefer to travel to Delaware on their own should plan on meeting Mr. Orsie and the other trip participants at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the lobby of the Days Inn Dover, which is located at 272 North Dupont Highway, in Dover. The trip party will have breakfast at the hotel or at a nearby McDonald's and then consolidate cars to save on entry fees to the Refuge.
There are a number of lodging opportunities in and around Dover. Mr. Orsie will be staying at the Days Inn Dover. The hotel's phone number is 302-674-8002.
For more information about the Bombay Hook Refuge visit its web site at www.fws.gov/northeast/bombayhook/.