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IAS Outer Banks Tour 2019

June 4 - June 9


Indiana Audubon Society is pleased to offer an exciting pelagic birding adventure in June of 2019.   The 6 day trip will explore the unique habitats of the southeastern US, as well as a single day offshore birding trip in the Atlantic Gulf Stream with the Stormy Petrel II.  The trip will be led by IAS board member, Mark Welter, who has earned a reputation as an excellent and attentive birding guide for IAS, as well as the other local Audubon chapters. The specific dates are June 4-9, 2019. The trip embarks from Norfolk, VA, with the bulk of the trip taking place near the Cape Hatteras, NC area.

A list of target species is included below. *Note that species encountered on pelagic trips can be highly variable depending on date, weather and ocean currents.

Swainson’s Warbler                           Roseate Tern                         Audubon’s Shearwater*
Boat-tailed Grackle                            Sandwich Tern                     Sooty Shearwater*
Red-cockaded Woodpecker             Gull-billed Tern                    Wilson’s Storm-Petrel*
Chuck-wills-Widow                            Least Tern                              Leach’s Storm-Petrel*
Brown-headed Nuthatch                  Piping Plover                         Band-rumped Storm-Petrel*
American Oystercatcher                   Seaside Sparrow                   Pomarine Jaeger (rare)*
Black Skimmer                                   Black-capped Petrel*           White-tailed Tropicbird (rare)*
Roseate Spoonbill                              Cory’s Shearwater*              Bridled Tern (rare)* 
Royal Tern                                           Great Shearwater*                         

Lodging for the first and last night of the trip will be at a Comfort Inn or similar in Norfolk, VA. The remaining nights will be at the Outer Banks Motel in Buxton, NC. The tentative itinerary is below:

Day 1: Participants arrive in Norfolk, VA by land or air. Shuttle to hotel. Check-in and dinner.

Day 2: Depart hotel at 6am. Drive ~2 hours south to Palmetto-Peartree Preserve in search of Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Swainson’s Warbler and Brown-headed Nuthatch. Explore Alligator River NWR en route to OBX Hwy 12. Drive ~2 hours down Outer Banks to Buxton with lunch stop on the way. Check-in and dinner.

Day 3: Explore numerous birding spots around Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras National Seashore for shorebirds, waders, terns and migrants. After dinner excursion for Chuck-wills-widow.

Day 4: Hatteras pelagic trip aboard Stormy Petrel II for near-shore and Gulf Stream specialties. This will be a LONG day, beginning at 5:45am and consisting of approximately 11 hours on the boat. Dinner in Buxton immediately after.

Day 5: Check out of Buxton hotel and drive ~1 hour up the Outer Banks to Pea Island NWR. Seaside Sparrow is the primary target, but this is also a prime location to pick up previously missed species and the odd rarity. The nearby Bodie Island lighthouse is a backup location for Brown-headed Nuthatch if previous attempts have failed. After birding the area thoroughly, continue an additional ~2 hours back to Norfolk, VA. Check-in to hotel.

Day 6: Participants check-out of hotel and take shuttle to airport for return flights.

Registration is required and limited, as Indiana Audubon trips usually fill well in advance of the trip date.  Trip limit is 8 participants. Registration fees include all guiding, 5 nights accommodations in Norfolk and Buxton, all transportation beginning and ending in Norfolk, pelagic boat tour registration, and lunch on day four.  Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Norfolk, and other meals during the trip.  Free shuttle service will be available from the Norfolk International Airport to the hotel.  For questions on trip logistics, contact Mark Welter.

$869.00 per IAS Member  
(all rates assuming double occupancy)
Non-member rate- $909.00
Single Supplement $160.00
$100 deposit due upon online registration

All participants must sign and agree to IAS Terms and Conditions before registration is considered final and complete.  Final payments made via check.  Credit card invoices are available with $25 surcharge.  Refund requests must be sent in writing. Refunds postmarked on or before April 4, 2019 will be fully refunded less a $5.00 administrative fee. Refunds postmarked after April 4, but by or on May 4 will be refunded 50% less an additional $5.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after May 4.  Refund requests can be emailed to bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org.  No discounts are available for participants who do not wish to use lodging.


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June 9
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