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Canoe Birding
Date: April 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Dismal Swamp Canal Trail Map it
1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Chesapeake, VA
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paddle-for-the-borderCanoe down the historic Dismal Swamp Canal for a water-level view of the more than 200 bird species that have been identified in the refuge. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 112,000 acres of biologically important swamp land; the area has been designated as both a Virginia and Globally Important Bird Area. The waterway forms the eastern boundary of the refuge and offers unique access to this unique ecosystem. A variety of birds can be seen along this waterway including: pileated woodpecker, bald eagle, wood duck, prothonotary warbler and many others. The man-made canal is the oldest continually operating structure of its kind in the United States, originally opened in 1895. Today it is best known for its recreational value as part of the Intracoastal Waterway which offers boats shelter from the Atlantic Ocean and an inland route from New Jersey to Texas.


Registration is done through the Dismal Swamp Nation Wildlife Refuge at: 757-986-3705, or online at:

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