Kiptopeke State Park has begun a transformation as we head into the fall months. The winds have started to shift, black nets are blowing in the breeze and a lot more people with binoculars are wandering around. This could only mean one thing; the birds are coming.
Every year, the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory (CVWO) and bird enthusiasts call Kiptopeke home from mid-August thru November. In those months the CVWO will catch, band and observe over 100 species of birds as they migrate south for the winter.
This year, the CVWO has a new Lead Songbird Bander, Ann Gilmore whose resume consists of work with the Institute for Bird Populations in Washington and the Alaska Bird Observatory. Also, another new face is that of Sarah Bastarache who is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Asheville).
Whether you are an avid birder or just curious about birds, you will see that Kiptopeke has a lot to offer. In addition to a banding station, Kiptopeke is home to one of the top hawk observatories in the nation. You will also find friendly people who will teach you more about birds than you could ever imagine and who may even share their binoculars. Make plans now to attend the Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival, September 17 – 20, 2009.