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Birding Weekend in Ocean City Area

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

Thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors will fill the skies of the Ocean City area this weekend. More than 350 species of birds can be seen as they migrate to the coastal bays and surrounding habitats for the spring. Spring migration is one of the best times to see diverse flocks of birds in our ecosystem.

 

April 22nd through 25th is known as the Delmarva Birding Weekend. This weekend, several local businesses and organizations offer special bird-watching boat trips, paddling routes, and hikes.

 

Ayers Creek Adventures, Grey Fox Lane in Berlin, have a special Sunrise Paddle planned for both Thursday (Earth Day) and Friday morning at 6:15 to 9:00 a.m.. For $25/person, you can paddle along beautiful Ayers and Trappe Creeks to scout for bald eagles, osprey, herons, egrets, shorebirds, ducks, geese, and other forms of wildlife. On Saturday and Sunday, a Saltwater Marsh Paddle is available for those looking for an adventure. The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues until noon. Visit Ayers Creek Adventures’ website for more information about the tours!

 

Staff from the Maryland Conservation Corps will be in downtown Berlin Saturday morning with rare birds to show curious visitors and residents what to look for. Take pictures Conservation Corps and their birds!

 

Later Saturday afternoon, head to Assateague State Park to participate in the Spring Wings Coastal Bird Festival. This free family activity teaches children about birds. Feel free to build a bird house, create a bird feeder, and spy on birds using a giant scope from 1 to 4 p.m. at the State Park boat ramp west of the island.

 

Not into paddling, hiking, or boats but still want to see the birds? Head to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City to see the Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival. Over 1,400 bird carvings will be displayed by artists and educational activities will be available to children.

 

The Worcester County Tourism Association, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, both the National and State parks of Assateague Island, Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences (DLITE),

and many other non-profit organizations sponsor the event. Grow Berlin Green has been working with businesses in Berlin to provide discounts at local restaurants and shops in the downtown historic district.

 

Flock like the birds to the Delmarva coast this weekend!

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