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Lazy Birder Field Trip at the Peterson Refuge with Joe Francis

October 28, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

Rusty Blackbird by Michael Moore

Explore Delaware’s Premier Urban Wildlife Refuge!

Birding is a great hobby, but not everyone enjoys waking up before dawn on a weekend.  If you prefer to sleep in, this is the trip for you!   Join Joe Francis and friends at Delaware‘s Premier Urban Wildlife Refuge to explore the tidal wetlands and upland fields between the Dupont Environmental Education Center and the Christina River pedestrian bridge.  We will walk about 3 miles, most of the time on boardwalk.  As dusk approaches we are likely to see a variety of migrants that will roost in the marshes including waterfowl, shorebirds, rail, and blackbirds of all varieties (including Rusties).  We may also see muskrat, beaver, and possibly river otter as well.  Thanks to regular pedestrian traffic and security patrols from the Wilmington Riverfront, this has been a very safe area even in the waning daylight.  Those interested in more information may contact Joe at [email protected].

Meet by the Russell Peterson statue in the parking area for the DuPont Environmental Education Center.