LAKE MATTAMUSKEET — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites the public to attend the Swan Days Festival on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Lake Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County.
The event celebrates the return of migratory birds, including tundra swans, to Lake Mattamuskeet. Activities at the festival include educational programs and exhibits and a photography workshop. Reservations for a bird tour must be made in advance.
The natural lake is the largest in the state and home to thousands of migratory birds in the winter. Species that stop at Lake Mattamuskeet include Canada geese, snowy egrets and great blue herons.
The bird tour will take visitors to gated areas that are usually closed to the public, included impoundments that provide refuge to the birds. The tours are popular, and officials recommend calling the refugee to book tickets as early as possible.
The event is co-sponsored by the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, the Greater Hyde County Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
- To book a bird tour, call the refuge at 252-926-4021