Dec. 7: Swan Days Festival

By on November 11, 2019

An annual celebration of the winter migration of the Alaska Tundra Swans to Lake Mattamuskeet on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County, NC.

Lake Mattamuskeet is North Carolina’s largest natural lake and the winter home for more than 250,000 migratory birds.

Migratory bird tours. Educational programs. Craft and food vendors. Held at Mattamuskeet School near Swan Quarter, NC, and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the Swan Days Facebook page, or website <>

Free Caravan Guided Bird Tours on Dec. 7, 2019

The free guided caravan (private automobiles) bird tours will form at Mattamuskeet School at 9:30am and depart at 10:00. Plan now to carpool to minimize the number of vehicles in the caravan. The tour will take you to areas where there is a high probability of seeing large numbers of Swans and other migratory birds.

Educational Presentations


These 2019 Swan Days Festival Educational Programs will be in the multipurpose room of Mattamuskeet School on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

  • Dr. Lewis Forrest: The New Holland, Higginsport, and Mt. Vernon Railroad
  • Morgan Harris: The History of Hyde County
  • Chip Gentry, Hawk Manor Falconry, The History and Physiology of Falconry
  • Bob Glennon: Habitat: Where They Live, Where They Eat, Where They Hide
  • Dr. Randall Ethridge, East Carolina University, “Bacterial Levels in Lake Mattamuskeet,” and Michael Flynn (B.S., M.S.), North Carolina Coastal Federation, “The Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan”

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