Be WOWed at the 25th Anniversary of Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

By on September 30, 2023

October 17 thru 22 (main session)
Keynote speaker – Julie Zickefoose – author, artist, naturalist, speaker
December 8 thru 10 (WOW Encore session)

Registration is open for the 2023 Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival.  WOW consists of over 60 trips and programs for nature lovers. These trips and programs include birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history.

The main session¬†of Wings Over Water takes place Tuesday October 17¬†through Sunday October¬†22.¬†WOW Encore session takes place Friday¬†December 8¬†through Sunday December 10. WOW Encore is¬†especially for birders. Our hope is that we will¬†see larger flocks of migratory waterfowl than were here during the¬†October Wings Over Water main session. You’ll have¬†top birding guides during both sessions of Wings Over Water.

Wings Over Water Keynote Speaker- Julie Zickefoose


Keynote Talk:¬†‚Äč‚ÄčBaby Birds – An Artist Looks Into the Nests

‚ÄčJulie was our 2019 Wings Over Water keynote speaker and we’re thrilled to have her back. She is a writer and artist. Some of her books are, Letters From Eden and The Bluebird Effect and she is a contributing editor to Bird Watcher‚Äôs Digest. Click here to learn more about Julie Zickefoose.

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival (WOW) is an annual fundraising event held in support of regional National Wildlife Refuges. Funds raised through Wings Over Water help with educational travel grants to get school children out of the classroom and into the visitor centers and out onto the refuges. WOW funds also help pay for signs, trail maintenance, refuge promotional materials and refuge supplies. All this is done throught the non-profit refuge friends support group, Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (CWRS). WOW funds help pay the salary of three CWRS staff members. One CWRS staffer coordinates all volunteers, Rvers and interns, without whose help there would be no visitor centers and hundreds of projects around the refuges would go undone. Another CWRS staff manages four regional refuge gift shops. And the third staff member coordinates the WOW Festival, maintains CWRS & WOW websites and handles reservations for all refuge guided interpretive trips. All of this and more are important and vital support to which Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival funds support the local national wildlife refuges.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: RooÔ¨Āng

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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