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Purple Martin Tour – Evening Tour
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until Friday, August 27, 2021
Join Wingard’s Naturalist and USCG Captain Zach for a pontoon tour of the largest purple martin roost in North America… right here on Lake Murray. Zach has been all over the United States, and even to Brazil, studying this migratory songbird. You’re sure to enjoy this sunset cruise to Bomb Island, with Captain Zach, who is undeniably the most knowledgeable tour guide on the lake. Evening tours showcasing the daily return of the martins to Bomb Island at sunset will be available Monday through Friday July 5 – August 27. The martins leave the island at dawn each morning for their day of insect hunting and training their newborns for the long flight to Brazil in the Fall. We have also scheduled four early Saturday morning tours to watch the martins take off from the island at sunrise.
Evening Sessions (6:30pm)
During summer evenings, hundreds of thousands of purple martins travel to the 12-acre Bomb Island in Lake Murray to roost. This little island attracts thousands of bird enthusiasts to witness this unparalleled event. Join us for an intimate, 6 passenger sunset cruise, where you can see thousands of purple martins up close and enjoy time on Lake Murray.
Visit Wingard’s website for all the session details and make your reservations early…these will sell out!
(Morning outings are also available on select days!)