Lake Norman Wildlife Tours

Osprey and Great Blue Heron Tour on Lake Norman

Many of the bird migrations are in full force now and the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists (the Mooresville Chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation) would like to invite you to tour Osprey and Great Blue Heron nesting sites on Lake Norman with them.

Tours are being offered on two Saturdays, March 25 and April 8. “We really enjoy helping to promote these wonderful events across Lake Norman,” said Lowry Hobbs of Westport Marina. “Passing this information along to our customers helps everybody enjoy the lake even when it’s cold outside.”

The osprey —also called fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk—is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm in length and 180 cm across the wings.

Lake Norman wildlife boat tours on March 25 and April 8 2017.

The great blue heron is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands.

View the great blue heron on Lake Norman boat tours March 25 and April 8 2017.

Each event can accommodate 25 people on the pontoon boats. And both events are offered on a first come-first served. The tours will be leaving promptly out of the Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius, NC 28031 at 8:30am. Bring your binoculars and cameras because the beauty of these birds is unbelievable!

Each of the pontoon boats will have a trained biologist to answer questions and explain the life history of the birds you will be observing. There is no charge for the 2-hour tour, but donations would be appreciated to help defer the cost of fuel for the boats.

Last year this event sold out in record time so if you are interested in participating please be sure to sign up now.

If you have questions or comments please send them to Gene Vaughan at You can register for the tours here.