With its vast expanses of shallow waters and wetlands, the Chesapeake Bay is a waterfowl magnet. It’s situated along the Atlantic flyway and migrating birds often stop or winter here en route from their northern summer breeding grounds.
The diversity of species and sheer numbers in the past created a tradition of waterfowl hunting. This tradition also produced one of the Bay’s loveliest folk art forms—decoy carving. Hunters made decoys to draw real birds within shooting range. Eventually, the carving itself became art, and what were humble working decoys are now sought after collectibles worth thousands of dollars.
This tour lets visitors examine the art and evolution of decoy carving, then travel to a remote refuge to mingle with the birds.