Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers have provided assistance in special events coordination and staffing, maintenance of buildings and structures, construction projects, invasive species treatment, historical records archiving, visitor contact and information, and much more! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Deputy Refuge Manager Rebekah Martin (804-333-1470 Ext.113 or Rebekah_p_martin@fws.gov).
The Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends Group formed in August 2004. Their mission is to support the National Wildlife Refuge System and promote awareness of the refuge through education and outreach. In 2012 the Friends membership reached over 100 individuals. The Friends have completed many projects such as the construction of the Wilna wildlife observation platform and they also funded the construction of the Wilna wildlife observation/hunt blind. Friends members have staffed numerous public events and were instrumental in gaining the refuge’s acceptance into the Chesapeake Gateways Network in March 2006.
Please contact Friends group President Ann Graziano (804-366-2343) or visit their website at www.rwrfriends.org if you would like to become a member or would like more information.
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Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge is proud to have nesting and roosting bald eagles. Bald eagles prefer mature canopy trees that overlook the many creeks in the area and the tidal portions of the Rappahannock River. The river is a popular spot for wintering bald eagles, with the highest concentrations found on Cat Point Creek. Your chances of spotting an eagle while visiting the refuge are fairly good, so come take a look!