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Waterfowl Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend (November 23-26)Snow Geese

Fall heralds the return of thousands of snow geese from their northern tundra breeding grounds to the milder climate of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for the winter. With the geese come a variety of ducks and swans as well as flocks of visitors who celebrate Thanksgiving weekend in this special place.

2016 Waterfowl Weekend Press Release (schedule for 2017 TBD)


These four days are the only time each year that the public can enjoy our Special Drive along the refuge’s 7-mile Service Road. Vehicles can only enter the road at specific times (in 2016 it was 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm daily). The times for 2017 will be announced in the fall.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017
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