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  • Event - Junior Duck Stamp

    Junior Duck Stamp Contest

    Dust off your sketch pad, grab your binoculars and ready your pencils! Artwork for the Virginia Junior Duck Stamp contest is due on March 1.

    Click here for details.

  • Woodland Trail

    Woodland & Lighthouse Trail Open!

    The Woodland & Lighthouse Trails are open again. Please note the Woodland trail parking lot remains closed until further notice.

  • Hours

    Refuge Hours

    The refuge is open from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Visitor Center hours are 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

    Contact Info, Hours & Directions

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    OSV Zone - OPEN

    South OSV Zone is COMPLETELY OPEN to all 4X4's (with a permit), pedestrians and horseback riding. North OSV zone is closed until March 15.

    OSV permit information (NPS website)

  • Expect Delays

    Beach Road Paving Updates

    Expect intermittent one-lane closures along Beach Road. To bike safely to the beach, please use Swan Cove Trail.

    Read more (pdf 751KB)

REFUGE NEWSLETTER

Refuge Newsletter

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Read the latest updates from around the refuge!

January 2017 Newsletter (pdf 333KB)

CCP UPDATE

Final CCP Released

We are pleased to announce the release of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). The 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge.

Chincoteague and Wallops Island NWRs Final CCP

CCP FACT SHEET

Summary Document Available

2016 Photo Contest Winner

You can now download a quick synopsis of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). This 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Fact Sheet (pdf - 550KB)

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Around the Refuge

  • What Happened to the Forest?

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    You may have noticed some dramatic changes to our forest, particularly along Bivalve Trail. In the fall of 2016, the refuge contracted a forester to cut down southern pine beetle infested trees in this and two other areas. Although environmental and climatic factors that contribute to beetle infestations are difficult to identify, thinning these stands of loblolly pine trees may help us suppress the spread of the beetle and could protect the remaining parts of our forests from the outbreak.

    Read more & learn about the southern pine beetle (pdf 1.3MB)
  • Recent Bird Sightings

    Wildlife Viewing

    Seen any good birds lately? We just added a recent bird sightings page to our website! The list shows data from eBird Trail Tracker which includes reported sightings over the last 14 days. Keep in mind reports come from all over the refuge so one species may be listed multiple times.

    Recent Bird Sightings
  • New Eagle Nest Camera!

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    We are pleased to announce that the eagle camera is now operational and viewable in our visitor center again! Refuge volunteer, Lue Landsberger made a generous donation to the Chincoteague Natural History Association (CNHA). This money combined with a contribution from CNHA allowed us to install a new HD camera. A special thanks to the tree climber and mechanical engineers who made the special trip to get the camera installed in time for the Holidays!

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2017
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