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    Fee Free Day!

    To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., entrance to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is free on January 16, 2017.

    Learn about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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    Lighthouse & Woodland Trails Closed

    Lighthouse & Woodland Trails and associated parking lots are closed until further notice.

    Beach Paving Updates (pdf 569KB)

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    Holiday Visitor Center Hours

    The Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center will be closed December 24&25 and January 1&2. The refuge remains open 6am-6pm.

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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)

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    Tree Cutting Fall & Winter 2016

    Contractors are cutting down live trees infested with southern pine beetles near Bivalve Trail, along Beach Road and up the Service Road.

    Southern Pine Beetle & cutting info (pdf 898KB)

REFUGE NEWSLETTER

Refuge Newsletter

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Read the latest updates from around the refuge!

August 2016 Newsletter (pdf 890KB)

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

  • 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!

  • Apply Now for 2017 Summer Internships

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    Intern with us! Have the time of your life connecting people with nature and conserving wild places for future generations! Choose Interpretation and Environmental Education or Shorebird and Habitat monitoring & management. To learn more about our internships and how to apply click the below link.

    Internship Details
  • Beach Road Paving Updates

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    Woodland & Lighthouse Trails are closed to all access until further notice. The closure includes the parking lots for both trails. Additionally, visitors should expect intermittent one-lane closures along Beach Road. Please reduce your speed and obey temporary traffic signals. Biking to the beach? Please use Swan Cove Trail to access the beach safely. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time. Updates will be posted on our website throughout the project.

    Click to enlarge Paving Map & More info (pdf 904KB)
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2017
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