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    The refuge is open from 5am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Visitor Center hours are 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Recent Bird Sightings

    This list shows data from eBird Trail Tracker. Since many refuge locations are included, one species may be listed multiple times.

    Recent Bird Sightings

  • Event - Junior Duck Stamp

    Winners Announced!

    Virginia's Best of Show won the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest! Congratulations to the winning artist Isaac Schreiber.

    Click here for the Virginia State Results (pdf 680KB)

  • Recreational Beaches Page

    Guide to VA Barrier Islands

    We've compiled a quick reference to the barrier island beaches you can enjoy in Virginia during the spring and summer nesting season!

    VA Barrier Islands Guide (pdf 478KB)

  • Event - Lighthouse

    Lighthouse & Refuge Treks

    Refuge Trek and Lighthouse Climbs are provided by our friends group, Chincoteague Natural History Association.

    For more information...

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

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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

  • New OSV Updates Portal!

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    Attention Oversand Vehicle Users! All OSV status updates for the Virginia portion of Assateague Island will now be posted in real time at the twitter account @ChincoteagueOsv. Please visit https://twitter.com/ChincoteagueOSV for the current status of these areas. You don't need a twitter account to view this webpage. The regularly scheduled seasonal openings/closures for nesting wildlife still apply, please refer to your brochure for information on those dates. PLEASE NOTE: This Twitter account is set up for notification purposes only. We will not be responding to questions/comments on that page. However, we always welcome you to call us at 757-336-6122. For general OSV zone permit information please go to www.nps.gov/asis/planyourvisit/osv.htm.

    ChincoteagueOSV Twitter Page
  • Beach Road Paving Updates

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    The Woodland Trail parking lot is also closed until further notice. Over the next few months, visitors should expect intermittent one-lane closures along Beach Road and a temporary closure of the Woodland & Lighthouse Trails. Please reduce your speed and obey temporary traffic signals. Biking to the beach? Please use Swan Cove Trail to access the beach safely. Updates will be posted on our website throughout the project.

    Click to enlarge Paving Map & More info (pdf 1MB)
  • Refuge Transfers $1.5 million to the Town of Chincoteague

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    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge recently transferred $1.5 million to the Town of Chincoteague. The purpose of this grant is to enhance tourism by promoting visitor safety of bicyclists and pedestrians accessing the Refuge through the main thoroughfares of Town.

    Read More (pdf 17.8KB)
  • 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)
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: May 23, 2017
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