• 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

  • 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

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    Virginia OSV Zone Status

    All OSV status updates for the Virginia portion of Assateague Island are posted in real time via the twitter account @ChincoteagueOsv.

    Click for OSV Zone Status Site

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    Refuge Newsletter

    Read the annual update about happenings around the refuge!

    January 2018 Newsletter (pdf 259KB)

Around the Refuge


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Have the time of your life connecting people with nature and conserving wild places for future generations! Summer internship applications now due February 22, 2019.

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22nd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count


Join Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge as it celebrates the 22nd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, from February 15-18, 2019. On one or more of the count days, come observe and record species of birds and their numbers in the backyard bird garden of the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center. Volunteers may be on hand throughout the event to tally and discuss the species identified. Each day data will be submitted to eBird to share sightings on the refuge with others around the world. Birdwatchers of all skill levels are welcome. Through this event you’ll learn how to identify winter visitors likely common to your backyard and help researchers learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share.

View the 2019 Poster

2019 Spring Tree Thinning

2019 Tree Thinning Diagram (promo)

Starting February 4th, a refuge contractor will be thinning trees along the Wildlife Loop and Service Road. All trails will remain open, however visitors may hear loud noises such as chainsaw cutting throughout the spring. Your safety is important to us - please remain on trails at all times. Thank you for your patience during this time.

About Forest Management (pdf 503KB)

New Refuge Manager

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We have a new Refuge Manager, Nancy Finley! Nancy is joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from the National Park Service in Nebraska. You can get to know her by following the link. Welcome to the team Nancy!

Click Here for the Interview
Looking Forward

Beach Relocation Planning

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A third collaborative, recreational beach planning workshop was held with local, state and federal partners in May 2017 to continue refining design concepts at the new recreational beach location, 1.5 miles north of the current recreational beach. Funding is currently unavailable. More materials available at FHWA Website: https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/va/chin-10/

2017 Beach Relocation Update (pdf 266KB)

About the Complex

Chincoteague NWR Complex

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chincoteague NWR Complex .

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS