Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1962 as a sanctuary for migratory birds.
Winter Bird Walks at Eastern Neck

The Friends of Eastern Neck will once again offer its popular series of four guided Winter Bird Walks at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge on the first Saturday of each month, December through March! These two-and-a-half hour walks begin at 8:00 am and are led by an expert birder. Walks are limited to 25 participants, so please visit the Friends of Eastern Neck website for more information and the registration link.

A turkey with a colorful head, walking through a field in Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Applications for the 2024 youth turkey hunt are now available on the Hunting Page!

Visit Us

The refuge offers wonderful wildlife viewing and expansive views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay along 7 different trails. The Visitor Contact Station, located in a historic hunting lodge, is staffed by volunteers and features exhibits about the habitats and history of the refuge, as well as a gift shop operated by the nonprofit Friends of Eastern Neck. Fishing is permitted at Tundra Swan Boardwalk, Ingleside Recreation area (closed seasonally), and Bogles Wharf. Hunters enjoy fall deer hunting and a spring youth turkey hunt.

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      About Us

      Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,285 acre island providing habitat for thousands of wintering waterfowl, including the tundra swan. Swans feed off of grasses in the river and narrows as do the waterfowl. Eastern Neck refuge supports a wide variety of habitats including brackish marsh, natural ponds, upland forest, and grasslands. The refuge holds the designation of Important Bird Areas by the Audubon Society. Over 240 bird species visit the refuge along with small mammals and many other wildlife species.

      Our Species

      Although first set aside as a haven for migrating and wintering waterfowl, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The refuge provides habitat for over 250 species of birds, including our national symbol, the bald eagle. In addition, many species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects find a home on the refuge.

      Bald eagle up close with wing raised

      A large raptor, the bald eagle has a wingspread of about seven feet. Adults have a dark brown body and wings, white head and tail, and a yellow beak. Juveniles are mostly brown with white mottling on the body, tail, and undersides of wings. Adult plumage usually is obtained by the sixth year. In...

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