Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge

Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address:c/o Chincoteague NWR
PO Box 62
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Phone:757-336-6122
Fax:757-336-5273
Established: 1975.
Location:5 miles from Norfolk, Virginia.
Activities:Hiking, deer hunting (limited).
Special Features:Refuge protects the Simoneston Bay sea-level fen. Sea-level fens are nutrient-poor maritime seepage wetlands, confined to a few sites with an unusual combintion of environmental conditions for the mid-Atlantic. The fen is located just above the highest tide levels, at th base of a slope where abundant groundwater discharges. Only four occurrences are known in Virginia.
Habitats: 373 acres of mostly salt marsh and woodlands. Additional, the Fish & Wildlife Service uses approximately 3,000 acres of NASA-owned land on Wallops Island proper for research and management of declining wildlife.
Access: Closed to the public.
Wild life: Snow geese, black ducks, dunlin, dowitchers, bald eagle, piping plover, Wilson's plover, American oystercatcher, white-tailed deer.

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