Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge


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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Address:PO Box 62
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Phone:757-336-6122
Fax:757-336-5273
Web: chinco.fws.gov
Established: 1943.
Location:On Assateague Island.
Facilities:Visitor center (é), viewing sites, trails (15 miles).
Activities:Surf fishing, clamming, crabbing, swimming (Memorial Day through Labor Day), boating, hiking, biking, hunting, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Descendants of colonial horses brought to Assateague Island in the l7th century, Chincoteague ponies have become adapted to their environment. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company owns the entire herd (about 150 horses) and auctions off some foals and yearlings every July to benefit the town's ambulance and fire services.
Habitats: More than 14,000 acres of beach, dune marsh and maritime forest.
Access: Daylight hours year round.
Wild life: Waterfowl, piping plover, and Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, loggerhead sea turtle, peregrine falcon. Also provides habitat for sika deer, white-tailed deer, muskrat, river otter, spotted and atlantic bottle nosed porpoises, common dolphin, quahogs, blue crabs, snakes, turtles, and the Chincoteague pony.

See other parks in Virginia.
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Following the 1986 listing of the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) as a threatened species, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, like other Atlantic coast refuges, developed an intensive monitoring and management plan for this beach-dwelling species.
One of the major projects is the renovation of the Toms Cove Visitor Center, adjacent to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at the southern end of the seashore.
Wildfowl Magazine reported that non-hunter Beattie was plotting "to abandon waterfowl management on the refuges," and asked its readers to confirm the rumor that she was "wearing spandex shorts to work" just like Mariel Hemingway, last seen in an Audubon TV special 'strutting around the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in her spandex biking shorts and whining [about hunting being `controversial'] like some PMS poster child.
The sikas flourished, and more than 1,000 of them roam 14,000-acre Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Virginia's Eastern Shore.