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Guard Shore   --   Bloxom
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Guard Shore Tract, Saxis Wildlife Management Area

The Guard Shore Tract of Saxis Wildlife Management Area offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. Mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The site's maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.

At the end of Route 684
Bloxom , VA  23308

Email:  BirdingTrail@dgif.virginia.gov       

Phone 1:  804-367-1000  

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge   --   Chincoteague Island
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14,000 acres of beach, maritime forest, saltmarsh, and freshwater marsh are home to a spectacular variety of migratory birds and wildlife. 10 miles of breathtaking natural beach provide plenty of elbow room and private time. Wonderful for families is the Tom Cove area with beach parking, picnic areas, and bathhouse facilities including lifeguards during the summer season. Herbert Bateman Center is a great introduction to the refuge’s many wonders.

PO Box 62, 8231 Beach Road
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336

Email:  FW5RW_CNWR@FWS.gov       
Website:  www.FWS.gov/Northeast/Chinco

Phone 1:  757-336-6122  

Phone 2:  757-336-5273   (Fax)

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Assateague Island National Seashore   --   Chincoteague Island
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The only seaside beach accessible by land on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Assateague Island is a must see with its 10 miles of pristine beach, ocean swimming, bird watching, kayaking, hiking, biking and surf fishing not to mention its most famous residents - the wild Chincoteague Ponies who freely roam the island's sands and marshes. There's even a chance to hike the nearby light and get a bird's eye view from atop the 145 ft tall 1867 Assateague Lighthouse.

PO Box 38, 8586 Beach Road
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Website:  www.nps.gov/asis

Phone 1:  757-336-6577  

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Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve   --   Parksley
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SITE DESCRIPTION

Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve is located on the seaside of Accomack County on Virginia's Eastern Shore.The protected acreage fronts on Gargathy Bay on the east and is bounded by Whites Creek and Mutton Hunk Branch on the north. A conservation focus of this protection effort was the occurrence of a globally rare sea-level fen community - one of only four in Virginia. Sea-level fens are open, freshwater wetlands located between uplands and wide, oceanside tidal marshes. The freshwater wetland vegetation is sustained by springs at the upland edge that provide large volumes of fresh groundwater. The low nutrient content of the groundwater and the acidic conditions of the soil strongly influence the types of plants found in sea-level fens. The vegetation consists of an interesting combination of acid-tolerant bog plants and tidal freshwater wetland plants capable of surviving in low nutrient areas. Five state-rare plant species occur here.

220 acres formerly under private lease for agricultural production have been converted to migratory songbird habitat, as originally prescribed in the sale agreement.

The protection of this and other properties in the area is a cooperative effort of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Nature Conservancy and the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust.

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Public access facilities include a parking lot and two walking trails - one to the marsh overlooking Gargathy Bay and one along White's creek.

East on Baker Road (Rt 742)
Parksley , VA  23421

Email:  Dot.Field@dcr.virginia.gov       
Website:  www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/muttonhunk.shtml

Phone 1:  757-787-5989   (Office)

Phone 2:  757-678-6208   (Mobile)

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