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    Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge

    5003 Hallett Circle
    Cape Charles, VA 23310

    Phone: (757) 331-2760   |   Email

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    The Virginia barrier island chain, which includes Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge, is one of only 17 sites in the United States classified as a "Wetland of International Importance." The refuge is the southernmost island in the chain, separated from Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge by approximately one-half mile of sea called Fisherman's Inlet. Fisherman Island was established in 1969 to protect critical habitats...

    The Virginia barrier island chain, which includes Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge, is one of only 17 sites in the United States classified as a "Wetland of International Importance." The refuge is the southernmost island in the chain, separated from Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge by approximately one-half mile of sea called Fisherman's Inlet. Fisherman Island was established in 1969 to protect critical habitats for coastal species such as royal terns and brown pelicans. This 1850-acre island includes upland forests, brackish ponds, expansive salt marshes and miles of sandy beaches and grass-covered dunes. Herons, egrets, ibis, songbirds, osprey, and shorebirds all make their homes here while thousands of other species depend on the island as a resting and feeding stop along their migration route. Because of the critical nature of its habitats for wildlife, Fisherman Island is closed to the public. Boat landing, or walking on the beach is not allowed. However guided tours of this rich habitat are availible every Saturday from October to Mid-March. Advanced registration is required, call (757)331-2760 to reserve your space.


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