Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network   Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Contact Us   Site Index 
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
About the Chesapeake BayVisit a GatewayMap CenterSee the BayFacts and FunThe Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

     General Info
     Activities / Facilities
     Directions / Contact Info
     Events and News
     Before You Go

     
    View the Gateways Trip Planner
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Home > Visit a Gateway > Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge - Near Cape Charles, VA
Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is located at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It contains 1415 acres of maritime forest, myrtle and bayberry thickets, grasslands, and fresh and brackish ponds—important habitat for wildlife that changes constantly with the seasons.

In the fall, the refuge serves as a gathering place for migrating birds, which wait for favorable wind and weather to cross the Chesapeake Bay. Hawks, falcons, and songbirds are common on the refuge from late August to early November. The refuge also supports osprey platforms with a live video feed of nesting activity of one platform available in the Visitor Center during nesting season.

In the spring, shallow waters and moist grassy areas provide food for marsh and shorebirds. Throughout the year, black ducks and great blue herons feed in refuge marshes, and refuge woodlands provide year-round habitat for Carolina chickadees, great horned owls, eastern screech owls, Carolina wrens, and several species of woodpeckers and warblers.

Hours: The refuge is open from a half-hour before sunrise until a half-hour after sunset.

The Visitor Center is open:

  • daily from April to November, 9:00am to 4:00pm

  • daily in December and March, 10:00am to 2:00pm

  • Friday-Sunday in January and February, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Fees: There are no fees to visit any parts of the refuge and visitor center.
For more information about Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge call (757) 331-2760 or visit the following website: http://easternshore.fws.gov.

Printer Symbol Print Version     Provide Your Comments Comments/Feedback   Bookmark This Page Bookmark This Page
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use| Browser Plug-ins | RSS Feeds | Copyright 2009 Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Chesapeake Bay ProgramNational Park Service