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Wild Chincoteague ponies grazing on the marsh grasses
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Virginia
Eastern Shore Region
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
8231 Beach Road
Chincoteague, Virginia   23336

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Chincoteague Ponies'
© Copyright c 2007 William K. Hunter II. All rights reserved.

Wild Chincoteague ponies grazing on the marsh grasses

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Chincoteague Ponies'
© Copyright c 2007 William K. Hunter II. All rights reserved.

Wild Chincoteague ponies grazing on the marsh grasses

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Sand Crab'
© Copyright c 2007 William K. Hunter II. All rights reserved.

This Crab came in with tide and went out with the tide

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Sand Crab'
© Copyright c 2007 William K. Hunter II. All rights reserved.

The children were giving this little guy a run for his life

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Skimming over the Surface'
© Photograph copyrighted by Kitt Amaritnant

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A black skimmer Rynchops niger skims over a surface of water for fish at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Va. on Sept. 8, 2007. Photograph by Kitt Amaritnant.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Catching a Breeze'
© Photograph copyrighted by Kitt Amaritnant

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A great black-backed gull Larus marinus stands to catch a breeze from Atlantic Ocean at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Va. on Sept. 8, 2007. Photograph by Kitt Amaritnant.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Sunbathing'
© Photograph copyrighted by Kitt Amaritnant

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A double-crested cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus dries himself off after a plunge at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Va. on Sept. 9, 2007. Photograph by Kitt Amaritnant.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'A Flying Great Egret'
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A great egret Ardea alba takes off from a marsh that he hunted for fish at the setting sun at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Va. on Sept. 8, 2007. Photograph by Kitt Amaritnant.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'A Lone Egret in a Golden Field'
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A great egret Ardea alba stands motionlessly as he tries to hunt for fish as the sun is setting at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Va. on Sept. 8, 2007. Photograph by Kitt Amaritnant.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Hunting for Fish'
© Photograph copyrighted by Kitt Amaritnant

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A great egret Ardea alba picks off a fish at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Va. on Sept. 8, 2007. Photograph by Kitt Amaritnant.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
© All photos taken by Crystal L. Arnold www.myspace.com/Hisgracephotography

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
© All photos taken by Crystal L. Arnold www.myspace.com/Hisgracephotography

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
© All photos taken by Crystal L. Arnold www.myspace.com/Hisgracephotography

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Assateague Lighthouse'

Assateague Lighthouse Oct,2009

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Double Crested Cormorant'
© Bill Horodeski

Young and mature cormorant.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Wild Ponies'
© Bill Horodeski

grazing in the marsh.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Snowy Egret'
© Bill Horodeski

Resting along the marsh.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Assateague Lighthouse'
© Bill Horodeski

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Wild Ponies'
© Bill Horodeski

Family outing.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Great Egret'
© Bill Horodeski

Stalking in the marsh.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Sandpiper'
© Bill Horodeski

Reflection.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Fishing'

Late day fishing in the ditch

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Looking back'

Great Blue Heron looking for something to eat

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Bad day for fish'

Afternood fishing

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
'Hanging in there'

Downey woodpecker looking for lunch

Chincoteague NWR, located primarily on the Virginia side of Assateague Island, consists of more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Chincoteague Refuge, originally established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving greater snow geese), today provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds, as well as other species of wildlife and plants. Refuge staff manage this barrier island habitat to allow many species of wildlife to coexist, each establishing their own place in the environment. In fact, more than 320 species of birds are known to occur on the refuge. The refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area, is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and designated as one of the top ten birding Hotspots by the National Audubon Society.

Refuge management programs restore threatened and endangered species such as the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, the bald eagle and the piping plover. More than 2,600 acres of man-made marshes, or moist soil management units, are managed for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds during migration. Unique residents of the island, the famous Chincoteague ponies, are housed in two areas on the refuge through a special agreement with the ponies' owners, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

With approximately 1.4 million visits a year, Chincoteague NWR is one of the most visited refuges in the nation. Chincoteague Refuge provides visitors with extraordinary educational and recreational opportunities. In addition, a special partnership exists with the National Park Service which allows Assateague Island National Seashore to administer public activities on a five-mile portion of the refuge beach.

The new Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center is currently under the construction phase and will open in 2003. The Center will offer educational exhibits, an auditorium and wet laboratory/classroom for visiting groups.
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January 2 Wonderful History & Wow The Food by FrankLivingFully
We visited this park because it was relatively close to Wallops Island, a NASA launch site for atmospheric rockets. We found a clean little motel only a few miles away and very good restaurants down by the ocean. The style was relaxed and family friendly. We also stayed at a Bed and Breakfast where the main event was feeding the twenty plus cats that the owners had rescued. The cats were friendly and the owners were too. It was a relaxing vacation and we discovered the wild horses were probably from the time of Spanish exploration. Several hundred years and they had still survived. Many happy memories.
July 7 Funny sand crabs by Anna
We really enjoyed Chincoteague this year. You can walk miles in the soft sand and have fun watching the ghost crabs peeping from their hiding places. If you prefer a place where you can have privacy and great seafood, go visit Chincoteague!
May 21 A great place to go by Crystal
I really enjoyed going to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. I wish I could have seen more but some the trail were closed that day, definately something that I will return to do.


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From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel near Norfolk, Virginia, take US 13 North to State Route 175 East to Chincoteague Island. After crossing the bridge to Chincoteague, turn left at the traffic light onto Main Street. At Maddox Blvd. turn right and follow for about 2.5 miles, which will take you directly onto the refuge.

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