Fisherman Island NWR Historical

Fisherman Island NWR Historical (HM1UYA)

Location: Cape Charles, VA 23310 Northampton County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 7.253', W 75° 58.169'

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Virginia's southernmost barrier island includes about 1,850 acres of constantly shifting sand. Established as a refuge in 1969, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service acquired the last 25 acres of land in 2000.

Protection Fisherman Island contains sensitive habitats critical for specific animals and plants. The Island is closed to the public, although guided tours are offered from October into March. Contact the Refuge for details.

Nesting Accessible food, protective shrubs and thickets and lack of human disturbance create ideal nesting areas for migratory birds. Brown Pelicans, Royal Terns, and American Oystercatchers nest in the dunes and on the beach. Thickets of black cherry and sassafras support rookeries of egrets, herons and ibis.

Vegetation Habitat succession has produced communities of vegetation that can survive the island's harsh weather. Dunes, swales, and shrub thickets include black cherry, sassafras, wax myrtle and bayberry.

(upper right) Island beaches and dunes provide nesting grounds for Brown Pelicans.
(lower right) Coastal shrubs provide habitat for migratory birds.

Visitor Center
To learn more about Fisherman Island and Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuges, stop by the
Refuge's Visitor Center located a mile north of here. Take a moment to explore our exhibits, hike a trail, visit former military bunkers and earn a Junior Refuge Manager's patch. Remember to watch for wildlife along the way!
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Date Added Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 413874 N 4108722
Decimal Degrees37.12088333, -75.96948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 7.253', W 75° 58.169'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 7' 15.18" N, 75° 58' 10.14" W
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Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-13, Cape Charles VA 23310, US
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