National Waterfowl Week at Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge

National Waterfowl Week at Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge

Bird watchers, photographers and nature lovers pour into Virginia during National Waterfowl Week at Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge. The annual event is extremely popular among birders and travelers to Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. The star attraction are the snow geese, which arrive by the thousands just in time for the event. Visitors drive, bike or walk onto the wildlife loop, where a road encircles a large lagoon. Vehicles are quickly abandoned as camera tripods go up, and families find the trumpeting and antics of the geese too irresistible to remain inside.

Photographers will snap pictures by the hundreds during this dramatic event. As the sun sets on the lagoon, everyone is in awe of the scene and what was to be a 15 minute visit continues on until twilight ends the show.

During the week the refuge is also visited by brant, ducks, herons, plovers and other birds. Much of the waterfowl remain at Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge throughout the winter.

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