“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fisherman Island NWR

Fisherman Island NWR Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
1. Fisherman Island NWR Marker
Inscription.  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
Fisherman Island NWR Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
2. Fisherman Island NWR Marker
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!
Location. 37° 7.253′ N, 75° 58.169′ W. Marker is in Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker is on Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge-Tunnel (U.S. 13) 1.3 miles south of Wise Point Lane, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located on a pull off just north of Fisherman's Island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Charles VA 23310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Good Start (approx. 3.3 miles away); Concrete Ships (approx. 3.3 miles away); Farm to Market (approx. 3.4 miles away); Maritime Highway (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Dunes (approx. 3.4 miles away); Chesapeake Bay (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mansion Site (approx. 7.7 miles away); Bacon's Rebellion (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Charles.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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