Near Chincoteague Island in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Keeping the Forest Full of Life
Stopping insects in Their Tracks It's hard to believe that an insect could fell a forest. But in the 1980s and 1990s, the Southern pine beetle devastated several stands of loblolly pine trees on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. To prevent the beetle's spread, staff removed infected trees and replanted the areas with hardwoods to create new homes for wildlife. Today, wildlife have returned to replanted areas and are thriving.
(Caption: Compare this stand of infested loblolly pine trees before and after replanting. Some dead trees were left standing to provide homes for woodpeckers and other wildlife.)
Ducks and Geese Galore
In the fall and winter, this wetland is transformed into a paradise for waterfowl, and you can compare the eating habits of snow geese and a variety of ducks. Look for them feeding on plants along the edges as well as on the muddy bottom.
Snow geese gather at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge by the tens of thousands. During the day, they often feed in nearby farm fields and saltmarshes.
American black ducks dabble for submerged plants. Watch how they tip their bodies to reach the bottom.
Green-winged teals gather along pond edges to munch on soft parts of plants.
Northern shovelers use the teeth-like edges of their spoon-shaped bills to scoop small plants and animals from the water. Look for them swimming in circles to stir up mud.
Northern pintails have distinctive, needle-like tails that make them easy to spot. They glean seeds from the muddy bottom.
Location. 37° 54.204′ N, 75° 20.337′ W. Marker is near Chincoteague Island, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Wildlife Loop when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chincoteague Island VA 23336, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Assateague Village (approx. 1.1 miles away); Assateague Light House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Still Shining...After All These Years (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Wild Ponies Christ Sanctified Holy Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Captain Timothy Hill House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Welcome to the NASA Visitor Center (approx. 6.9 miles away); NASA Wallops Flight Facility (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chincoteague Island.
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 17, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.