Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Eastern Shore Loop
Wildlife watching on the Eastern Shore is, in a very real sense, to experience some of the best wildlife habitat on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Located a few short hours from several metropolitan centers, this tip of the Delmarva Peninsula is a part of the world that is bucolic, friendly, and rife with natural habitat. The seaside of the peninsula is an intricate mosaic of barrier islands that, as wildlife habitat, is better represented here than virtually anywhere else in the world. All of these islands have been protected from development, and nature has thrived accordingly. The bayshore is indented with countless estuaries and tidal mudflats that, during migrations, can be seething with shorebirds. Pockets of deciduous woodlands provide critical stopover points for migrating songbirds, and the peninsula catches tremendous numbers of raptors that follow the coast on their fall migration flight. The Eastern Shore Loop includes world-class wildlife watching at Chincoteague at its northern end, and world-class venues like the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Kiptopeke State Park, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at its southern end. In between, are a plethora of sites to see a great variety of wildlife.
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