Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Seasons: All
- Site Contact: (757) 442-3049 sparker@TNC.org
- Site Access: Free, Reservations
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Site CES08: Brownsville Seaside Farm
Brownsville Farm is the headquarters of The Nature Conservancy of Virginia's program on the Eastern Shore. In addition to year-round birding, the diverse habitats of marshes, forests, thickets, grasslands and tidal creeks offer ample wildlife viewing opportunities. A kiosk with trail maps and information marks the beginning of the three-mile trail. The trail meanders through woodlands, where breeding songbirds are abundant in the summer months and concentrations of migratory neotropical songbirds can be found in the fall. At the edge of the grassland area, an optional side-trail spur leads to a boardwalk offering and extensive view of salt marsh where herons, egrets, seaside sparrows, marsh wrens, clapper rails and fish crows can be seen year-round. A screen-front shed near the pond and a grassy field is used for organized educational programs and can provide a good break spot. An elevated observation platform looks out over the marsh offering a different perspective on the extensive Spartina marsh with its meandering tidal creeks. The causeway overlooking the marsh provides an excellent vantage point for viewing shorebirds in Spring and Fall. In addition to birds and other wildlife, this site is excellent for butterfly viewing and is being managed for a small population of endangered Delmarva fox squirrel. Please return to your car using the same trail.
From Indiantown Park, travel 1.0 miles on Rt. 631 to Rt. 600/Seaside Road. Turn right on Rt. 600 and drive 10.7 miles to Rt. 608/Brownsville Road. Turn right onto Rt. 608 and proceed 1.0 miles to The Nature Conservancy building on the right. Park in area designated for trail users.