Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site CNN19: Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Tayloe Unit
The Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a new and growing refuge in the Northern Neck. The refuge was founded in 1996 largely to help protect critical habitat for bald eagles. Large concentrations of bald eagles can be found on the river year-round. A dirt road runs through a hardwood swamp, home to breeding prothonotary warblers, and onto open fields. On this tract, agricultural land is being restored to manage native grasslands for vesper and grasshopper sparrows and other ground-nesting birds. Grassland bird populations are declining rapidly as farmland has been converted for commercial and residential development.
From Rappahannock Community College, return to US 360, turn left, continue 2.1 miles, and turn right onto Rt. 624/Newland Road. Proceed 0.1 miles, turn left on Naylors Beach Road, drive 2.0 miles, and look for the large refuge sign on the right that marks the entrance.