Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

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Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Northampton County, Virginia, United States
Nearest city Cheriton, Virginia /
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Coordinates 37°07′48″N 75°57′30″W / 37.13000°N 75.95833°W / 37.13000; -75.95833Coordinates: 37°07′48″N 75°57′30″W / 37.13000°N 75.95833°W / 37.13000; -75.95833
Area 1,127 acres (4.56 km2)
Established 1984
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/easternshore/

The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge located in Northampton County, Virginia, at the southern end of the Eastern Shore and near the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, and managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 1,127 acres (4.56 km2) in size, it was established in 1984. Much of the land was previously part of Fort John Custis, a base used by the United States Air Force until 1981; also within the refuge's boundaries is Fisherman Island, classed as a "Wetland of International Importance". The refuge is an important staging area for migratory birds, and is used as well for the management and study of endangered species such as the Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle and Piping Plover.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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