Wreck Island Natural Area Preserve

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Wreck Island Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Wreck Island Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Wreck Island Natural Area Preserve
Location within Virginia
Location Northampton County, Virginia
Coordinates 37°16′0″N 75°47′57″W / 37.26667°N 75.79917°W / 37.26667; -75.79917Coordinates: 37°16′0″N 75°47′57″W / 37.26667°N 75.79917°W / 37.26667; -75.79917
Area 1,380 acres (5.6 km2)
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Wreck Island Natural Area Preserve is a 1,380-acre (5.6 km2) Natural Area Preserve located in Northampton County, Virginia. One of the Virginia Barrier Islands, it protects various marsh, beach, grassland, dune, and shrubland habitats. It was designated as part of the National Audubon Society's "Barrier Island/Lagoon System Important Bird Area" for its importance as a nursery for nesting bird colonies. The island, which is slowly migrating towards the mainland, formerly featured dune-like mounds of shells which were destroyed by Hurricane Isabel.[1]

The preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. It is open to the public seasonally, with access restricted between mid-April and early September to protect nesting birds. The preserve is accessible only by boat.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Wreck Island Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 

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