Birdwatching along Assateague and Chincoteague Islands is an amazing experience for many visitors. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of America’s finest places for birdwatching along the East Coast. This little island is one of the richest birding regions in the U.S. with outstanding year-round populations. Assateague Island now has a healthy bald eagle population as well. Learn about and observe the islands’ 300 species of migratory and resident birds.
Summer is a good time to see large numbers of migrating shore birds, warblers, and others set up residence on Assateague. A variety of species are visible along the National Seashore. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge’s freshwater areas combine with saltwater marshes all along Assateague’s shoreline to host a variety of terns, egrets, sandpipers, waterfowl, and more. Making one’s way by boat or kayak along Assateague’s extensive inland waterway is a thrilling experience for any bird lover. Herons and terns fly out from the marshes as you proceed through the intimate waterways, where you can also see crabs, fish, oysters and other food sources for the birds.
Limited amounts of Assateague are accessible by car, so many bird watchers choose to travel by boat along the inland waters. A birdwatching trip via watercraft offers you the chance to see more of the refuge and it’s wildlife. After all, Assateague has over 37 miles of pristine waterways. Boat excursions take you to one of America’s most unique ecosystems, with an abundance of wildlife, water and fowl, as far as the eye can see.
Lodging While Visiting Assateague
If camping isn’t your thing, you’ll need to stay on Chincoteague while visiting Assateague. We would like to invite you to to be our guests at the Island Manor Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy lovely surroundings and unpretentious luxury while observing undisturbed nature at the Wildlife Refuge.