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Tidewater Day Tripping

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge by Bonna L. Nelson

to 240 bird species, including songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, bald eagles, turkeys, and soaring vultures. Shore mammals are plentiful too – white-tailed deer, beaver, red fox, raccoon, muskrat, opossum, woodchuck, endangered Delmarva Fox squirrels, Eastern gray squirrels and rabbits. Add in amphibians and reptiles including frogs, turtles, Diamondback terrapins and lizards, and you have a good chance of observing an abundance of wildlife. Fifteen miles of shoreline and the diversity of woodland, grassland, open water, marshland and cropland provide a stable, secure

Every word you can think of to describe the dog days of summer — sunny, hot, hazy, humid, muggy, buggy, sticky — could be used to describe the day we visited Eastern Neck (Island) National Wildlife Refuge, and despite the weather we enjoyed the island experience. W e we re somewhat co ncer ned that it might be too hot and buggy for a waterfront refuge visit, but, thankfully, once out of the car and wandering down cool, tree-covered trails, we were not attacked by insects and never had to apply bug spray. Maybe they were too hot to bother us that day! The 2,285-acre island is home

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Tidewater Times September 2011  

September 2011 Tidewater Times

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