The Virginia barrier island chain, including Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge, is one of only 17 sites in the United States classified as a “Wetland of International Importance.” The Refuge is the southernmost barrier island, located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and separated from the Eastern Shore of Virginia by about one-half mile of water. The Refuge is designated as an Important Bird Area and has been growing!! In the late 1800’s it was only 25 acres, compared to today at 2,000 acres!!
Because of the critical nature of its habitats for wildlife, Fisherman Island is closed to the public.
We will be touring the island with a ranger from the refuge and walking a total of about 4 miles on varying degrees of loose or packed sand.
The tour introduces visitors to the unique variety of wildlife found on the island. As you pass through several habitats, you will learn about wildlife management on refuges, explore the diversity of wildlife, and discover the rich history of Fisherman Island and the role it played during World War II.
After the tour, we will head over to nearby Kiptopeke State Park and eat our lunch there before heading back to Richmond.
This should be a really special day!!
Hiking distance: 4miles
ELEVATION GAIN: Minimal
TRAIL TERRAIN: dirt\sand
MORE INFO: Fisherman Island
WHAT TO BRING: Layered clothing for hiking,broken in hiking boots or shoes, water, snacks and lunch. If you're in the market for outdoor gear, consider supporting the group by purchasing from these online retailers.
ORGANIZER WILL PROVIDE: Driving directions, basic first aid kit
DOGS ALLOWED: No (Dog policy)
CARPOOL LOCATION: Target at White Oak Village - 6:45am sharp (Details on carpooling)
RECOMMENDED PAYMENT TO DRIVERS: $12.00 assuming a full carload
CONTACT #: I will email my cell number to the attendees at least one day in advance.
CANCELLATION: If weather becomes an issue, call or check your email for updates before leaving.
# OF TRAILBLAZER POINTS: 10
NOTE: If you sign up for this hike, you will be prompted to pay $1 online via Amazon Payments. Money will NOT be collected at the event. Payments will be refunded in full if the event is cancelled or rescheduled. If a waiting list forms, all wait listers will be notified via email when spots open up. Please email Brian with any questions or concerns.
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Please be aware that our organizers are not tour guides or park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this event against the organizers of this group.