Fisherman Island (Virginia) Article

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Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Map showing the location of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge
Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge (the US)
Location Northampton County, Virginia, United States
Nearest city Cheriton, Virginia /
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Coordinates 37°05′45″N 75°57′29″W / 37.09597°N 75.95798°W / 37.09597; -75.95798 [1]
FISHERMAN ISLAND (VIRGINIA) Latitude and Longitude:

37°05′45″N 75°57′29″W / 37.09597°N 75.95798°W / 37.09597; -75.95798 [1]
Area1,850 acres (7.5 km2)
Established1973
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Website Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge

Fisherman Island is the southernmost island on the Delmarva Peninsula chain of barrier islands. Located at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, the island is subject to great changes in its landscape from waves and runoff. It first formed about 200 to 250 years ago.

Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge is located within the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, and is cut in half by the presence of U.S. Highway 13 and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The refuge is closed to the public.

The island is the habitat to migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and nesting waterbirds. In September 2003, the island was almost entirely flooded by Hurricane Isabel.


References

  1. ^ "Fishermans Island National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.

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

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