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Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
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Description - The Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge habitats include cropland, upland, wetland and marsh. The Rappahannock River Valley is known for its significant waterfowl resources. Over 32,000 ducks, geese, and swans have been counted on the Rappahannock river during the midwinter Waterfowl Survey over the last ten years. The most numerous species are Canada geese, ruddy ducks, canvasbacks, mallards, black ducks, wood ducks and tundra swans.

The refuge provides excellent habitat for a variety of wading birds, rails, and shorebirds. The agricultural land, forested wetlands and uplands serve as breeding and wintering habitat for over thirty species of migratory nongame birds. The primary avian game bird in the upland forests, and agricultural fields is the turkey, which is found in abundance on the refuge.

The Rappahannock River is a major spawning and nursery area for anadromous fish species, including striped bass, American shad, blueback herring, and alewife. The Rappahannock River also provides important nursery grounds for the American eel.

Recreation - The Rappahannock River feeds into the glorious Chesapeake Bay offering countless fishing and boating opportunities. Numerous marinas and restaurants dot the shoreline.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The tidewater and eastern shore have winter temperatures averaging 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The tidewater and eastern shore generally experience temperatures ranging from 76 to above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - From Route 360 near Warsaw take Newland Road (Route 624), to Route 634. The Refuge is about a mile from Route 624 on the right side of Route 634.

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Contact Information:
Rappahannock River Valley NWR, c/o U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 6610 Commons Drive, Suite 203 , Prince George, VA, 23875-0189, Phone: 804-733-8042

Additional Information:
Tidewater, Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore Travel Region - Home to one of America's largest resort cities which has two state parks and a national wildlife area within its borders.
Virginia National Wildlife Refuges - The Wildlife Refuges in Virginia cover areas of upland forests, wetland forests, marshlands, rivers, coastal estuaries and more. Visitors will find quality hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and more.


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