Assateague Island is famous for its wild horses. Assateague Island is also a bird sanctuary on the Atlantic flyway migration route. No matter the time of year, shorebirds and wading birds are abundant on Assateague Island National Seashore. Breeding birds include piping plovers, great egrets and red-winged blackbirds. Seabirds include brown pelicans and several species of gulls and terns. Wooded habitats shelter ruby-crowned kinglets and white-eyed vireos. During the winter the area shelters northern birds, including brant geese and northern saw-whet owls.
Did you know?
- With 48,000 acres, Assateague Island National Seashore remains one of the largest mid-Atlantic barrier islands to have a continuum of intact coastal habitats
- The term Assateague likely means ‘swiftly moving water’
- You can purchase wildlife images taken at Assateague Island National Seashore by clicking the link below. https://www.georgerandybass.com/Assateague-Island-National-Seashore
Assateague Island National Seashore
8231 Beach Rd
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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Assateague Island Map
*Courtesy National Parks Maps