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The Port Royal Unit of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge protects critical floodplain habitat on the river’s edge. This 125-acre site is managed as grassland and shrubland habitat for species such as vesper and grasshopper sparrows. A mowed trail provides access to the Rappahannock River, host to year-round concentrations of bald eagles and wintering waterfowl.
The newly established Port Royal Water Trail has a stop on this unit of the Refuge.
Turn right out of the Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area parking area onto Rt. 615/Buckner Road, go 0.8 miles and turn left on US 17 South. Travel 6.5 miles and turn left on US 301 North, drive 0.7 miles, turn right on Rt. 1008/Caroline Street and continue to the entrance.
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Birds Recently Seen at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Port Royal Unit (as reported to eBird)
- Canada Goose
- Wood Duck
- Mourning Dove
- Black Vulture
- Turkey Vulture
- Bald Eagle
- Belted Kingfisher
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Eastern Wood-Pewee
Seasonal Bird Observations
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