“Connect with nature”
Located on the southern end of Assateague Island in Virginia, the refuge was established in 1943 for the protection of migratory waterfowl habitat with emphasis on conserving the greater snow goose. Experience an abundance of wildlife, including two freely grazing herds of ponies.
One of my favorite vacations as a kid was going to see the Chincoteague Pony Swim held every year at the end of July. 2014 will mark it's 89th year. I read the series of kids books by Marguerite Henry, and even saw Misty and Stormy on the Beebe Ranch.
Every summer in July, the "Saltwater Cowboys" round up the wild ponies living on neighboring Assateague Island, and then swim them across the narrow channel over to Chincoteague. There is a parade and carnival leading up to the foul auction. They do this for many reasons, to keep the pony heard from overpopulating Assateague, to raise money for the local Fire Dept, and to raise money for veterinary care of the wild ponies. Find out more here - http://www.chincoteague.com/ponies.html
BRING YOUR BUG SPRAY. I cannot emphasize this enough. You will get eaten alive without it.
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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