Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail
From the Atlantic Ocean on Virginia's eastern border, to the towering Mt. Rogers at its southwest corner, the Commonwealth includes every bird and animal habitat that occurs naturally between Maine and Florida. The state offers a long history, rich culture, and tradition of warm hospitality to welcome visitors.
Within Virginia's 43,000 square miles of diverse natural habitat, you can find some 400 species of birds, 250 species of fish, 150 species of terrestrial and marine mammals, 150 species of amphibians and reptiles, and a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail celebrates this diversity. In fact, it is the first statewide program of its kind in the United States. In Virginia, three phases of the trail link wildlife viewing sites throughout the state...The Coastal Trail, The Mountain Trail and the Piedmont Trail.
Chesapeake is the starting point of the South Chesapeake Loop, with a wide assortment of bird habitats ranging from pine-wood forests to swamplands. Springtime is the most popular time, with the chance of catching a glimpse of some of the more rare birds, such as the Mourning Warbler or the American Pipit. During the fall migratory period, birds flock to Chesapeake on their path south. Chesapeake is located within the Atlantic Flyway, and is the winter location for more than 1 million birds, including swans, geese and ducks - a third of the total waterfowl population that winter on the Atlantic Coast.
These and other migratory bird - which breed in Canada and northern United States and migrate to South and Central America during the winter - stop in Chesapeake for our unique and abundant wetlands. Bird watchers will enjoy the sights and sounds of warblers, thrushes, and vireos and many other birds as they stop to rest and refuel on their journey south.