Most Conservancy owned islands at the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) are open to the public for low-impact, non-commercial, recreational day use, such as hiking, bird watching, surf fishing and photography.
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What We're Doing Here
The Virginia Coast Reserve’s 14 undeveloped barrier and marsh islands help to protect Eastern Shore communities from storm surges and sea level rise, as well as providing critical wildlife habitat. The mainland and island preserves of VCR offer visitors unique natural experiences.
The barrier islands shelter more than 250 species of raptors, songbirds, and shorebirds, which find food in the adjacent bays and salt marshes.
For over four decades, VCR's migratory bird program has managed and protected coastal habitats for the bird species that depend on them for survival.