Many people enjoy the rushing rapids of a secluded mountain stream. Others prefer the powerful crash of waves along the Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay. But, in between these bodies of fresh and salt water is an ecosystem that is often ignored and yet very important to our commonwealth.
The Estuary is dominated by brackish water, marshes, and a life sustaining mud. Denounced by some as a wasteland, these wetlands are a vital nursery for many species of fish including the Atlantic Croaker, Striped Bass, and Blue Crabs. Mammals such as Muskrat and River Otter make their home in the cordgrass and feed on fish and shellfish. Bald Eagles and Osprey roam the skies while Blue Heron and Egrets stalk the mud flats for food.
York River State Park is a tremendous resource for enjoying and learning about an estuary system. It’s location between West Point and Yorktown gives visitors incredible views of this historic and vital river. Taskinas Creek is also located in the park allowing paddlers to follow a freshwater stream all the way down to a more marine enviornment. Along with these waterways, a long network of wooded trails can be found at the park.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The event will be from 10am to 2pm. Please call (757)566-3036 for more information.