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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

4005 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456
757- 721-2412

Region: Sandbridge, Virginia Beach

Description

Established in 1938, this 8,000-acre fresh water refuge borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Back Bay on the west. The barrier islands feature large sand dunes, maritime forests, fresh water marshes, ponds, ocean beach, and large impoundments for wintering wildfowl. These tranquil habitats can be accessed by marsh trails, bikes, a boardwalk overlook, and the beach itself. Back Bay is located approximately 18 miles south of the resort area. Back Bay Tram Tours run from April 1st and continue through October 31st. Please contact us for further information. Back Bay Sunset

Thursday December 6th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The next Winter Tram Tour is Sunday, December 16. Call False Cape State Park at (757)426-7128 as early as possible to make your reservations.

One of the many great things about these winter tram trips is arriving back at the Back Bay NWR parking lot close to sunset. Thank you Barry Kurzer for sharing this lovely photo with us from last weekend's trip.
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The next Winter Tram Tour is Sunday, December 16. Call False Cape State Park at (757)426-7128 as early as possible to make your reservations.  One of the many great things about these winter tram trips is arriving back at the Back Bay NWR parking lot close to sunset. Thank you Barry Kurzer for sharing this lovely photo with us from last weekends trip.

Thursday December 6th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Last week fourth graders from Woodstock Elementary had an amazing sighting of a brown pelican. This pelican flew right over our heads and even briefly landed on the roof. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week fourth graders from Woodstock Elementary had an amazing sighting of a brown pelican. This pelican flew right over our heads and even briefly landed on the roof.

 

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Love those pelicans. So nice to see their recovery and how they’ve come back up the coast over the years. It’s especially fun to watch them over the moat at Fort Monroe!

Well that's unusual! How neat that they got to see it!

Sunday December 2nd, 2018

Tricolored heron 12/2/2018 on field trip with VA Society of Ornithology. -Thanks to Erica, our tram driver! ... See MoreSee Less

Tricolored heron 12/2/2018 on field trip with VA Society of Ornithology. -Thanks to Erica, our tram driver!

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Laura Mae, Thank you so much for sharing this photo of the tricolored heron!

Saturday December 1st, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

We had a great day earlier this month with a group from Connect With a Wish! Thank you for visiting the refuge.A picture is worth a thousand words!! Our Boys Youth Group bonding at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge!! Thank you Back Bay Refuge for hosting our group this past weekend!! 💚 ... See MoreSee Less

We had a great day earlier this month with a group from Connect With a Wish! Thank you for visiting the refuge.

Saturday December 1st, 2018

Sunset, Thursday, November 29, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunset, Thursday, November 29, 2018.

 

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Stephanie, Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous sunset shot!

Friday November 30th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

An addition to Wednesday's post is needed! The photo of the rainbow snake seen on Sunday was not attached to the post. Here you go! (Credit: Karen Beatty) ... See MoreSee Less

An addition to Wednesdays post is needed! The photo of the rainbow snake seen on Sunday was not attached to the post. Here you go! (Credit: Karen Beatty)

 

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Amazing!

Pretty sure I’ve seen one swimming across a cove in Back Bay. Those red lines had me puzzled when I watched it.

Absolutely remarkable Karen!

Tonya Brown

I’ve seen an injured one in BBNWR and it was beautiful.

Dustin Price

Consider me envious!!! Beautiful creature!!!

I don't think I have ever seen one before. Tks for sharing. Beautiful creature.

he’s so pretty

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Thursday November 29th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Over a dozen bufflehead ducks were seen on Sunday's tram tour. We would like to provide a clarification of a discussion on the trip. These small ducks do not mate for life but they will pair up with the same mate for several years in a row.
When looking at a group of ducks look for the small size of a bufflehead and the white patches on the head. Males will have a white stripe that extends from one side of the face to the other, around the back of the head. Females will have a teardrop-shaped patch, extending back from the eye.
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Over a dozen bufflehead ducks were seen on Sundays tram tour. We would like to provide a clarification of a discussion on the trip. These small ducks do not mate for life but they will pair up with the same mate for several years in a row.
When looking at a group of ducks look for the small size of a bufflehead and the white patches on the head. Males will have a white stripe that extends from one side of the face to the other, around the back of the head. Females will have a teardrop-shaped patch, extending back from the eye.Image attachment

Saturday November 24th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This rainy weather will pass! Soon we will have more wonderful views of wintering waterfowl. ... See MoreSee Less

This rainy weather will pass! Soon we will have more wonderful views of wintering waterfowl.
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