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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

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Spot the wildlife! Can you find the great blue heron and the osprey (very faint) in this shot of the kayak launch at the wildlife refuge?
Our phone system is currently down. We apologize for any inconvenience for those trying to call the refuge.
East Dike Opening August 1. On August 1st the West Dike will close for the season and the East Dike will open as access to False Cape State Park. Enjoy your next adventure!
East Dike Opening August 1. On August 1st the West Dike will close for the season and the East Dike will open as access to False Cape State Park. Enjoy your next adventure!
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Tuesday August 4th, 2020

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Tuesday August 4th, 2020

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Who said turtles don't move fast? This little mud turtle was booking it across the grass near the Visitor Center. Warm (or hot!) weather means these cold-blooded, or ectothermic, animals have a higher body temperature and more energy to move, feed and reproduce.

Have you seen a turtle at the refuge recently?
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Well the tortoise beat the hare and I'm sure this speedy turtle would also.

Have never seen a turtle move so fast🤣🤣

Cyndi Waller

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Monday August 3rd, 2020

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Spot the wildlife! Can you find the great blue heron and the osprey (very faint) in this shot of the kayak launch at the wildlife refuge? ... See MoreSee Less

Spot the wildlife! Can you find the great blue heron and the osprey (very faint) in this shot of the kayak launch at the wildlife refuge?

Comment on Facebook Spot the wildlife! ...

I see both too.

I see both!

Easy

Sunday August 2nd, 2020

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The song of red-winged blackbirds is a song of summer at the wildlife refuge. Even when all others are quiet you will usually hear the call of one of these birds during a visit at this time of the year.

Males fiercely defend their territories. They call and sing to alert other males of the same species and may even chase or attack other species. Watching a red-winged blackbird chase a hawk out of the marsh is certainly a sight to see!
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Saturday August 1st, 2020

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Our phone system is currently down. We apologize for any inconvenience for those trying to call the refuge. ... See MoreSee Less

Our phone system is currently down. We apologize for any inconvenience for those trying to call the refuge.

Saturday August 1st, 2020

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

East Dike Opening August 1.

On August 1st the West Dike will close for the season and the East Dike will open as access to False Cape State Park. Enjoy your next adventure!
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East Dike Opening August 1. On August 1st the West Dike will close for the season and the East Dike will open as access to False Cape State Park. Enjoy your next adventure!

Friday July 31st, 2020

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Tuesday July 28th, 2020

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

East Dike Opening August 1.

On August 1st the West Dike will close for the season and the East Dike will open as access to False Cape State Park. Enjoy your next adventure!
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East Dike Opening August 1. On August 1st the West Dike will close for the season and the East Dike will open as access to False Cape State Park. Enjoy your next adventure!

Comment on Facebook East Dike Opening ...

I am curious if there is a mileage difference between the two? It seems like the the West Dike is slightly longer by a few tenths of a mile? I prefer the West Dike as it has the bit through the trees that is shaded.

Sunday July 26th, 2020

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

A monster from the deep?

We were curious what creature was rustling the branches and leaves down in D-Pool the other day. Turns out it was a pond turtle who was taking the path of most resistance to wherever he or she was going.

Look closely about halfway through the video and you can just make out the turtle's head and shell.
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