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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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

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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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Saturday April 29th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Strong south winds have created a high tide in Back Bay. This high tide has flooded large portions of the Bay Trail. Due to this flooding the Bay Trail is closed until the tide goes down. The West Dike Trail, Kuralt Trail, Seaside Trail, Dune Trail and beach all remain open. ... See MoreSee Less

Strong south winds have created a high tide in Back Bay. This high tide has flooded large portions of the Bay Trail. Due to this flooding the Bay Trail is closed until the tide goes down. The West Dike Trail, Kuralt Trail, Seaside Trail, Dune Trail and beach all remain open.

Friday April 28th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

We have found coyote scat along the trails and prints on the beach. But it is a rare thing to see one of these secretive animals. Thank you MC Miguez for sharing this photo from your sighting on Tuesday! ... See MoreSee Less

We have found coyote scat along the trails and prints on the beach. But it is a rare thing to see one of these secretive animals. Thank you MC Miguez for sharing this photo from your sighting on Tuesday!

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How do we tell the difference between Canis Latrans and Canis Rufus? Both are native here, but Rufus is endangered.

Would be great to see on during one of my walks this summer

Once again, Awesome photography MCM.

Just WOW!

Thursday April 27th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Check out our May events! You can find details for events on the Facebook events page. We hope you can join us for a bird walk, bat box or tram tour! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

A pair of Northern shovelers gave us a nice surprise Tuesday morning. These ducks are seen often in the winter at Back Bay NWR. ... See MoreSee Less

A pair of Northern shovelers gave us a nice surprise Tuesday morning. These ducks are seen often in the winter at Back Bay NWR.

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Today we honored long-time volunteer Herb Kressel. Herb dedicated countless hours to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Blue Goose Tram program with Back Bay Restoration Foundation. We miss you Herb! ... See MoreSee Less

Today we honored long-time volunteer Herb Kressel. Herb dedicated countless hours to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Blue Goose Tram program with Back Bay Restoration Foundation. We miss you Herb!

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Due to staffing shortages pass sales will only be available today from 2:30pm-4:00pm. We apologize for the inconvenience. Pass sales are available Thursday-Monday, from 8:00am-3:30pm, at the Refuge Entrance Station. ... See MoreSee Less

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Do you allow flying of small drones for picture taking ?

Monday April 24th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The area along the Bay Trail where the prescribed fire took place last month is already showing lots of green. Thank you Pam Monahan for sharing this picture with us!The landscape was changed after the prescribed burn last month but is returning in a stunning way. ... See MoreSee Less

The area along the Bay Trail where the prescribed fire took place last month is already showing lots of green. Thank you Pam Monahan for sharing this picture with us!

Friday April 21st, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

On the drive down the entrance road in the refuge the osprey platform is a popular sight. But, be sure to check out the small pond just next to the road in that same location. Steve Coari recently sent us a picture of an American bittern he spotted in that area. Thanks for the picture Steve! ... See MoreSee Less

On the drive down the entrance road in the refuge the osprey platform is a popular sight. But, be sure to check out the small pond just next to the road in that same location. Steve Coari recently sent us a picture of an American bittern he spotted in that area. Thanks for the picture Steve!

Wednesday April 19th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Join the #EarthDay celebration at Mount Trashmore Park this weekend!

Earth DayApril 22, 2017, 11:00amMount Trashmore ParkRefresh your approach to making our world a healthier place with various exhibits, displays and activities that will provide innovative ways to green your lifestyle.
Rain date is April 23.
Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission.
VBgov.com/EarthDay

Event Highlights:

​AAA Recycling Zone | 10 am - 3 pm
All recycling will take place in Parking Lot 1 at Mount Trashmore Park, located near the YMCA. **Please enter from South Boulevard.**

Electronics Recycling - Get rid of those unwanted electronics! View a list of accepted items. Please note that we are unable to accept tube televisions at this event. Provided by Goodwill Industries

Document Shredding - Bring your personal documents to be shredded for free on site​. Limit 5 boxes per vehicle. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed but please no metals, three-ring binders, batteries or plastics. Provided by Eggleston Services

Car Battery Round Up - Get a $5 gift card (limit one per person, while supplies last) for your vehicle battery. Car, motorcycle, lawnmower and tractor batteries are eligible. Provided by AAA of Tidewater

Child Safety Seat Recycling - Have a used child safety seat that no longer meets industry safety standards? Bring it to the AAA Recycling Zone, and we’ll see to it that all the plastic parts are properly broken down and recycled. Get a $5 gift card (limit one per person, while supplies last) for your child safety seat. Provided by AAA of Tidewater

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal - Don't put that leftover paint or household cleaner in the trash! We'll properly dispose of these items for you. No more than 5 gallons of liquids or 75 pounds of dry chemical can be accepted at this event. Waste should be in original container with labeling intact. View a list of accepted items. Provided by Virginia Beach Public Works Department

Metals Recycling - Did you know we can recycle the metal from your old power tools or even a vacuum cleaner? View a list of accepted items. Provided by Virginia Beach Public Works Department​

Live Music

Performing live on the main stage:
11:15 am - 12:30 pm | The Futuros
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm | MultiCelli
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Ava & Jaron
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Step Teams from the Southside S.T.E.M. Academy at Campostella Elementary School

Green Market
Support local businesses! Shop among small, green, local and fair trade vendors.

Zen Zone | 11 am - 4 pm
Get centered with yoga demos, massages and more provided by Wells Therapeutics.

​Recycling Dumpster Painting
Make your mark! Paint with The Governor's School for the Arts students and raise awareness about conservation.

Children's Activities
​Children's crafts will be provided by the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast. ​​​

Food Trucks
Road Dogs, @[137529159618842:274:Keep It Poppin Kettle Corn], @[904446833002478:274:Cast Iron Catering Co], @[1487681158203171:274:Ferg's Missing Ingredient] and @[691818157616629:274:Skippy's SnoBalls Kempsville]
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Earth Day

VABeach.com Custom Photos

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Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 5, 2017, 9:00am - May 5, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

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Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 6, 2017, 9:00am - May 6, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

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Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 7, 2017, 9:00am - May 7, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

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Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 12, 2017, 9:00am - May 12, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

Bird Walk

Bird Walk

May 13, 2017, 9:00am - May 13, 2017, 10:30am

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Let’s celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! Join us for a one-mile walk along the Bay Trail to learn about the migratory songbirds that visit Back Bay NWR in the spring. This walk will be led by local birding experts. Call ahead to sign up for the event at (757)301-7329 ext.3106. Binoculars are available upon request.

Speical thanks to Steve Coari, one of our walk leaders, for this picture.
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Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 13, 2017, 9:00am - May 13, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

Pinecone Birdfeeder Art Project

Pinecone Birdfeeder Art Project

May 13, 2017, 2:00pm - May 13, 2017, 3:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Kids can celebrate birds too! In honor of International Migratory
Bird Day we invite families to come out to the Refuge to build your own birdfeeder. All participants will leave the event with a birdfeeder to hang in their backyard. Supplies are limited so please call ahead to register at (757)301-7329 ext. 3106.

Thanks to Steve Coari for this picture.
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Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 14, 2017, 9:00am - May 14, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 19, 2017, 9:00am - May 19, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

Blue Goose Express

Blue Goose Express

May 20, 2017, 9:00am - May 20, 2017, 1:00pm

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

Take a ride on the Blue Goose Express tram with Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a local non-profit. Explore Back Bay NWR and False Cape State park on this four hour trip. Trams costs $8/adults; $6/children and senior. No reservations. All ages.... See MoreSee Less

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