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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

Wednesday January 17th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Yellow-rumped warblers along the Kuralt Trail ... See MoreSee Less

Yellow-rumped warblers along the Kuralt TrailImage attachment

Tuesday January 16th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

There have been multiple America bittern sightings in the last week. Locations of these sightings include the entrance road and the grassy area between the Visitor Center and the bay. When will you see the bittern? ... See MoreSee Less

America bittern

Sunday January 14th, 2018

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Sunday January 14th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Highlight of the day - Wilson's snipe! ... See MoreSee Less

Highlight of the day - Wilsons snipe!

Thursday January 11th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

We are back to normal operating hours! Amazingly the bay and our small educational pond near the Visitor Center still have a layer of ice covering them. ... See MoreSee Less

We are back to normal operating hours! Amazingly the bay and our small educational pond near the Visitor Center still have a layer of ice covering them.Image attachment

Wednesday January 10th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Visitor Center will remain closed today due to building issues. The restrooms are also closed but the portable toilet is available. ... See MoreSee Less

The Visitor Center will remain closed today due to building issues. The restrooms are also closed but the portable toilet is available.

Tuesday January 9th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Visitor Center remains closed today due to issues with the heating system. Enjoy the last days of snow! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday January 7th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Yellow-rumped warblers seem to be the only songbirds at this time of year. But red-winged blackbirds and mockingbirds are still around too. ... See MoreSee Less

Yellow-rumped warblers seem to be the only songbirds at this time of year. But red-winged blackbirds and mockingbirds are still around too.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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I visited yesterday and spotted tons of warblers along with a few cardinals, an eastern towhee, and a grey catbird. It was amazing seeing everything covered in the snow and ice.

Saturday January 6th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Visitor Center will remain closed Saturday, January 6. The Winter Waterfowl walk has also been cancelled. If visiting refuge grounds please use caution. ... See MoreSee Less

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Winter Waterfowl Walk

Winter Waterfowl Walk

January 20, 2018, 9:00am - January 20, 2018, 10:30am+3February 3, 2018, 9:00am - February 3, 2018, 10:30amFebruary 10, 2018, 9:00am - February 10, 2018, 10:30amFebruary 17, 2018, 9:00am - February 17, 2018, 10:30am

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

It may be cold but winter is a great time of year to enjoy wildlife. Back Bay NWR staff and expert volunteers will lead guided bird walks throughout the winter. Join us as we walk the Bay Trail, looking for ducks, swans and other birds and wildlife that make winter a special time of year.

Binoculars are available at no cost for use duing the walks. Please call ahead to reserve a pair at (757)301-7329 ext.3106.

This event is free and there is no entrance fee to the wildlife refuge at this time of year.
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Winter Tram Tour

Winter Tram Tour

January 21, 2018, 1:00pm - January 21, 2018, 4:30pm+4February 4, 2018, 1:00pm - February 4, 2018, 4:30pmFebruary 18, 2018, 1:00pm - February 18, 2018, 4:30pmMarch 4, 2018, 1:00pm - March 4, 2018, 4:30pmMarch 18, 2018, 1:00pm - March 18, 2018, 4:30pm

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

Join Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park staff for a scenic ride to observe numerous flocks of wintering waterfowl, such as ducks, tundra swans and snow geese. Then, continue into the heart of False Cape for a one mile (round trip) hike to the remnants of the Wash Woods Methodist Church and cemetery site.

Reservations are required. Call False Cape State Park at (757)426-7128 to reserve your seat. The tram costs $8.00 per person.
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4005 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456