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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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Thursday September 12th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The East Dike Trail through the wildlife refuge is back open! Thank you for your patience during this habitat management activity. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday September 10th, 2019

Can anyone update as to whether the Visitors center is back open or not? The last report was on Sept 6th..and just wondering ETA to reopen. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi Tori, The Visitor Center has returned to its normal post-Labor Day operating hours of Tuesday - Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm. The Visitor Center remained closed on Saturday due to power outages but the grounds re-opened that morning.

Friday September 6th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Please check back tomorrow morning for the time the refuge will open to visio ... See MoreSee Less

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What time are you opening today?

Thursday September 5th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Our neighbors to the south, False Cape State Park, will close at 1:00pm today. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge will remain open today (Thursday), but will be closed Friday, September 6 due to expected effects from Hurricane Dorian. At this time the refuge expects to re-open Saturday morning as early as possible.

Since both the refuge and the park will be closed on Friday there will be no tram tour Friday, September 6.
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Time for #WildlifeWednesday! Have you seen one of these black and orange bugs at the refuge this summer? This is a large milkweed bug. They are common throughout North America, feeding on milkweed, dogbane and other similar plants. Females of this species lay egg clutches of 25-35 eggs at a time and can lay around 2,000 eggs in their lifetime! These bugs cannot handle cold weather conditions so certain populations will migrate to warmer areas during the winter.
The Blue Goose Wildlife Tram has switched to its fall operating schedule. The tram will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 31. There is one tram trip each day, leaving at 9:00am and returning by 1:00pm. No reservations are needed; there is a $8/person fee, payable by cash or check. For more information contact False Cape State Park at (757)426-7128.
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