Back Bay, Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Depending on the season, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge can be a bird watcher’s paradise. Nearly 300 species of birds have been observed around the beaches, bays, and marshes of the refuge. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay, the refuge is an important stop along the Atlantic flyway for migrating waterfowl. Waterfowl populations have drastically declined in recent years, but the United States, Mexico, and Canada have teamed up to create the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, which is intended to help protect breeding and wintering areas. As a result, waterfowl populations are beginning to rebound. During peak migration in the fall and especially in December, approximately 10,000 snow geese and ducks visit the refuge. The sight of these large flocks of birds is spectacular. Special attractions: Wildlife habitat for threatened species such as sea turtles, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles, as well as for migrating waterfowl, including snow geese.
Walking Virginia Beach

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Walking Virginia Beach

by Katherine Jackson (Falcon Guides)

Depending on the season, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge can be a bird watcher’s paradise. Nearly 300 species of birds have been observed around the beaches, bays, and marshes of the refuge. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay, the refuge is an important stop along the Atlantic flyway for migrating waterfowl. Waterfowl populations have drastically declined in recent years, but the United States, Mexico, and Canada have teamed up to create the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, which is intended to help protect breeding and wintering areas.

As a result, waterfowl populations are beginning to rebound. During peak migration in the fall and especially in December, approximately 10,000 snow geese and ducks visit the refuge. The sight of these large flocks of birds is spectacular. Special attractions: Wildlife habitat for threatened species such as sea turtles, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles, as well as for migrating waterfowl, including snow geese.

©  Katherine Jackson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Virginia Beach
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center
Driving Directions: Directions to Back Bay, Virginia Beach

Recent Trail Reviews

10/3/2002
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My husband and I walked the roadway in for 7 miles. It was quite a fun walk, we had a lot of cathing up to do. Along the way there were an abundance of birds and wildlife. We spotted some deer and they were very curious of us. We finally reached camp and set up for the nights that we had ahead of us. It sure was beautiful out here, we hiked to the beach and then to the bay where right there in front of us was an angry cottonmouth, we just ignored and respected one another and went on our merry ways. This trip was definitely a beachy experience if you like the salty air and starry night.


4/30/2000
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My wife and I found ourselves at Back Bay NWR one chilly April morning amidst flocks of birders glued to their binoculars. I thought that they were looking because the sea was beautiful that day. With the dunes to our right and crashing waves to our left, I could only think that this is what it must be like to be shipwrecked. No hotels. No condos. Only pelicans and a thousand other typrs of birds that we heard in the wind but could not see. The sea grass hushed the breeze and we walked for hours. Then we got hungry and ate seafood at a place nearby the went back and sat on the beach for the rest of the day. Being shipwrecked is the good life.



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