Back Bay, Virginia Beach Professional Review and Guide
"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."