Welcome back to school! Your national wildlife refuge has resources available to you. Students can come out on a field trip or a ranger can lead a program in the classroom!For Educators
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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We are bringing back the Winter Waterfowl Walks! Join us for a one-mile hike guided by expert birders. Binoculars may be reserved ahead of time. Call to sign up!More information...
Join us for the magical migration season! Trams run twice a month to observe the migratory waterfowl that visit us during the winter season. See the event page for details - reservations are required.Winter Tram Tours
- November 10, 2013
The dike improvement project is complete!! Access to the Dune Trail and Wildlife Viewing Window is now open - just in time to view the beginnings of the waterfowl migration!
American Black Duck
The American black duck is a priority species and indicator for the fall-winter migration. While their plumage is actually a very dark brown the birds appear black from any distance. Look for a small iridescent purple speculum (wing patch) when the duck is in flight to help identify these winter visitors. The best time to spot black ducks is from November to February out on Back Bay or in the impoundments on a winter tour with the Blue Goose Tram.
Page Photo Credits Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans, Roger Roberts
, Blue Goose Express, USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2013