Time for school again. Don't forget Back Bay NWR offers a variety of free SOL-correlated programs for local schools. Call 301-7329 to schedule.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.
Learn more about the NWRS
- November 01, 2014
The East and West Dike Trails will be closed from November 1 - March 31. Access to False Cape State Park remains available by the beach or by boat along Back Bay.
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...
The Blue Goose Tram doesn't stop running when it gets cold! Come take a ride through the refuge and False Cape State Park on select Sundays this winter. Call (757)426-7128 for reservations.Dates and Information
- February 06, 2015
Don't miss out on the fifth annual Winter Wildlife Festival. Check out all the workshops, day trips and festival kickoff by photographer Kevin Karlson!Winter Wildlife Festival Details
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
, Tundra swan/USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 01, 2014
Winter Waterfowl WalksDecember 06, 2014 - February 28, 2015
Sign up today for a one-mile hike focused on ducks, geese and swans!View the schedule
Winter Wildlife FestivalFebruary 06, 2015 - February 08, 2015
Don't miss the opportunity to witness winter wildlife in our area. Check out the website below for more details.Winter Wildlife Festival