Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge welcomes the use of its resources for environmental education purposes and stresses activities where students are active participants, not passive listeners. Check out our For Educators page for lesson plans, activities and workshops.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
Join refuge and park staff for a scenic ride while observing wintering waterfowl and other native wildlife. Tours travel through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, into False Cape State Park and include a one mile hike (round-trip) to the Wash Woods cemetery site.Winter Tram Tours
Come join us Saturday, June 8th to celebrate 75 years of wildlife conservation! Free events for the whole family and free admission to the refuge.Learn more about the celebration.
There are many ways to get involved at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the volunteer opportunities on the refuge and spend some time in nature this year. We couldn't do it without you!Get Involved
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 All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 06, 2013