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.
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- 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.
- 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
Nest #2 finally hatched! Over 80 hatchlings have emerged from the relocated nest.
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, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014