Directions to the refuge from I-64:
Exit to I-264 East ( Towards the Oceanfront)Take Birdneck Road Exit (Exit 22)Turn Right onto Birdneck RoadTravel Approximately 3-4 miles to the intersection with General Booth BoulevardTurn Right onto General Booth Blvd.Travel approximately 5 milesAfter crossing Nimmo Parkway, pay close attention to road signs.Get into the left hand lane so you can turn left at the next traffic light.Turn left onto Princess Anne Road at the lightA 7-11 store is on the left at this corner*At the next traffic light, proceed straight through the light(middle lane).Note: When you have traveled through the light the road turns into Sandbridge Rd.A Food Lion grocery store should be on your right when going through the lightFollow Sandbridge Road until you enter the Community of SandbridgeMake a right turn onto Sandpiper Road just past the Fire StationFollow Sandpiper Road for approximately 4 miles.You will pass Little Island City Park on the left.The entrance to Back Bay NWR is at the end of Sandpiper RoadDirections to the Horn Point Canoe/Kayak Launch Site:
Follow the directions above until you reach the asterick, then proceed below:
Veer slightly to the right at the next light (right lane).Note: You will still be on Princess Anne Road after passing through the light.A Bloom Grocery Store should be on your left side after you pass through the light.Turn Left onto Indian River Rd.Follow the road to a stop sign.Turn Leftonto N. Muddy Creek Rd.Follow this road for 1.3 miles.Turn Left onto Horn Point Rd. and follow to the entrance of the Launch Site
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American bitterns are year-round inhabitants of Virginia Beach and members of the heron family. These birds are typically very shy and secretive, hiding among reeds and grasses along the edges of lakes and bays. There are a few very friendly bitterns at Back Bay though, so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready next time you are in the area. Their camouflage is excellent so we must be attentive to detail to spot these beautiful birds.