The top priority at national wildlife refuges is the safety of our visiting public. We want to provide an optimal opportunity to view wildlife in a fun, safe and natural setting. With so much to enjoy we would like to leave you with a few reminders.
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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.