Calling all 4th graders and 4th grade teachers! Have you heard about the Every Kid in a Park program? A special pass is available to 4th grade students that covers entrance fees to all federal lands. Check out the Every Kid in a Park website for more information!Every Kid in a Park!
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
- January 09, 2017
Due to the continued icy conditions of the road and parking lot Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge will remain closed on Monday, January 9, 2017. Thank you for your cooperation.
We will update our Facebook page as soon as the Refuge gates re-open. Please check www.facebook.com/backbaynwr
- November 01, 2016
The annual closure of the East and West Dike Trails will begin November 1, 2016. This closure provides undisturbed resting and feeding for migrating waterfowl and other birds.
The Bay Trail, Kuralt Trail, Seaside Trail, Dune Trail and the dike trail down to the Wildlife Viewing Window remain open. Access to False Cape State Park is provided on the beach. Tram tours will also run twice a month, check the schedule below.Upcoming Events
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is assisting with a Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Project. This project will provide shoreline stabilization through living shorelines, reforestation of natural areas and restoration of wetland hydrology in several sites in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Restoration at Back Bay NWR will include shoreline stabilization at the Visitor Contact Station and Horn Point kayak/canoe launch.More Information
We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!eBird Trail Tracker
The aptly named tundra swan breeds in the far northern reaches of the continent. They migrate south during the winter months, feeding on aquatic plants. They may also be seen eating grains in farm fields. The best time to spot tundra swans at the refuge is from November to February.
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: Jan 08, 2017
Winter Waterfowl WalksDecember 03, 2016 - February 25, 2017
What's the best part of winter? The waterfowl of course! Join us for a one-mile hike guided by expert birders. Binoculars are available.View the schedule
Winter Wildlife FestivalJanuary 20, 2017 - January 22, 2017
It is that time of year again! Events at Back Bay NWR include a bird walk and tram tours. Check out the website for registration info.Winter Wildlife Festival