Virginia Beach Vacation Guide

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 20:12 -- mleone
4005 Sandpiper Rd.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge contains over 9,250 acres, situated on and around a thin strip of coastline typical of barrier islands found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Habitats include beach, dunes, woodland, farm fields, and marsh. The majority of refuge marshlands are on islands contained within the waters of Back Bay. Approximately 10,000 snow geese and a large variety of ducks visit Back Bay refuge during the peak of fall migration, usually in December. The refuge also provides habitat for a wide assortment of other wildlife, including threatened and endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. Back Bay provides scenic trails, a visitor contact station, and, with advance scheduling, group educational opportunities. Back Bay refuge is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia - south of Sandbridge, Virginia at the southern end of Sandpiper Road.