Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Back to Nature...
Sandbridge offers unspoiled beauty along its shores.

Situated along the coastline at the southend of Sandbridge, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge contains about 7,700 acres of beach, dunes, woodland and marsh. An additional 4,600 acres of the bay’s shallow waters surrounding the refuge’s marshy islands have been designated by Presidential Proclamation for the protection of migrating birds.A visit to the refuge is a “must do” on your vacation! Visitors to the refuge have a variety of opportunities to observe wildlife in its natural habitat along various trails and dike roads. Among the possible sightings in the refuge are deer, wild horses, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, minks, foxes, hawks, osprey, owls, herons, swans, bald eagles, loggerhead turtles and, in the surf… pilot whales and dolphins. Whistling swans, Snow and Canada geese and several species of ducks frequent the refuge from fall through early spring. Peak waterfowl populations can number in the tens of thousands, with numbers in the range of 100,000 waterfowl using the refuge in a given year. The mallard, widgeon, gadwall, and black duck are the most numerous in population.

Little Island is the starting point for excursions to the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park that are otherwise only accessible by boat. Daily tram rides leave the park for an excursion through the refuge to False Cape where visitors can spend two hours hiking and sightseeing before the return trip.

For more information about this unspoiled wilderness, contact the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (757) 721-2412. http://www.baylink.org/bbnwr

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