DISCOVER OUR WILD SIDE BEACH Viewing Tips Seasonal Viewing Highlights BIRD & WILDLIFE TRAIL VIRGINIA BEACH Time It Right. The Spring: Colorful neo-tropical songbirds and shorebirds migrate through Virginia north along the Virginia Beach • Norfolk • Chesapeake • Portsmouth best time to view most birds and wildlife is in Atlantic Flyway. Many stop over at the rich habitats offered by these Birding & Wildlife Trail sites in order Enrich your experience of Virginia’s coastal region by the early morning when BIRD & they are highly active. to find food and protective cover. Frogs add to the exploring its natural areas for native birds and wildlife. Late afternoon, just before dusk can also be good. birds’ musical chorus as they enter their breeding During mid-day, while most birds are quiet, look for season. DISCOVER OUR WILD SIDE reptiles, butterflies, and dragonflies. Remember to WILDLIFE Summer: Breeding birds, frogs, turtles, butterflies, check site hours before visiting. Find sites near you at dragonflies and dolphins abound. The area’s central VirginiaWildlife.gov/BirdTrail Bring Binoculars. They will help you get a close-up U.S. location provides an opportunity to view TRAIL look at birds and wildlife from a distance. If you don’t northeastern and southeastern- ranging bird species. have your own binoculars, some visitor or nature Look for these popular species: Bald Eagle, Osprey, centers may have some available for loan. Swainson’s Warbler (at Great Dismal Swamp NWR), Prothonotary Warbler, and Brown-headed Nuthatch. Dress for the Trail. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and neutral Fall: Raptors (hawks, falcons, eagles), neo-tropical colors. You will have a better chance of seeing wildlife songbirds, and abundant tree swallows migrate if you blend in with your surroundings. through Virginia as they head south for winter. The unique shape of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, just north of Bring Outdoor Essentials. Don’t forget water, Virginia Beach, funnels migrating birds and Monarch sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray. Butterflies down through the area each fall.

Listen Carefully. Birds and wildlife are often easier Winter: Waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans), seabirds, to hear than see. Listen for rustles, songs and calls, whales, seals and some songbirds spend the winter in and then look for movement in that direction. southeast Virginia’s mild climate. Popular bird species include: diverse duck species, Snow Goose, Tundra Be Safe. Refrain from approaching birds and wildlife. Swan, Northern Gannet, Yellow–rumped Warbler and Always maintain a respectful, safe distance and do Ruby-crowned Kinglet. not interfere with their activities. These sites are part of the statewide Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, which offers over 600 sites to explore. Respect Nature. Stay on marked trails and practice Travel through Virginia’s coastal, piedmont and outdoor ethics: “Leave nothing but footprints. Take mountain regions to experience premier birding and nothing but photos.” wildlife viewing. To find a complete listing of sites, visit the website at VirginiaWildlife.gov/BirdTrail. Get Connected. Find local bird clubs at: Audubon. org and Virginiabirds.org. Or join the Cape Henry Above (bottom -top R): Northern Red-bellied Cooters with a mix of other turtle species and Prothonotary Warbler. Front (L-top R): Bottlenose Dolphin, seen from a Virginia Aquarium or Virginia Beach Audubon Societies on a field trip boat trip, and Osprey. Dolphin photo by Justin Fuller. · Facebook.com/fullerfotography. All (posted on chasnorfolk.org and vbaudubon.org). other bird and wildlife photography by Bob Schamerhorn. · iPhotoBirds.com Share your observations online at eBird.org and The Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail (VBWT) is a program of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF). Promotional materials for the VBWT are supported by the DGIF’s iNaturalist.org/projects/Virginia-wildlife-mapping. Non-game Wildlife Fund. Additional funding for this brochure was provided by the Cape Henry and Virginia Beach Audubon Societies. FIND VIRGINIA’S NATIVE WILDLIFE Give Back. Consider making a donation to support Graphic design by the Virginia Office of Graphic Communications. wildlife conservation efforts in Virginia through the Virginia Beach • Norfolk • Chesapeake • Portsmouth Printed on recycled paper. DGIF’s Non-Game Wildlife Fund. Visit dgif.virginia. gov/donate for information.

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James E l 1 i River z 6 a 1 False Cape State Park b Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel e 13 t h 60 3 13 4005 Sandpiper Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456 • 757-426-7128 R 2 miles i Route 13, Virginia Beach, VA • 757-331-2960 x40 v e 9 2 cbbt.com • $ Toll Fees • To visit the islands, apply through dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/false-cape • $ Entrance Fee Apr. 1 r 64 – Oct. 31 • Park at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge – from 64 the CBBT website and pay additional fee. 10 60 there walk, bike, board a tram, or kayak/canoe to the State Park. Man-made islands offer views of the Chesapeake Bay and Access changes seasonally – see website/ call. 164 Norfolk 225 Virginia Atlantic Ocean. Look for seabirds, waterfowl, migrating Beach shorebirds, dolphins, seals and whales. A scenic overlook at This narrow land strip contains 15.3 miles of trails to observe Chesapeake 264 the northern end offers public access. beaches, dunes, maritime forests, swamps, and marshes. Up 664 Portsmouth 168 to 200 species of birds and a diversity of wildlife may be seen; 4 11 13 including shorebirds, winter waterfowl, wading birds, deer, 264 2 Pleasure House Point Natural Area 464 river otters, fox, and lizards. 165 Atlantic Ocean 3957 Marlin Bay Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23455 58 757-385-0400 • VBgov.com/CityParks • Free 7 8 Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area 64 149 Three sandy trails – with views of open water, tidal marsh, Munden Rd., Virginia Beach, VA • 804-829-6580 58 Su olk sandy shores and maritime forest – offer opportunities to see dgif.virginia.gov/wma/princess-anne • Access varies 603 Sandbridge wading birds, seabirds, songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors. 165 seasonally – see website. • No facilities onsite • $ Access Permit 642 Pungo 3 or VA / Fishing/ Boat License Required • For an access 13 5 First Landing State Park permit, call 866-721-6911. 165 604 2500 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 • 757-412-2300 168 Rustic footpaths at the Beasley and Whitehurst Tracts provide 17 dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing • $ Parking Fee access to marshes, fields and woodlands. Look for wading birds, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and deer. 14 Twenty miles of trails offer views of beaches, dunes, upland 6 forests, tidal marshes, cypress swamps and maritime forests. Lake 7 Back Bay Watch for songbirds, woodpeckers, nesting osprey, and 8 Stumpy Lake Natural Area Drummond occasionally small , amphibians, and reptiles. At 4797 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456 • 757-385-0400 12 the beach, watch for seabirds and occasional dolphins. VBgov.com/CityParks • Free A forest with 1.7 miles of trails and overlooks of a cypress-lined 4 Virginia Aquarium & Marine 11 13 Science Center lake provide opportunity to observe songbirds, woodpeckers, Paradise Creek Nature Park Trail wading birds, waterfowl, butterflies, and dragonflies. A canoe/ 1141 Victory Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23702 • 757-392-7132 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trl, Chesapeake, VA 23323 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 kayak launch provides access to the lake. paradisecreek.elizabethriver.org • Free 757-385-3474 • virginiaaquarium.com • $ Boat Trip Tickets 757-382-6411 • cityofchesapeake.net/DSCT • Free This urban oasis has 2 miles of easy trails traversing a coastal View the Atlantic Ocean, marine mammals and seabirds on 9 Norfolk Botanical Garden This paved, multi-use, 8.5 mile trail runs alongside Great oak woodland, meadow, restored saltwater marsh, and a creek. Dismal Swamp. Look for abundant birds, butterflies, the Virginia Aquarium’s guided Sea Adventure boat trips: 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518 • 757-441-5830 Look for diverse birds and butterflies, plus the occasional fox dragonflies, reptiles and amphibians, plus occasional black “Whales and Wildlife” (Dec. - mid-March) and “Dolphin norfolkbotanicalgarden.org • $ Admission Fee and Boat Tickets or box turtle. A canoe/kayak launch provides creek and river Discoveries” (March - Oct.). bear, and river otters. Miles of paved paths and nature trails wind through gardens access. 5 Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and woodlands with pond and lake views. Keep an eye out 14 Great Dismal Swamp National for butterflies, turtles, frogs, songbirds and wading birds. A 12 Northwest River Park Wildlife Refuge 4005 Sandpiper Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456 • 757-301-7329 butterfly house and boat tours to view osprey on the lake are 1733 Indian Creek Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322 • 757-421-7151 fws.gov/refuge/back_bay • $ Entrance Fee Apr. 1 – Oct. 31 open seasonally. 3100 Desert Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434 • 757-986-3705 cityofchesapeake.net/NWRP • Free fws.gov/refuge/great_dismal_swamp • Trails free; Eight miles of trails wind through marshes, beaches, dunes, Nature trails through forest and along , ponds and $ Vehicle Fee for Drive • Multiple entrances woodlands and farm fields. Nearly 300 species of birds, plus 10 Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve lake edges provide opportunity to see an abundance of birds, available – see website • Insect repellent recommended. reptiles, butterflies, dragonflies and the occasional river 4510 Twin Pines Rd., Portsmouth, VA 23703 • 757-686-8684 reptiles and amphibians. The Deer Island Trail is particularly otter, deer, and may be seen. Canoe/ kayak launches www.hofflercreek.org • Free Forty miles of easy trails and roads meander through recommended for birders. provide access to viewing wildlife on Back Bay. forested wetlands with views of canals, ponds, bogs and This suburban preserve – composed of a tidal creek, salt a lake. Watch for over 200 species of birds, including 35 marsh, forest, meadow and brackish lake – offers four easy different warblers, plus an abundance of diverse wildlife. trails. Visitors often see raptors, songbirds and waterfowl, plus Find more local Bird & Wildlife Trail sites at Occasional deer, black bear, bobcats and river otters may also occasional deer, foxes and river otters. VirginiaWildlife.gov/BirdTrail be seen.