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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Explore the Wild: Virginia Bird and Wildlife Trail

It’s easy to explore the wild of the Northern Neck with The Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail (VBWT), a guide to the state’s best places to observe birds and wildlife. Choose from 22 designated wildlife viewing areas on the Northern Neck. Walk a nature trail, put-in a kayak, or stroll the lush grounds of a historic site to experience the area’s stunning vistas and incredible wildlife, ranging from majestic osprey and bald eagles to colorful songbirds and butterflies.  Discover it all on the VBWT!

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Rappahannock NWR Laurel Grove Unit

Laurel Grove Pond

Photo Credit USFWS

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Rappahannock NWR Wilna Unit Fishing Pier

Photo Credit USFWS

Links to Other Birdwatching Information

Since we’re not limited by time and space on a virtual site, we have other birding sites you might want to visit, especially if you’re a newcomer to bird watching.

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International Osprey Foundation

The International Osprey Foundation (TIOF), was founded on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, in 1981, it's founding principle, the protection and preservation of Ospreys worldwide. To that end, TIOF strives to educate the world community and offer research grants on raptor-related projects internationally...

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Virginia State Parks Guide to Backyard Birding

Backyard Birding – Bird Identification By Jessica Bowser, Virginia State Parks
Identifying birds can be both challenging and rewarding. There are over 400 species of birds in Virginia. Luckily, there are simple ways to narrow down the possibilities... read more


Maryland Ornithological Society

This is a wonderful site with information on bird conservation and educational sites.

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American Birding Association

The ABA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding.

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A global community of observers focused on breeding osprey. The observers are linked by an interest in osprey, concern for the health of aquatic environments, and data submitted to a repository through the OspreyWatch website.

Links to the Audubon Society and Chapters

National Audubon Society –

Northern Neck Audubon Society -

Southern Maryland Audubon Society -

Audubon Society of Northern Virginia -

Environmental Organizations Seeking to Protect Birdlife

Organizations working to protect birdlife and the environment are encouraged to contact Downtown Colonial Beach via email at to provide links to your organizations or

information about your mission and special alerts.