Guard Shore Tract, Saxis Wildlife Management Area

Important Notices

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Description

The Guard Shore Tract of Saxis Wildlife Management Area offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The access road traverses a salt marsh where a fortunate summer observer can expect to hear clapper rails or possibly catch glimpses of seaside and saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrows. The site’s maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.

Notes:

  • To Access the Site: A Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.
  • Hunting could be occurring at this site April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – February 28th, except on Sundays. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.

 

Directions

Physical Location: Guard Shore Rd, Bloxom, VA, 23308

From US-13 in Nelsonia, travel west on VA-187 W. Continue 1.7 miles, then turn right onto Bethel Church Rd. Turn left onto Mitchell Rd/ T-684. Continue as road becomes Guardshore Rd. and enters the Wildlife Management Area. Travel until end of road to reach Guard Shore Beach.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries - Region1 Office: 804-829-6580, BirdingTrail@dgif.virginia.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Daily. Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Birds Recently Seen at Guard Shore Tract, Saxis Wildlife Management Area (as reported to eBird)

  • Clapper Rail
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Laughing Gull
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Bald Eagle
  • Great Crested Flycatcher

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch