Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge welcomes the use of its resources for environmental education purposes and stresses activities where students are active participants, not passive listeners. Check out our For Educators page for lesson plans, activities and workshops.For Educators
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Come out and explore Back Bay NWR this summer! There will be programs for kids and the whole family. Check out the details on our events page!Events at Back Bay NWR
It is time for turtles to nest at Back Bay NWR! Stay tuned for news of our first loggerhead visit!
- June 08, 2013
Thank you to all who came out for the ceremony commemorating our 75th Anniversary! We are looking forward to another 75 years!Learn more about the celebration.
American Black Duck
The American black duck is a priority species and indicator for the fall-winter migration. While their plumage is actually a very dark brown the birds appear black from any distance. Look for a small iridescent purple speculum (wing patch) when the duck is in flight to help identify these winter visitors. The best time to spot black ducks is from November to February out on Back Bay or in the impoundments on a winter tour with the Blue Goose Tram.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2013