Time for school again. Don't forget Back Bay NWR offers a variety of free SOL-correlated programs for local schools. Call 301-7329 to schedule.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
- October 23, 2013
The refuge will be closed from October 27-30 to all visitation for the annual deer and feral hog hunt. See the hunt page for more details on the hunt, including scouting dates.Hunt Page
Nest #2 finally hatched! Over 80 hatchlings have emerged from the relocated nest.
The Colchester Road reforestation site will be open for pine cutting October 18-19 from 7:30am-12:00pm. Pick up a free permit and Refuge Headquarters from October 6-10.Pine Thinning Events Page
- October 01, 2014
Night surf fishing is back! Permits will be available beginning September 17th. Fishing will be allowed every night in October with the exception of the hunt dates, October 27-30.Night Surf Fishing Event Page
Sometimes called sea hawks, ospreys are fish-eating raptors common to shorelines and coasts. They are often seen perched in large nests built of sticks or hunting over shallow waters. These birds carry their prey head-first from the water to a nearby area (such as a telephone pole or other structure) to feed.
Page Photo Credits Sunset on Back Bay, Larry Wilcox, Tundra Swans/Roger Roberts
, Blue Goose Express, USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2014
Snakes, Frogs and Toads!August 30, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Fall is great time to discover the reptiles and amphibians at Back Bay NWR. Join us for a walk along the Bay Trail. Bring the whole family!Learn More
Explorer BackpacksApril 01, 2014
Check out a pack and explore your national wildlife refuge! Packs must be returned the same day they are checked out.Learn More