Welcome back to school! Your national wildlife refuge has resources available to you. Students can come out on a field trip or a ranger can lead a program in the classroom!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
Have you taken a ride on the Blue Goose Express? Back Bay Restoration Foundation is in need of volunteers interested in driving the tram. Schedules are flexible and it is a great way to get out and visit Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park!BBRF Contact Information
We are bringing back the Winter Waterfowl Walks! Join us for a one-mile hike guided by expert birders. Binoculars may be reserved ahead of time. Call to sign up!More information...
Join us for the magical migration season! Trams run twice a month to observe the migratory waterfowl that visit us during the winter season. See the event page for details - reservations are required.Winter Tram Tours
American bitterns are year-round inhabitants of Virginia Beach and members of the heron family. These birds are typically very shy and secretive, hiding among reeds and grasses along the edges of lakes and bays. There are a few very friendly bitterns at Back Bay though, so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready next time you are in the area. Their camouflage is excellent so we must be attentive to detail to spot these beautiful birds.
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: Feb 18, 2014