The primary purpose of the refuge's Environmental Education program is to motivate people to learn the role of management in the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and to conserve and enhance our fish and wildlife resources. By using the refuge for structured educational activities in an outdoor classroom atmosphere, students will more fully appreciate and understand the natural world. The education activity should focus on the natural environment and the individual's role in it.
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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.