The first national wildlife refuge was established in 1903 as a result of concerned citizens. Volunteers continue to create major impacts on refuges around the country 110 years later. Whether working directly with refuge staff or as a member of the over 200 refuge Friends organizations, supportive citizens keep refuges running.
At Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, volunteers help with biological programs such as “nest-sitting” with loggerhead sea turtle nests, waiting for hatchlings to emerge. Volunteers also form an important part of the Refuge Visitor Services program, greeting the public and providing information in our Visitor Contact Station. Trail maintenance and construction projects would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers who keep weeds, poison ivy and branches away from the walkways. Several special volunteer days are also held throughout the year to clean up refuge beach and trail areas. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Visitor Services Manager at (757)301-7329. Opportunities are often seasonal in nature.
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES***The Virginia Aquarium and Clean Virginia Waterways are looking for volunteers to help with a beach shoreline study through October 2015. The project is part of a NOAA marine debris shoreline survey. Back Bay NWR's beach is a site in this study. If you are interested in this opportunity (once a month) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by March 24, 2014.***Our spring and summer seasons are right around the corner! Back Bay NWR's Visitor Services program is looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist with interpretive programs during this season. Please contact Erica Locher at Erica_Locher@fws.gov for more information.***The third Wednesday of each month is a trail maintenance day! Come out to the refuge and help us keep our trails beautiful and passable for all visitors. Please contact Erica Locher at Erica_Locher@fws.gov for details.
Back Bay Restoration Foundation (BBRF) has supported Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge since its inception in 1986. The mission of BBRF is to preserve, protect and improve Back Bay and its watershed through stewardship, education and outreach. The Blue Goose Tram, a guided tour through the Refuge and False Cape State Park, is run by BBRF volunteers. A variety of educational programs are co-hosted by BBRF and Back Bay NWR. Many volunteers participate in activities for both organizations, striving to improve and protect the Refuge and the Back Bay watershed as a whole. Please visit www.bbrf.org for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! BBRF is currently searching for all those interested in driving the Blue Goose Express. Driving the tram is a unique opportunity to visit False Cape State Park and share all the beauty and history of both Back Bay NWR and the False Cape with the public. Schedules are flexible and training is provided. For more information please visit www.bbrf.org/tram-tours.
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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.