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.
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Beginning April 6th the Visitor Contact Station will be open Tuesday - Saturday through the end of May. On June 1st the VCS will be open Tuesday - Sunday. Refuge trails will remain open DAILY from sunrise to sunset. If you would like to purchase a pass please CALL AHEAD (757-301-7329) to ensure a staff member or volunteer will be available to assist you.Details
Check out upcoming summer programs. The Biology Adventure and Sea Turtle Explorers camps are full but other programs offer fun for the whole family!Upcoming Events
Spring is here! The Blue Goose Tram will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April and May, departing at 9am and returning by 1pm. No reservations needed.Events
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
, Tundra swan/USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015
WEST DIKE OPEN MAY 5!!May 05, 2015
The East Dike will close and the West Dike will open on Tuesday, May 5th. Enjoy!Events Information
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