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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- April 03, 2015
Training for volunteers interested in assisting with spring field trips and summer children's activities will take place on Friday, April 3rd from 12:30-4:30pm. Call to sign up!More Information
- April 01, 2015
The West Dike trail will open on Wednesday, April 1st. Spring is a beautiful time to hike or bike down to False Cape State Park. Please remember to stop at the entrance station upon arrival.
- April 06, 2015
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.Details
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
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
, Tundra swan/USFWS, American bittern/Alex Monday (2013), All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2015