Aside from our Friends group, Back Bay Restoration Foundation, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge relies on community partners to accomplish many of its goals. Partnerships bring new, innovative conservation approaches to solving environmental issues and enable multiple organizations to accomplish goals more effectively. The following organizations have been invaluable partners with Back Bay NWR:
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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.