What's Happening

Restore the Dunes!

Restore the Dunes

Help Back Bay NWR remove Asiatic sand sedge, an invasive plant, from the dunes! Volunteer days will be held on March 11, 12 and 14. Contact Peter Ahl at Peter_Ahl@fws.gov to sign up. All ages are welcome.

It's a Birthday!

March 17, 2018 Blue Goose

March 14th is the birthday of the Natioanal Wildlife Refuge System! Did you know that the first wildlife refuge was tiny Pelican Island in Florida? On Saturday, March 17 at 10:00am we will celebrate the Refuge System's birthday with a presentation about the history of national wildlife refuges and, in particular, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Call (757)301-7329 ext.3106 to sign up - seating is limited.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Project

Partners for Fish and Wildlife (Sandy Project)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is assisting with a Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Project. This project will provide shoreline stabilization through living shorelines, reforestation of natural areas and restoration of wetland hydrology in several sites in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Restoration at Back Bay NWR will include shoreline stabilization at the Visitor Contact Station and Horn Point kayak/canoe launch.

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eBird Trail Tracker

Seasonal Closure (PROMO)

We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!

eBird Trail Tracker
For Educators

Environmental Education

Environmental Education Promo

Calling all 4th graders and 4th grade teachers! Have you heard about the Every Kid in a Park program? A special pass is available to 4th grade students that covers entrance fees to all federal lands. Check out the Every Kid in a Park website for more information!

Every Kid in a Park!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS