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
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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Now that the heat of the summer is behind us our reptiles and amphibians can be seen again. Join us for our fall guided hike series!
- July 18, 2016
The second turtle nest of the season was laid on the night of Monday, July 19 on the North Mile of Back Bay NWR! This loggerhead sea turtle did not lay her nest very high on the beach, so this nest was relocated to a spot at the toe of the dunes. The North Mile of the refuge is a protected habitat and closed at all times to provide an undisturbed area for birds and other wildlife. Please do not enter the North Mile to see this nest.
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.More Information
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
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: Aug 22, 2016
National Public Lands Day!September 24, 2016
National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to participate in a beach cleanup or a free fishing clinic! 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