New Press Release

Press Release
Contact: Richard Dyer
Phone: 757-721-3458

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Introduces Friends Group

Virginia Beach, VA – Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Society has recently organized as the official Friend’s group in support of and as a partner with Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Refuge Friend’s groups are non-profit organizations comprised of dedicated community members who work to support their local national wildlife refuges, to help improve refuges for wildlife and people. Upcoming projects for the newly formed Society include installing and maintaining osprey platforms and the creation of a plant-identification walk along Back Bay NWR’s popular Raptor Trail.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1938 as a refuge and sanctuary for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. The Refuge located just south of Sandbridge in southeastern Virginia Beach, is open from dawn to dusk. More information can be found online at the BBNWR official webpage, the official Facebook page, or by calling the Refuge at 757-301-7329.
The BBNWR Society is currently seeking members who would like to join them in this new adventure. Please visit www.backbaynwrsociety.org or www.facebook.com/backbaynwrsociety for more information about the Society and free membership. The Society is looking forward to this new partnership and working with the community to meet shared conservation goals.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Society
1324 Sandbridge Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4023

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Great blue herons are widely distributed throughout the continental United States, and they eat a wide variety of wetland prey near ponds, streams, lakes, rivers, marshes and coastlines, including frogs, snakes and, yes, fish.
Photo by Frank Miles/USFWS

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Sea Turtle update at Back Bay

Back Bay NWR’s first sea turtle nest of the season was found this morning!
We can see the female turtle’s distinct tracks coming out of and returning to the ocean. This turtle crossed over her incoming tracks when she made her way back out to the water.
A cage has been placed over the nest to protect the eggs while they incubate. The eggs will develop over the next two months and will hatch approximately 60 days from today. We will keep the updates coming when more nests are found!
What a great way to celebrate #OceanMonth2020!

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New Osprey family

June 15 at 9:31 AM ·
Have you seen this?!
A new osprey nest platform was installed across from the refuge fishing dock by the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Society in late winter.
We are very excited to see that a pair of osprey have recently taken to the nest. Check it out on your next visit! This platform is visible from the large parking area, fishing dock and the deck of the Visitor Center.

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