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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…

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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…

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BBNWR Society Annual Report for 2019

The 4,589 acre Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (BBNWR) was created by Presidential proclamation in 1938 to provide resting and feeding habitat for dwindling migratory bird populations along the historic Atlantic Flyway. As impactful human practices continued, the BBNWR further expanded through the 1990s to its present day 9,250 acres. The Refuge, part of the US Department of Interior, Fish…

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