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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

4005 Sandpiper Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456
757- 721-2412

Region: Sandbridge, Virginia Beach

Description

Established in 1938, this 8,000-acre fresh water refuge borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Back Bay on the west. The barrier islands feature large sand dunes, maritime forests, fresh water marshes, ponds, ocean beach, and large impoundments for wintering wildfowl. These tranquil habitats can be accessed by marsh trails, bikes, a boardwalk overlook, and the beach itself. Back Bay is located approximately 18 miles south of the resort area. Back Bay Tram Tours run from April 1st and continue through October 31st. Please contact us for further information. Back Bay Sunset

Thursday September 13th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Reminder: Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park remain closed. Stay safe all!

The tram for this weekend (September 14-16) and the Snakes, Frogs and Turtles walk for September 15 are cancelled.
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Has the storm effected the back bay yet

When will you open? The gov just lifted the mandatory evacuation In zone A.

Tuesday September 11th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park will be closed, beginning at 12:00pm Tuesday, September 11 until further notice. Both areas are in the mandatory evacuation Zone A. Be safe and prepare for the incoming storm. ... See MoreSee Less

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park will be closed, beginning at 12:00pm Tuesday, September 11 until further notice. Both areas are in the mandatory evacuation Zone A. Be safe and prepare for the incoming storm.

 

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Jen Lee Lauzon

Be safe!!

Tuesday September 11th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

As we make preparations in Hampton Roads for Hurricane Florence let us take a moment and remember this day. At the Flight 93 National Memorial a new memorial, the Tower of Voices has just been dedicated. The Tower of Voices contains 40 distinct wind chimes and stands 93 feet tall.The Tower of Voices, a 93-foot tall concrete memorial that will serve as a landmark for Flight 93 National Memorial from the highway, marking the gateway to the park, will be dedicated on September 9 at 1 pm.

The Seventeenth Anniversary Observance will be held on September 11 at 9:45 am on the Memorial Plaza.

Full details are now on our website: www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm.
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As we make preparations in Hampton Roads for Hurricane Florence let us take a moment and remember this day. At the Flight 93 National Memorial a new memorial, the Tower of Voices has just been dedicated. The Tower of Voices contains 40 distinct wind chimes and stands 93 feet tall.Image attachment

 

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Beautiful place

Monday September 3rd, 2018

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Friday August 31st, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The night before last the green sea turtle nest laid on the refuge beach hatched! Over 120 baby sea turtles crawled to the surface of the sand and into the ocean. Thanks to our volunteer nest-sitters these hatchlings safely made their way to the ocean.

Want to learn more about reptiles and amphibians at the refuge? Our Snakes, Frogs and Turtles guided hike series will start this weekend. Check out one of the hikes on Saturday or Monday at 9:30am to learn all about the snakes, frogs, toads and turtles that live the freshwater Back Bay.
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The night before last the green sea turtle nest laid on the refuge beach hatched! Over 120 baby sea turtles crawled to the surface of the sand and into the ocean. Thanks to our volunteer nest-sitters these hatchlings safely made their way to the ocean.  Want to learn more about reptiles and amphibians at the refuge? Our Snakes, Frogs and Turtles guided hike series will start this weekend. Check out one of the hikes on Saturday or Monday at 9:30am to learn all about the snakes, frogs, toads and turtles that live the freshwater Back Bay.

 

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Yay!!

Natalia Bowers

Maria Badolato Cornett

Cool!

I would love to have seen this. How exciting.

Paul and I have done this and it's so rewarding ❤️

Cori Craver Lisa Hoggard Brickson

Cheryl McLaughlin they all hatched! 🐢

Jules Ok

That's wonderful news! I hope she comes back again !

Love it.

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Thursday August 30th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This is the "last weekend of summer." To celebrate we have a full day of activities planned on Saturday, September 1st. At 9:00am a Photography Workshop will teach you tips and tricks about taking wildlife photography at the refuge. At 9:30am the first of our fall Snakes, Frogs and Turtles series will take you on an adventure to learn about the reptiles and amphibians of the refuge. Finally, at 2:00pm our Butterflies program is a great place to learn about and see butterflies that live here in our area. We hope you will join us! Please call (757)301-7329 ext.3106 with questions about any of these programs. ... See MoreSee Less

This is the last weekend of summer. To celebrate we have a full day of activities planned on Saturday, September 1st. At 9:00am a Photography Workshop will teach you tips and tricks about taking wildlife photography at the refuge. At 9:30am the first of our fall Snakes, Frogs and Turtles series will take you on an adventure to learn about the reptiles and amphibians of the refuge. Finally, at 2:00pm our Butterflies program is a great place to learn about and see butterflies that live here in our area. We hope you will join us! Please call (757)301-7329 ext.3106 with questions about any of these programs.Image attachment

Tuesday August 28th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Frogust isn't over yet! Please share your favorite frog pictures with us. We will spotlight one more frog this month on Friday. ... See MoreSee Less

Frogust isnt over yet! Please share your favorite frog pictures with us. We will spotlight one more frog this month on Friday.

Monday August 27th, 2018

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The bee hotel has had some nice activity the last several weeks. Our native bees use structures like this hotel as a spot to lay their eggs. Take a look for activity at the hotel on your next visit. But please remember to stay at least 15 feet from the structure - even though most of the bees native to this area lack stingers we do not want to disturb their hotel habitat or they may leave. ... See MoreSee Less

The bee hotel has had some nice activity the last several weeks. Our native bees use structures like this hotel as a spot to lay their eggs. Take a look for activity at the hotel on your next visit. But please remember to stay at least 15 feet from the structure - even though most of the bees native to this area lack stingers we do not want to disturb their hotel habitat or they may leave.
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