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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

Tuesday October 17th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Warmer temperatures during the first half of October meant that many of our reptiles and amphibians were out enjoying themselves. Many of these animals still hide from human sight though. This brown watersnake was just barely visible through the grasses at her favorite spot next to the bay. ... See MoreSee Less

Warmer temperatures during the first half of October meant that many of our reptiles and amphibians were out enjoying themselves. Many of these animals still hide from human sight though. This brown watersnake was just barely visible through the grasses at her favorite spot next to the bay.

Monday October 16th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Have you seen these beautiful bright purple flowers on a nature walk recently? These are blue mistflowers. They are part of the aster family and are one of the many plants used by bees and butterflies. ... See MoreSee Less

Have you seen these beautiful bright purple flowers on a nature walk recently? These are blue mistflowers. They are part of the aster family and are one of the many plants used by bees and butterflies.Image attachment

Saturday October 14th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Thanks to everyone who participating in today's Photography Workshop. Although Refuge Week is drawing to a close, remember you can #FindYourWay to national wildlife refuges at any time of the year! ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to everyone who participating in todays Photography Workshop. Although Refuge Week is drawing to a close, remember you can #FindYourWay to national wildlife refuges at any time of the year!

Friday October 13th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

All materials will be provided for this bat box building workshop. Volunteers from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge will assist all participants in building and decorating their own bat boxes. Boxes can be installed in yards to help our native bat populations.

Please call to sign up as materials are limited.

Bat Box BonanzaOctober 28, 2017, 10:00amBack Bay National Wildlife RefugeAll materials will be provided for this bat box building workshop. Volunteers from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge will assist all participants in building and decorating their own bat boxes. Boxes can be installed in yards to help our native bat populations.

Please call to sign up as materials are limited.
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Bat Box Bonanza

Thursday October 12th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Back Bay NWR's Refuge Week event takes place in just two days. #FindYourWay to Back Bay for a Photography Workshop on Saturday at 9:00am. ... See MoreSee Less

Back Bay NWRs Refuge Week event takes place in just two days. #FindYourWay to Back Bay for a Photography Workshop on Saturday at 9:00am.

Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with us! A local photographer will lead this workshop, sharing techniques to get the best shot possible and guiding a walk down to the refuge beach. Along the walk participants will have a chance to practice these techinques and take their next favorite photo. There will be time after the walk to share photos with others in the Visitor Center.

Beach Photography WorkshopOctober 14, 2017, 9:00amBack Bay National Wildlife RefugeCelebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with us! A local photographer will lead this workshop, sharing techniques to get the best shot possible and guiding a walk down to the refuge beach. Along the walk participants will have a chance to practice these techinques and take their next favorite photo. There will be time after the walk to share photos with others in the Visitor Center.
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Beach Photography Workshop

 

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Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Fishing is in full swing here at the refuge. Early mornings as well as nights have been the times to catch big red drum. Night surf fishing permits are still available for $35.00 cash or check. (Credit: Mark Feltner) ... See MoreSee Less

Fishing is in full swing here at the refuge. Early mornings as well as nights have been the times to catch big red drum. Night surf fishing permits are still available for $35.00 cash or check. (Credit: Mark Feltner)
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Bat Box Bonanza

Bat Box Bonanza

October 28, 2017, 10:00am - October 28, 2017, 11:30am

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA  23456 (Map)

All materials will be provided for this bat box building workshop. Volunteers from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge will assist all participants in building and decorating their own bat boxes. Boxes can be installed in yards to help our native bat populations.

Please call to sign up as materials are limited.
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