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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

Friday August 18th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Introducing our bee hotel! Bee hotels are intended to boost local populations, drilling holes or tunnels into wood creates crucial habitat for solitary bees to lay eggs. Bonus fact! Solitary bees are not aggressive in fact many of them are sting-less.
Thank you to the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) for helping refuge staff in the construction of our bee hotel!
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Introducing our bee hotel! Bee hotels are intended to boost local populations, drilling holes or tunnels into wood creates crucial habitat for solitary bees to lay eggs. Bonus fact! Solitary bees are not aggressive in fact many of them are sting-less. Thank you to the Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) for helping refuge staff in the construction of our bee hotel!

 

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Victoria Whitney you need one 😊

So cool!

Nice job!!

Sheldon Plentovich this looks like so much fun to make!

Nancy Blaquiere LeBlanc

Does it attract carpenter bees?

Jenny Miller...Brownsville could use one or ten of these...hint hint. 😉

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Thursday August 17th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

On Sunday, September 3rd Back Bay NWR will host our first ever Butterflies at Back Bay event. The Butterfly Society of Virginia will set up tables with caterpillars, butterflies and their host plants. Additionally, a presentation (given at 1:00pm and 2:30pm) on butterflies will be given. Participants will learn about the kinds of butterflies that live in our area, their habitats, lifestyles, how to attract them to your garden and how to raise butterflies. We hope you will join us for this event!

Butterflies at Back BaySeptember 3, 2017, 12:00pmBack Bay National Wildlife RefugeOn Sunday, September 3rd Back Bay NWR will host our first ever Butterflies at Back Bay event. The Butterfly Society of Virginia will set up tables with caterpillars, butterflies and their host plants. Additionally, a presentation (given at 1:00pm and 2:30pm) on butterflies will be given. Participants will learn about the kinds of butterflies that live in our area, their habitats, lifestyles, how to attract them to your garden and how to raise butterflies. We hope you will join us for this event!
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Butterflies at Back Bay

Wednesday August 16th, 2017

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Monday August 14th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

While the rain may have had the rest of us stuck inside the frogs, like this Green Tree-frog, have come out to play. Living in swamps and marshes Green Tree-frogs (among our other frog species) love wet living conditions. Over the next few days you may hear a chorus of "queenk-queenk-queenk," that is just the green tree-frog enjoying the wet conditions we have! ... See MoreSee Less

While the rain may have had the rest of us stuck inside the frogs, like this Green Tree-frog, have come out to play. Living in swamps and marshes Green Tree-frogs (among our other frog species) love wet living conditions. Over the next few days you may hear a chorus of queenk-queenk-queenk, that is just the green tree-frog enjoying the wet conditions we have!

Saturday August 5th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Meet the Yellow-billed Cuckoo! This is a bird that typically winters in South America and spends its summers along the eastern United States. The adults can be identified when perched by bold white spots on their tail feathers.
Photo credit: Jonathan Snyder
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Meet the Yellow-billed Cuckoo! This is a bird that typically winters in South America and spends its summers along the eastern United States. The adults can be identified when perched by bold white spots on their tail feathers. Photo credit: Jonathan Snyder

 

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Are we sure that's not a young black-billed cuckoo? Cool photo!

Friday August 4th, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

In addition to our Snakes: Myths & Legends talk Saturday at 10 am, this will be the LAST weekend the WEST dike trail will be open. Beginning Monday (08/07) the West dike trail will close and the East dike trail will be open to the public for hiking and biking. ... See MoreSee Less

In addition to our Snakes: Myths & Legends talk Saturday at 10 am, this will be the LAST weekend the WEST dike trail will be open. Beginning Monday (08/07) the West dike trail will close and the East dike trail will be open to the public for hiking and biking.

Thursday August 3rd, 2017

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Many of you may have noticed the presence of an Osprey nest on our entrance road over the last several months. The nest belongs to a breeding pair who produced to chicks this summer. The chicks have fledged the nest and have been seen flying around the refuge. ... See MoreSee Less

Many of you may have noticed the presence of an Osprey nest on our entrance road over the last several months. The nest belongs to a breeding pair who produced to chicks this summer. The chicks have fledged the nest and have been seen flying around the refuge.
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Struggles in the Sand

Struggles in the Sand

August 24, 2017, 2:00pm - August 24, 2017, 3:00pm

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

The life of a sea turlte begins with a struggle in the sand. Explore with us the difficulties faced by these spectaular creatures as they begin life's journey. This free one-hour program requires no registration.... See MoreSee Less

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Wildlife Adventures

Wildlife Adventures

August 25, 2017, 9:00am - August 25, 2017, 1:00pm

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

This free four-hour camp program is a twist on our classic day camp. During Wildlife Advanetures children will hike along the beach and Back Bay, learning to observe their environment using binoculars and field guides. We will discover what sea turtles eat, what hidden animals live at the refuge and how we can prtct these animals. Spots are limited, call (757)301-7329 ext. 3106... See MoreSee Less

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Evening Tram Tour

Evening Tram Tour

August 25, 2017, 6:00pm - August 25, 2017, 7:30pm

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

This special evening tram tour will cover only the Refuge grounds and focis on the wildlife and history of the Back Bay NWR. Seats are limited so call ahead to register for this event at (757)301-7329 3106... See MoreSee Less

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Refuge Days: Art Workshop

Refuge Days: Art Workshop

August 26, 2017, 10:00am - August 26, 2017, 11:00am

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

In this 1 hour program a local artist will teach participants how to create their own wildlife masterpiece. All participants will be able to create their own painting! Each Workshop will be centered around a different animal found at Back Bay NWR. Recommended for ages 5-12. $5 park entrance fee is required. To register for this event please call 757-301-7329 Ext. 3106.... See MoreSee Less

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Wildlife Adventures

Wildlife Adventures

September 1, 2017, 9:00am - September 1, 2017, 1:00pm

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

This free four-hour camp program is a twist on our classic day camp. During Wildlife Advanetures children will hike along the beach and Back Bay, learning to observe their environment using binoculars and field guides. We will discover what sea turtles eat, what hidden animals live at the refuge and how we can prtct these animals. Spots are limited, call (757)301-7329 ext. 3106... See MoreSee Less

12 interested  ·  1 going
Evening Tram Tour

Evening Tram Tour

September 1, 2017, 6:00pm - September 1, 2017, 7:30pm

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

This special evening tram tour will cover only the Refuge grounds and focis on the wildlife and history of the Back Bay NWR. Seats are limited so call ahead to register for this event at (757)301-7329 3106... See MoreSee Less

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Back to School Hike

Back to School Hike

September 2, 2017, 10:00am - September 2, 2017, 11:00pm

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

Fix that summertime sadness with our back to school hike. This is a free 1 hours hike along our beautful Bay Trail. All Ages. Call 757-301-7329- ext . 3106 to register

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Butterflies at Back Bay

Butterflies at Back Bay

September 3, 2017, 12:00pm - September 4, 2017, 4:00pm

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

On Sunday, September 3rd Back Bay NWR will host our first ever Butterflies at Back Bay event. The Butterfly Society of Virginia will set up tables with caterpillars, butterflies and their host plants. Additionally, a presentation (given at 1:00pm and 2:30pm) on butterflies will be given. Participants will learn about the kinds of butterflies that live in our area, their habitats, lifestyles, how to attract them to your garden and how to raise butterflies. We hope you will join us for this event!... See MoreSee Less

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