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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

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Wednesday July 10th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

We share our deepest sympathies with the family, congregation and our Hampton Roads community suffering at this time from the tragedy that took place yesterday. Please respect search vehicles and personnel who continue to patrol beaches along the coastline. ... See MoreSee Less

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May his memory be a blessing

Very sad. I was there yesterday ...

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Wednesday July 10th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge grounds are open to the public. The emergency search is still underway. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday July 9th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge grounds are currently closed due to an emergency situation. ... See MoreSee Less

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We have heard and it is tragic. Will hope for a good outcome.

prayers

Praying!!!!

Prayers!!

Hope all is well

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🙏 I saw that group while walking today

Possible drowning. A teacher that tried to save a 13 yo student.

Hope all is ok

They are searching for someone

Was it on the beach side? There's been a lot of people swimming out there this year

Check the WAVY FB page for an incident that happened earlier today😪

What's emergency?

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Following

Oh no

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Tuesday July 9th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Check out an upcoming event at our neighboring refuge, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge!JUNIOR RANGERS,
Come out to the Refuge on Friday July 12th to experience the swamp first hand!! Join us as we go on a nature scavenger hunt and check minnow traps for aquatic life.

Who? Children ages 5-13
When? Friday July 12, 2019; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where? 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
What to bring? sun screen, bug repellent

Please call, 757-986-3705, to reserve your adventure spot.
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Check out an upcoming event at our neighboring refuge, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge!

Monday July 8th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Our second fishing clinic of the summer is coming up this week!!

We want to take the time to shout out a huge thanks to the Great Bridge Fishermen's Association for continuing to volunteer to teach these clinics, as well as to the REGION 8 VA Bass Chapter Federation for donating rods & reels for our families and future fishermen to use!!

To sign up for our fishing clinic, or any other summer program, call (757) 301-7329 ext. 3106 to reserve a spot today!!
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Our second fishing clinic of the summer is coming up this week!!  We want to take the time to shout out a huge thanks to the Great Bridge Fishermens Association for continuing to volunteer to teach these clinics, as well as to the REGION 8 VA Bass Chapter Federation for donating rods & reels for our families and future fishermen to use!!  To sign up for our fishing clinic, or any other summer program, call (757) 301-7329 ext. 3106 to reserve a spot today!!

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I tried to call the number given four times today and got a recording telling me that number was not available. What's up with that? I wanted to sign up for the photo workshop on July 27.

When is it (time/day)?

How old do you have to be?

Sunday July 7th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Our next Photo Workshop is coming up on July 27th and filling up quick!!

If you are looking for the opportunity to practice your wildlife and nature photography skills with a local photographer, call (757) 301-7329 ext. 3106 to reserve a spot today!!

Don't forget your camera!!
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Our next Photo Workshop is coming up on July 27th and filling up quick!!  If you are looking for the opportunity to practice your wildlife and nature photography skills with a local photographer, call (757) 301-7329 ext. 3106 to reserve a spot today!!  Dont forget your camera!!

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Mark Smith, this would be a good birthday present for you!

Who is the instructor, please?

How much?

Do you have another planned later as the season changes?

Rhonda Gallia Harley

Carol Attkisson

Lauren Barger

Jeff Moore

Allison

Nikki Hargrave

Leroy Ngomé

Dana Parker!

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Saturday July 6th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Our second Wildlife Art Workshop of the summer is today - And we still have a couple of spots left.

If you have a young artist who wants to learn how to paint the wildlife here on the refuge, call us at (757)301-7329 ext. 3106 to reserve a spot!!

The workshop begins at 2 pm and all painting materials are provided.
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Our second Wildlife Art Workshop of the summer is today - And we still have a couple of spots left.  If you have a young artist who wants to learn how to paint the wildlife here on the refuge, call us at (757)301-7329 ext. 3106 to reserve a spot!!  The workshop begins at 2 pm and all painting materials are provided.

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Jill Gilchrist DiGiovanni Kenzie

Nicole Bedard Glaser..would charlie like this?

Thursday July 4th, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Happy Independence Day from the staff and wildlife here at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge!!

We show off our patriotism today, and everyday, by displaying the bald eagle in our Visitor Center. If you're lucky, you may even see our national bird soaring high above the refuge.

It's a beautiful day to make it out to the refuge for some Fourth of July fishing and Fun!!
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Happy Independence Day from the staff and wildlife here at  Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge!!  We show off our patriotism today, and everyday, by displaying the bald eagle in our Visitor Center. If youre lucky, you may even see our national bird soaring high above the refuge.  Its a beautiful day to make it out to the refuge for some Fourth of July fishing and Fun!!

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Had one land at my lake Sunday! So beautiful and majestic

Wednesday July 3rd, 2019

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Happy #WildlifeWednesday!!

Andy from the biology team is at it again, showing off the Eastern Glass Lizard found in our D pool.

This legless lizard is often mistaken for a snake, due to their slithering movement and lack of arms and legs. However, the distinction is made based on the presence of external ears and eyelids on the legless lizards - neither of which would be found on a snake.

Glass lizards earned their name by their tendency to "shatter" or break off their tail when seized by a predator. The tail, which makes up more than half their total length, will slowly grow back but may take months or even years to return to its original length.

Tune in next week for more #AndyWIthAnAnimal!!
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Happy #WildlifeWednesday!!  Andy from the biology team is at it again, showing off the Eastern Glass Lizard found in our D pool.  This legless lizard is often mistaken for a snake, due to their slithering movement and lack of arms and legs. However, the distinction is made based on the presence of external ears and eyelids on the legless lizards - neither of which would be found on a snake.  Glass lizards earned their name by their tendency to shatter or break off their tail when seized by a predator. The tail, which makes up more than half their total length, will slowly grow back but may take months or even years to return to its original length.  Tune in next week for more #AndyWIthAnAnimal!!

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💙💙💙 We ha r seen several of these in our yard!

Which spots/areas are his ears?

Way kewl

Danielle McLaughlin - We need to get better and our exploring!

Marisa Payne:)

Joshua Kimzey

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Sunday June 30th, 2019

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Sunrise at Back Bay
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Our second Wildlife Art Workshop of the summer is today - And we still have a couple of spots left.  If you have a young artist who wants to learn how to paint the wildlife here on the refuge, call us at (757)301-7329 ext. 3106 to reserve a spot!!  The workshop begins at 2 pm and all painting materials are provided.
Happy Independence Day from the staff and wildlife here at  Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge!!  We show off our patriotism today, and everyday, by displaying the bald eagle in our Visitor Center. If you're lucky, you may even see our national bird soaring high above the refuge.  It's a beautiful day to make it out to the refuge for some Fourth of July fishing and Fun!!
Turtles and snakes and frogs, OH MY!!  How many different animals can you find in this picture?? Hint: There is at least one turtle, frog, and snake pictured, but there could be more!!
Let us know in the comments how many of each animal you can find.  This image was snapped at a pool next to our entrance road, at about 8 am. Early mornings can be a great time to come out and see lots of wildlife.
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