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Column: Responding when a young humpback whale washes ashore

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — I walked northward from False Cape State Park toward Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge when I spotted the dead whale, visible from at least a mile away despite the intermittent rain and low lying clouds.… Continue Reading

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Park to park, a local ham radio operator makes connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE —  Bob Murray of Kempsville hurt his back about 15 years ago, which led him to a passion for amateur – or ham – radio. “I was laid up, and somebody told me… Continue Reading

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Back Bay refuge in Virginia Beach seeks support for new nonprofit

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge seeks interested citizens to participate in a new nonprofit friends group that could build stronger community ties and drum up volunteer support for the refuge. The group might also assist… Continue Reading

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This weekend’s Winter Wildlife Festival connects you with ‘watchable wildlife’ in Virginia Beach and beyond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Winter Wildlife Festival this weekend will feature a number of exhibitions and activities for families and outdoors lovers at the Princess Anne Recreation Center and the Princess Anne Area Library next door. But that’s… Continue Reading

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At Back Bay refuge, a homebuilding workshop benefits local, helpful bats

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Attendees at a workshop at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 28, built custom housing for bats, the small, flying mammals that – despite perceptions fueled by horror flicks rather than ecological reality… Continue Reading

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At Back Bay refuge, a clinic teaches young people how to fish

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Children traveled to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, July 26, to participate in a fishing clinic led by members of the Great Bridge Fisherman’s Association. The clinic is held in the summertime, and… Continue Reading