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How was the Back Bay created?

The Back Bay was carved out relatively recently on geological timescales. During a time period called the “Pleistocene” from 2.6 million years ago to 10,000 years ago, the Earth experienced many cooler periods when ice and snow extended much further south than they do...

Coastal Cleanup Day at the Bay

Be one of the 1,000 people to help remove 20,000 lbs. of trash and recyclables from our waterway! Coastal Cleanup Day at the Upper Newport Bay will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon. More information on how to signup will be available spring...

Ask-A-Naturalist: Why do the fish jump in Newport Back Bay?

Why do the fish jump in Newport Back Bay? This is one of the most common questions asked by visitors to the Bay, and you can often see fish jumping as you walk around the Bay or when out kayaking. The jumping fish are called Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus), and they...

Nesting Season Begins

Many migratory birds as well as locals begin to make the Bay their nursery this Spring. One species of special interest is the endangered Ridgway’s Rail. This bird is a poor flyer and moves mostly on foot under the cover of cord grass and other vegetation. It...