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Ask-A-Naturalist: Why do birds migrate?

Many (but not all) species of birds pack up and leave one part of the hemisphere and fly thousands of miles to arrive at another.  Upper Newport Bay, one of the few remaining protected wetlands on the California coast, hosts thousands of migrants from the north during...

Ask-A-Naturalist: 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...

SOCALPAPA Paints Nature

SOCALPAPA Paints Nature Written by NBC Board Member, Sherry Marger On Friday in late March, Southern California Plein Air Painter’s Association (SOCALPAPA) gathered once again to paint the Back Bay around the Muth Interpretive Center. Everyone selected a spot from...