Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  January 7, 2013 


 For these great events coming up in 2013.  For more information on any of the programs below, please contact us, 757-962-5398, or visit our website,

January 12 -- Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Training for Teachers
January 19 -- River Cleanup

January 22 & 23 -- Project Wild Workshop for Teachers

January 25-27 -- Virginia Flower & Garden Show

January 25 & 26 -- Winter Wildlife Festival

January 28 -- Conservation Lobby Day in Richmond

January 29 -- First Book Discussion Beautiful Swimmers

February 2 -- World Wetlands Day

March 21 -- VB Watersheds Forum
For more information about any of these events, visit our website ( call our office (757-962-5398) or email us (
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars
Backyard Habitat
Beautiful Swimmers
General Assembly
Flower and Garden Show
Winter Wildlife Festival
What to Look For

Creating Habitat for Wildlife in Your Yard

A Special Workshop for our Pearl Homes

Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 AM - 3 PM


Turn your backyard into a healthy wildlife habitat.  Come and find out how.  This workshop is offered exclsively for our Pearl Homes.  win-win! You get relevant content, and they get exposure.

Lunch is provided and you will take home a treasure of new information and a native perennial plant to begin the enhancement of your yard.  Cost is $10 per person or $18 per couple.  Register today to save your spot, or 757-962-5398
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Beautiful Swimmers
Discussion to be held on January 29th
Beautiful Swimmers   There are numerous books about our region and our marine environment that have inspired us for many years and continue to inspire us today.  The Chesapeake Bay classic, Beautiful Swimmers, is one of those books.
LRNow is offering a new program, quarterly book discussions and our first book is William Warner's 1976 classic, Beautiful Swimmers.  Warner demonstrates his skills as a naturalist, a writer and an observer of both the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and the culture that developed around their harvest.  
Join us for refreshments and lively discussion on January 29th at the Westminster Canterbury Penthouse Lounge, 6:30-8:00.  This is the first in our book discussion series.  Future discussions will be held in March, June and September and those book selections will be announced soon. 
There is one copy of Beautiful Swimmers available to borrow from our office.  It is also available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and our public libraries.
Pre-registration is preferred.  Please register with or call 757-962-5398. 

Virginia General Assembly

Opens Wednesday, January 9th 

 When our Virginia State legislature opens this week, LRNow will be following two issues closely: Uranium Mining and Menhaden. 
The City of Virginia Beach,along with the other cities in South Hampton Road, has stated its opposition to lifting the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.  The area currently being considered for uranium mining is directly upstream from Lake Gaston, a major source of drinking water for all of South Hampton Roads.  More information about the city's concerns and position is available on the City of Virginia Beach website.  The Garden Club of Virginia, along with a wide variety of other organizations, is also opposing lifting of the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.  Please go to the Virginia Conservation Network website for further information on this imporatnt issue.
Menhaden are a small, bony fish considered inedible by humans but critical to water quality and life in the Chesapeake Bay.  Atlantic menhaden abundanceMenhaden has declined steadily since a peak in the early 1980's.  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has adopted new guidelines for this fishery to reduce the pressure on the menhaden population.  Menhaden is the only fishery in Virginia managed by the legislature, not by the scientists at the Virginia Marine Fisheries Commission.  Since Virginia's menhaden fishery is regulated directly by the legislature, the General Assembly will need to act on the new guidelines.  LRNow is supporting adoption of the ASMFC plan to protect this little fish that has been called "the most important fish in the sea".  For further information on mendhaden, go to the Virginia Conservation Network website or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation website.
Virginia Flower and Garden Expo
Virginia Beach Convention Center, Jan. 25-27
The 2013 Virginia Flower and Garden Expo is coming to the Virginia Beach Convention Center for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-27.  The Virginia Horticultural Foundation produces the annual Expo and this year's theme is "Where Joy Begins". 
Lynnhaven River NOWwinter plants  will join many other professionals to provide you with valuable information as you plan for your spring garden.  We will have information on our Pearl Home program, upcoming workshop opportunities, rain gardens, buffer gardens, rain barrels and cisterns and more.
In addition, the Expo features 11 gardens and hardscapes created by local landscapers, a wide variety of garden-related products and vendors, and speakers and demonstrations.  There will be entertainment for children and plenty of plants for sale.
Expo hours are from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, and from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Sunday, January 27. 
Additional information and a $2 discount coupon are available online at
 Volunteers will be needed to help man the LRNow booth.  Please contact Helen, or 757-962-5398, if you would like to volunteer any time during the weekend. 
Winter Wildlife Festival
Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26
Green Water This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it's following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the 2013 Winter Wildlife Festival will teach you what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.  

Here is a sample of some of the offerings:  Owl Prowl, Mackay Island Excursion, Urban Birding Tour, Intermediate Nature Photography and much, much more.  And you do not want to miss Julie Zickefoose's talk on Friday evening at the Kempsville Rec Center. 

Registration runs through January 18.  Space is limited for the excursions and workshops, so register early to secure your spot!  There is no cost to attend the festival, but some sessions and excursions do have a fee.  You can register online, in person at any recreation center, or by using the mail in registration form.  Download a registration form at

Oysters stop filtering and growing when the water temperature falls befow 50 degrees and that usually occurs in the Lynnhaven in December or January.  As soon as the water warms in the spring, they become active again and start growing.