Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
April 12, 2013
Upcoming Events
Upcoming LRNow Events
Saturday, April 20
River Cleanups -- Sun., April 28th
International Migratory Bird Day Walk, Sat., May 11, 7:30-9:30
Spat Catcher Workshop -- Tues, May 14th, 6-7 PM
Bayside History Day Bike Tour -- Sat, May 18th, 10 AM - 1 PM
Oyster Baskets
LRNow Merchandise   
Oyster Roast
 Oyster Roast 3
Oyster Roast 4
    Oyster Roast 2010

Earth Day River Cleanups

Sunday, April 28th 

This month we are partnering with the Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association and Terrapin Restaurant for a joint cleanup and after-party!

LRNow will have a land-based cleanup @ Beach Garden Park (Holly Road and Kilbourne Place) starting at 9am and TKAA will host a water-based cleanup launching from Crab Creek at 8am. The Terrapin Restaurant crew will be out cleaning with us and then will host all cleanup participants for a celebratory Oyster Roast and BBQ afterwards. Anyone with a saltwater fishing license is also welcome to go out fishing with TKAA afterwards.

Please email or call 962-5398 with questions or to register. Please pre-register so we have an idea for lunch numbers and so we know if you'll be helping on land or water.


Community Events


The Climate Situation, Miliary Leaders on the Emerging Threat -- April 29, 6-8 PM,  Speakers are Rear Admiral Larry Baucom and Captain Joe Bouchard.  Nauticus Center Theater.  For more information or to RSVP:















11th Annual LRNow Oyster Roast

 Saturday, April 20th


Join us for delicious aqua-culture oysters and barbecue, beer and wine, good music, beautiful artwork and lots of fun at our 11th Annual Oyster Roast. 

Tickets are available, but are going fast.

To purchase tickets, you can call our office, 757-962-5398, email us at or order on our website,


Art Silent Auction

Oyster Shucking Contest

Bring your Historic Photos to Share

New LRNow Merchandise


More Perfect Jones Band

Beautiful Location


Thank you to all who volunteered to help at the Oyster Roast.  We filled every volunteer spot within 48 hours of sending out the request.


See you all next Saturday.            

International Migratory Bird Day Walk
May 11th, Pleasure House Point, 7:30 AM

Join LRNow and the Audobon Society on this ideal day to take a bird walk through Pleasure House Point, one of thePhoto by Robert Brown major stopevers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway. 


What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audobon guide at this ideal location.


We will bring trash bags along in case we need an impromtu river cleanup.


Contact us at 962-5398 or to register, or email with questions.  This event is free, but please register in advance.

Spat Catcher Workshop
Tuesday, May 14, 6-7 PM 
Great Neck Rescue Squad
Want to catch oysters off your dock?  Hang two small cubes off of your dock and watch the oysters settle on the material in the cages and make these spat catchers their home.  Spat Catchers  
Join us on May 14, 6-7:30 PM at the Great Neck Rescue Squad, Langhorn Hall (1243 Bayne Drive).  The cost to participate is $25 for 2 spat catchers
You will hang two cages that are less than one cubic foot off of your dock (or a neighbor or friend's dock) for the summer and see how many spat settle on the recycled oyster shell and granite pieces in your cages.  All you have to do is shake the cages around in the water every few weeks and you will be raising oysters that will filter the Lynnhaven River for the rest of their lives.
To register, call 757-962-5398 or email  For questions, email  You must pre-register and registration ends MAY 10.  Space is limited and the program fills quickly, so sign up now.

Bayside History Day Bike Tour
Saturday, May 18th, 10 AM-1 PM

$15 Registration Fee Covers Ride and Lunch

Ride with  LRNow and TBA on an 11 mile guided historic tour starting and ending at the Bayside Public Library. The tour will visit the Ferry Plantation House, the Thoroughgood House, Church Point Wayside and the Old Donation Church.History Day Bike Tour   


This is a family paced ride, so children are welcome to join.  It is a great outing for the whole familty.  Helmets are required for all riders.


Pre-registration is required, please call 757-962-5398 or email to reserve your spaces.

June Book Discussion: Environmental Books for Children

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-7:30

 Summer is almost here, and children will soon have more free time to read and explore with their families! Spark their excitement for nature by reading some of our favorite environmental children's books to them. Then bring your children (or come alone) and join us for a book discussion on Tuesday, June 25th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Great Neck Recreation Center (2521 Shorehaven Drive) in Rooms 1 & 2. Book titles are organized into broad grade categories:


Pre-school to 1st Grade:

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (the book, copyright 1971)

Looking for Loons by Jennifer Lloyd

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

Our Nest by Reeve Lindbergh

The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers *

On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier


1st through 5th Grade:

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers

Monster Hunt by Jim Arnosky

Planting the Trees of Kenya by Clair Nivola

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole

Secrets of A Wildlife Watcher by Jim Arnosky *

Most of these books are available at Virginia Beach Public Libraries

(* marks the exceptions) and a complete set is available for loan from the Lynnhaven River NOW office. Please call 962-5398 or email to register for the free program or to reserve books.


Our Baby Osprey are born in April. 
Osprey Babies
Photo by Chuck Guthrie