Upcoming LRNow Events
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
Paddle for the Lynnhaven, Eco-Tour, June 8, 10 AM - 1 PM
Exploring Children's Nature Books, Tuesday, June 25,
April 1 - July 1, 2013
Have you made any environmentally
friendly improvements to your home,
business or community facility?
If so, please let us know and
encourage others by submitting an
application for a Virginia Beach
Stewardship Award. For more in-
formation or an application form, pleasego to the city's website at
The Virginia Beach Stewardship Awards program began in 2009, with the first awards being presented by Mayor Sessoms at the 2010 Earth Day celebration. The success of the program has led to its expansion and now it comprises more diverse applicants and projects. Outdoor projects eligible for awards can include installing a buffer, where lawn areas are replaced with landscaped beds, or replacing impervious areas with permeable pavers, mulch paths or stepping stones. Installing an edible garden, butterfly garden, or even creating wetlands or oyster reefs also could be nominated.
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 Trista@LRNow.org to register for the free program or to reserve books.
The Climate Situation, Military 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: http://bit.ly/12AgOS4
Hands Across the Sand
Join Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Oceana for HANDS ACROSS THE SAND, Saturday, May 18, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 31st Street. You are invited to join us in saying NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean renewable energy, like offshore wind.
HAPPY EARTH DAY
Because of you our 11th Annual Oyster Roast was a Big Success!
Special thanks to all of our
and our Corporate Sponsors:
Hap & Becky Chalmers
Harry & Calvert Lester
Bob and Eleanor Stanton
The Breeden Corporation
WPL Site Design
71st Street Anglers
And Our Terrific Vendors:
Lynnhaven Oyster Company
Seaside Oyster Company
Beach Bully Catering
More Perfect Jones
Distinctive Event Rentals
Fred Lee's Elite Seats
Dave Iwans Associates
Sam Rust Seafood
And Our Talented Artists:
G. Michael Brown
The Leaping Lizard
Patti Fay Schmitt
Sharen M. Breidert
Mary Reid Barrow
And thank you to all our guests.
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 Office@LRNow.org 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.
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 the 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 Trista@LRNow.org to register, or email Kris@LRNow.org 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.
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 Office@LRNow.org
. For questions, email Kris@LRNow.org
. 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
Sign Up Early -- Free to the First 25 Registrants
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.
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 Trista@LRNow.org to reserve your spaces.
|Paddle for the Lynnhaven, Eco-Tour|
Saturday, June 8, 10 AM- 1 PM
Lynnhaven River NOW and Chesapeake Outdoors are teaming up to offer a kayaking eco-tour of the Lynnhaven River. Depart at 10 AM from the 64th Street Boat Ramp in First Landing State Park and paddle into a lake in the park, stopping to explore nature along the way.
$35 if you rent a kayak or $20 is you bring your own. To register, call Chespean Outdoors at 757-961-0447.
The female and young ospreys can be seen in their nests on many of the buoys on the Lynnhaven River.
Photo by Chuck Guthrie