Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
April 22, 2013
Upcoming Events
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,
6:30-8 PM
C Guthrie, Flying Heron 
 Green Water 

Stewardship Awards
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.


Lillie Gilbert, Spartina  
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.


Community Events


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:


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.






















Because of you our 11th Annual Oyster Roast was a Big Success!


Special thanks to all of our

Wonderful Volunteers


and our Corporate Sponsors:

Hap & Becky Chalmers

Harry & Calvert Lester

Bob and Eleanor Stanton

The Breeden Corporation

Sentara Healthcare

Kerr Environmental


WPL Site Design

71st Street Anglers

Troutman Sanders




And Our Terrific Vendors:

Lynnhaven Oyster Company

Seaside Oyster Company

Beach Bully Catering

More Perfect Jones

Hoffman Beverages

Distinctive Event Rentals

Fred Lee's Elite Seats

Dave Iwans Associates

Sam Rust Seafood

Linda Lexier



And Our Talented Artists:

G. Michael Brown

The Leaping Lizard

Penny Brown

Nancy Dooley

 Daniel Sumerlin

Pam Monahan

Patti Fay Schmitt

Sharen M. Breidert

 Tracy Norris

Eric Hernandez

Christina Trapani

 Lyman Speckheuer

Gale Bryant

Suzanne Stevens

Skinner's Frames

Jimmy Bradshaw

Carolyn Osmond

Terri Gorman

Colin McKinnon

Lesley Hildreth

 Mary Reid Barrow

Smartmouth Brewery

Doc Taylor's


 Demaris Yearick

Janet Ogren

Carol Chewning

Bobby Fuller

 Kosmic Khameleon

Holman's Photography


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 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 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

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.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.


Paddle for the Lynnhaven, Eco-Tour
Saturday, June 8, 10 AM- 1 PM 
kayaking 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. 
Osprey Babies
Photo by Chuck Guthrie