Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
May 23, 2013
Upcoming Events
Upcoming LRNow Events
Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Plantings
Clean the Bay Day -- Saturday, June 1, 9:00-Noon
Paddle for the Lynnhaven, Eco-Tour, June 8, 10 AM - 1 PM
Bird Watching Walk -- Friday, June 14, 7:30-9:00 AM
Discovering Wetlands -- Saturday, June 15, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM,
Exploring Children's Nature Books, Tuesday, June 25,
6:30-8 PM

Clean the Bay Day

Saturday, June 1, 9:00-Noon     


Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and thousands of other volunteers in all areas of the Lynnhaven River watershed on Saturday, June 1st at the year's largest river cleanup.
To register, go the CBF website or follow these links:
Thank you for helping out!

Virginia Beach 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  

Community Events


Sensible Seafood Fest
May 23, 7-10 P.M.
Virginia Aquarium
$40 for Members, $45 for Non-Members
Sample Sustainable Local Seafood and More.  For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or 757-385-0300.

















Lynnhaven Oysters are Available, Safe and Delicious!
New Health Department Process in Place 


Oyster basket   Through the changes of the past two months, 30% of the Lynnhaven has remained open to shellfish harvest with no restrictions.  And Lynnhaven oysters have continued to be available, clean, safe and delicious! 
  In mid-April, 12% of the river was closed due to bacteria levels that exceeded the rigorous standard for shellfish harvest.  That area, all of which is in the Inlet and Eastern and Western branches of the river, has been conditionally reopened.  The condition is rainfall.  If we have 1 inch of rain in 24 hours, that 12% of the river will be temporarily closed and will remain closed for 10 days.  If the rains abate, this area will reopen on May 29, 2013, bringing the total area of the river open to shellfish harvest back up to 42%.
  This new method of evaluating water quality in the Inlet is a big step forward.  It will more accurately reflect the real water conditions in the river and make life more predictable for our oyster farmers while continuing to protect your health and safety.
  We want you to continue to enjoy Lynnhaven oysters and feel confident that they are safe and clean.  
We are working on rescheduling the History Day Bike Tour from this past weekend and will be back in touch with you soon.
Thank you for your patience!
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 Chesapean Outdoors at 757-961-0447.

Bird Watching Walk

Friday, June 14, 7:30-9:00 AM

Pleasure House Point   


Join LRNow and the Audobon Society on a bird walk through Pleasure House Point, one of thePhoto by Robert Brown major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway. 


What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audobon guide at this ideal location.  Both novice and experienced bird watchers will have a good experience. 


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


Discovering Wetlands Workshop
Saturday, June 15, 9 AM - 3 PM

Cost: $15 per person or $25 if you register two people, includes lunch and all supplies


Do you want to know more about your Lynnhaven River shoreline and better understand shoreline best management practices?  Pleasure House Point

Come to this workshop and learn more about the functions and value of wetlands as well as the regulations that protect our wetlands from development.  This workshop is appropriate for anyone with an interest in our Lynnhaven River shorelines.  The day will include both classroom instruction and field activities.


Afternoon field activities will be at the new Pleasure House Point Natural Area.  Some walking will be involved.


Pre-registration is required.  To register, contact LRNow at or call 757-962-5398,  Space is limited.


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.


A Baby Diamondback Terrapin spotted this month on an LRNow Bird Watching Walk at Pleasure House Point
Diamondback Terrapin