Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
June 13, 2013  
Upcoming Events
Upcoming LRNow Events
Bird Watching Walk -- Friday, June 14, 7:30-9:00 AM -- Filled
Exploring Children's Nature Books, Tuesday, June 25,
6:30-7:30 PM

Paddle into History -- Kayak Tour, July 13, 9:30 AM -1:00 PM

Bird Watching Walk --
Sunday, July 14, 7:30-9:00 AM

River Cleanup -- Saturday, July 20, 9-Noon

Rain Barrel Workshop--Tuesday, July 23, 6-7:30 PM

History Day Bike Tour -- rescheduled for Saturday, July 27, 10 AM-1 PM
Thanks to everyone who helped with Clean the Bay Day

In the Lynnhaven watershed:
8 groups
125 volunteers
400 man hours donated
3000 pounds of trash removed from our river!

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  
Turtle Excluders
Easy to Add to Your Crabpot
terrapin in cage
 Turtle excluders, also called by-catch reduction devices,  are easy to add to your crabpot and insure that a turtle will not inadvertently enter your crabpot and drown.  They are free at LRNow and can be easily zip-tied to your crabpot.  Get yours today at our office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.

Community Events


Sustainable Living Expo: 

Join a regional conversation exploring Sustainability in Education

Wed, August 28th, 1-5 PM

Sandler Center for Performing Arts, Town Center, Virginia Beach.  Free and open to the public.   

Join in the dialogue with speakers from Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River NOW, NASA Langley Research Center and the keynote speaker, Stephen Ritz, the nationally known USGBC Green Apple Education Ambassador.   For more information


50 Days of Fun
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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

 Brother Eagle, Sister Sky

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.


Paddle Into History Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM

Paddle into history with LRNow and Wild River Outfitters on July 13 for a trip into the waters of the ducking of Grace Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch.  This year marks the 307th anniversary of the famous witch trial.  An historian will accompany the trip as will skilled kayak guides.  Solo and tandem kayaks will be provided, but at least some prior experience kayaking will be helpful.

This trip will depart from Crab Creek, at the City Boat Ramp off of Shore Drive on the west side of the Lesner Bridge. Along the way we will discuss the sites of the first church and courthouse, vis
it the ite of the famous ducking of Grace Sherwood, learn the story of Adam Keeling, and paddle by the Adam Thoroughgood House.

Advanced reservations are required and registration is limited.  Cost is $33 per person, with all paddling equipment provided.  Bring plenty of water for the trip.  Snacks and drinks will be provided at take out.

Contact Wild River Outfitters to register: 757-431-8566   Registration deadline is Thursday, July 11th. 

Bird Watching Walk

Sunday, July 14, 7:30-9:00 AM 

Pleasure House Point   


This Friday's Bird Walk is filled, but you are in luck, because we will be doing another bird walk on July 14th.   


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.


River Cleanup
Saturday, July 20, 9 AM-Noon

Join us at the launch site at the end of Old Virginia Beach Road off of Birdneck Road for a canoe/kayak based cleanup of Great Neck Creek.  You nee
kayaking d to provide your own boat for this cleanup or partner with someone with a canoe or tandem kayak.  We will put in at 9:00 a
nd finish by noon.  Free Virginia Beach 50th birthday tee shirts will be given to all participants.   For more information or to register, call our office at 757-962-5398 or email 
Rain Barrel Workshop
Tuesday, July 23, 6:00-7:30 PM

Rain Barrel A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater runoff from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden.  At this workshop you will assemble your own and take it home with you.
Cost for all materials and equipment is $60.  Preregistration in required.  Call 757-962-5398 or email  This workshop will be held at the LRNow office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.
Bayside History Day Bike Tour
Rescheduled for July 27, 10 AM-1 PM

Ride with LRNow and Tidewater Bicycle Association on a guided tour of the Lynnhaven River watershed's historic hotspots.  The tour will visit the Ferry Plantation House, the Thoroughgood Ho
useAdam Thoroughgood House, Old Donation Church and the Church Point Wayside as well as other historic points on the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River.
The ride is approximately 10 miles, with many breaks and family-pace.  Children are welcome and lunch will be provide
d.  We will park behind the BB&T Bank, 944 Independence
History Day Bike Tour
Boulevard, next to the Bayside Branch Library.  Helmets are required for all riders. 

To register, please call LRNow at 757-962-5398 or email Advanced registration required by July 24th.

Saturday: July 27th
Time:  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  (plan to arrive by 9:45 AM)
Cost:  $15 Registration Fee (covers ride and lunch) 
Diamondback Terrapin at PHP
Mark Your Sightings

Pleasure House Point is prime habitat for the diamondback terrapin making it very important that we do everything we can to protect them.  LRNow is happy to be working with the VB Parks and Recreation Department on ways to protect the terrapin's nesting habitat from human and dog traffic at Pleasure House Point.  We have created a Google map of PHP where anyone can leave t
Diamondback Terrapin
he location, date, time and details of a Diamondback Terrapin sighting.  If you're out walking at PHP and see a terrapin, or even an abandoned nest or eggs, add your sighting to the map.  Click here to go to our website where further instructions are available to you.  Thank you for helping us identify the Diamondback Terrapin nesting locations.

Free Trees to Good Homes
Native Virginia Pines and Loblolly Pines

Virginia PineDo you have a place on your property for a native pine tree.  LRNow has Virginia Pines (pictured) and Loblolly Pines available free to good homes.
These trees are raised by the students at Plaza Middle School who would love to see them go to good homes.  They are healthy and in 3-gallon planting pots. 
Stop by our office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108 or call us at 757-962-5398.
Lynnhaven Oysters begin to spawn in late June and will continue to spawn through late August.
Oysters in Pleasure House Creek