Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
September 9, 2013  
Upcoming Events
Upcoming LRNow Events

New Oyster Gardener Workshop -- Wed, Sept 11

PHP Plant Walk -- Wed., Sept 18, 5:30-7:00 PM

Children's Night Hike -- Fri., Sept 20, 7:30-9:00

VCN Conference -- Fri. & Sat., Aug. 20 & 21, VB Convention Center

International Coastal Cleanup -- Sat., Sept 21,
9 - Noon

The Lynnhaven Book Discussion -- Tues., Sept 24, 6:30-8:00

Delegate Candidates Forum -- Tues., Oct. 1, 7:00-9:00
Cape Henry Collegiate School

Cavalier Benefit Tennis Tournament -- Thurs. - Sun., Oct. 3-6

LRNow's Fall Festival
Saturday, October 12

Shellfish Company Fall Festival and LRNow Benefit -- Sat., Oct. 19
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 the 
Diamondback Terrapin
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.

By-catch reduction devices to keep turtles from being trapped in your crabpot are available at the LRNow office.

By-Catch Reduction Device  
CBF Citizen Oyster Gardener Program
2013 New Gardener Workshops

If you would like to become an Oyster Gardener, there is a New Gardener Workshop:  Wed., Sept. 11 at Virginia Weslyan College.

For more information go to or call the Norfolk office at 757-622-1964.
Preregistration for the workshop is required.  

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Fall Festival
Saturday, October 12, Noon-5 PM
Mark your calendar now for LRNow's Fall Festival on Saturday, October 12th.  It is going to be a great day to learn more about the river and good stewardship, visit our many eco-vendors, enjoy some delicious local seafood, enjoy good music  and have a great time. 
The Fall Festival will be at the oceanfront, 31st Street on the beach and boardwalk, next to King Neptune and will be held in conjunction with Virginia Beach's Golden Age Anniversary Celebration.  For more information, visit our website or email

Pleasure House Point Plant Walk
Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:00 PM
Join us for a nature walk through Pleasure House Point with Vicki Shufer, naturalist, author, and local plant expert.  Hear stories about how these plants were used hundreds of years ago and which ones are good to eat.  Enjoy the beautiful  sunset along the Lynnhaven River as we wrap up the tour at dusk.
Free, but you must register ahead.  Email or call 757-962-5398 to register.
Children's Night Hike 
First Landing State Park
Friday, September 20, 7:30-9:30 PM

Photo by Kevin DuBois Bring your children for a exciting night hike in First Landing State Park on the banks of the Lynnhaven River.  Search for night creatures, listen to the sounds of the forest at night and look for glowing owl eyes hiding in the trees. 

For more information or to register, contact LRNow at 757-962-5398 or 
Virginia Environmental Assembly
September 20 & 21
Virginia Beach Convention Center

The Virginia Conservation Network's Virginia Environmental Assembly will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 & 21.  The fascinating program begins with a panel at 3:00 PM on Friday and continues through the afternoon on Saturday.  A variety of topics will be explored: Benefits of Clean Water, Sea Level Rise, Green Schools, Solar Energy, Transit in Hampton Roads, Uranium Mining and more. 

To see the entire agenda or to register, go to the VCN website or call 804-644-0283.   See you there!
International Coastal Cleanup
Working in London Bridge Creek by Lynnhaven Mall
Saturday, Sept 21, 10 AM- 1 PM 
Join thousands of others around the world who are concerned about our waterways by participating in a LRNow River Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 AM- 1 PM.  This will be our last water based cleanup this fall. 

For more information or to register, please call LRNow at 757-962-5398 or email
Book Discussions
The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend
September 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Westminister Canterbury Penthouse Lounge

 Join us on September 24th for a discussion based on LRNow's own book, The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend.  We will be joined by some of the authors, photographers, and artists who shared their passion for the LyThe Lynnhavennnhaven River with us through this book.  We will meet in the Penthouse Lounge at Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive.  Free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is appreciated, 757-962-5398 or 
Copies of The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend are available in our office or at these other locations:  MOCA Gift Shop, Wild River Outfitters, Old Coast Guard Station Gift Shop, Hardy's Jewelry on 22nd Street, Prince Books in Norfolk or at Lynnhaven Marine. 
Or to order a copy online click here.  You can pick it up at our office or it can be shipped to you. Call our office if you need further information about getting a copy of our book. 

January's book discussion will feature Mary Oliver's poetry. 
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If you have had your flag for a while and it is faded or torn, bring it to our office and you can trade it for a new one.  
In September, Monarch Butterflies are Migrating to their Wintering Grounds
 in the Mountains of Mexico
Monarch Butterfly