Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
January 5, 2014   
LRNow January Events:

January 7 -- Murphy's Trivia Night, 7 PM 

January 11 --Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Teacher Training

January 14 & 15 -- Spat Catcher Roundup

January 15 -- Volunteers needed to count spat

January 21 & 22 -- Project WET workshop for teachers

January 24 & 25 -- Winter Wildlife Festival

January 27 -- Virginia Conservation Network Lobby Day

January 28 & 29 -- Plant Pickup for GWIC Teachers

Jan 31 - Feb 2 -- Flower and Garden Show

Feb 8 -- River Cleanup at Potters Road (land based)

Murphy's Pub 
Tuesday, Jan 7, 7 PM

LRNow joins Murphy's Irish Pub for their infamous Pub Trivia.  Gather a team of friends, co-workers, or complete stangers to take on other Murphy's Quizzers.  LRNow will have a river display and opportunities for you to win cool swag (think coozies).  Call 757-417-7701 to reserve a table, or make sure to arrive early.
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VCN Conservation Lobby Day
Monday, Jan. 27, 8:30-2:00

Our state delegates and
senators will be
gathering in Richmond soon for the 2014 legislative session. 
The Virginia Conservation Network urges you to talk to your representatives about the conservation issues, like clean water, that are important to you.  People with an interest in conservation from all around the state will be gathering in Richmond on January 27th.  We will be carpooling from Virginia Beach if you would like to ride with us.  For more information to the the VCN website
Taylor Floats
Do you have one you are not using?

Taylor Float Do you have a Taylor Float that you are no longer using?  Turn it in to LRNow and we will rehab it and give it to our teachers and students who are growing oysters for the Lynnhaven.
Thank you!
Project WET Workshop for Teachers
January 21 & 22, 6-9 PM

Gain new skills and materials for teaching your students about our water resources.  The WET curriculum addresses atmospheric water, surface water, ground water and the cultural and historic uses of water, as well as contemporary water management issues such as non-point source pollution.  The emphasis in the curriculum is on easy to replicate hands-on activities that will enhance your students' learning.
Register now -- space is limited.  Registration deadline is January 14.

Offered in partnership with the Department of Environmental Quality and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. 

Winter Wildlife Festival
Friday - Sunday, January 24-26

This is your chance to learn about and view winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether is is following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  There is something for everyone.  Explore Pleasure House Point winter birds and wildlife or learn more about oysters with LRNow.  A full list of the many and varied events is available on the Ciry of Virginia Beach website or at all Virginia Beach libraries and the LRNow office.  See what adventures await you!

River Cleanup
Saturday, Feb 8, 9-Noon
Come out to our next river cleanup and join in the fun and feel good about contributing to a cleaner river.  We will be cleaning up the forested lot bordering London Bridge Creek at Potters Road and Lynnhaven Parkway.  This will be a land based cleanup only -- no kayaks or canoes.  For more information contact

Cleanups will be held the second Saturday of each month throughout 2014.  Mark your calendar now to help out.  If you are aware of an area of the river that needs a cleanup, please let us know.  Also, if your business would like to be a sponsor of one of our cleanups, please contact us

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the following up-coming activities and events:
January 15 -- volunteers needed in our office to assist with a spat count.  Instructions will be given.
January 25 -- volunteers needed to man our booth at the Winter Wildlife Festival.
February 8 -- volunteers needed to assist with the River Cleanup.

To  volunteer for any of these activities, please contact

Spat Catcher Roundup
January 14 & 15
spat catchers
If you are one of the great LRNow volunteers who has been caring for a spat catcher in the Lynnhaven for the past six months, it is time to turn it in to be counted.  We will be collected the spat catchers in our office on Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15.  Volunteers are also needed on the 15th to help with counting.  We will provide training.  For more information contact or call 757-962-5398. 

Young bald eagle and adult

In January, our Lynnhaven eagles are repairing or building their nests
Female eagles will usually lay eggs by the end of January or the beginning of February.