Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
May 29, 2014   
LRNow Events:

May 31-- Standup Paddle Boarding Oyster Tour

May 31 -- Bird Walk at PHP

June 2 -- Spat Catcher Workshop 
June 7 -- Trashion Show at Lynnhaven Mall, 1-3 PM

June 7 -- Clean the Bay Day

June 14 -- Bird Walk

June 19--Sunset Kayak Tour

Free Rain Barrels for Faith Communities

Bird Walks at Pleasure House Point
Friday, May 31, 7:30 AM

Join us at Pleasure House Point, on of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds.  What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location.

Our next bird walk is planned for June 14th. 

This event is free, but please register by calling 757-962-5398 or email 
Volunteer Photographer
Needed: June 7th
LRNow needs a volunteer photographer to cover the Trashion Show on June 7th, 11 AM-3 PM. 

If you are interested and available, please contact
Thank you for helping us out! 
Free Rain Barrels
For Faith Communities

LRNow has 7 rain barrels available to Faith Communities in Virginia Beach.  Help your church, temple, synagogue or fellowship become more sustainable and environmentally responsible.  To find out more about the rain barrels or to reserve yours, please contact Pam at 757-962-5398 or

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Spat Catcher Workshop  
spat catchers
An Easy Way to Help our Oysters

Monday, June 2,
Eastern Shore Chapel, 2020 Laskin Road
5:00-6:00 PM for returning participants
6:00-7:00 PM for new participants

Help LRNow capture baby oysters and move them to our sanctuary reefs as well as capture data about spat (baby oysters) distribution throughout the river.  You will need access to a pier for your spat catchers, but they are very easy to maintain. 

For returning participants, the cost is $10.  Please bring your spat catcher cages to Eastern Shore Chapel between 5:00-6:00 PM on May 15th and pick up your new materials.

For new participants, the cost is $30.  You will receive your cages, all of the materials that you need and instructions on maintaining the cages throughout the summer.  Join us from 6:00-7:00 PM at Eastern Shore Chapel.

Returning and new participants, please register ahead with  For more information, call 757-962-5398 or email 
Participating in this program helps LRNow learn more about the oyster distribution in the river and all of the oysters are placed on our sanctuary reefs. 
Thank you for helping with this important program.

Two LRNow Paddling Events
Stand Up Paddling Oyster Tour
Saturday, May 31, 9:00-11:30
Join LRNow and Chesapean Outdoors for a morning standup paddleboard session in Pleasure House Creek focusing on oyster restoration.  See natural oyster settlement and oyster restoration efforts.  Register with Chesapean Outdoors at or call 757-961-0447.  For paddlers with their own boards, the cost is $25.  If you need to rent a board, the cost is $40.  Have fun paddle boarding and learn about and see oyster reefs. 

Sunset Kayak Paddling Tour
Thursday, June 19, 5-7:30 PM
Enjoy a beautiful sunset paddling trip with LRNow and Chesopean Outdoors.  Leave from Crab Creek and enjoy the serenity of the marsh islands, the birds and the views.  Register with Chesapean Outdoors at or call 757-961-0447For paddlers with their own kayaks, the cost is $25.  I you need to rent a boat, the cost is $40.  Is there a better way to spend a late spring evening?

Lynnhaven Trashion Show:
From Junk to Funk

Lynnhaven Mall, June 7, 1-3 PM
Near Dave and Buster's 

Join us at Lynnhaven Mall as local high school students rock the runway with designs that make recycling and reusing fun and fashionable. 

Teams participating from local high schools will enter their creations in the runway show and compete for individual design prizes.  In addition, one school will be bestowed with the Lynnhaven Principal's Pride Award, a specially engraved trash can trophy to take back to the overall winning school and cherish until next year's competition. 

Join the fun and be wowed by the students' creativity.
This event is supported by Cox Communications.
1000 Trees for the Lynnhaven
"The creation of a thousand trees is in one acorn" 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

All of our trees may not have acorns, but we are working hard to get 500 native trees planted in Virginia Beach this year! 

Trees help with stormwater management, provide important habitat to wildlife and insects, shade for enjoyment, clean our air, increase home value (10-20%!), reduce energy costs (10-15%), and are beautiful.

We have a wide variety of native trees available for various size spaces and environmental conditions. If you are uncertain what tree might be appropriate for your yard (or faith community or school!), please contact us or check out or

Small trees (Remember, "small" is relative when it comes to trees. These start at 12-15', and go up to 35'):
Downy Serviceberry, Amelanchier arborea
 Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis
Sweetbay Magnolia, Magnolia virginiana

Medium trees:
Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica
Eastern Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana
Virginia Pine, Pinus virginiana
Sassafras, Sassafras albidum

Large trees:
Atlantic White Cedar, Chamaecyparis thyoides
American Beech, Fagus grandifolia
Sweet Gum, Liquidambar styraciflua
Loblolly Pine, Pinus taeda
White Oak, Quercus alba
Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum
Live Oak, Quercus virginiana
Tulip Poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera
Longleaf Pine, Pinus palustris

To order your tree(s), contact Trista or Dana at 757-962-5398 or  We will accept orders until late summer/early fall, so that we can get everything planted before winter temperatures set in. 

The young ospreys can be seen in their nests on many of the buoys on the Lynnhaven River.

Family Dinner