Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
January 6, 2016  
Upcoming Events

January 8 -- Deadline for Shoreline Award Application

January 13 -- Living Shoreline Professional Workshop

January 14 -15 -- Spat Catcher Roundup  and Counting

January 16 -- Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Workshop for Teachers

January 23 -- POW workshop for teachers

January 24-25 -- VCN Conservation Lobby Day at the General Assembly

January 26-29 -- Oyster Research Project

January 29 -- Birding Talk

January 29-31 -- Winter Wildlife Festival

February 13 -- Floating Wetland Island Workshop for Teachers

February 13 -- 2016 River Cleanups Begin

Oyster Research Volunteers Needed
January 26-29

This is an interesting opportunity to be involved in scientific research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. 
We need three volunteers for each of the four days, January 26, 27, 28 & 29.  You can volunteer for one day or more than one. 
Volunteers will be going with Laurie, LRNow Oyster Scientist, to VIMS where you will be sorting organisms that dwell on Lynnhaven oyster reefs. 
We will provide all the training that you need, but you must commit to the whole day, 9 AM-5 PM.
For more information or to volunteer, contact or call 757-962-5398. 

Conservation Lobby Day in Richmond
January 24 & 25

Virginia's annual Conservation Lobby Day is the opportunity for environmental supporters, activists and professionals to gather in Richmond and speak with their legislators about the issues most critical to our Commonwealth's everlasting health.
You can attend both Sunday and Monday or Monday only.
For more information or to register, go to
If you are interested in carpooling from Virginia Beach, contact
14th Annual Oyster Roast
Crack open your 2016 calendar and mark
Saturday, April 16th
for the 14th Annual LRNow  
Oyster Roast.
See you there!

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January Native Plant
Inkberry Holly
to order:
Don't Drill Virginia
Yard Signs Available

 LRNow has taken a position in opposition to drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Virginia.  We have made too much progress restoring our oysters and other marine species, restoring water quality and our wetlands to put it all at risk.  More information about our position is available on  our website.
If you share our position, yard signs like the one pictured are available in our office at the Brock Environmental Center.

So Many Opportunities to Get Involved in 2016. 
What are you waiting for? 

Happy New Year!

  The beginning of the new year is a great time to both reflect and look forward. 
  We appreciate the support that you have given Lynnhaven River NOW and our efforts to restore and protect our Virginia Beach waterways. This is truly a team endeavor. 
   And we look forward to an exciting new year with its challenges and opportunities.
  If you have responded to our Annual Giving campaign, we appreciate your financial support and will use it wisely.  If you haven't responded yet, there is still time to donate on our website, by calling our office, 757-962-5398, or returning the donation card in the letter you received.

Thank you!
Legendary Lynnhaven Shoreline Award
January 8th Deadline to Apply

Beautiful Buffer?  Lovely Living Shoreline? Ravishing Rain Garden?  Your shoreline might be the stuff of legends.

Categories include: Residential and Commercial or Public Property

Winners will receive recognition during a ceremony at our Cocktail Party in February, receive a beautiful restoration sign for your property recognizing you as a partner in restoration, and be featured on our LRNow website.

To apply, go to

Living Shoreline Workshop
For Shoreline Contractors and Professionals
Wednesday, January 13, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Brock Environmental Center 
A day of learning and discussion with VIMS, VMRC, City Staff and fellow professionals about the application of living shorelines in Hampton Roads and the new Living Shorelines General Permit.

Free with lunch provided by the Timmons Group. 
Registration required: or call 757-962-5398,

Spat Catcher Roundup and Count
January 14 and 15

We will be collecting your spat catchers and counting the spat on January 14 and 15 at our Pleasure House Road office.  

If you have been caring for a spat catcher, please plan to drop it off at our 1608 Pleasure House Road office on January 14 or 15.  You can contact for more information.

We will need volunteers to help count and record the spat numbers. If you are interested and available to help on either of those days, please contact

This important project gives us valuable data on this year's spat set and oyster distribution throughout the river. 

Volunteering to help count spat!  We will teach you everything you need to know.   
Three Opportunities for Teachers
January 13 -- GWIC
January 23 -- POW!
February 13 -- Floating Wetlands 

Get ready!  Three exciting opportunities are coming up for teachers.

Project Wet Workshop
1.  Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Workshop, January 13
If you are participating in the Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program this spring, you should be planning to attend the teacher workshop next Saturday, January 13th.  Please contact for more information on this program or to get signed up for the workshop.

2.  POW!  The Planting of Wetlands, January 23, 8 AM - 2 PM
$55 per participant includes the curriculum guide
Join us for this day long workshop which introduces participant to the step-by step process for creating or enhancing wetlands.  POW! guides participants through the wetland design and construction with the goal of utilizing the habitat as an outdoor classroom.  Leave with cross curricular activities that allow students to participate in the design, installation, and monitoring of a schoolyard wetland habitat.
Brings wetlands alive in the classroom and provides access to over 25 STEAM activities that transform students into wetlands designers.
To register, contact, or call 757-962-5398,

3.  Floating Wetlands Island Workshop, February 13,
 9 AM- 3 PM
Open to anyone interested in Floating Wetlands Islands
$15 covers the cost of lunch and snacks
Morning presentations will cover the science behind floating wetland islands, recent research, plant choice and design, and project planning.
After lunch we will learn from a panel of people who have implemented floating wetlands islands and will explore ways to integrate this project into your curriculum. 
To register, contact, or call 757-962-5398.

Birding Talk -- North with the Spring
Dr. Bruce Beehler
January 29, Joint Use Library, 7 PM 

Bruce Beehler will tell his story of following the migrating songbirds from the Gulf of Mexico north up the Mississippi River and then onward to the great north woods of Ontario.  This is every birder's dream -- to be able to experience 100 days of spring in a single year and to see every eastern wood warbler in its breeding habitat.  A hundred days, camped in a tent, awakening to the songs of Swainson's Thrushes and Tennessee Warblers. 

This talk is free, part of the Winter Wildlife Festival,and sponsored by Lynnhaven River NOW. 
Winter Wildlife Festival  
January 29-31  
So many exciting opportunities to learn and explore our natural environment in the winter.  Adventures and learning experiences for all ages.

The opportunities are varied to appeal to all interests and activity levels and include:
  • Birding trips on the Chesapeake Bay, Pleasure House Point, Lake Lawson/Lake Smith, Back Bay/False Cape and Urban Birding
  • Intro and Intermediate Nature Photography
  • Whale Watching
  • Aquarium Seal Trip
  • Workshops and exhibits at Princess Anne Recreation Center
  • And a whole lot more!

For a full list of activities and to register, go the the City of Virginia Beach website: 


Native Plant of the Month: 
Ilex glabra
Inkberry Holly 
Height:  3-4 feet
Spread: 3-4 feet
Full sun to part shade
Evergreen Shrub
Dried and roasted inkberry leaves were first used by Native Americans to brew a tea-like drink.
One gallon, 18" -- $12
Three gallon, 18-24" -- $24

To Order: Contact 
 or 757-962-5398