Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
August 24, 2016  
Upcoming LRNow Events 

Sat, September 10 -- Paddle Fest and Cookout
(Rain Date -- Sun, Sept 11)

Sat, September 17 -- Cleanup at Scarborough Square

Sat, September 24 --
VA Beach Master Gardeners Fall Festival
AREC, Diamond Springs Rd.

Sat, Oct 1 -- Bird & Plant Walk, PHP, 7:30 AM

Sun, Oct 2 -- River Cleanup at Pleasure House Point

Sat, Oct 8 -- Shellfish Co Seafood Festival

Thurs, October 20 -- City Council Candidates Forum
6:30-8:30 PM

Sat, October 22 -- FALL FESTIVAL

Sat, Nov 5 -- Bird and Plant Walk at PHP, 7:30 AM

Sat, Nov 19 -- Cleanup at Potters Road and Lynnhaven Parkway
To register for any of these programs contact or
call 757-962-5398

River Cleanups 
Three Fall Cleanups
All are 9 AM- Noon

All hands are needed to help with three river cleanups scheduled for this fall:

Sat, Sept. 17 in the Scarborough Square neighborhood

Sun, Oct 2 at Pleasure House Point

Sat, Nov 19 at Potters Road and Lynnhaven Parkway

 For more information or to register for any of these cleanups email or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Virginia Environmental Assembly
September 9 & 10

Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues and an opportunity to strategize with like-minded individuals about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment.

This year's Assembly, scheduled Friday, September 9 through Saturday, September 10 in Charlottesville, VA, will feature a lively evening reception with state legislators and local elected officials; plenty of educational workshops; morning breakout sessions; and engaging field trips,

For more information or to register, go to

 See you there!
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Paddle Fest
End the Summer and Move into Fall with This Fun Learning Opportunity for the Whole Family 
  Several Ways to Enjoy the

Paddle Fest
Saturday, September 10th
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
(Rain Date: Sunday, September 11th) 

$40 per person for paddling events, cookout, and event tee shirt    

Kayak Into History Tour
Kayak into History for a trip back in time to several historic sites along the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River.  A historian will accompany the trip as will skilled kayak guides.(2 hour tour)
Bring your own kayak or canoe.  Limited to 20 people

Ebbing Tide Eco Tour  
Have you wanted to try out a paddle board?  Join this tour for an informative tour of the beautiful Lynnhaven.  The calm waters of Pleasure House Creek offer a peaceful and relaxing saltwater marsh to explore.  Enjoy seeing a kingfisher catch its next meal or identify critters in our habitat cubes located throughout the wetland. (2 hour tour)  Paddleboards will be provided. Limited to 9 people

Cost: $40 per person includes one paddle event, food and drinks at the cook-out, and an event tee-shirt

For more information go to
or email

Register online at: 
Bird and Plant Walks
At Pleasure House Point, October 1 & November 5
Early birds really do have the best chance of seeing birds and native pleants.  Join us at 7:30 AM at the Brock Environmental Center for an interesting guided walk at Pleasure House Point.  Bring a water bottle and your binoculars and be ready for a lovely morning.

There is no change for this program, but we appreciate your registering so we know how many people to expect.  Register with
Notes From Our Members
Happy Butterfly News

Photo by Brent James
After finding a dozen baby black swallowtail caterpillars on my parsley in my herb garden, and after reading that generally only 1 or 2 out of 100 survive to become butterflies, I decided to stack the deck in their favor and brought my pot of parsley into my sun room so they could grow safe from predators.

We monitored their growth and life phases regularly, and I am pleased to report that so far 9 of the 12 original caterpillars have made it to full adulthood and are now flying in the wild.

It was always a bit like Christmas morning when I would go downstairs to find that another green cocoon had morphed into a beautiful butterfly.

This male in the picture was especially tame and crawled around on my hand for several minutes. He listened attentively while I gave him
some pointers on flying and on life in general. And then off he went
into the wild blue yonder.
Brent James

If you have an interesting observation or story to share, please send it to  Thank you.

City Council Candidates Forum 
Thursday, October 20
Mark your calendar for our City Council and Mayoral Candidates Forum.

Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium
Thursday, October 20th
6:30-8:30 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM
August Native Plant of the Month
Hamemalis virginiana

Height: 15-20 feet 
Spread: 15-20 feet 
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Shade 
Soil: Moist, Acidic, Medium-Well Drained 
Flowers: Showy, Fragrant, Yellow 
Bloom Time: October - December
The bark and leaves of Witchhazel have
medicinal properties and can be used to produce
a topical astringent.

1 gallon is $30 and 3 gallon is $50 
To order, please contact