This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the 2014 Winter Wildlife Festival will teach you what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.
Registration runs from November 15 through January 17. Space is limited for the excursions and workshops, so register early to secure your spot! There is no cost to attend the festival, but some sessions and excursions do have a fee. You can register online (with your client barcode and pin), in person at any recreation center, or by using the mail in registration form. Download a registration form at www.VBgov.com/winterwildlife
Free and open to the public (with a fee required for only some sessions), this event includes educational workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert. Registration is required to attend workshops and excursions, so sign up for sessions such as:
- Beginning Birding
- Back Bay/False Cape Terra-Gator & Tram Tour
- Owl Prowl
- Mackay Island Birding
- Urban Birding Tour
- And new this year:
- First Landing Nature Walk
- North Landing River Birding
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Birding
Join us for the Festival Kick-off on Friday, January 24 at MEO Central Library featuring keynote speaker Noah Strycker. Associate Editor of Birding magazine, Oregon-based Strycker discusses his latest project, Bird World, a book about the fascinating parallels between bird and human behavior. The festival kick-off event is sponsored by Back Bay Restoration Foundation.
Also, be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, January 25 and speak with Winter Wildlife Festival partners and other exhibitors, including the Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia State Parks, Lynnhaven River NOW, and the Virginia Beach Audubon Society. Learn ways to get involved with local efforts, and find out what the environmental groups and businesses are up to. Observe skilled decoy carvers from the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working on their craft. The Exhibit Hall and Walk-Up Workshops are free and open to the public, starting at 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, January 25 at Princess Anne Recreation Center. Also taking place from 10am – 4pm are special children’s activities exclusively available at the neighboring Princess Anne Library (1444 Nimmo Parkway).
This event is brought to you by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For a full list of workshops and excursions and to download a registration form, please visit http://www.vbgov.com/winterwildlife. Registration begins Friday, November 15 and ends Friday, January 17. For more information about the event, please contact Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Outdoor Programs at 757-385-4461 or outdoors@VBgov.com
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.
For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), or visit http://www.vbgov.com/parks . Sign up for our email newsletters at http://www.vbgov.com/eNews or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VBParksRec
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