Register Now for the 2020 Winter Wildlife Festival

Spaces are limited and fill quickly.
woman holding baby owlVirginia Beach Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Winter Wildlife Festival, a celebration of the rich landscape and abundant, unique wildlife that can be found in our coastal community during the winter months. The weekend includes a free keynote reception with renowned birding consultant, Sharon "Birdchick" Stiteler, as well as wildlife excursions, walk-up workshops, an exhibit hall and children's activities.

The festival headquarters is located at the Princess Anne Recreation Center, however activity locations vary. For information on the excursions, workshops and other activities, as well as to register, visit Many of the popular excursions have already filled, so register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

Free Events:​

Winter Wildlife Exhibit Hall & Children's Activities

Saturday, Jan. 25 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway

Featuring vendors and environmental exhibitors, walk-up workshops, live animals, photobooth, mascot, children's activities and raffles! Free admission & parking. Local food trucks will also be serving tasty bites for purchase. All workshops are free and last approximately one hour. Pre-registration is preferred. Register online at

*Additional free children's activities will be available next door at the Princess Anne Library from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

2020 Keynote Speaker Sharon 'Birdchick' Stiteler

Since 1997, Sharon ‘Birdchick’ Stiteler has traveled the world as a field trip leader, birding consultant, humorous keynote speaker, bird field technician, bird bander and writer. She is the author of the books “Disapproving Rabbits”; “City Birds/Country Birds” and “1,001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know.” Birdchick is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works as a National Park Ranger for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Birdchick is a regular on television and radio broadcasts including “Outdoor News Radio”; “All Things Considered”; and the ”NBC Nightly News” where she answers bird questions. 

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