2020 Winter Wildlife Festival

On Friday, January 24, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation kicked off the 10th anniversary of its Winter Wildlife Festival and announced the first Wildlife Advocate Award given to Mary Reid Barrow and named in her honor.​

 Wildlife Advocate Award

Mary Reid Barrow.jpgMary Reid Barrow captivated and educated Virginian-Pilot readers for over 40 years with her columns on nature, sustainability, and healthy living. When the Winter Wildlife Festival began 10 years ago, she became one of its biggest champions and helped it grow to what it is now. She was unanimously chosen by the Winter Wildlife Festival planning committee as the first honoree and namesake. As Walter Camp from the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation put it, “Without her, most of us would know nothing about our local wildlife; she helps those of us who are just curious become people who are in the know.” ​​​Join us as we celebrate Mary Reid Barrow by honoring her and her work with the first-ever Wildlife Advocate Award.​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​2020 Photography Contest Winners​

Thank you for another great Winter Wildlife Festival! ​​Once again, we have received some amazing photos, congratulations to all the winners!​​

Wildlife Portrait

                          Winner - Guy Babineau | Black Snake                                                                                 Honorable Mention - Helen Pipcho | Brown Pelican

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​Wildlife Action

                         ​Winner - Judy Jones | Herring Gull                                                                                   Honorable Mention - Elizabeth Keefer | Humpback Whale                                                                               

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Festival in Action 

                Winner - Pam Monahan | Cherry Bark Oak Notable Trees Field Trip                                     Honorable Mention - Mary Wadsworth | Seaside Lagoon Boat Tour

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​Youth ​​

​          Winner - Malaya P., age 12 | Boy with Snake During Exhibit Hall                                           Honorable Mention - Kai P., age 7 | Mounted Duck at Exhibit Hall

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​People's Choice 

Winner - Elizabeth Keefer | Humpback Whale

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Festival Partners

Special Thanks to our Festival Partners

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Carl Zeiss Sports Optics
Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
G. Michael Brown Photography
Lynnhaven River Now
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
The Nature Bus
REI Virginia Beach
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Virginia Beach Audubon Society
Virginia Beach Public Library
Virginia State Parks​​