Answer the Call of the Wild

Registration Begins November 16 for Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s 2016 Winter Wildlife Festival

Thursday, November 12, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is committed to preserving and protecting our environment for all to enjoy – and this includes our fascinating wildlife friends. Witness and explore the area’s cold weather inhabitants with us by registering for the 2016 Winter Wildlife Festival beginning on November 16. Whether you’re an experienced birder or a novice looking to learn, we’ve planned a weekend full of excursions and activities for all to enjoy. Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the 2016 Winter Wildlife Festival, being held January 29 to 31, is not to be missed.


Registration runs from November 16 through January 22 (unless otherwise noted). Space is limited and registration is required for the excursions and workshops, so sign up early to secure your spot! Registration options include: 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 beginning November 16 at


Some of the activities for the 2016 festival include:


• Chesapeake Bay Birding Boat Trip
• Intro and Intermediate Nature Photography
• Urban Birding Tour
• Owl Prowls at First Landing State Park, West Neck Natural Area, and Stumpy Lake Natural Area
• Exhibit Hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center (free and open to the public)
• Children’s Activities at Princess Anne Library


New this year:


• Birding Basics Workshop & Field Session
• First Landing Nature Walk
• Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Birding
• Sea Watch Station
• …and more!


This year’s festival keynote will take place on January 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the TCC/Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library, featuring ornithologist, conservationist, and naturalist Dr. Bruce Beehler. Dr. Beehler is a Research Associate in the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. His presentation will feature his story of following the migrating songbirds from the Gulf of Mexico north up the Mississippi 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. You won’t want to miss this free session! The festival keynote is sponsored by Lynnhaven River NOW.


For a full list of workshops, excursions and activities, and to download a registration form, visit For more information about the event, please contact Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Outdoor Programs at 757-385-4461 or



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