Winter Wildlife Festival 2016 - It’s A Hoot!

Exhibit Hall, Children’s Activities, and Walk-up Workshops – Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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. The annual Winter Wildlife Festival, presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is being held January 29 to 31 at the Princess Anne Recreation Center with activities that will get the entire family’s feathers ruffled…in a good way!


Winter Wildlife Festival includes a free exhibit hall and walk-up workshops (space is limited for the workshops)  including Virginia’s Wildlife Action Plan, Choosing Binoculars for Nature Observation, and Live Bird Encounter that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert. On Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is welcome to attend our incredible exhibit hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center to speak with our Winter Wildlife Festival partners and exhibitors, including Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Lynnhaven River NOW, Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach Audubon Society and Virginia State Parks. Visitors will learn ways to get involved with local efforts and find out what environmental groups and businesses are up to.


Other activities include:

• Children's Activities at Princess Anne Library
• Decoy Carvers from the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
• Live Animals
• Raffle Prizes
• Delicious eats from local food truck, The Coop


Also, guests are welcome to join us for the festival keynote on Friday, 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, 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. The keynote presentation is free, sponsored by Lynnhaven River NOW and Virginia Beach Audubon Society.


For a full list of workshops and excursions and to download a registration form, please visit Registration for excursions ends Friday, January 22. Registration is suggested for the keynote presentation and walk-up workshops as space is limited. For more information about the event, please contact Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation at 757-385-4461 or



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