Member Chapters of the VSO
This is a list of the member chapters of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. If a member club has a website, the name of the club will be a link to the site. To contact a club, click on the email address. Member clubs should send updates and changes to the Webmaster.
Point of Contact: Roger Mayhorn, President Official website: https://sites.google.com/site/buchananbirds/
The Buchanan County Bird Club was formed in December 2001 as the brainchild of Roger Mayhorn and Ed Talbott III. The goal of the club is to share the enjoyment of birding and to get others involved in learning about the natural world. The BCBC is made up of members who are serious about birding, but who don’t take themselves too seriously, which leads to lots of fun and enjoyable outings. Interaction with the community is important to BCBC members with programs involving the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, participation in local festivals and the presentation of programs to other clubs and organizations. The Buchanan County Bird Club successfully hosted the Virginia Society of Ornithology’s annual meeting at the Breaks Interstate Park in 2006. In recent years BCBC members have worked with the Virginia Department of Game and the Breaks Interstate Park in helping to monitor and to search for nest sites of reestablished Peregrine Falcons. They also help with Breaks Park bird walks, and participate in the Breaks Park Christmas Bird Count. Club members have established and maintain three Bluebird Trails within Buchanan County erecting more than seventy nest boxes. The data is collected each breeding season and an annual report is sent to the Virginia Bluebird Society. The club shares outings with neighboring clubs including the Russell County Bird Club and the Bibbee Nature Club of Bluefield WV. All club meetings and outings are open to the public. Club members also participate in several local Christmas Bird Counts. The Buchanan County Bird Club website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/buchananbirds/ The club also hosts a listserve where any interested birders can share bird sightings, bird and other nature photos, etc. at http://www.freelists.org/list/bcbirdclub or browse present and past posts and photos at the bcbirdclub archives at https://www.freelists.org/archive/bcbirdclub/
Point of Contact: Tony Wood, President Official website: http://www.chasnorfolk.org/
The Cape Henry Audubon Society (CHAS) is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society located in Norfolk, Virginia. CHAS is aligned with National Audubon’s mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. CHAS came to be in 1979 when the Cape Henry Bird Club (formed in 1953) affiliated itself with the National Audubon Society and changed their name to Cape Henry Audubon Society. Also in 1979, Norfolk Southern Corporation donated a tract of land in the west Ghent area of Norfolk to CHAS. That tract of land became and still is the Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary on Armistead Bridge Road in Norfolk. CHAS actively promotes birding to the local community through the Weyanoke property, sustains a relationship with students and parents at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Norfolk, and holds monthly meetings and bird walks throughout the year. CHAS started and maintains a Bluebird nesting box program at the Ocean View Golf Course in Norfolk. Many CHAS members are active as birding guides at local events, including festivals and participate regularly in the annual Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) from September through May. Bird walks and out of town birding trips are a regular part of CHAS activities (planned and carried out throughout the year). Please see the website or visit our Facebook page for more information.
Point of Contact: Eileen Geller, President Official Website: http://www.richmondaudubon.org/
The Richmond Audubon Society (RAS) is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of birds, other wildlife, and habitat through birding, education, advocacy, and fellowship. RAS was founded in the 1970’s by a core group of birding enthusiasts and has grown to some 1400 members in present day. RAS has been fulfilling its mission of advocacy, education, and conservation through dedicated member volunteers and collaboration with national and community-based organizations. RAS members participate in various bird banding and studies, including a collaborative study with Virginia Commonwealth University on Prothonotary Warblers at Dutch Gap Conservation Area and a study of Northern Saw-whet Owls at Powhatan Wildlife Management Area, among other species. By offering weekly field trips, members help educate the public on the beauty and diversity of birds in the Richmond, Virginia area and the need to maintain public, natural spaces. RAS often collaborates with other conservation groups and members of the Virginia Audubon Council on advocacy issues involving conservation and land preservation. Monthly meetings include educational programs on a variety of topics relating to appreciation and study of birds. Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month from September through May. The Board meets the second Thursday of odd-numbered months.
Point of Contact: Jeanette Navia, Membership Chair Official Website: http://www.williamsburgbirdclub.org
The Williamsburg Bird Club fledged in 1977 as an offshoot of the Hampton Roads Bird Club. Officially sponsored by the College of William and Mary Biology Department, it holds meetings at the university and serves the ornithological interests of residents of the Colonial Historical Triangle. The WBC’s purpose is to promote interest in the study of wild birds, to protect birds and their habitats, and to share the joy of birding with others. To these ends, the WBC holds monthly programs from September through May (except December) featuring local and visiting experts who share their travels, research, and expertise with the members. The WBC sponsors field trips to “birdy” spots around Tidewater as well as twice-a-month bird walks at New Quarter Park in York County. The Flyer, the members’ newsletter, is published ten times a year. The WBC provides scholarships to local youth to attend Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Virginia, and scholarships to William & Mary ornithology graduate students to support their research projects. The WBC also conducts the Williamsburg Christmas Bird Count each December and holds a Spring Bird Count in late April/early May each year. All meetings, field trips and bird walks are open to the public.