15-17 June 2018 - VSO Summer Field Trip to South Boston

Join us June 15-17 in South Boston for VSO’s first- ever summer field trip to south-central Virginia! We’re working with Dr. Ashley Peele, State Coordinator for the second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2), to schedule our next three summer field trips in under-birded areas of Virginia. We welcome your eyes and ears as we search for signs of breeding birds in Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties.

To help us plan for the weekend, please register in advance. Provide the names of participants in your party with a telephone number and email address so we can contact you if needed. Register with Meredith Bell, trip coordinator, at merandlee@gmail.com or 804-824-4958.

The Quality Inn in South Boston is the host hotel. The special rate for the VSO block of rooms is $82/night (plus tax) for King and $85/night (plus tax) for 2 Queens, for one or two occupants. There are microwaves and refrigerators in all rooms. Register by Tuesday, MAY 15, and mention VSO to get the special rate: (434) 572-4311. Hotel address is 2001 Seymour Drive, South Boston, VA 24592

A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included with your stay, beginning at 7:00AM on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll need to bring snacks, beverages and lunch for Saturday because we will be out all day. Dinners are on your own.

Field trips will be held:
Friday, June 15 – afternoon only
Saturday, June 16 – all day
Sunday, June 17 – morning only

We are still finalizing the locations we’ll cover, and a detailed itinerary will be sent to all registrants prior to the trip.

Confirmed areas to be visited:
Staunton River State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area (you’ll need a fishing or hunting license to access)
Tailrace Park and Kerr Lake
Palmer Point Park

If you have any questions, contact field trip coordinator Meredith Bell at (804) 824-4958 or merandlee@gmail.com

VERY Important! All VSO field trips will have a registration fee of $20 for NON- members only. This fee will be applied to an individual membership that will be active until the end of 2018. If 2 or more people from the same family register, the registration fee will be $25, which covers a family membership. Groups of students accompanied by their instructor are exempt from this fee. Non-members can join in advance at http://virginiabirds.net/VSO-Store.html or pay the registration fee on the first evening of the event.