2-4 December 2016 - Virginia Beach Field Trip

The VSO annual field trip to Virginia Beach will be held Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4, 2016. On Saturday a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) is planned. The last trip of the weekend will be a tram ride at Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park on Sunday morning. 

Harlequin Ducks are one of the more sought-after species in Virginia Beach during winter, and typically as a species, they are present around the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT). 

LODGING

There will be a blocks of rooms available at Comfort Suites Beachfront (VA563) Renovations have been completed. To register for the group rate you must mention the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Reserve rooms by Nov 10 for the group rate.

Comfort Suites Beachfront (VA563) 2321 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 491-2400/ FAX (757) 491-8204 $74 + tax. Reserve by November 10.

http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-virginia_beach-virginia-VA563

FRIDAY MORNING/FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Craney Island Trip

Arrive at 7:30 to enter the compound at 7:45. We will have 15 minutes to sign-in and listen to a safety announcement. Trip around Craney Island will be from 8 until 11 and we will be following one leader and stopping where they choose. Carpooling is required; we may meet off-site at 7 to arrange carpools. Limit of 25 people. Contact Lee Adams to register at leeloudenslageradams@gmail.com or 540-850-0777

FRIDAY EVENING

A tally/meet & greet will be held at 7 pm Friday at the hospitality room of the hotel. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a nibble to share.

SATURDAY MORNING

The Saturday field trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) will leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. from the parking lot of the CBBT visitor center. Participants must meet & check in at the CBBT office at 7:15 a.m.This is a half day trip. Participants should bring binoculars, spotting scopes, snacks, and beverages and be prepared for winter weather. Participation will be limited to the first 45 to sign up since there is a requirement to pay a security guard to accompany each group of 15. The fee is $10 per person for the cost of the security guard; please bring cash so that the fee can be paid to CBBT Saturday morning. The security information form, available at: http://www.cbbt.com/forms/2011RevisedRESEARCHERBirdingApp.pdf  is needed by Nov 14 for each person who registers for the trip. Please fill out ONLY page 2 which is headed: Each individual in this Group must provide the following information & fax (540-834-0767), email, or mail to me, Lee Adams Box 1671 Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I will fill out the group information that is requested. I must take the forms to the CBBT office on Friday, 11/25

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Some folks may want to head north across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to explore and bird. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a great winter birding area. Flocks of Snow Geese should be there. Kiptopeke State Park 3540 Kiptopeke Dr, Cape Charles, VA 23310 is another great place to bird.

If you wish to explore on your own, the address for Pleasure House Point Natural Area is 3957 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455. Directions from hotel area would be: north on Atlantic Ave which becomes Shore Dr, continue about 6 miles on Shore Dr and cross Lesner Bridge, after you cross the bridge go about 3/4 mile and turn left onto Marlin Bay Dr, park along the street and explore the trails on your own.

At 8:00 pm there will be a tally in the hospitality/meeting room. Folks can gather to chat. BYOB.

SUNDAY MORNING

Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park 4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

The tram trip at BBNWR will begin at 8:00 AM.This will be a half day trip. Participants should bring spotting scopes, lunch, snacks, and beverages and more warm clothes than you think you will need. After a leisurely tram ride with stops to view a myriad of shorebirds and waterfowl, some time will be spent birding and lunching at False Cape State Park.This trip is limited to the first 27 to register. Please bring $15 checks made out to VSO.

TRIP REGISTRATION

It is important to register for the field trips as participation is limited. Register with the trip coordinator, Lee Adams, by email by November 15 at leeloudenslageradams@gmail.com. Please put VSO VIRGINIA BEACH TRIP in the subject line of the email, and include your name, e-mail address & cell phone number, and the field trips you are requesting.