31 Aug 2018 - VSO Field Trip to Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA

17 AUG: UPDATE, TRIP HAS BEEN FILLED, BUT A WAITLIST HAS BEEN STARTED

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 31, 2018. Meet at 4599 River Shore Road, Portsmouth, VA.

Arrive at Craney Island at 7:45 to enter the compound at 8.We will have 15 minutes to sign-in and listen to a safety announcement. Trip around Craney Island will be from 8 until 11:30 and we will be following one leader and stopping where they choose. Carpooling is required. Please wear closed-toe shoes to the Craney Island trip as the Army Corps of Engineers is requiring. Please do not arrive before 7:30 and do not park in driveways, either private or the one for Craney, or on any grassy areas. Limit of 25 people.

Here are some words from the Army Corps of Engineers:

RESTROOMS: A restroom will be available to use at the start and end of the visit.

PARKING:  Parking will be available on Craney Island for any "non-carpool" cars once the group is granted entrance by the visit lead(s).  Craney Island is a secure government site and its Project Office is located on a residential street.  When you arrive, please do not block the gated entranceway, residents' driveways, or park in the grassy areas.

ENTRY TO CRANEY:  It is important to know that early arrival will not permit early entry.  Please plan to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to your visit start time.  If your group could have more than 10 cars, please consider selecting a location nearby to meet and then travel to Craney as a group.  This will ensure prompt arrival to your visit, easy entry and parking, and minimal interruption to the street traffic and residents.

PAPERWORK:  Liability waivers will be available to sign at the start of the visit.  Unfortunately, these forms cannot be provided in advance.  The visit lead(s) must have everyone sign the forms in front of them at the time of the visit.

BIRD VIEWING ON CRANEY:  The visit lead(s) will take your group to known birding hot spots around Craney Island.  There will be several opportunities to stop and get out of the vehicles for viewing.

Due to expected construction this date may be changed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Contact Lee Adams to register at leeloudenslageradams@gmail.com or 540-850-0777.

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://www.virginiabirds.org/membership-and-donate/.