Upcoming Field Trips
The VSO and Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) are jointly offering a field trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Piney Grove Preserve, site of nesting Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. Bart Paxton from the CCB will be our leader. We are given access to this protected site through CCB’s support and the cooperation of The Nature Conservancy. In recent years we have had good views of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, nestlings and nest sites. We will assemble at 5:15 A.M. in the morning on June 2 at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield and leave in time to catch sunrise at the nest site. Because of the sensitive nature of this area, we are limited in the number of participants who can go in at one time (20 people). We may need to carpool as parking is limited on the site. This field trip will end mid to late morning. Contact Lee Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-850-0777 to register for the trip. Click here to continue reading!
Join us June 15-17 in South Boston for VSO’s 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. TRIP REGISTRATION: 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 email@example.com or 804-824-4958. HEADQUARTERS: 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 MEALS: 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. SCHEDULE: Field trips will be held: Friday, June 15 – afternoon only, Saturday, June 16 – all day, Sunday, June 17 – morning only. Click here to continue reading!
VSO Winter Field Trip Announcement: 2-4 February 2018 - Outer Banks, NC
Make plans to join us for the VSO’s Winter field trip at the Outer Banks of North Carolina February 2-4, 2018! The weekend’s leaders include Bill Akers and Jerry Via, as well as VSO field trip co-chairs Lee Adams and Meredith Bell. We always have great waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors, along with a wide assortment of land birds. TRIP REGISTRATION: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-824- 4958. The weekend itinerary will be sent via email to all registrants a few days before the trip, and it will also be available at the front desk of the hotel Thursday evening. Important! Please bring FRS (two-way) radios if you have them because this helps us stay in contact in our caravans when calling out bird sightings. HEADQUARTERS: The Comfort Inn South Oceanfront in Nags Head will be the trip headquarters again. There’s a huge deck off the second floor, which offers great beach-viewing opportunities. The special VSO room rate is $72 for oceanfront and $62 for bay-view plus tax. Ocean front rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. The 7 th floor bayside rooms offer a panoramic view of the bay but do not have balconies. The hotel is just two blocks from Jennette’s Pier, a 1,000-foot long, 24-foot wide pier that will allow you to get amazingly close to the ocean birds! Click Here to Continue Reading!
The VSO annual field trip to Virginia Beach will be held Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3, 2017. A trip to Craney Island on Friday morning will run from 9 until 12:30. On Saturday, a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) is planned. As Islands 1 & 2 will be closed, we will be visiting Islands 3 & 4. The last trip of the weekend will be a tram ride at Back Bay NWR and False Cape State Park on Sunday morning. For additions to the schedule & updates, please check VSO’s website: www.virginiabirds.org/ LODGING: There will be a blocks of rooms available at Comfort Suites Beachfront (VA563) To register for the group rate you must mention the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Reserve rooms by Nov 16 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 16. http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-virginia_beach-virginia-VA563
FRIDAY MORNING/FRIDAY AFTERNOON: A trip to Craney Island will run from 9 until 12:30 Friday morning. Please do not arrive before 8:40 as per instructions from the Army Corps of Engineer liaison. Come prepared to car pool with 3 or 4 people per vehicle. Please bring FRS radios that will tune to Channel 4, if you have them... Click Here to Continue Reading!
VSO Fall Field Trip Announcement Chincoteague, VA September 15-17, 2017
Every fall is different at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, so join us to discover the surprises that await us on this year’s annual fall VSO trip, September 15-17. Last we tallied 129 species, including a terrific combination of waterfowl, shorebirds and migrating songbirds. TRIP REGISTRATION: To help us plan for the weekend, please register in advance. Provide the names of participants in your party with your mobile number and email address so we can contact you if needed. Register with Meredith Bell, trip coordinator, at email@example.com or 804-824- 4958. If you’re also registering for one of the bus trips to Wash Flats (see below), be sure to state your preferred day. HEADQUARTERS: The Refuge Inn on Beach Road in Chincoteague will be the host hotel (800-544- 8469 or 757-336- 5511). Room rates are $114.75 (plus tax) per night for a single or a double room, minimum two night stay. For those arriving a day early or staying an extra day, the rate for Thursday and Sunday nights will be $102. The Refuge Inn is non-smoking and no pets are allowed. To assure the VSO rate, make reservations by August 15 and state you are with the VSO when you call. MEALS: Meals are on your own. The Refuge Inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast for guests and will open early for us for breakfast at 7:00am. Chincoteague is known for its fine dining and you will be able to choose from any number of excellent restaurants. CHECK-IN: Check-in time is 4:00pm. After you check in at the hotel on Friday, be sure to pick up a schedule of events... Click Here to Continue Reading!
VSO Field Trip Announcement: 18 August 2017 - Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA
NOTE: THIS FIELD TRIP IS NOW FULL (AS OF 16 JUN 2017). TO BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST, PLEASE EMAIL LEE ADAMS AT THE LINK PROVIDED BELOW.
Meet at 4599 River Shore Road, Portsmouth, VA. Arrive at 7:30 to enter the compound at 7:45. Craney Island 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. 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. Due to expected construction this date may be changed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Contact Lee Adams to register at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2017. 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/ or pay the registration fee on the first evening of the event... Click Here to Continue Reading!
The New River Valley Bird Club will host the VSO summer field trip June 9-11, 2017, featuring some of the best birding areas in the New River Valley and Southern Appalachians. The varied topography and the river valley offer a wide variety of habitats and bird species. Field trips will be offered Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. Bill Akers and Jerry Via will be our trip leaders, and they have organized some terrific activities for us! TRIP REGISTRATION: 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 email@example.com or 804-824-4958. Please bring FRS (two-way) radios if you have them to stay in contact in our caravans when calling out bird sightings. HEADQUARTERS: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Blacksburg is the host hotel (This is the same hotel as the 2015 trip, now under new ownership). The special rate for the VSO block of rooms is $95/night (plus tax) for single or double. Double and King beds are available, and some suites have pull-out beds. There are microwaves and refrigerators in all rooms. Register by Friday, MAY 8, to get the special rate: (540) 552-5636. Hotel address is 1020 Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA24060. MEALS: A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included with your stay, beginning at 6:30 AM on Friday and 7:00AM on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll need to bring lunch for Saturday... Click Here to Continue Reading!