December 1-3 2017 - Virginia Beach, VA

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.

Harlequin Ducks at the CBBT, photo by Rob Bielawski

Harlequin Ducks at the CBBT, photo by Rob Bielawski

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:


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.


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.


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.


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 South CBBT Toll Booth Plaza.  Participants must meet & check in with Lee Adams at the CBBT parking lot at 7:25 a.m.This is usually a 3 hour 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 Friday morning. The security information form, available at:  is needed by Nov 20 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, 11/24.


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.


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 and end about 12:30. Participants should bring binoculars, 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.


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 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.

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 or pay the registration fee on the first evening of the event.