Winter Wildlife Festival

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:30am

Various Venues in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA 23450

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Join us for a month-long celebration of coastal wildlife and nature culminating January 28-31! We're going the distance this year and presenting virtual and in-person components to ensure a safe, yet engaging experience for all.

Schedule:

8:30 am - 9:30 am: Big Sit – Pleasure House Point #59106 at Pleasure House Point

Cost: $10

10  &  UP -  Birders  of  all  expertise  levels  come  together  to  spot and identify birds from the comfort of a chair! Leaders will  guide  the  experience  and  offer  Natural  History of  locations.  Participants  are  asked  to  BYOC  (bring  your  own  chair)  as  well  as  their  own  spotting  equipment  (binoculars  and scopes). Have fun while contributing to Citizen Science as  we  record  how  many  species  we  find  at  each  location!  Meets onsite at location.

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Big Sit – Pleasure House Point #59107 at Pleasure House Point Cost: $10

10  &  UP  |  Birders  of  all  expertise  levels  come  together  to  spot and identify birds from the comfort of a chair! Leaders will  guide  the  experience  and  offer  Natural  History of  locations.  Participants  are  asked  to  BYOC  (bring  your  own  chair)  as  well  as  their  own  spotting  equipment  (binoculars  and scopes). Have fun while contributing to Citizen Science as  we  record  how  many  species  we  find  at  each  location!  Meets onsite at location.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Workshop: Seabird Conservation in Hampton Roads #59137 at Zoom

Cost: Free

18  &  UP  -  Hear  the  evolutionary  tale  of  Virginia’s  most  unique  seabird  breeding  colony  located  at  the  Interstate  64  Hampton  Roads  Bridge  and  Tunnel  (HRBT)  between  the  cities  of  Norfolk  and  Hampton.  You  will  learn  about  its  formation  into  the  Commonwealth’s  largest  waterbird  colony,  its  inhabitants,  and  its  near  demise  and  eleventh  hour  salvation.  You  will  learn  how  strong  support  from  the  birding community and conservation organizations and the implementation of out-of-the-box management techniques saved  the  HRBT  colony  and  what  the  future  holds  in  store  for this most impressive aggregation of breeding birds

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Big Sit – Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge #59108 at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Cost: $10

10  &  UP -  Birders  of  all  expertise  levels  come  together  to  spot and identify birds from the comfort of a chair! Leaders will  guide  the  experience  and  offer  Natural  History of  locations.  Participants  are  asked  to  BYOC  (bring  your  own  chair)  as  well  as  their  own  spotting  equipment  (binoculars  and scopes). Have fun while contributing to Citizen Science as  we  record  how  many  species  we  find  at  each  location!  Meets onsite at location

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Notable Tree Tour – Northeast Virginia Beach #59119 at Brock Environmental Center at 12:45pm for caravan to locations

Cost:
$15
Price is per CAR.
Up to 4 people per car

12 & UP - Join Lynnhaven River Now’s Captain Brent James as  he  visits  some  of  Virginia  Beach’s  Notable  Trees!  See  some of Virginia Beach’s most amazing trees up close while you  will  learn  their  history  on  the  properties  which  they  reside.  Learn their approximate ages, as well as their sizes relative to the state and national champions of their species. All experience levels welcome. It is recommended that you wear sturdy, waterproof footwear.  Your personal car will be required to caravan your party from location to location. Fee is per car; up to 4 people allowed per car. It is exceptionally important that participants arrive on time and keep up with the  group  on  the  road  and  while  walking  at  sites.  Walking  short distances may be required. Terrain may be uneven at times. Meets at Brock Environmental Center located at 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 at 12:45pm.

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Whale Watching Boat Trip #59123 at Virginia Aquarium Dock

Cost:
$31.95 12&up
$26.95 3-11
Free under 3

All  Ages  -  Join  the  Virginia  Aquarium  &  Marine  Science  Center,  the  longest  running  and  most  experienced  whale  watching entity in Virginia, in an immersive encounter with some of the ocean’s most magnificent creatures. Specialized educators  will  share  a  program  built  upon  the  Aquarium’s  scientific research and almost three decades of experience connecting  guests  with  the  area’s  marine  mammal  visitors.  Trips  take  place  on  a  spacious  and  stable  catamaran  that  boasts one of the most comfortable rides in Virginia Beach, and has been outfitted especially for conducting dolphin & whale  watching  trips.    Experience  spectacular  views  from  the  outdoor  covered  seating  areas,  or  from  cushioned  seats  inside  a  heated  cabin.  This  ~2.5  hour  adventure  is  an  exploration  in  search  of  whales,  dolphins,  seals,  and  seabirds.  Marine  mammal  sightings  are  not  guaranteed.  Meets at Virginia Aquarium Dock (717 General Booth Blvd.)

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Big Sit –  Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge #59019 at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Cost: $10

10  &  UP  -  Birders  of  all  expertise  levels  come  together  to  spot and identify birds from the comfort of a chair! Leaders will  guide  the  experience  and  offer  Natural  History  of  locations.  Participants  are  asked  to  BYOC  (bring  your  own  chair)  as  well  as  their  own  spotting  equipment  (binoculars  and scopes). Have fun while contributing to Citizen Science as  we  record  how  many  species  we  find  at  each  location!  Meets onsite at location.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Workshop: Introduction to Gull ID with Amar Ayyash #59138 at Zoom

Cost: Free

16  and  UP  -  Whether  you’re  just  beginning  to  work  on  your  local gulls, or have long struggled with the nuances of this group  of  birds,  winter  is  the  perfect  time  to  brush  up  on  how  to  identify  them.  Amar  will  walk  us  through  the  key  components of identifying the gulls found in eastern North America. He will present a multitude of photos and collages for  comparison,  and  will  also  touch  on  some  of  the  often-ignored  topics  in  gull-study  such  as  the  aging  process  and  molt.  Join  virtually  to  learn  why  an  increasing  number  of  people  are  being  drawn  to  this  family  of  birds  and  are  eagerly calling themselves “larophiles.”

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Big Sit After Dark #59117 at Great Neck Park

Cost: $10

10  &  UP -  Take  the  party  into  the  night!  Learn  about  our  local owls and the night sky. Binoculars are recommended. Bundle up and BYOC! Meets onsite at location

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Big Sit After Dark #59115 at Marshview Park

Cost: $10

10  &  UP  -  Take  the  party  into  the  night!  Learn  about  our  local owls and the night sky. Binoculars are recommended. Bundle up and BYOC! Meets onsite at location

This event listing provided for the Virginia Beach community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. If you have an event to share, let us know!

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