Join us for our Monthly Meetings!

 

Our meetings are informative and include presentations from experts in the birding community!

 

We have a short business meeting, followed by entertaining, educational programs, and an array of delicious refreshments prepared by our talented members.

 

WHEN: Second Thursday of each month, September - May

 

SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:00 PM  |  Social

                     7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program

WHERE: Sandy Bottom Nature Park

               1255 Big Bethel Road

               Hampton, VA

Program for January 9, 2020

Raptor Wildlife Rehabilitation

by Dana Lusher

6:30 - 7:00 PM  |  Social

7:00 PM  |  Business Meeting and Program

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

1255 Big Bethel Road

Hampton, VA

 

Dana Lusher, President of Nature’s Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation in Chesapeake, VA, will present a program on her experiences in saving and rehabilitating raptors especially owls. She is licensed by the state for rehabilitating birds, raptors, and waterbirds. She works with the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro using their facilities to see if the raptor can be returned to the wild. Some injuries do not allow the bird to be released so she has been granted permission from Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fishery to have them as wildlife ambassadors to teach the public about wildlife. She will bring those that are available for the program. She has been showing some of her owls at Wild Birds Unlimited stores on the Southside and has presented programs entitled Living Harmoniously with Owls to others.

Program for February 13, 2020

 

Dragon Run

by Teta Kain

6:30 - 7:00 PM Social

7:00 PM Business Meeting and Program

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

1255 Big Bethel Road

Hampton, VA

Dragon Run is a 40-mile long river that runs through Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. It is the headwaters of the Piankatank River and it serves as the boundary line that separates Essex, King & Queen, Middlesex and Gloucester counties. Its shores are lined with freshwater swamps, massive bald cypress trees, and a host of plants and animals, some that are unique to this type of environment. Because of those extensive swamps, few have ever traveled this hidden waterway and its inaccessibility lends an air of mystery and intrigue.

Over the past 20 years, Teta Kain, local naturalist and wildlife photographer, has been kayaking the river, photographing both plants and animals she finds along its shores. Gliding by ancient trees, navigating narrow, twisting channels, and pushing through lush stands of water plants, Teta, in her trusty, flat-water kayak gets close-up photos of the many species that abound. Along with the visual feast of the Dragon’s beauty, Teta will include a few stories about her adventures on the river.

Bio:  Teta has been a wildlife photographer for over 40 years, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, and especially in Virginia, photographing everything from bugs to birds. She has been involved with Virginia nature and environmental organizations since the early 1980s. Over the years, Teta’s broadening awareness of the natural world has prompted her to “always take a camera along.” She has a library of over 35,000 photographs which she uses in slide programs she presents to various groups around the state. As she says, “Nature study and photography have been the governing forces in my life and have led me on incredible paths of adventure.” Teta has been involved with many nature and environmental organizations. She was president of the Hampton Roads Bird Club in the late 1980s, and was compiler of the Newport News Christmas bird count in the early 1990s. Over a 27-year period she served on the board of the Virginia Society of Ornithology as president, secretary, chairman of the state bird records committee (VARCOM), and editor of the state’s bird journal, The Raven. She received the Society’s Myriam P. Moore award for outstanding service in 2008.