Saturday, July 23, 2011

Coast Guard Station Open House in Chincoteague Va

The crew of Coast Guard Station Chincoteague is scheduled to hold an open house for the media and the general public, Tuesday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Crews will give lectures and information regarding water safety, survival and safety gear requirements for vessels.

There will also be interactive displays regarding maritime electrical safety and communications as well as aids to navigation.

During the open house, the crew will conduct rescue demonstrations, which may include a helicopter hoist with an MH-60 Jayhawk.

The Coast Guard station is located at 3823 Main Street, Chincoteague, VA., 23336

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Aerial Photography

Highcamera Aerial Photographic Service is offering a new series of Chesapeake Bay aerial photographs.

Aerial photos are available for purchase in a variety of sizes, each signed by the photographer.

The collection of aerial photos includes Smith Island Maryland, the USAS American Mariner, Tangier Island Virginia, and Watts Island.

For more information, visit

2011 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp

Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) will begin selling its 2011 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp on July 1, 2011.

The artwork for the stamp, painted by Ron Louque, depicts a pair of redhead ducks. This is not the first time Mr. Louque's artwork appeared as a winner in Virginia, his painting of flying mallards was depicted on the first voluntary Virginia duck stamp back in 1988.

Last year, 22,682 duck stamps were sold bringing in $225,820. The Department awarded four Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Grants in 2010 for projects to be started in the upcoming year totaling $128,845.

Grantees included Ducks Unlimited, The Fish America Foundation, The Elizabeth River Project and the Nature Conservancy. These projects will restore over 240 acres of wetland habitat from the Eastern Shore to Wakefield.

In addition this past year the Department used duck stamp funds to purchase the Mattaponi WMA in Caroline county which contains over 800 acres of wetland habitat.

The funds generated from sales of the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp are placed in the Department's Game Protection Fund and are accounted for under a separate fund designated as the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Fund.

These funds are used to contract with appropriate nonprofit organizations for cooperative waterfowl habitat improvement projects; to protect, preserve, restore, enhance and develop waterfowl habitat in Virginia through the department's waterfowl program; and to offset the administrative costs associated with production, issuance of, and accounting for the Stamp.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in Virginia, visit

Friday, July 8, 2011

Public Meetings Concerning Fort Monroe National Park

The National Parks Conservation Association is urging Hampton Roads residents to attend either of two public meetings on July 19 at 2 pm and 6:30 pm at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

At stake is the future of Fort Monroe, one of Hampton Roads most well known historic landmarks. Built in the 1800’s, Fort Monroe was dubbed “Freedom’s Fortress” when thousands of enslaved people sought refuge there during the Civil War.

The site includes more than two miles of undeveloped Chesapeake Bay shoreline that could be enjoyed for boating, birding and other outdoor recreation.

In September, the U.S. Army will leave the Fort due to base closures, giving the United States a rare opportunity to make Fort Monroe a national park site.

The NPCA urged residents to attend one or more public meetings concerning the future of the historic site: "We urge Virginia residents to join us to discuss the future of America’s next great urban national park.”

source: National Parks Conservation Association