Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Planners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are developing a new 15-year management plan, known as a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

The plan is expected to address issues that will affect wildlife and habitat management, administration and public uses of the refuge.

According to USFWS, accomplish the refuge’s wildlife conservation mission, while promoting sustainable, compatible enjoyment of the refuge by over one million people who visit annually.

The August 2012 CCP newsletter is now available and can be found on the refuge website at:

The draft CCP is expected to be published for public review and comment at the end of 2012.

For more information, contact the refuge at 757.336.6122.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lynhaven River Citizen Oyster Gardeners Program

Growing oysters can help improve the Lynnhaven River. To become an oyster gardener, LRNOw offers a Taylor Float workshop where participants can build their own float and get all the equipment needed. Alternatively, gardeners can purchase an assembled float with all the equipment from LRNow for $100.

Participants also need to attend a New Citizen Oyster Gardener Workshop where they will learn about caring for oysters over the next year.  Pre-registration is required for both the Tayor Float workshop and the New Citizen Gardener Workshop.

Oyster Gardening Events:
Taylor Float Workshop

Thursday, July 26, 6-7:30 PM, at the LRNow office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.  Cost for all supplies is $75.
To register call 757-962-5398 or email

New Oyster Citizen Gardeners Workshop

Thursday, August 2, 6-7:30 PM at the Great Neck Rescue Squad on Bayne Drive
Thursday, September 6, 6-7:30 PM at Virginia Wesleyan College
Cost:  $30 for your bag of 1000 baby oysters
Pre-registration required with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at or call 757-622-1964.

The Oyster Gardening Project is offered in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. More information about oyster gardening can be found at or by calling 757-962-5398.

source: LRNow

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Virginia Wild Turkey Facts

According to biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, a number of biological variables may affect the state's turkey populations from year to year.

Food is important as hens need higher energy and protein levels for over-winter survival and for the different phases of reproduction, including egg laying, incubation, and brooding.

During years early spring weather is mild, abundant plant growth appears to help stimulate the reproductive process early. Weather can also be a detrimental factor for turkey populations, especially if conditions are wet and cold over several days.

For the 2011-2012 season turkey populations in Virginia may have experienced high survival rates due to good fall foods and a mild spring. Early spring green-up likely resulted in earlier than normal broods.

source: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival

Hope House Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been providing support services for people with developmental disabilities since 1964, announces the dates for the 28th Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival—May 19-20, 2012, at Stockley Gardens Park in the Ghent section of Norfolk.

The park is located on the corner of Stockley Gardens and Olney Road in Norfolk. The hours of the festival, which is free and open to the public, are Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit Hope House Foundation.

Proud Sponsors of the event include: Miller Oil/Miller Mart, Mancon, Ghent Business Association, Old Point National Bank, WNIS 790AM, WHRO, VEER Magazine, Hampton Roads Magazine, 93.7 BOB-FM.

Over 140 artists have been selected to exhibit at the festival, which offers exhibition opportunities in every fine-art medium, such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry.

The awards for the festival will be presented at the After Hours Party/Artist Award Ceremony to be held on Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the stage in the park. There will be over $5,000 in artist awards. A list of all award winners will be displayed at the Hope House Foundation Hospitality Booth on Sunday, May 20.

The festival judge will be Sidney Lawrence from Washington, DC. Mr. Lawrence is an artist, critic and curator who studied art history at the University of California, Berkley and Davis. Mr. Lawrence has participated in many local and national gallery shows including the National Portrait Gallery. He is represented in more than 40 collections.

The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival poster design for this spring was created by artist Tevin Flores with graphic design work by Christine Morgan.

Specialty food items will be available from many area vendors throughout the weekend. Vendors include such favorites as Ben & Jerry’s, Belmont House of Smoke, Cogan’s Pizza, Hawaiian Sno, East Fresh, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Grapevine Restaurant, and Eat-a-Pita.

This Spring a new line up of local musical talent will be featured over the course of the festival, including well-known favorites such as So What!, Skye Zentz, Mink & Cheef’s Electric Band, Bria Kelly & Friends, ZigZag, More Perfect Jones, Betty Iron Thumbs, Dancing with Dragons, Jim Masters, and Passenger. A have a variety of children’s activities will also be held at the festival.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Virginia Back Bay Largemouth Bass Restoration

Beginning in the spring of 2012, a three-year largemouth bass restoration project will be implemented by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) in the Back Bay estuary of Tidewater Virginia.

The Back Bay largemouth bass restoration program comes after an experimental stocking of approximately 75,000 surplus largemouth bass fingerlings in 2009 proved successful.

According to DGIF, approximately 125,000 fingerling largemouth bass will be stocked in Back Bay in late May of this year. The young bass will be F-1 hybrids, a cross between the northern strain largemouth bass and the Florida strain largemouth bass.The fingerlings will be chemically marked to allow DGIF staff to track their movement, survival, and distribution within Back bay.

Back Bay was noted in the late 1970s as one of the top trophy bass fisheries in the nation. This outstanding bass fishery peaked in 1980, when 240 citation-sized largemouth bass (bass that weighed at least eight pounds) were reported to be caught in the bay. In recent years, the growth of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in Back Bay has increased to levels not seen since the early 1980's.

source: Virginia DGIF