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