SUNDAY, Nov. 19: PARADISE CREEK NATURE PARK - 1141 Victory Blvd., Portsmouth VA 23703
Meet 8:00 AM in the parking lot
Nestled in an industrial area of Portsmouth is a lush 40-acre waterfront park just waiting for us to visit. Working together, the Elizabeth River Project, Virginia Port Authority, the City of Portsmouth, and other partners opened the park in 2012. Paradise Creek is now a model of an urban forest that is being revitalized saving precious habit. Eleven of the forty acres is restored wetlands, and thousands of native plants have been brought in throughout the area. There are two miles of handicapped accessible trails that meander through woodlands, marshes and waterways. See paradisecreeknaturepark.org for additional information about the park.
On a very wet and windy day, my wife and I spent about 30 minutes in the park and found American Goldfinches, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Carolina Chickadees, Great Egrets, and a Turkey Vulture. The habitat is ideal for Rails and wintering waterfowl, as well as wintering woodland birds which will have arrived by November. Paradise Creek is a true star for our community. Please join us for this outing!
Driving information: The Park is in an industrial area and it appears that you might not be in the right place for a birding area. There is a neighborhood on one side of the road and industry on the other. Additionally, the Paradise Creek Nature Park sign is nearly hidden from view because of the thriving plant life. We passed it up and had to turn around. It is recommended that you drive slowly and watch for an unpaved road entrance.
Due to construction and detours around Route 17 (Frederick Blvd) in Portsmouth, use one of the routes below.
From Norfolk: If you come through the midtown tunnel, bear left toward Martin Luther King Freeway, but then take the London Blvd east exit. From London Blvd turn right (south) onto Elm Ave. Follow Elm Ave bearing right onto Victory Blvd (you will pass the industrial site of Wheelabrator and the Jordon Bridge). Shortly thereafter, the Park will be on your left.
If you come through the downtown tunnel, take the Frederick Blvd exit and bear left onto Frederick Blvd (Route 17 south). Turn right onto George Washington Hwy. Turn left onto Victory Blvd. The Park will be on your right.
Another option is to take 464 and cross the Jordon Bridge, which in itself is an adventure if you haven’t been over the bridge since the new construction. Turn left on Victory Blvd and the park will be on your left.
From western Portsmouth/Suffolk area: From the Western Freeway (Route 164), bear right onto the Martin Luther King Freeway, but then take the London Blvd east exit. From London Blvd turn right (south) onto Elm Ave. Follow Elm Ave bearing right onto Victory Blvd (you will pass the industrial site of Wheelabrator and the Jordon Bridge). Shortly thereafter, the Park will be on your left.
Field Trip Inclement Weather Policy
Since the Cape Henry Audubon Society outings have no scheduled rain dates, we try to conduct all of our field trips…rain or shine. For most weather conditions, this has worked well and will continue to be our goal. However, if on the night before a field trip, severe weather i.e. torrential rain, heavy snow, dangerous wind, flooding, etc. is forecast, and you have doubts about the trip being held, call 484-7398. If the field trip chair doesn’t answer, a recorded announcement will inform you of any changes or cancellations.