Due to technical problims, we were unable to hold our September meeting as planned. Our first gathering for this season will therefore be our October meeting which will be held In person at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 201 St. Paul’s Blvd in downtown Norfolk. The location is at the corner of St. Paul’s Blvd. and City Hall Ave., next to the MacArthur Center mall. Parking is available in the church parking lot which is accessed via City Hall Ave. It would be prudent to bring a mask to the meeting. Following the business and program portions of the meeting, refreshments will be served providing everyone with an opportunity to chat about bird sightings and other happenings over the summer.
Program – Saving Chimney Swifts
The Elizabeth River Project’s Larry LaPell, Park Naturalist and Operations Manager at Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth will be discussing the origins, collaboration, and the resolve that was required to complete the two Chimney Swift towers recently completed at the park. The project headed by Pat Scanlon had the Elizabeth River Project partnering with the Tidewater Woodworkers Guild, Cape Henry Audubon Society, and the Department of Wildlife Resources to complete this important project that will support the declining population of Chimney Swifts.
Presenter – Larry LaPell
Retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Culinary Specialist, Larry is a Certified Executive Chef and completed training at the Starkey School of Household Management. He has an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management from Tidewater Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Park and Recreation Management from Old Dominion University. Larry has been a Tidewater Master Naturalist since 2018 and is currently employed by the Elizabeth River Project as the Park Naturalist and Operations Manager at Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth. Larry and his wife Gwen live in the Bayview section in Norfolk and enjoy kayaking on Pretty Lake whenever possible.
Wednesday, Nov. 16 - Monthly Membership Meeting Guest speaker to be announced.