Sat. May 4: CHAS BIRD-A-THON. 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The CHAS bird-a-thon will be in a different format this year. We are going to set up shop at the parking lot for the Jericho Ditch at the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge. We invite the public to join us for a day long event. We will take walks along Jericho, Hudnell and Lynn Ditches to see and hear as many of the birds of the swamp as possible. We will take set pledge amounts, pledges per species count and will take donations and accept new Audubon members. We will have folks available to talk about birding the Hampton Roads area, using eBird to keep track of bird sightings and various other topics. Come out and join us. Stay for a little while, stay for a long while, visit and come back if you wish. This is a fundraiser for CHAS to support our conservation and education efforts. It will be a fun day that coincides with the World Big Day where folks from all over the world enjoy and/or discover bird watching.
Directions: From Norfolk/Portsmouth area, follow I-64 or I-664 to Bower’s Hill, then proceed west into Suffolk on Rte 13/58/460. After passing the SPSA regional landfill, bear right to take the local exit to Suffolk, then turn south (left) onto Rte 337 (E. Washington Street). Proceed to the 2nd stop light and make a hard left turn onto White Marsh Road (Rte 642). Drive to Jericho Ditch Lane and meet at the parking lot at the end of the lane.
Wed. May 15:CHAS MEMBERSHIP MEETING. 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church(directions). . Guest speaker Drew Avery will speak about Birds on Ascension Island.
Sat. May 19:CHAS FIELD TRIP to Indian River Park, Chesapeake 8:00 a.m.
Sat. Jun. 8:CHAS annual picnic at Weyanoke Sanctuary. 10:00 a.m. unti 3:00 pm.Come join us for the annual Cape Henry Audubon picnic. CHAS will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and condiments. You bring a dish to share with the group, chairs and drinks. Eating will begin around 11:30 ish. Bring your binoculars and take a walk around beautiful Weyanoke.
Sat. June 22: CHAS Fundraiser "Breakfast with Purple Martins" - Great Bridge area of Chesapeake.
Come and experience the sight and sound of an active Purple Martin gourd colony, established over twenty years ago. Tony and Darol Wood will provide a continental breakfast for you to enjoy while sitting on the screened-in porch, watching the PUMAs scramble to feed their young. Their burbling sounds will lift your spirits!
RSVP required by June 9th, call Darol at 757-567-0737. Directions to our home will be provided when a reservation is made. Bring your checkbook and prepare to fall in love with our largest swallow.
Wed. Sep. 18:CHAS Membership Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. (directions) . Guest speaker to be announced.
Sat. Sep. 21: Weyanoke Sanctuary monthly bird walk 9:00 a.m.