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Hampton Roads Bird Club


Welcome to the Hampton Roads Bird Club website!

If you're interested in learning more about birding in the Hampton Roads area, you've come to the right place! This website introduces you to the Club and provides information about birding in our area.

Whether you're an experienced birder or just enjoy watching the birds in your own backyard, we'd love to have you join the Hampton Road Bird Club!

Our monthly meetings and field trips provide wonderful learning opportunities and a chance to get to know some really great people!

NEW! The Hampton Roads Bird Club is now on Facebook!

LIKE our page, then check it often for updates. You can also share your photos there!


Get the MAY-JUNE newsletter!

Read past issues.


Club member John Adair took this photo of a Yellow-throated Warbler that visited his back yard in early April. Quite a treat for him and his wife Marilyn!

Upcoming HRBC activities

Check our CALENDAR for another way to view upcoming events for HRBC and VSO.


Thursday, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 - 6:30 PM - Check back later for program details.


Check back later for date and location of September field trip.

Sunday Walks in Newport News Park, 7:00 AM, 1st & 3rd Sunday every month, in the parking lot behind the Ranger Station. READ REPORTS from past Sunday Walks!


Saturday, JUNE 6, 2015 - Annual Picnic, Newport News Park

HRBC's picnic this year will be held June 6, 2015 at Newport News Park in shelter #4, next to the one we used last year. It is located off the parking lot where we meet for the Sunday walks, and faces the water looking toward the boat rentals. There is a paved path from the parking lot around to the shelter. It has a partial divider, but seems to be larger, and may have less sun on the food tables.

We look forward to a bird walk at 8:00 a.m. led by Meredith and Lee Bell, so we urge you to come early. We hope to eat about noon, and (to assure variety) a sheet will be available at the May meeting to sign up for the dish you wish to bring. The club will provide burgers, hot dogs, the trimmings, and paper products; so appetizers, side dishes, drinks, and desserts will be needed. You might want to bring folding chairs to help with seating. Don't miss this chance to celebrate the end of a fantastic year for the club, before we take the summer off. The installation of officers will follow the meal, so be sure to linger a while.

Those helping with the picnic will be Gwen Harris, Katrina Dash, Brenda Gervais, and Virginia Boyles. If you have questions, contact Virginia Boyles at (757)867-8857.

Virginia Birding Community Loses a Special Member: RUTH BECK

We are sad to report that Ruth Beck died on Thursday, May 7. A retired Biology professor at William & Mary, Ruth was a well-respected ornithologist who served the VSO in many roles over the years, including President. She worked tirelessly for decades on behalf of birds in our area, including 30 years tracking birds at Craney Island.

Every year, Ruth could be counted on to help lead VSO field trips to Craney Island and Chincoteague. The photo below shows her enjoying the Saturday boat trip at Chincotague in 2014, which she led and received rave reviews for.

We will miss her positive spirit and her love for birds and people.

HRBC Field Trip to Craney Island

On March 21, 2015, Stuart Sweetman led this group of enthusiastic birders on a field trip to Craney Island. Read the full report!

Upcoming VSO Events - Get details HERE.

May 8-10, 2015 - Annual Meeting, Wintergreen

May 30 , 2015 - Piney Grove

June 12-14 , 2015 - Blacksburg

September 11-13 , 2015 - Chincoteague

The Virginia Society of Ornithology's (VSO) Principles of Birding Ethics were adopted at the November 1, 2008 Board of Directors meeting. You can read the two-page Code of Birding Ethics HERE.

Creating a Backyard Habitat - Resources from Steve Living

Steve Living, our guest speaker in April 2010, gave a great presentation onf creating a habitat for wildlife in your yard. Here are the four resources he sent. All are PDF files you can download and print:

"Habitat at Home" (8-page booklet)

Native Perennials and Annuals

Native Trees and Shrubs

Native Plant Online Resources