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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 NOV-DEC newsletter!

Read past issues.


Club member Stuart Sweetman took this photo of a Barred Owl on the October 19, 2014, Sunday walk at Newport News Park. Read the reports for these walks!

Upcoming HRBC activities

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


Thursday, JANUARY 8, 2015 - 6:30 PM - "Winter Ecology" by Dr. Shawn Dash

Dr. Shawn Dash is an assistant professor at Hampton University, with special interests in ant biodiversity and forest fragmentation. - Get details.


Saturday, DECEMBER 20, 2014- 115th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Nancy Grutman-Tyler coordinates the Newport News sector of the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Your eyes and ears are needed, and you don't have to be an experienced birder to participate! The area is divided into 13 sectors, with an experienced leader for each. Most sectors count from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Sign up at the November meeting or contact Nancy (850-3861 or gruttmantyler@gmail.com) to see which sectors need coverage.

Saturday, JANUARY 10, 2015- Back Bay and False Cape State Park

Andy Hawkins and Stuart Sweetman have planned a special field trip to the Virginia Beach area for January. You need to sign up in advance to participate, so get the details!

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!

Fun Times at HRBC Annual Picnic!

On June 14, more than 30 members turned out for our annual picnic, held this year at Newport News Park. Several people joined Lee and Meredith Bell at 8:00am for a walk in the park. John Adair and Bill Boeh handled the grill, while Donna Buchanan, Marilyn Adair and Brenda Gervais helped with getting the picnic area set up, with lots of hands contributing for clean-up. Special thanks to Virginia Boyles for organizing this event!

Several people contributed photos, including George and Virginia Boyles, Bill Boeh, Tom Charlock and Dot Silsby. You can view the Flickr album to see them!

Hayes Williams and Dot Silsby welcome new arrivals to the picnic.

Upcoming VSO Events - Get details HERE.

December 5-7, 2014 - Virginia Beach

February 6-8, 2015 - Outer Banks, NC

May 8-10, 2015 - Annual Meeting, Wintergreen

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