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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!

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

Have you found an injured bird? Now it's easy to find a Bird Rehabilitator. Check out the BIRD REHABILITATORS in our area!


Get the MAY-JUNE newsletter!

Read past issues.


Club member Andy Hawkins took this photo of a Long-tailed Duck on the HRBC February 13 field trip to CBBT Islands. Get full report HERE.

Upcoming HRBC activities

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

NEW! Results of 2017 HRBC Spring Count!

Many thanks to Bill Boeh, who compiled the results of the HRBC Spring Bird Count.

Download the Spring Count Compiled Report now!


No meetings are in June, July or August. The next general meeting will be in September.

6:30-7:00 PM - Social
7:00 PM - Business Meeting and Program

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - TBA


No field trips are planned during the summer months. The next trip will be in September.

September 16, 2017 - TBA

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!


We’re BIOBLITZING Newport News Park!
May 20-21, 2017, Shelters 19 & 20

How many species of plants and animals live in Newport News Park? We intend to find out! Join the Virginia Herpetological Society and the Hampton Roads Bird Club for a 24 hour BIOBLITZ event featuring family-friendly nature education walks and talks throughout the weekend. We will be joined by the Thirsty Frog food truck on Saturday for lunch and dinner.

A bioblitz is a period of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within an area. Close to 100 biologists and naturalists will be coming from all across Virginia to help with this effort. The Newport News Park Bioblitz kicks off Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 PM with ongoing educational displays in Shelters 19 and 20 in Newport News Park. At 1:30, find out how you can be a citizen scientist! At 3:30, attend an electroshock fishing demonstration! Saturday night, we will host walks to listen for owls and frogs, and post light stations for observing nocturnal insects. Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m., before the closing ceremony and final tally, join Dr. Shawn Dash of Hampton University for his lively presentation, “Ants in My Pants and Other Bugs Around You.”

This is an opportunity to meet and talk to real scientists! The Newport News Park Bioblitz full schedule of events can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/vaherpsociety.com/nnp-bioblitz-2017/home/nnp-bioblitz-2017-nat.ure-walks; email BIOBLITZ@VAHERPSOCIETY.COM for more information.

Press contacts:
Elisabeth Carrozza-Wilkins: (757) 509-0854 iLike2Hike@Ymail.com
Kory Steele: (757) 880-3948 colchicine@gmail.com
Virginia Herpetological Society
Hampton Roads Bird Club
Newport News City Park


Upcoming VSO Events

(VSO is the Virginia Society of Ornithology.)

June 9-11, 2017 - Blacksburg field trip

August 18, 2017 (Friday) - Craney Island

September 15-17, 2017 - Eastern Shore/Chincoteague

December 1-3, 2017 - Virginia Beach

February 2-4, 2018 - Outer Banks

Results of the 2016 Christmas Bird Count

The efforts of 48 observers (the vast majority of which were HRBC members) resulted in the observation of 18,568 birds comprised of 123 species.

See the full report.

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