The Williamsburg Bird Club and the Hampton Roads Bird Club have joined forces to "adopt" an Audubon Important Bird Area on the Coastal Plain of VA. The "Western Shore Marshes" stretch from Grandview Beach north to Haven Beach and includes portions of the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Poquoson, Hampton, Gloucester County, York County and Mathews County.
At the Bird Club's September 21 meeting, Ruth Beck and Shirley Devan will describe the areas with photos and maps and discuss the importance of conserving and protecting these areas and the special birds in these habitats. Ruth Beck has been studying the birds at Grandview Nature Preserve and Plum Tree Island for many years, and conducts yearly surveys of nesting shore birds at Grandview.
Our two bird clubs will join forces for future bird surveys and an upcoming "TogetherGreen Volunteer Day" event at one or more of the birding spots in this IBA.
Our Bird Club meetings this year will be in Andrews Hall Room 101 this fall. Our usual room in Millington was not available so we'll be in Andrews Hall, which is actually closer to the Phi Beta Kappa Parking lot. Don't forget to use your parking permit to park in the W&M parking lot.