In this month's newsletter, we have:
- Upcoming Events
- 5/14 Saturday - Second Saturday Hike at Indian River Park
- 5/19 Thursday - Monthly Meeting - Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve
- 6/4 Saturday - Clean the Bay Day Event at Indian River Park
- Other News
- Elizabeth River Project 2022 Watershed Action Plan
- Get Involved
- Conservation Landscaping
- Notable Yards Contest
Second Saturday Hike at Indian River Park
Location: Meet at the Indian River Park entrance at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.
Learn about the history of the park, the native trees and plants in this century old forest on the Indian River flood plain, and its value to maintaining the health of local butterfly, bird, and wildlife populations. Note: the forest trail has uneven surfaces and minor elevation changes.
To speed up registration and improve social distancing, please pre-register online at https://forms.gle/2eKE87nDtvgjppqR7
May Meeting - Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve
Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Dr.
Our guest speaker will be Mickie Nance, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation in Portsmouth. Mickie, also a Portsmouth Master Gardener and a Master Naturalist, will discuss the history of the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, Foundation, and the Preserve's Amenities.
We'll also have the latest community news
Clean the Bay Day
Date: Saturday, June 4, 9 am
Location: Indian River Park at Southern Volkswagen off Paramont Avenue.
This year we are partnering with Southern Volkswagen to clean up the west side of Indian River Park for Clean the Bay Day. The focus will be floodplain and forest edge along the Volkswagen dealership and down to Military Highway. This area has been neglected for a long time and needs a lot of love; this will actually be the second half of a cleanup started earlier this spring.
Sign up at https://forms.gle/kWifnY2nbaE4vJ4F6 and we'll update with parking directions as the date get nearer.
Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. We also always encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.
The Elizabeth River Project published its 2022 Watershed Action Plan in April. The Plan set many important goals for all of us to work toward restore a beautiful and healthy river, abundant in diversity, accessible to all. See the full executive summary at https://elizabethriver.org/sites/default/files/ERP-WAP-ES-2022.pdf
Interested in improving the natural value of your property? Would you like to add beauty while helping the environment? The Elizabeth River Project is still offering matching funding for installing living shorelines (up to $4000), buffers (up to $1500), or maybe a Rain Garden (up to $2000). The Friends of Indian River has limited funds to kick in up to another $250 toward these projects in the Indian River section of Chesapeake. Learn more at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/conservation-landscaping-program.html
Notable Yards Contest
The City is looking for nominations for this year's Notable Yards Contest. If you think you or your neighbors have a yard that "Looks Good and Is Good For Nature" nominate it! Judges are looking for visual appeal and garden design, healthy lawn practices, native trees, shrubs and flowers, food gardens and/or wildlife habitat, rainwater harvesting and runoff control. The nomination period runs May 1 thru May 31. For more info see https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/Boards-Commissions/full-listing/ceic/award-programs-contest/Chesapeake-s-Notable-Yards-Contest.htm
We always encourage you as an individual to pick up any stray litter that you come across along our roads, parking lots, and in our parks. Every piece of trash collected is one less that causes harm to wildlife in our natural areas and waterways. And just as important, reduce your use of single use packaging to not create litter in the first place. Take The Pledge to keep Virginia Litter Free at https://loversnotlitter.org/pledge/
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