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Winter Wildlife Festival

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stop by Princess Anne Recreation Center for the 2019 Winter Wildlife Exhibit Hall to check out the vendors and environmental exhibitors, walk-up workshops, live animals and raffles!
Children’s activities this year will also take place at the Princess Anne Rec Center.
Local food trucks will be serving tasty bites for purchase from 11 am to 2 pm. Free admission & parking!

Walk-Up Workshops –
All workshops are free and last approximately one hour. Pre-registration is preferred. ​

Hometown Habitat: How Native Plants Support Bird Diversity
10 & up • Insects are a critical part of the food web that birds and other wildlife depend on for survival. In this session we’ll watch an excerpt of Catherine Zimmerman’s Hometown Habitat film, which beautifully illustrates how our landscape choices directly impact insect and bird diversity. The film features Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of the book Bringing Nature Home, who explains the incredible value of native plants to insects and how you can make a difference in your own yard and community. Following the film there will be a Q&A led by Carol A. Heiser, Habitat Education Coordinator of the DGIF.

Saturday, January 26 • 10:30 – 11:30 am

Concepts and Misconceptions: Wildlife Myths and Old Wives’ Tales
10 & up • Learn the truth about local wildlife rumors, myths, and stories; what to do and what to avoid. DGIF Biologist Pete Aker will discuss alligators, bears, mountain lions, wolves, and more!

Saturday, January 26 • 12 – 1 pm

Back Bay Bass
10 & up • Learn the history of Back Bay’s largemouth fishery from folks who work and fish on the bay. The highlight of the workshop will be a showing of the award-winning short documentary Back Bay. This film tells the history of this area’s Bass Fishery through commentary from several lifelong local fisherman and experts. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with film maker, Cory Routh, and DGIF Fisheries Biologist, Chad Boyce.

Saturday, January 26 • 2 – 3 pm

Sea Watch Station
All ages •​ Stop by to see what birds are flying over the waves, feeding, or resting on the water. You are likely to see Surf & Black Scoters, Buffleheads, Northern Gannets, Double-crested Cormorants, and an assortment of gulls (Ring-billed, Herring, Lesser Black-backed, & Great Black-backed). Red-throated & Common Loons, Red-breasted Mergansers, Laughing Gulls, and Forster’s Terns are also possible. And if you are really lucky, you might see a Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, Horned Grebe, or Bonaparte’s Gull. Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we’ll have birding scopes set up. Dress warmly!

Saturday, January 26 • 1:30 – 3:30 pm | Boardwalk at Rudee Inlet
No registration required


January 26
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Princess Anne Rec Center
1400 Nimmo Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA United States
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