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18th Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser

Have a SHELL of a good time at this fundraiser to support LRNow’s efforts to ensure clean and healthy Virginia Beach waterways for all of us.Tickets are $75 each and include delicious barbecue from Beach Bully, substantial vegetarian options sponsored by Wegmans, unlimited beer and wine, and all the oysters you can eat! This fun...

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Meet perhaps the oldest living thing in Virginia Beach by Mary Reid Barrow

Many of you may already have seen my photo, above, of the beautiful 500-year-old cherrybark oak  in Blackwater, one of the special trees in  Lynnhaven River NOW’s Notable Tree Program. I took the photo yesterday on a Notable Tree Tour that was part of the Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival. Tour participants look like little...

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Trees chat with one another through the Wood Wide Web of mushroom mycelium by Mary Reid Barrow

  Trees talking to one another? It’s hard to believe and it’s hard to understand. But science is now telling us that trees actually communicate with each other across the landscape. Trees telegraph their needs and help their neighbors through an underground network dubbed “The Wood Wide Web.” As we use our Internet communication system,...

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Tree berries are a winter buffet for robins and many other cold weather birds by Mary Reid Barrow

The robins arrived enmasse for the first time this year,  swooping into the yard, flying from tree to tree and gleefully chortling. Their sounds remind me of my long gone great aunt Emily at the holiday table. “Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm,” Aunt Emily murmured throughout  the meal. What shall we try,  the robins seem to ask.  How...

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Listen to the rustling of the beech trees as you walk in First Landing State Park by Mary Reid Barrow

Walk in First Landing State Park to the rustling music of  the beech tree leaves this winter. This time of year, most deciduous trees have dropped their leaves to the forest floor, but not the beeches. These cold-weather friends  provide forest music well into winter because they hold on tight to their beautiful,  coppery-brown leaves....

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Raise a toast to all trees this season, not just the ones with lights by Mary Reid Barrow

Make this season about all trees, not just attention grabbing holiday trees. Grab a handful of Lynnhaven River NOW’s new tree bookmarks from the office at the Brock Center  at Pleasure House Point and spread glad tidings about oaks, pines, hollies, live oaks and more that decorate the land year round. Put a tree bookmark...

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Native holly and cedar branches make beautiful holiday wreaths by Mary Reid Barrow

A big paper bag of Virginia cedar covered with blue berries and a sack of American holly sprigs adorned with red berries...that’s all we needed. After a visit to my favorite cedar tree in a friend’s yard in Virginia Beach and a walk around the edges of my daughter Isabel’s Charlottesville neighborhood, we had our...

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Environmental Film Festival

Consider bringing some minimalism to the table this holiday season and gift an experience you won't forget! We are excited to kick off the New Year by hosting our very first Environmental Film Festival. The festival will take place at Zeiders American Dream Theater (4509 Commerce Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462) in Town Center every...

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5,000 Pearl Homes

With the help from the community, we now have over 5,000 Pearl Homes in Virginia Beach! This means 5,000 VB residents have incorporated 15 or more sustainable practices in their home. These are people who care about our environment and do what they can to protect our natural resources. You may have seen a  Pearl...

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