Buffers

Buffers

Buffer ImageRestoring a buffer or planting a buffer garden is an easy, fun way to help protect the area’s waterways from pollution and erosion. If you own property along a Lynnhaven waterway, planting a buffer will help reduce the stormwater runoff directly entering the waterway from your lawn. By converting lawns to landscape beds, and planting salt tolerant shrubs, trees, perennials and non-turf grasses along the water’s edge, behind the wetland or along the edge of your bulkhead, you can help filter pollutants and sediments from stormwater runoff, provide habitat and food for wildlife, and lower your overall yard maintenance efforts.

However, you don’t have to live on the water to have a buffer garden work for you. Buffer ImageMost stormwater runoff from our properties enters our local waterways through the stormwater system. Converting lawn area to landscape beds along the perimeters of your yard can slow the amount of stormwater leaving your property. Plant selection for street buffers is usually more flexible because the growing conditions are more tolerant than for a shoreline garden.

Download our Buffer Restoration Guide and Plant List.

For more information, email Trista@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398.

EVENTS CALENDAR

June 2019

Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

June 1, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

**Canceled due to impending weather**Join us on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30-9:30am at Pleasure House Point, one of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location! Free of charge. Email office@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to register

Discover VB: Osprey Survey with Reese Lukei and Robert Brown

June 5, 2019
09:00 AM



Discover Virginia Beach Osprey Survey with Reese Lukei and Robert Brown 9 a.m.

Wednesday, June 5
Narrows Parking lot at the end of 64th Street
First Landing State Park 
$7 admission per car
To register e-mail Terri Gorman, Terri@lrnow.org, or call  (757) 962-5398****only 10 spots available

You don’t need a boat to see these ospreys!  Bring your binoculars and take a walk along 64th Street from the Narrows at First Landing State Park and help survey the osprey population there.  Every year in June raptor expert Reese Lukei and Lynnhaven River Now member Robert Brown, who keeps almost daily tabs on the dozen or so nests in that vicinity, tally the active nests and their young.  This is a unique opportunity to learn about and see the many ospreys that nest the natural way in trees and snags, instead of out on the water on man-made platforms and navigational structures.   Lukei estimates that 10 percent of the osprey population on the Lynnhaven River nest in this area of the park.



Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and insect repellent!

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