Roanoke Valley Bird Club

Celebrating 65 Years of Birding

Our next meeting will be in-person on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7pm at
the Garden Club Building (3640 Colonial Ave, Cave Spring, VA 24018). We will continue to
engage in best practices regarding Covid moving forward. We value everyone’s safety and
health. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please feel free. If you choose not to wear
a mask, please respect those who do. Thank you!

November Meeting Program, Nov. 13 The Hampton Roads Seabird Project;  Speaker:  Prof. Sarah Karpanty

The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel is a massive infrastructure construction development, and the involvement
of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has been instrumental in creation of new habitat for
displaced seabird colonies. The HRBT complex is now the largest breeding seabird colony in the state. 
Learn about the efforts of the DWR, VDOT, and a wide array of partners creating this opportunity to maintain
and expand colonies of seabirds at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. Our presenter, Sarah Karpanty, will be with
us “live” for this presentation.

Prof. Sarah Karpanty is in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech.  Sarah developed
her love of all things bird-related as a high school student birding in the Lake Erie marshes with the
Toledo Naturalist's Association. Since those early days of learning warblers at Crane Creek, she has worked
on a variety of conservation and ecology projects in Madagascar and along the U.S. and Atlantic Coasts. 
Much of her current research is focused on identifying what is behind the decline of some of our most
imperiled seabirds, shorebirds and grassland birds and then working with managers to reverse the declines and recover species.

2024 Roanoke Valley Bird Club Calendars are for sale! All of the photos have been taken by bird club members
and they are outstanding. Calendars can be purchased here, via our website, or at our monthly meetings.

There will be a calendar(s) “pick up day” at the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs facility on November 18 and December 2,
from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Calendar Sneak Peek here!

Click on the down arrow in the order box before clicking on "Add to Cart". If ordering calendar(s) for pick-up only, please
ignore the shipping information.

2024 RVBC Calendar


Nov. 13, 7 PM at the Garden Club Building (3640 Colonial Ave, Cave Spring, VA 24018).

Help Wild Birds: FOUND A BIRD? If you find an injured or orphaned bird or need nesting advice call Help Wild Birds
at 540-342-4890
SWVA Wildlife Center of Roanoke
at 540-798-9836

Western Virginia Water Authority Bird Permit Application for the Regional Water Pollution Control Plant

Cats Indoors!
Campaign for
Safer Birds and Cats

State of the Birds 2022


Members receive a monthly newsletter, our source of information about upcoming programs and field trips as well as the latest in birding facts and news. Membership is not required to take part in club meetings or club activities. 

Join the Club
When you join, we will send you the most recent newsletter and invite you to our next meeting or field trip. To join the club click here. Note: Memberships are effective beginning September 1 of the ensuing year. Memberships received after June 1 will be applied to the following year.

Our club meets each second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM, September through May, at the Roanoke Council Garden Club Building at 3640 Colonial Avenue in Roanoke.  Speakers present on a wide range of bird-related topics, with photographs, video presentations and occasional live bird exhibits. Meetings are free and guests are always welcomed.

Meetings also cover field sightings of birds in the Roanoke area. After the meeting we gather for refreshments.

Community Outreach
A representative of the club frequently talks to local clubs, libraries, and community groups about the bird club's activities, backyard birding, declining bird species, and wildlife habitat preservation. If you would like to arrange for a speaker please contact Kent Davis at 540-344-8377.

Field Trips
The Roanoke Valley Bird Club organizes a full calendar of field trips each year. These trips give members a chance to learn more about birds in the area. As part of the club’s mission, the information from several of our field trips is used to keep a census of bird populations in the Roanoke Valley.

Our field trips include but are not limited to:

• Winter Trip to Highland County
• Spring Trip to Highland County
• Winter Raptor Count
• Pond Hopping
• Big Spring Day
• Warbler Walks
• Evening Woodcock Watch
• Fall Hawk Migration Count
• Sparrow Walk
• Christmas Bird Counts

Club members may also attend overnight field trips sponsored by the Virginia Society of Ornithology. VSO trips include Chincoteague, the Eastern Shore, Piney Grove, Mount Rogers, High Knob, and the Outer Banks.

In the fall, club members volunteer to watch the skies for migrating raptors at Harvey's Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bluebird Trail
In the spring and summer, our club sponsors a Bluebird Monitoring Project along the Blue Ridge Parkway and at two local golf courses. Club members volunteer to check nest boxes in order to determine the breeding success of “our” bluebirds. Members also enjoy getting together to build new boxes from funds donated to our Adopt a Bluebird program.


Please join us for a meeting or field trip. Call any of the following club officers for more details:

Drew Daniels, President 540-314-6069
David Frye, VP/Programs
Mary Harshfield, VP/Membership
Betty Burke, Secretary
Carol Whitt, Treasurer
David Frye, Field Trip Coordinator
or email us at

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