Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Club Calendar

November 13, 2023 Program: 7 pm Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs 3640 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Featured Program:
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, but 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 in November.

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.




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