Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


(For any additional information please contact Linda Cory at 540-580-5214 or

(For any additional information please contact Linda Cory at 540-580-5214 or
November 8, Wednesday, 8AM, Second Wednesday Bird Walk at Greenfield
Join co-leaders Barry Whitt (309-4353) and Kent Davis (355-6388) for a bird walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at Greenfield. We will walk around Greenfield Lake in search for waterfowl and songbirds. The walk will be about 1 1/2 miles. There are benches along the trail for "birding from the bench". Other walking may be through damp grass to the field overlooking the lake or the trail down to the lower pond. Bring your spotting scopes! For those that want to eat after the walk, Ballast Point Brewery is now open at 11AM for lunch. Meet at the second parking lot at Greenfield on the right across the road from the lake. Greenfield is located on Route 220 in Botetourt County. Directions: Take Exit 150B on I81 and then a right onto Route 11 for a quarter mile. Take a right onto Route 220N. Go 3.8 miles and take a left at the entrance to Greenfield.

November 12, Sunday, 2-4PM, Fred Cramer Studio Tour
Long-time member Fred Cramer Club member has invited the club to tour his studio where he creates wood carvings of birds and other wildlife. He also enjoys painting and shooting nature photos. From the News Messenger, “Vinton artist Fred Cramer creates finely detailed wood carvings of birds and mammals based on extensive research and observation in nature.” This is an opportunity to view his works-in-progress and finished pieces. For nearly 40 years, Fred has been involved in the Roanoke Valley Bird Club as a past-president, field trip leader, Bluebird box monitor and program presenter. Fred also designed the first Roanoke Valley Bird Club logo of the cardinal. It is suggested that you email or leave a message at 580-5214 if you plan to
attend to give us an idea of numbers to expect. Space in the studio is limited, so we will be taking turns and, if there is a wait, visiting with fellow club members or birding outside. His studio is at his home at 2147 Feather Road, Vinton.

November 19, Sunday, 11:30AM Lunch and Claytor Lake Birding
Meet Linda Cory (580-5214) at 11:30AM at the Hanging Rock Orange Market, 1823 Thompson Memorial Dr, Roanoke, VA. We will carpool to meet the New River Valley Club at Sal Jr’s in Fairlawn, VA around 12:30PM. After eating, we will proceed to Claytor Lake. For club members that want to skip lunch, you can meet the group at 2 pm by the restored historical Howe House at the lake, 6620 Ben H Bolen Drive, Dublin, VA. There we will search for loons, grebes, coots and other recently arrived waterfowl. We will up the species count with woodland species on trails around the lake. Dress warmly as it is exposed and often windy. Bring your scopes!

December 1-3, VSO Annual Birding Trip to Virginia Beach
With the closing of all of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel islands, this trip gives us an excellent opportunity to bird this area with the Virginia Society of Ornithology (we are invited as a chapter of the VSO). This is a free weekend event for VSO members or $20 for non. Lodging and food are on our own and there is a small charge if you elect to take the tram and/or boat ride. For more information, visit or email Lee Adams at .

Field Trips Field Trips Chair, Linda Cory (540) 580- 5214

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