Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


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

November 14, Wednesday, 8:30AM
Second Wednesday Bird Walk at Greenfield
Join Barry Whitt (309-4353) 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 mostly flat walking for about 1 mile. Other walking at
the property may include the grassy area overlooking the lake or the trail down to
the lower pond. Bring your spotting scopes! Some folks may want to visit Ballast
Point brewery at 11AM for lunch after the walk. They have a veranda that overlooks
the lake. This walk will be repeated on December 12th.
Directions: Take Exit 150B on I81 and follow signs to Route 220N. Go about 4 miles
and take a left at the entrance to the Greenfield Education and Training Center,
across from the entrance to Ashley Plantation. Park in the second lot on the

November 17, Saturday, 7:30AM , Rain/Snow date Sunday 11/18
Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory in Union, WV
Meet co-leaders Betty Burke (540-597-3863) and Bob Crawford for a 1.5 hour drive
to the Hanging Rock Raptor Center near the Virginia/West Virginia border. The
drive time includes a quick pit-stop at the Hanging Bridge Restaurant & Shop in
Paint Bank, VA on the way to the observatory. This is an all-day trip, so bring a
packed lunch and water. Wear hiking boots for the one mile moderate to steep
walk up to the observatory tower from the parking lot. Also, wear layered clothing
as we will be cold and windy at 3,800 elevation. Carpooling is a must and there is a
port-a-potty at our destination.
The Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory is owned by the US Forest Department and
is supported by a non-profit group that monitors the migration of raptors. The
same day as this field trip in 2017 produced 16 Bald Eagles and 6 Golden Eagles.
The observatory is located on a rocky ridge with a 360 degree view.
For more information, visit
Directions: We will meet at the Orange Market at Hanging Rock, 1823 Thompson
Memorial Drive, Roanoke (just off of I-81 at either Exits 140 or 141). Yes, the Hanging
Rock where we will start our trip is not the same Hanging Rock where the observatory
is – just a coincidence.

November 30 through December 2
VSO Annual Field Trip to Virginia Beach
Our club is a chapter of the Virginia Society of Ornithology that sponsors quarterly
weekend field trips and an annual meeting. The annual Virginia Beach trip is always
a favorite and this trip includes a meet and greet Friday evening and field
trips on Saturday and Sunday. This year, the VSO has been granted special permission
to visit the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) Island 4 on Saturday.
Participation will be limited to the first 30 to sign up and there is an additional
$10 fee. Other Saturday and Sunday field trips from the hotel are planned at no additional charge. Headquarters for the trip are at the Comfort Suites Beachfront,
2321 Atlantic Ave, VA Beach, VA. Reserve rooms by Nov 16 for the group rate of
$74 + tax. 757-491-2400. To register for the weekend email (by 11/15) to For details visit
upcoming-field-trips-index/ . VSO members can attend the weekend events for
free or $20 if not a member. You can join the VSO at
membership-and-donate/ .

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

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