Schedule of Events

Update to Saturday Morning Field Trips:

In addition to the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival field trips, the City of Chesapeake is offering a canoe trip for VSO Annual Meeting registrants. Departs 9:00AM from the Ballahack Boat Ramp on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. Trip capacity: 13 participants. Register at the Annual Meeting check-in table.

Thursday, April 24

7:00 AM—9:30 PM
Birding Festival events, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, April 25

7:00 AM—4:30 PM
Birding Festival events, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3:00—9:00 PM
VSO Annual Meeting registration; exhibits and vendors, Springhill Suites
6:00—7:00 PM
Meeting social with heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, Springhill Suites
7:00 PM
VSO Business meeting; Presentation on the wildlife of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge by refuge staff.

Saturday, April 26

7:00 AM—3:30 AM
Birding Festival Events, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
1:00—6:00 PM
Meeting registration open, Springhill Suites
1:00—9:00 PM
Exhibits and Vendors, Springhill Suites
2:00—4:00 PM
Scientific Paper Session, Springhill Suites
6:00—7:00 PM
Reception with light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
7:00 PM

Sunday, April 27

Piney Grove Preserve [Limited to VSO meeting participants]: Departs 5:45 AM from the Adams County Store on Route 460 two miles west of Wakefield. Trip capacity: 30 participants. To register, call the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: 757-986-3705.

Northwest River/Bells Mill Parks: Departs 7:00 AM from Springhill Suites Greenbrier. Trip capacity: 30 participants. Limited to VSO Annual Meeting participants. Register at the Annual Meeting check-in table.

Hog Island Wildlife Management Area: Departs 8:00 AM from the entrance to the Carlisle Tract. Trip size limit: 36 participants. Limited to VSO Annual Meeting participants. Register at the Annual Meeting check-in table.

For all general meeting inquiries, please call Andrew Dolby at 540 654-1420 or email

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2014 VSO Annual Meeting

April 24–27, Chesapeake, Virginia

The VSO is pleased to announce that its 2014 Annual Meeting will be held April 24–27 in Chesapeake, Virginia in collaboration with the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival. The Great Dismal Swamp area is one of Virginia’s true ecological treasures and birding hotspots. Refuge birding trips, bus tours to Lake Drummond, banding station visits, family activities, and other outdoor events will be coordinated by the Birding Festival. Field trips and other festival activities will begin at 7:00 AM on Thursday, April 24 and will conclude on Sunday morning with visits to the Nature Conservancy's Piney Grove Preserve, home to Virginia's last breeding population of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Trips to other exciting birding destinations off the refuge will also be offered on Sunday.

The VSO will hold its traditional annual meeting activities, beginning with a social mixer and business meeting on Friday and concluding with the banquet program on Saturday evening.  Alicia King the Communication Coordinator and Urban Bird Treaty Program Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program will be the banquet speaker.  Her talk  will focus on bird conservation efforts on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges related to citizen science, bird monitoring, and research. She will also speak about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program mission of conserving America’s birds and reaching the public through birds and birdwatching.

Hotel Information

The VSO Headquarters will be the Springhill Suites Inn Chesapeake Greenbrier. The VSO rate is $99 per night. Additional rooms will be available at Aloft Chesapeake, which is next door to the Springhill Suites, also at $99 per night. Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast. Reservations must be made by phone no later than March 24, 2014 in order to get the special rate. For Springhill Suites reservations, call 800 228-9290. For Aloft reservations, call 866 716-8143.


To register for the VSO annual meeting and banquet, download the PDF registration form or register online. The registration fee is $40 per person. Banquet tickets are $35 per person. Your registration form must be received by April 17, 2014 to guarantee registration for catered meals. You must be registered for the conference to attend the banquet.

Information about the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival can be found at Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival web site. Festival events, including field trips, will require pre-registration, which can be done by calling the refuge at 757 986-3705 after March 1.


For general meeting inquiries please contact: Andrew Dolby, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA  22401. Phone: 540 654-1420. Email:

Call for Papers —VSO 2014 Annual Meeting

The Virginia Society of Ornithology invites scientific presentations for its 2014 Annual Meeting to be held April 24-27 in Chesapeake. Oral presentations should be 15 minutes long, including time for questions. Static displays (such as posters) will also be accepted space permitting. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee and added to the program until the schedule or display space is full. Please submit the following information about your poster or presentation no later than March 14, 2014:

Participants will be notified of acceptance by March 21.
Send information (email preferred) to Andrew Dolby
Phone: 540-654-1420
FAX: 540-654-1081
Postal address:
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue
Jepson Science Center 327
Fredericksburg, VA 22401