Upcoming Member Programs

Our programs begin at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of every month except June, July, August and December. Come early for coffee, cookies, and conversation starting at 6:30 PM.

St. Luke Lutheran Church
7757 Chippenham Pkwy.
Richmond, VA 23225

Join us!

January 18 • Program: A preview of Virginia’s conservation issues

Presented by: Pat Calvert of the Virginia Conservation Network

Virginians ushered in a new era of Virginia politics with the 2017 Election. What was once a legislature heavily dominated by GOP lawmakers is now much more evenly split, with a Democrat once again sitting in the Governor’s mansion. Following the McAuliffe administration, which resulted in an historic use of the governor’s veto power including on some key environmental issues, what will the new make-up of the General Assembly and Executive branch mean for conservation and environmental policy? Will the split in the General Assembly change the legislation we can expect to make its ways to the Governor’s desk? With no party dominating the conversation, where are the issues where we can get support from both sides? What can we expect from a Northam chief executive?

Join us for a preview of the conservation issues we can expect to take center stage during the 2018 General Assembly session. Pat is an environmental educator, Riverkeeper and mink photographer. He is building powerful, diverse and active movement to protect Virginia’s Natural Resources. He works for the Virginia Conservation Network as the State Land and Water Policies Coordinator.

February 15 • Program: Native Woodpecker Species in Virginia

Presented by: Abby Walker

This presentation will start by discussing all of the native woodpecker species in Virginia before describing her Master’s research with Red-headed Woodpeckers (RHWO) at Fort A.P. Hill with Virginia Commonwealth University in Dr. Bulluck’s Avian Ecology Lab. We have put GPS tags on RHWO and have tracked their breeding season movements. I am also investigating parental behaviors in RHWO, since the species is monomorphic and there isn’t much known about the roles that males and females have in rearing offspring.