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S-N IWLA April 2015 Chapter Newsletter

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Obici Online Park Petition

You can help save Suffolk's Green Space by adding your signature to an online petition at Suffolk Obici Park Petition that advocates turning a vacant parcel on North Main Street, formerly occupied by Obici Hospital, into a park

Scholarship Submissions are now Closed as of April 1st!

We are awarding up to two (2) $1,500 S-N Chapter IWLA Education Scholarships.

If you have questions, please contact Scholarship Chairman David Perdue at  

See Education Scholarships for more information.

2015 S-N IWLA Teddy Bear "Hunt"

Date:     Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Time:     10:30AM-3PM
Location: 480 Kings Fork Rd, Suffolk, VA
Cost:     $5 per child
Ages      3-10 only

OPEN to the General Public

**Please RSVP to Pres. Ricky George, NLT April 18th, 2015 by sending an email to or calling 757-285-5088.

Detailed Schedule of Events: The hunt for teddies will be from 10:30AM to 12PM, afterwards lunch will be provided for the "hunters" and their parents/guardians, and from 1-3PM you can explore the park (bring your favorite fishing pole and do some fishing, try your hand at the Archery Range, or just relax!

A fun-filled family day of nature brought to you by the Suffolk-Nansemond Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.

**There are limited spaces available.

Seeking Ban on Ball Ammunition

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced it is seeking to ban commonplace 5.56 M855 ball ammunition as armor piercing ammunition. 

ATF will accept comments on this proposal until March 16, 2015, for more information see

IWLA National Conservation Currents Publication


Click on March, 2015 issue to see the most recent issue of this IWLA National publication.

IN THIS ISSUE: More South Dakota Adventures at IWLA National Convention, Virginia Volunteers Work to Save Our Streams, New Initiative Aims to Get Kids Outdoors, League Asks USDA for Accuracy in Wetland Determinations, Sportsmen's Act Reintroduced with League Support, Conservation Easement Incentive Act Passed in House, Last Call for Tobin and Defender Award Nominations, Last Chance for IWLA National Scholarships.     

To access previously published issues of Conservation Currents, and many other IWLA National Publication publications, go to IWLA National Publications.

S-N IWLA Chapter Membership Dues

Membership dues are OVERDUE if you have not yet paid!   If not received before January 31st, your membership has lapsed and you will have to begin the membership process all over.   If you haven't received your membership renewal information, let Wanda Gerard know.

Become a WildLife Society Partner

If you are a wildlife professional, student, or supporter, please consider taking advantage of a free membership offer, courtesy of the The Wildlife Society (TWS), which provides two Wildlife Partners e-newsletters per month, Action Alerts from the TWS Government Affairs team, and Links to two recorded presentations per month from TWS' most recent Annual Conference. 
Signing up is easy and only requires your name and email address and an indication of whether you are a wildlife professional, wildlife program student, or a wildlife supporter so that we can customize the information and benefits we provide to you.  Click here for more information.  

Below are links to selected articles/videos posted at The Wildlife Society web site:

Outdoor Cats in Urbanizing Landscapes

Ashley Gramza (Colorado State University), discusses how free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) incur and impose risks on ecosystems. 

Click here to access a video presentation on this topic at a Wildlife Society Annual Conference.

Blue Crab Population Spreading Northward

Blue Crab

David Johnson was sitting at the dinner table one evening in 2012 when a colleague casually remarked that he saw a blue crab in Northeast. 

Click here to read more.


Disappearing Arctic Ponds Could Affect Threatened Ducks

  • PondMac Butler, Ph.D., samples an arctic pond in northern Alaska in August 1976.
    Photo courtesy of Christian Andresen / UTEP

    Ponds from north Alaska that provide “a mecca” for migratory birds and some threatened duck species are shrinking and disappearing, according to a new study

  • Click here to read more.

Researchers Map Flying Squirrel Habitat

Flying Squirrel
A researcher holds a radio-collared female Carolina northern flying squirrel on Whitetop Mountain, Va. Researchers mapped the endangered species habitat in a recent study.  Image Credit: Corinne Diggins via USGS

Carolina northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus) may be flying high, but their population numbers could definitely use a lift.

Click here to read more.

Events Calendar

Selling Personal Items for Cash $$

We will continue to have a table available at regular membership meetings for members to sell personal items.  Please ensure each item is identified as to the owner and has a price tag attached. Items not sold must be removed after each meeting.  We hope this venue will be useful for our members.

National Shooting Sports Foundation

Bullet Points Logo

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.  To review their most recent newsletter, click on: Bullet Points Newsletter.

Virginia DGIF Hunter Education Classes

The easiest way to register for a hunter safety class is online at the Hunter Education Class Locator. You may also call 1-888-516-0844 from 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday (except major holidays), to register.  For more information see the Virginia Department of Games and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) web page

Recycling Lead-Acid Batteries

Mike Lane requests that Chapter Members bring your old, tired lead acid batteries (car, truck, tractor, lawn tractor, etc.) to the Regular Dinner meetings and he will be happy to transport them to a local recycling center,  proceeds of which would be designated for our club's general donation account.  Thank you, Mike! is a public awareness program of the 16 cities and counties of Hampton Roads administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), which encourages environmental stewardship among all residents here in southeastern Virginia.

Members include the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach andWilliamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surryand York; and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). 

Suffolk Clean Community Commission Recycling (SCCC)



The SCCC coordinates recycling on a quarterly basis at two alternating  locations.   
See the Events Calendar above for the specific date and location of upcoming scheduled recycling events.

For more information, contact Crystal Boyd, Suffolk Litter Control Coordinator, at (757) 514-7604 or
  see Suffolk Clean Community Commission Recycling SCCC Amnesty Recycling Events.  and facebook site  Contact Mike Lane at  (757)539-5077 for more information.