This year’s Winter Wildlife Festival may have a different feel, but events for young and old are scheduled in January

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — The 2021 Winter Wildlife Festival has something for just about everyone, whether you’re a seasoned birder or a novice – and whether you prefer to observe wildlife from a boat, a hiking trail or… Continue Reading


2020: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — This is a look back at some of the images from our newspaper in 2020, a tough year for many of us. Better things are ahead. Thank you to David B. Hollingsworth for his exceptional work… Continue Reading


‘Birdchick’ Stiteler, author and birder, helps Winter Wildlife Festival celebrate 10 years; ‘smart phone’ birding talk today

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Birds, bicycling, snakes and flies are what author and speaker Sharon Stiteler remembers about her birding trip through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Stiteler had the dubious pleasure of bicycling through Back Bay National… Continue Reading


Winter Wildlife Festival celebrates its 10th year

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Children’s and adult art classes, workshops, and storytelling will be among the activities offered during the 10th Annual Winter Wildlife Festival, which continues today and concludes tomorrow. Exhibits, workshops and classes will be… Continue Reading


During annual festival, people come from far and wide to enjoy nature, parks and local wildlife

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On the opening night of this year’s Winter Wildlife Festival, Dr. John Marzluff, a college professor and author, addressed a number of outdoor enthusiasts and birders at Old Donation School during his talk about supporting… Continue Reading


This weekend’s Winter Wildlife Festival connects you with ‘watchable wildlife’ in Virginia Beach and beyond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Winter Wildlife Festival this weekend will feature a number of exhibitions and activities for families and outdoors lovers at the Princess Anne Recreation Center and the Princess Anne Area Library next door. But that’s… Continue Reading