American Oystercatcher Working Group

2019 Meeting of the American Oystercatcher Working Group
The 2019 Working Group meeting was held in Oyster, Virginia on November 5th and 6th at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center (ABCRC). 

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at the ABCRC – dormitory/apartment style lodging options.  There are a variety of layouts, but the general idea is that there are several rooms within each suite or apartment and each room sleeps 3-4 people (some bunk beds) with a shared kitchen and/or living room space.  All the rooms are supplied with bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows) and towels, the kitchens are fully equipped with pots, pans, coffee makers, toaster ovens, microwave, etc. and there are stackable washer dryer units in each apartment. Most bedrooms have their own entrances from the back porch as well as interior doors connecting them to main parts of the apartment.  The cost is $15/night per person.  We have rooms blocked Monday and Tuesday nights. Details on reservations and payment will be included in the meeting registration information.  Hotel/motel lodging options are also available a short distance away and that information will be provided.

Meals

Monday dinner: on your own but we will loosely organize dinner for those interested at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Tuesday/Wednesday: A light breakfast will be provided at the meeting room Tuesday and Wednesday.  We will provide information for other restaurant options nearby.

Lunch: We will order lunch on Tuesday to be delivered to the ABCRC during the meeting on Tuesday.  Boxed lunch options will be available after the meeting adjourns on Wednesday.  More details will be included with the registration.

Snacks: Coffee, snacks and drinks will be provided during the meeting.

Dinner: Dinner Tuesday night will be at the ABCRC – BBQ and clam roast.

Cost

Exact cost TBD – we will attempt to keep costs in the $75-$100 range, not including lodging.

Getting There

FROM POINTS NORTH:
Pick up Route 13 South. From the Virginia/Maryland border, travel about 57 miles to the Cheriton stoplight (Cherrystone Campground to the right).  Turn left at the stoplight onto Townfield/Cherrystone Road.  Continue 0.4 miles to a stop sign and turn right onto N. Bayside Road (main street in Cheriton).  Continue 0.2 miles and turn left onto Sunnyside Road (between two large churches).  Follow directions from *.

FROM VIRGINIA BEACH/NORFOLK AREA AND POINTS SOUTH AND WEST:
Pick up Route 13 North through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (toll will be $14 one way**). Upon exit from the Bridge-tunnel, proceed 11 miles to the first stoplight (Food Lion on the right).  Turn right at the light onto S. Bayside Road (Business 13) towards the town of Cheriton.  Continue about a mile and turn right onto Sunnyside Road (between two large churches).  Follow directions from *.

FROM THE NORFOLK AIRPORT:
There is only one way out of the airport. Leaving you will be on Norview Avenue. Get in left lane. Go to first major intersection – turn left onto Military Highway. Continue to next major intersection (stay in left lane) and turn left onto Route 13 North/Northampton Blvd.  Proceed through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel toll ($12 one way**).Upon exit from the Bridge-tunnel, proceed 11 miles to the first stoplight (Food Lion on the right). Turn right onto S. Bayside Road (Business 13) towards the town of Cheriton.  Continue about a mile and turn right onto Sunnyside Road (between two large churches).Follow directions from *.

* Continue about 2.4 miles (heading towards the town of Oyster) and then turn left onto Crumb Hill Road (you will see signs for the ABCRC).  Continue 0.3 miles and turn right onto Cliff Road, bearing right at the “Y” immediately after you turn.  The ABCRC is down the hill on the right.

**Retain your CBBT receipt. If you return within 24 hours, the cost is only $6 with the receipt.