Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

The Rivanna River. Photo: Jack Looney The Rivanna River. Photo: Jack Looney

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at

Birds of a feather: At this month’s Monticello Bird Club meeting, international diplomat and world-renowned birder Peter Kaestner will talk to the group about birds of the world. Kaestner was the first ornithologist to see a representative of every bird family in the world, and has a list of over 8,200 birds he’s come across in his life. Come hear him speak at the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center on Thursday, April 11, at 7pm. Newcomers are always welcome.

RRBC revamps: The Rivanna River Basin Commission, the public entity of local government that provides guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the Rivanna River Basin, announced last week its plan to streamline its infrastructure and staff for the future. According to a press release, leaders of the RRBC have recognized the importance of collaboration, and will focus efforts and resources on building partnerships and alliances “in a more focused and collective way” to do what’s best for the Rivanna during tough economic times.

Written in the stars: Don’t have time for a nature walk during the day? Join the Charlottesville Astronomical Society and Ivy Creek Foundation for a Friday evening stroll. Meet in the field next to the Ivy Creek barn at 8pm on Friday, April 19, and be prepared to peer through telescopes and learn about constellations, craters on the moon, star clusters, galaxies, and planets. The event will be canceled in the case of cloudy skies.