Date: 9/8/17 1:41 pm
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] CBBT Island 1
It's my understanding that Islands 3 and 4 will still be available to bird with an escort. In fact the Northern Virginia Bird Club is planning to visit them this winter.

Larry Meade
Vienna, VA







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From: Rexanne Bruno via va-bird <va-bird...>
To: VA-bird listserve message message <va-bird...>
Sent: Fri, Sep 8, 2017 10:27 am
Subject: [Va-bird] CBBT Island 1

An editorial in The Daily Press today states that CBBT Island #1 "the closest one to the bridge-tunnel's south end, will be shut down by the end of the month. And it's not going to reopen. ... Part of that pleasure has been pulling off at the first island to enjoy the view and grab a bite at the grill. By the end of the month, you won't be able to do that any longer."
Apparently I missed something in earlier publicity about this tunnel expansion project as I did not understand that Island #1 would never reopen. If this is correct, this is a real blow to birders who can only stop at island to bird the CBBT. I had heard that CBBT will continue to escort groups of birders to islands where construction would not interfere with birding throughout this project. It sounds like birding the CBBT will be seriously impacted by this construction. Does anyone have more reliable information on individual access to island 1 after construction is completed? Or what group access to all islands will be like during and after construction?

Rexanne Bruno
Williamsburg, VA
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