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Tour A Secret Island on VA’s Eastern Shore


Visit Virginia's Eastern Shore

About the Guest Blogger

Max Lonzanida, visitor services park ranger, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge.

me teaching Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Max manages everything that has to do with wildlife-dependent recreation on the refuge. He commutes to the Shore daily from Norfolk, where he lives with his wife Amy, his two energetic kids Noah and Stella and their two dogs.

The Secret Fisherman’s Island

Get a rare glimpse of Fisherman’s Island, which is typically closed to the public except during winter weekends. It’s part of a 2,000-acre refuge on the very tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

If you’ve traveled over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to and from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, you’ve visited Fisherman Island. Route 13 takes you across the island in the blink of an eye and you’re either in Northampton County or over open water on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. What a lot of people don’t…

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Tour A Secret Island on VA’s Eastern Shore


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Glamping on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


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Glamping on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


Visit Virginia's Eastern Shore

Stay in a yurt on the Chesapeake Bay, a historic watch house at offshore oyster grounds or an off-the-grid guest house on a private Atlantic island. The Virginia Eastern Shore’s nine campgrounds hug the Atlantic Ocean on one coast, and the Chesapeake Bay on the other, and have amenities ranging from free shuttle services to waterside restaurants.


These are not your grandfather’s campgrounds. Resort camping is a different animal, with swimming pools, playgrounds, restaurants, camp stores, coffee shops, organized games, movie nights, rental and tackle shops, places to juice up your devices and concierges to help you find interesting day trips. Most campgrounds have places to park your RV or put up a tent and also rent cabins.
Here’s a complete list of campgrounds on VA’s Eastern Shore

Upper Shore Campgrounds

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Pine Cove Campground and Waterfowl Park, Chincoteague

Tall Pines Harbor Campground, Temperanceville

Tom’s Cove…

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Explore Wild Barrier Islands on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


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Explore Wild Barrier Islands on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


Visit Virginia's Eastern Shore

The barrier islands that hug the 70-mile coast of Virginia’s Eastern Shore are home to wild, unspoiled stretches of beach, delicate natural habitats and remnants of the past left by those who once called this frontier home. You’ll feel like the last person left on earth as you stand on the edge of the Atlantic.

Hire a local guide and boat or kayak out for the day or play captain and set sail for a day on the beach yourself.

About the Islands

There are 14 barrier islands off the coast of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. They comprise the largest stretch of coastal wilderness left on the eastern seaboard of the United States. They have been designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of International Importance.  This barrier island chain is one of only 17 locations in the United States…

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How you are fooled online by “Dark UX”


Shaheena Attarwala

What is Dark UX – Mislead Ethically

As online businesses and market gets competitive so does the war to acquire new users, even if that means at the cost of fooling or misleading users ‘ethically’.

Although there technically can’t be such a thing as ‘mislead ethically’, its a collective behavioural pattern businesses choose to adopt slyly to fool users online. Anything thats misleading has an unethical intent behind it. It’s a lot like how lawyers find loop holes in the system and get their way out same way product designers have found a loop hole called “Dark Ux” to get their way!

Power of Dark Side – Users believe What They See

Dark UX are subtle hints used in websites and apps to make a user perform an action which he might otherwise not choose to consciously do if presented with a clear picture of what is going…

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[magick]-ally adding images to figures


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[magick]-ally adding images to figures


NERRds on the Water

By Shannon Dunnigan

I create most of my data visualizations using R, which for most people seems like such a daunting task. Yes, R certainly has a learning curve, especially if you are not familiar with writing code, but there are so many cool things you can create using it!

We have talked about R on here before!

As I was creating a basic visualization of the sucralose and acetaminophen data we have collected from our Pellicer Creek SWMP site for an upcoming meeting, I thought it would be neat to be able to have our logo embedded into the plot.

If you want to know why we are interested in this information, drop a comment below!


After doing a bit of googling, I learned about this great package in R called ‘magick‘ – and it is magical. It is a package that simplifies image processing in R…

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Episode 19: David Der on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, & Building (And Selling) a Start-Up


RVA Tech Talks

Ladies & gentlemen! Welcome back to another episode of RVA Tech Talks! Check out this interview with David Der, AI & ML guru and co-founder of Notch, an ML consultancy start-up which sold to Capital One, where David currently leads a team of engineers within the Center for Machine Learning. This is an amazing episode–one of my favorites yet–so enjoy!

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