Virginia sits in a critical position along the Atlantic Coast for birds. 481 species have been identified in the state with 214 actively breeding. Twenty five percent of these breeding species are wholly or nearly confined to water or water associated habitats. The James River provides critical habitat and is a demarcation point between mid-atlantic and southern habitats. We will walk through birding the James River by season and location highlighting some important species and sites, as well as, talking about what we expect to see happen to birds in our watershed over the next 20 years.