Mason Neck SP Outing – March 10, 2018

Dear FBC Members,

Our next outing will be to Mason Neck State Park on Saturday, March 10.  Please meet at the visitor center at 8:00am where we will begin by scanning the Potomac River for waterfowl and Bald Eagles.  From there we will walk the 1.2 mile Bayview Trail that skirts the Potomac and passes through various habitats where we can expect to find a variety of overwintering birds and hopefully Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee, and Brown Thrasher.
Depending on time and energy level we may walk the Great Marsh Trail of the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge.   This is a .75 mile paved ADA compliant trail through forest that ends at an observation platform overlooking the Great Marsh where large flocks of Tundra Swans gather in the winter.
A final stop for those interested will be a short drive out of the park to the George Mason Conflict Resolution Center where birders are invited to walk the wooded property that sits on the Potomac River across from Mason Neck.  If the weather is nice, and the center is not in use, we may want to eat lunch at one of the picnic tables.
Mason Neck is located 18 miles south of Washington DC on the banks of the Potomac River and is the first national wildlife refuge created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and specifically for the protection of the Bald Eagle.
There is an entrance fee of $5 to access Mason Neck if you don’t have a Virginia State Park pass.  The address is 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079.
I look forward to seeing you on the 10th,

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