Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County, Va., will be open for a field day to registered participants on November 9, 2013. Following is information on the field day, provided on 10/24/13 by Julie Buchanan, public relations specialist with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR); (804) 786-2292; Julie.Buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov.
A field day at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County, Va., will be Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Participants will hike and learn about what naturalists consider to be one of Virginia’s most significant sites.
The field day is free, but reservations are required. Participants should wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk up to four miles. The event will take place rain or shine. Reservations can be made by calling 804-786-7951. Registration is limited to 80.
Crow’s Nest became a natural area preserve in 2009. The property is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. At 2,872 acres, the preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. The preserve supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain.
In addition to its ecological value, the property has played an important role in Native American, Colonial and Civil War histories.
Crow’s Nest is one of 61 natural area preserves managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The preserves contain some of the best examples of natural communities and rare plant and animal habitats in Virginia and the world.
Crow’s Nest is co-owned by DCR and Stafford County.