If you’re not familiar with Virginia’s system of Natural Area Preserves, this is a good opportunity to see one that’s close by and rarely open to the public. Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County will have a public field day Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Participants will experience one of Virginia’s most significant natural areas through a guided hike and natural history interpretation. The field day is free to attend, 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 people.
Crow’s Nest became a natural area preserve in 2009. The property is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. At 2,872 acres, Crow’s Nest contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. The property supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally listed short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain. In addition to its ecological value, the property has played a significant 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. Natural area preserves contain some of the best examples of natural communities and rare plant and animal habitats in Virginia and the world.