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Tundra Swan Hike

  • 01 Jan 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Woodmarsh Trail

Come See the Tundra Swans!

Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park at 2:00 PM on January 1 for a walk to the see the Tundra Swans!  This hike is open to everyone.  

Each year, the Mason Neck area is host to one of Northern Virginia's largest concentrations of Tundra Swans.  Depending on the day, you may see as many as 400 swans and hear their haunting calls.  You may also see other waterfowl, including Northern Pintails, Mergansers, Shovelers, Coots, Black Ducks and Mallards -- and who knows what else?  Bring your binoculars if you have them.  If not, we will have binoculars and telescopes for people to share. The tide will be high when we get there, which will maximize the likelihood that the birds will be close to us.  

We will gather at the Woodmarsh Trail parking lot, which is on the left side of High Point Road about a quarter mile BEFORE the Mason Neck State Park Contact Station, at 2:00 PM.  It is about a 1-mile walk on level ground to the bird blind at the marsh.  Please wear sturdy shoes because it may be a little muddy.   

There is no charge for the hike, no registration, and no need to pay the State Park entrance fee.  

Please note:  if it is unusually cold and the marsh is frozen, we will postpone the hike and announce the postponement on the website and in emails to everyone on our contact list.  

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