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Friends Wake-Up Hike on the Eagle Spur Trail was a big success!

07 May 2017 10:21 PM | Thomas Blackburn (Administrator)
Eleven people showed up on May 6 for the Friends of Mason Neck State Park's second Friends hike in the park.  We met at 8:15 at the Wilson's Spring parking lot and hiked the Eagle Spur trail out to the bird blind and back. Pam Cressey, who led the hike, provided a very interesting overview of the geological history of the Mason Neck area and some information about its earliest Native American inhabitants of the area before we started.  We stopped periodically for Pam to give point out and discuss some of the the native plants along the trail, including the first blooms of Mountain Laurel, newly-leafed American Holly, and ferns.  At the bird blind, we all looked at a Bald Eagle across the creek, and one of our hikers spotted a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a Magnolia Warbler and a Black and White Warbler.  We were also entertained by the songs of wood thrushes as we walked through the woods.  It rained on part of the trip back to the parking lot, but the woods were pretty good umbrellas for us; we only got a little wet.  We had a great time, and we all got to know each other a little better.    

Stay tuned to the website; the Friends will have a hike nearly every month.  We hope you will join us.  

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