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 Friends of Dyke Marsh is a volunteer group dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing Dyke Marsh, a freshwater tidal marsh in Fairfax County on the Potomac River just south of Alexandria, Virginia. The Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is administered by the National Park Service.
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Membership Meetings

2015 Schedule
February 22, Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Remaining meetings held on
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. - May 13
September 16, November 11

Norma Hoffman Visitor Center
Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Boulevard
Alexandria, VA 22306.

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  T.D. Hobart

"Our" Ospreys Star

    Osprey nest

Osprey chick attempts a return to the nest while female adult observes.


Least Bittern in reeds near first observation area on boardwalk. Photos by William Young.

     William Young has produced a second video about “our” ospreys, titled Osprey Love Nest 2: Feeding and Fledging about the osprey nest at the Belle Haven Marina. It shows the behavior of the adult ospreys and their two chicks at the nest. In late March, he posted a video called Osprey Love Nest about the same nest before the eggs were laid. He wrote the script and shot the video footage for both videos, and Ashley Bradford (who lives in the Belle Haven area) does the narration. The adult ospreys built a nest on a platform near the boat ramp at the Belle Haven marina.
     The new video can be accessed here. The first video, Osprey Love Nest,, as well as other videos he has made about birds seen in the Dyke Marsh and Belle Haven areas, can be viewed here. An essay about ospreys appears in his book, The Fascination of Birds: from the Albatross to the Yellowthroat, which was published by Dover in May.

Nature's Free Services

     Nature provides free services, from filtering water pollutants to providing medicines. You can read all about it in this article by FODM President Glenda Booth in Virginia Wildlife magazine.

Sunday Morning Bird Walks

Northern CardinalThe weekly Sunday morning bird walks are held every Sunday morning all year. Meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Belle Haven picnic area. Walks are led by experienced birders and all are welcome.

FODM Winter Meeting February 22

    Snakehead fish

Odenkirk with two fish.
Photo by Matt Fisher.

     The Friends of Dyke Marsh, Friends of Little Hunting Creek and the Assawoman Fishing Unlimited Club will host a meeting on Sunday, February 22, at 2 p.m. Fish biologist John Odenkirk will give a presentation on the non-native northern snakehead fish. The snakehead fish has been seen in northern Virginia waterways. The meeting will be at the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria 22306. For more details on the meeting, click here.

NPS Announces Final Restoration Plan

   Alternative C

Alternative C, courtesy of NPS.
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     The National Park Service on October 9 announced that the final Dyke Marsh Restoration and Long-term Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available online. This plan, supported by many scientific studies, has been in development for many years.
     The plan identifies what is called "alternative C" as the preferred alternative, which would restore up to 180 acres of wetland habitats in a phased approach. In phase one, NPS would build a breakwater in the southern part of the marsh to replicate the promontory removed by the dredgers and identified by the U.S. Geological Survey as critical to protecting and restoring wetland habitat.
     Following a 30-day period beginning with publication in the Federal Register on October 10, "the alternative or actions constituting the approved plan will be documented in a record of decision that will be signed by the Regional Director of the National Capital Region," announced NPS.
     The Friends of Dyke Marsh welcome a restoration plan and supported alternative C, full restoration, during the comment period. Thank you, NPS, for completing the restoration plan.

A Rare, Surprise Visitor

    Hudsonian godwit
     A Hudsonian godwit was spotted in the Potomac River between the Belle Haven picnic area and the stone bridge on Monday, September 1. The sighting was highly unusual, because this species is rarely seen so far inland. This photo was taken on Friday, September 5, from the stone bridge by William Young.

Friends of Dyke Marsh, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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Last Revised: November 19, 2014