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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

Tundra Swans in Dyke Marsh

    Tundra swans

Tundra swans in flight.
Photo by Ed Eder.

     Tundra swans have been observed both flying over Dyke Marsh and resting in the Potomac River close to the Dyke Marsh boundary. FODM's Ed Eder has posted some of his photos of these beautiful birds on FODM's Facebook page. Another FODMer, Laura Sebastianelli, has posted a recording of the tundra swan's whistling call as they flew over the western part of Dyke Marsh.
      Click here to see and hear these swans.

Christmas Bird Count to Start

     FODM volunteers will be participating in the annual, nationwide Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). We encourage volunteers to help in the counts. People with little experience can be paired with experienced birders.
     The count in the Dyke Marsh area, called the District of Columbia (D.C.) count, will be on Saturday, December 20. The area includes Arlington County, portions of eastern Fairfax County, (including Dyke Marsh), most of Washington, D.C., and portions of southern Maryland. Contact Larry Cartwright at prowarbler@verizon.net.
     The count south of Dyke Marsh, called the Fort Belvoir count, will be conducted on Sunday, January 4. This count will include Mount Vernon, Fort Belvoir, Mason Neck and Occoquan. For information, contact Kurt Gaskill at KurtCapt87@verizon.net.
     Additional counts can be found at www.audubonva.org, www.virginiabirds.net and in the Siskin, the newsletter of the Northern Virginia Bird Club. Visit www.nvabc.org.

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 will not be held between December 14 and January 4 to allow volunteers to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count (click for details). The bird walks will resume on January 11, 2015. 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, the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Assawoman Fishing Unlimited Club and the Friends of Little Hunting Creek 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. In case of inclement weather on February 22, please check this website and Friends of Dyke Marsh on Facebook for updates. 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: December 8, 2014