Friends of Dyke Marsh
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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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National Park Service Proposes to Restore Dyke Marsh
The Problem: Dyke Marsh is eroding six to eight feet or 1.5 to 2 acres per year on average. At this
rate, Dyke Marsh could be gone in 30-40 years, concluded the U.S. Geological
Survey in a landmark study. The flyer describes how and why Dyke Marsh is eroding.
DC Surfriders Clean Up Dyke Marsh
On Sunday March 17, a group of about 20 members of the DC Surfriders came to Dyke Marsh for a waterborne cleanup. Teams worked on both the northern islands in the Marsh and removed some 50 bags of trash and other debris on a cold and grey day. Special thanks should go to Cheryl Norcross of the Surfriders for organizing the cleanup, and to George Stevens and the Belle Haven Marina staff for providing a motor skiff for transporting volunteers to and from the islands. - Ned Stone. Photo: DC Surfriders with the day's haul.
FODM President Glenda Booth has written an article published in the September-October 2012 Virginia Wildlife magazine titled "Virginia's Watery Wonderlands" describing wetlands in Virginia. Read the entire article.
Sunday morning bird walks
The 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.
The Arthropods of the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve – Overt and Covert
Join the Friends of Dyke Marsh and the Georgetown Center for the Environment for an
arthropod adventure on Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to see many
interesting arthropods other biota. There are over 6,000 arthropods in Dyke
Marsh. Arthropods are invertebrate animals with an external, jointed skeleton, usually known as a carapace. This phylum includes insects, crustaceans, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions and horseshoe crabs.
Whooping Cranes - September 11 Program
Ken Lavish from Patuxent Research Refuge’s Wildlife Research
Center will discuss the refuge’s whooping crane project to re-establish
migrating flocks of whooping cranes, North America’s tallest bird and a
species that was nearly wiped out when, in 1941, there were only around 22.
The cranes are bred and hatched at Patuxent then transferred to Wisconsin.
Scientists are leading cranes from Wisconsin to Florida with ultralight
A local Brownie troop visited the marsh on April 8. They were guided by National Park Service Ranger David Lassman. In the photo (right) Ranger Lassman leads the troop in a pledge to protect the park. Photo by Glenda Booth.
Friends of Dyke Marsh, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.