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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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2015 Schedule
February 22, Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Remaining meetings held on
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. - May 13
September 16, November 18

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

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Rare Greater White-Fronted Goose Near Dyke Marsh

    Greater white-fronted goose

Greater white-fronted goose with Canada goose.
Photo by William Young.

     Bird watchers this winter have been treated to another uncommon bird in our area, a greater white-fronted goose, spotted on the river and in the Belle Haven picnic area. The bird has a gray-brown body and white forehead and bill base. These birds are typically found in the central part of North America and this goose rarely visits the Washington area. Despite the "greater" in the name, at 28 inches long, it is much smaller than the more common Canada goose. The greater white-fronted goose breeds across the tundra and in Greenland.

What's Happening With Frogs?

    Green frog

Green frogs are a common species. Photo by Ed Eder.

     Several FODMers have noticed what seems to be a decline in several frog species in the western part of the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in recent years. Can you help conduct a spring frog survey, in the western part of Dyke Marsh, generally behind the River Towers complex near Belle View Boulevard? Volunteers could commit to surveying once a week, every other week or another monitoring schedule of your choice from roughly February to June in the evening. FODMers will conduct training on February 5, 7 p.m., in the meeting room of River Towers condos, 6631 Wakefield Drive, Alexandria 22307. To volunteer, contact co-coordinators Deborah Hammer and Laura Sebastianelli at fodmfrogwatch@gmail.com.

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.

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, Friends of the Occoquan 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.

Sunday Morning Bird Walks

Northern CardinalThe weekly Sunday morning bird walks are held every Sunday 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.

Friends of Dyke Marsh, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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Last Revised: January 26, 2015