Friends of Dyke Marsh
Wednesday, November 12
|Little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) roosting in a cave. Photo by Rick Reynolds, Virginia Department of Game and Inland
|Bats are often misunderstood and feared, but they are fascinating creatures that have been on earth for 65 million years. Our only flying mammals, bats find their prey by using sight, smell, sound, and a sense called echolocation. They pollinate plants and can eat up to 3,000 insects in one night.
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in 1985, Friends of Huntley Meadows Park is a nonprofit organization
of individuals dedicated to the protection of Fairfax County's
premier wetland wildlife sanctuary. The more than 400 members
represent an active influential voice for the Park and for
open space throughout the county.
President: Catherine (Cathy) Ledec
Vice President: Harry Glasgow
Secretary: Karla Jamir
Treasurer: Elena Ryan
The Monday Birdwalk takes place every
week, rain or shine, at 7AM, is free of charge, requires
no reservation, and is open to all.
Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance
at 3701 Lockheed Blvd,
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal
business hours at
Road Widening Construction
If you've been near the intersection of South Kings Highway
and Telegraph Road I'm sure you've seen the construction
activity. This is a Fairfax County funded project (spear-headed
by Supervisor Jeff McKay), coordinated, designed and built
by VDOT, and obviously involves Huntley Meadows Park, although
it is not a Huntley Meadows Park project. The plan is to
re-work the whole intersection of South Van Dorn, South
Kings Hwy and Telegraph Rd. New turn lanes will help move
traffic through the area. Huntley Meadows will get a new
parking lot that includes a bio-swale to process storm water,
and the new intersection will have a better storm water
discharge system to process run-off into Dogue Creek in
a manner that hopefully causes less erosion and siltation
than the current system. FOHMP board members met with Sup.
McKay to ask that erosion controls, stream work and our
new parking lot were all done properly. Construction will
be complete sometime in early 2015. Please check the FOHMP
website for a link
to more info, or feel free to call the park with any questions.
Huntley Meadows Park
Manager Walk & Talk
Manager Walk & Talk
and Wetland Project Update
- One Saturday each month -
Meet in the Huntley Meadows Park visitor center
(off Lockhead Blvd.)
November 15, 4-6 PM
Join park manager Kevin Munroe on a walk.
Share questions and concerns about the park, find out
about the wetlands restoration project and look for the
wildlife for which the park is well known.
Have questions about the wetland restoration project?
Visit the county website,
to view the following information:
Arial Photography, Topography Map, Site
Succession Time-line, Power Points and Public Comments,
Project Guidelines and Components, Conceptual Drawing,
Site Plan Rough Draft - viewing info. & discussion
meetings, Program Dates and Descriptions
For more information,
please call Huntley Meadows Park at 703-768-2525, email
the park manager at
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by and visit
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, Va. 22306
in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley
Meadows Park is a rich,
natural island in the vast suburban sea of Northern
Virginia. Its 1,500+ acres harbor majestic mature forests,
wildflower speckled meadows and acres of wetlands bursting
with life. It is ideal wildlife habitat for beaver,
otter, heron, ducks, deer, many songbird and butterfly
varieties, as well as a host of other animals.
by the Fairfax
County Park Authority , Huntley Meadows is
forever preserved in a natural state for hiking, biking,
wildlife watching, relaxing and discovering.
include a Visitor Center with exhibits and auditorium,
a 1/2 mile boardwalk wetland trail, 2-mile interpretive
trail system and wildlife observation tower
Here for Visitor Center Hours and Directions to the Park