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NATURAL HERITAGE

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HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES

Managed lottery waterfowl hunt at Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, in Stafford County.

Hunt dates Fridays only during the September 2014 early goose and teal season, the October 2014 early duck season, and the general duck season beginning in November 2014 and ending in January 2015. See the application form for more detail: click here for the application form in PDF.

Deadline to apply: DEADLINE TO APPLY HAS PASSED


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES

Hawkwatching at Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

Come experience the fall raptor migration with DCR Natural Heritage program staff on Saturday, September 20th. Although different species of migrating birds-of-prey will likely be passing along this point throughout the fall, the largest concentrations will be Broad-winged Hawk flights that will occur in mid- to late September. Each species has its own window during the fall migration, and therefore not all species are likely to be seen at the same times.
Click here for a flier with all the details.

Where: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

From Floyd, travel southwest on U.S. Route 221 about 6 miles to Route 727. Turn left (south) on 727 and go about 6 miles to a low saddle in the ridge near the eastern slope of Buffalo Mountain. Turn right on the gravel access road. Go about 1 mile to the gravel parking area.

From the Blue Ridge Parkway , take Route 799 north about 1½ miles to Route 604. Turn left and go about 1½ miles to Route 727. Turn left and go about 1 mile to a low saddle in the ridge near the eastern slope of Buffalo Mountain. Turn right on the gravel access road. Go about 1 mile to the gravel parking area.

When: Saturday September 20th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Hawkwatching at the Channels Natural Area Preserve

Come experience the fall raptor migration with DCR Natural Heritage program staff – Broad-winged hawks will be the most commonly observed raptor, passing through early in the season. Other species that likely move through in modest numbers include Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Merlins, and American Kestrels. Click here for a flier with all the details, including directions and program itinerary.

Where: The Channels Natural Area Preserve
The summit area of Hayters Knob at The Channels Natural Area Preserve.

When: Friday September 19th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.