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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: 5 p.m., Aug. 15, 2014.


Guided Hike at the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve

Join DCR Natural Heritage staff for a hike at Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on Saturday, September 6th. Click here for a flier with all the details.

Where: Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve
The preserve is in southwestern Virginia, about 25 miles north of Abingdon. From I-81 at Abingdon, take ALT 58 west through town to U.S. Route 19 north. Go about 20 miles to Business 19 into Lebanon. At the second light, turn left on Route 82 west. Go 1.1 mile to Route 640 (River Mountain Road) and turn right. Go 4.2 miles and turn left on Route 721 (a gravel road).

When: Saturday September 6th, 9:00 a.m. The hike will begin from the parking area at the preserve

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.