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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 15, 2011
Contact: Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-2292, julie.buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov

Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve to host Spring Field Day April 30

RICHMOND — Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County will be open for its Spring Field Day Saturday, April 30. Guided hikes and natural history interpretation will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Stafford County are sponsors of the event.

Crow’s Nest is an especially unique property in Virginia’s Natural Area Preserve System. At 2,872 acres, it contains 60 percent of the county’s marshes, as well as a globally rare upland forest community. Nesting bald eagles and more than 60 species of migratory songbirds can be seen at the preserve in the spring. Wildflowers also are in bloom.

The field day is one of several being held this year to recognize Virginia’s Natural Area Preserve System and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of DCR’s Natural Heritage program. Natural Heritage staff manages 60 natural area preserves across the state.

Started in 1986, the Natural Heritage program represents a comprehensive effort to save Virginia’s native plants and animals, and the ecosystems upon which they depend, through inventory, conservation information provision, protection and stewardship.

Space is limited for the Crow’s Nest Spring Field Day, and reservations are required. To reserve a spot and obtain directions to the preserve, call Faye McKinney at 804-786-7951. Casual clothes and comfortable shoes are recommended. Hikes will take place rain or shine.

For details about Crow’s Nest, visit: www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/crowsnest.shtml

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Note: Photos of Crow's Nest are available here.

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