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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 30, 2014
Contact: Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-2292, julie.buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov

Tour Crow’s Nest May 17

Editors, photos of Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve are available for download at DCR's Flickr account: http://tiny.cc/fpu4ex.
 
A field day at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford County will be Saturday, May 17, starting at 9 a.m. Participants will see various plant life while on a guided hike through wetlands and rolling landscape.
 
The field day is free, but reservations are required. Call 804-786-7951 to reserve a spot. The event is limited to 80, and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Driving directions will be provided to those who register.
 
Participants should wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk up to 4 miles. The field day will take place rain or shine.
 
Crow’s Nest is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. The 2,872-acre preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. It supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain. 
 
Crow’s Nest was designated a natural area preserve in 2009 and is co-owned by Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. 
 
Virginia’s natural area preserve system was established in the 1980s to protect significant natural areas and rare-species habitat. Today, the system comprises 61 preserves totaling 55,352 acres.
 

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