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New Meetup: Birding at Riverbend Park

From: Scott
Sent on: Friday, September 5, 2008 1:59 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for nature lovers' meetup!

What: Birding at Riverbend Park

When: September 21,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: IMPORTANT: Meet at the Nature Center parking lot at 9am, which is at the end of Jeffrey Road. We will not meet at the Visitor Center along Potomac Hills St.

Riverbend Park, the only county park that fronts the Potomac, can be a good place for birdwatching at any season. It's much less well known by the general public than it's more famous neighbor, Great Falls.

This year you can join me on my annual fall trek to this mostly forested park, where we'll explore the Nature Center area, the meadow and trails along the Potomac, looking and listening for migrant songbirds like warblers, sparrows, Indigo Bunting and flycatchers. We'll also take note of other living things like butterflies and wildflowers. Beginners as well as advanced birders are welcome. For the former, I'll do my best to teach you how to distinguish between the various species that we encounter.

We'll walk only a couple of miles but you should allow for about 2 1/2 hours of leisurely walking along level and hilly trails through woods, a meadow and a picnic area. Bring field guides if you have them, binoculars, water and a snack. You may want to wear a hat, insect repellent and sunscreen.

Dress for the weather. Trails along the river may be muddy after a recent rain.

Again, meet at the Nature Center parking lot at 9am, which is at the end of Jeffrey Road. Do not go to the Visitor Center along Potomac Hills St. (For those of you who are really early birds, meet me at 7am at the Nature Center parking lot and we'll bird the nearby Meadow, although I suspect I'll be alone for that part! If you want to meet at 7am, indicate so in your RSVP so I know to expect you.)

Trip cancelled if it's rainy. Drizzle or mist may not cancel the event.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend/

Learn more here:
http://hiking.meetup.com/314/calendar/8696474/

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