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The Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the largest great blue heron rookeries on the Potomac River. Whenever I visit, I look for shadows in the tree canopy and wild clattering, both telltale signs of a heron rookery.
You may be surprised to learn that you do not need to leave the confines of Washington, DC to find world-class spring migration birding opportunities. There are a number of parks and habitats throughout the city that provide important habitat for breeding or foraging on the journey northwards.
It’s April on the Chesapeake Bay, what is the best way to wet a line, bend a rod, and get some steady action? The answer is shad!
Hiking Section A is a fun activity at any time of the year, but if you want to avoid the crowds and maybe see some beautiful ice features, plan your trip for the winter.
The innumerable small creeks and streams that spider through the Bay’s 64,000-mile watershed are tailored made for fly fishing due to their intimacy and solitude.
Exploring the natural world, visiting historic sites, boating, relaxing on the beach, fossiling – this place truly has multi-faceted appeal.
Shark teeth weren’t the only fossils I gathered. I picked up a few pieces of ray dental plates, and some turritella gastropod molds. At Mallows Creek I saw wild rice, American persimmon, paw paw fruit, and arrow arum.
While summer is always the busiest time at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens – when countless varieties of lotus and water lilies begin their much-awaited display in the ponds – fall, winter and spring are also beautiful times to visit.
Potomac State Forest in Garrett County, Maryland seems to have something for almost every outdoor enthusiast, and makes a very worthwhile winter hiking destination.
". . . I took some time to appreciate the shallow, rocky downstream sights on the Potomac juxtaposed with the clear, open-water upstream section that forms Seneca Slackwater. The dam, streams, islands, wildlife, clear water, and historical sites all come together to make this a truly magical place to paddle."
This 7.1-mile paddling route is one of the more interesting ones in the Washington, D.C. area. It is suitable for many skill levels and adaptable in that one can reduce the paddling distance down to 2.6 miles by just sticking to the Anacostia River and visiting the Kenilworth Gardens.
After paddling at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve and then spending the afternoon just 2.5 miles north in Alexandria, Virginia, I experienced firsthand how the natural beauty of Dyke Marsh serves as an urban green space for the densely populated Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas.