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 Friends of Dyke Marsh is a volunteer group dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing Dyke Marsh, a freshwater tidal marsh in Fairfax County on the Potomac River just south of Alexandria, Virginia. The Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is administered by the National Park Service.
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Membership Meetings

2014 Schedule
May 14
September 10
November 12

Held on Wednesday 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306.

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FODM is now on Facebook. If you are already a Facebook.com member, just log in to your Facebook page and search for "Friends of Dyke Marsh" or type this link: https://www.facebook.com/DykeMarsh then "like" us.

Site updated by:
  T.D. Hobart

$25 Million to Restore Dyke Marsh

     U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell on October 24 announced a grant of $25 million to the National Park Service to restore Dyke Marsh, which is eroding six to eight feet a year. The funds are part of the Obama Administration’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy and Climate Action Plan to build resilience by restoring natural features along shorelines and protect communities from future storms.
     Dyke Marsh restoration is one of 25 projects that DOI selected for funding out of 94 submitted.
     The Department's announcement is online here.
     Read our newsletter page for more information.

Ospreys Star

    Osprey nest
     "Our" osprey pair at the Belle Haven marina boat ramp is featured in a 13-minute video titled "Osprey Love Nest." William Young, an Arlington writer, shot the footage and wrote the script. Ashley Bradford, an artist who lives near Dyke Marsh, does the narration. The video provides information about the behavior, anatomy and field marks of the nesting pair, as well as their interactions with other birds in the marina.
     He has shot other videos featuring egrets, coots and earned and horned grebes in the area which are on his page.

Dyke Marsh Gets TV and Online Recognition

Producers of This American Land chose the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve as one of America's little known but special places. We agree. View a video of it online here.

FODM Spring Calendar

    American Kestrel
   

See raptors up close like this male American Kestrel.

Spring Walk, April 19 - See spring unfold with Alonso Abugattas, Arlington County Natural Resources Manager, on a walk, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Haul Road entrance.

Earth Day, Raptor Rapture, April 26 - Join us on April 26, 10 a.m. to 12 noon to see raptors up close, birds of prey that have been rehabilitated but cannot survive on their own. Near the trail and restrooms at Belle Haven Park. Cosponsored by the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and the National Park Service.

     The quarterly meetings of the Friends of Dyke Marsh in 2014 will be held on the dates below. All meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306.
     Wednesday, May 14, Birds -- What does bird banding tell us about birds? Click here for details.
     Wednesday, September 10, Climate Change, Storms and the Role of Wetlands – How severe weather events are increasing, how wetlands buffer shorelines and absorb floodwaters, among other functions.
     Wednesday, November 12, Bats -- The fascinating world of bats, our only flying mammal, their importance and threats.

Sunday morning bird walks

Northern CardinalThe weekly Sunday morning bird walks are held every Sunday morning all year. Meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Belle Haven picnic area. Walks are led by experienced birders and all are welcome.

Friends of Dyke Marsh, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Copyright 2014 Friends of Dyke Marsh, Inc. All rights reserved.
Last Revised: April 6, 2014