Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park


Upcoming events

    • 03 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Jammes House, Mason Neck State Park
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    The Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s

    Swanfall 2017:

    The Intriguing Winter Waterfowl of Mason Neck

    Sunday, December 3, 2017

    2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

    Join us on December 3, 2017 for the Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s Third Annual Swanfall holiday celebration.  Once again, the Jammes House, a former hunting lodge in Mason Neck State Park, will be decorated for the holidays.  You can join us for a light buffet in this unique home situated on the banks of Occoquan Bay and enjoy a fascinating presentation by renowned author, editor, and conservationist, Paul Baicich. 

    As the leaves begin to fall and winter approaches, the population of waterfowl swells on Mason Neck. More than thirty species of ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl appear.  Drawn by the protected waters of the bays and the abundant plant and animal food sources, more than 30,000 waterfowl wintered in the nearby Potomac and adjacent waters last winter.

    Paul Baicich will introduce us to our winter visitors and discuss the importance of conserving wetlands such as those right here on Mason Neck. We will learn about the Federal Duck Stamp, one of the most successful conservation tools ever created to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife.  Paul served as an editor for the American Birding Association, received the Ducks Unlimited “Wetland Conservation Achievement Award”, and co-authored the recently-published book “The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl”. He is President of the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp and has been a volunteer at Huntley Meadows Park’s Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser nest-box program for almost 25 years.

    A silent auction will feature photographs by Randy Streufert, whose stunning pictures of birds on Mason Neck have graced the cover of Virginia Wildlife magazine and the walls of the Park’s Visitor Center.  We will also raffle Duck Stamps and signed copies of Mr. Baicich’s recently-published book.

    The program fee is only $10 and includes admission to the park. 


Past events

21 Oct 2017 Park After Dark
07 Oct 2017 Birds and Butterflies at Meadowood Recreation Area
30 Sep 2017 National Public Lands Day
23 Sep 2017 Owl Moon
09 Sep 2017 Friends of Mason Neck State Park Photography Hike
17 Jun 2017 30,000 years of history at Mason Neck State Park in 90 Minutes!
20 May 2017 2017 EAGLE FESTIVAL
10 May 2017 Forest Communities & Associated Geology in No. Virginia & Vicinity
06 May 2017 Wake-up Walk on the Eagle Spur Trail
25 Mar 2017 CANCELLATION Raptor Photo Encounter AFTERNOON SESSION
25 Mar 2017 CANCELLATION - Raptor Photo Encounter MORNING SESSION
04 Feb 2017 Rescheduled Tundra Swan Hike
07 Jan 2017 Tundra Swan Hike
01 Jan 2017 First Day Walks and Bike Hike
04 Dec 2016 SWANFALL 2016: Raptors Among Us!
10 Nov 2016 Park 10-year Master Plan Public Meeting
30 Oct 2016 Bird Walk
15 Oct 2016 Park After Dark & The Enchanted Forest
11 Sep 2016 Friends and Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Meeting on Important Bird Areas
23 Apr 2016 2016 EAGLE FESTIVAL
02 Apr 2016 WALK: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
02 Apr 2016 TALK: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
01 Jan 2016 First Day Hikes 2016
06 Dec 2015 Swanfall 2015: Journey of a Lifetime
24 Oct 2015 The Enchanted Forest (Oct. 24)
23 Oct 2015 The Enchanted Forest (Oct. 23)
26 Sep 2015 Friends "Owl Moon" Annual Meeting
16 Aug 2015 Mystery Snails - Various Dates
10 Aug 2015 Friends Board Meeting
08 Aug 2015 Quantico Orienteering Club - Intro to Orienteering
25 Jul 2015 2015 Eagles n' Ospreys Cruise
19 Jul 2015 YCC Volunteers Dinner and Presentation
13 Jul 2015 Friends Board Meeting
13 Jun 2015 Friends @ Gunston Hall for George Mason Day
08 Jun 2015 Friends Board Meeting
06 Jun 2015 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Cleanup
18 May 2015 Friends Board Meeting
25 Apr 2015 2015 EAGLE FESTIVAL
13 Apr 2015 Friends Board Meeting
09 Mar 2015 Friends Board Meeting
16 Feb 2015 Friends Board Meeting
02 Feb 2015 Friends Board Meeting
01 Jan 2015 First Day Hikes (See Tundra Swans and Other Wildlife)
22 Dec 2014 Friends Board Meeting
07 Dec 2014 Swanfall: Celebration of the Swans of Mason Neck
17 Nov 2014 Friends Board Meeting
27 Oct 2014 Friends Board Meeting
17 Oct 2014 Enchanted Forest Event
28 Sep 2014 Board Strategic Planning Meeting
27 Sep 2014 Shoreline Cleanup - Nat'l Public Lands Day
20 Sep 2014 Volunteers Training Session
15 Sep 2014 Friends Board Meeting
13 Sep 2014 National Day of Service
06 Sep 2014 Friends Annual Meeting, Picnic, & Twilight Photo Hike
19 Apr 2014 2014 EAGLE FESTIVAL
01 Feb 2014 Supervisor's 27th Annual Town Hall Meeting
20 Jan 2014 Join Cadette Girl Scout Troop 340 & Service Unit 53-2 for National Day of Service
10 Jan 2014 Washington RV Show
01 Jan 2014 2014 First Day Hikes
12 Oct 2013 Fall Picnic
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