Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park


Upcoming events

    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Jammes House, Mason Neck State Park
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    The Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s

    2018 Holiday Party

    "What Birds Eat"

    Sunday, December 2, 2018

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

    Please join us on December 2, 2018 for the Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s Fourth Annual Holiday Party at the Jammes House in Mason Neck State Park.  You can enjoy a light buffet, followed by a fascinating presentation by Ashley Kennedy, a PhD candidate in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware who grew up on Mason Neck.

    The Jammes House is a former hunting lodge in Mason Neck State Park, located on the banks of Occoquan Bay.  It will be decorated for the holidays, and has stunning views over the Bay and the Potomac River.  Since the Jammes House is not normally open to visitors, the Holiday Party is a rare opportunity to see the house and experience its magnificent setting.  We’ll have lots of tasty treats for you to sample at our buffet. 

    Ashley Kennedy will discuss her research into bird-insect food webs, specifically, which insects are the most important in birds’ diets, which will help guide avian conservation efforts. Her videos of birds bringing food to their young are fascinating glimpses into birds' lives.  Learn which insects are the most important in birds’ diets and which plants you can include in your garden to support various bird species.  "What Birds Eat" can help us establish ideal bird habitats not only in our own backyards but on a much larger scale to promote avian conservation.


    Ms Kennedy graduated from Hayfield High School and received a Bachelor of Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Delaware.  She has completed internships/seasonal positions at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the National Zoo, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and worked as an educator for the Delaware Nature Society and a taxonomist for Delaware Mosquito Control. She currently is employed in the lab of Dr. Doug Tallamy, the noted author of "Bringing Nature Home." Ashley is a Science Policy Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, a 2018 recipient of the Entomological Society of America’s John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award, and a member of the Delaware Native Species Commission. 

    The Holiday Party is open to members of the Friends of Mason Neck State Park.  Each member may register one guest.  The program fee is $10 per person, which includes admission to the park. 


Past events

20 Oct 2018 Park After Dark
22 Sep 2018 Owl Moon and Annual Meeting
22 Sep 2018 National Public Lands Day
12 May 2018 Eagle Festival 2018
14 Apr 2018 Potomac Watershed Cleanup at Mason Neck State Park
31 Mar 2018 1:30 PM Guided Walk: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
31 Mar 2018 10:00 AM Guided walk: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
17 Feb 2018 Tundra Swan Walk
10 Feb 2018 Tundra Swan Hike
01 Jan 2018 First Day Hikes
10 Dec 2017 Dedication of "Spirit of America" Sculpture
03 Dec 2017 Swanfall 2017: The Intriguing Winter Waterfowl of Mason Neck
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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