Road Widening Construction
If you've been near the intersection of South Kings Highway
and Telegraph Road I'm sure you've seen the construction
activity. This is a Fairfax County funded project (spear-headed
by Supervisor Jeff McKay), coordinated, designed and built
by VDOT, and obviously involves Huntley Meadows Park, although
it is not a Huntley Meadows Park project. The plan is to
re-work the whole intersection of South Van Dorn, South
Kings Hwy and Telegraph Rd. New turn lanes will help move
traffic through the area. Huntley Meadows will get a new
parking lot that includes a bio-swale to process storm water,
and the new intersection will have a better storm water
discharge system to process run-off into Dogue Creek in
a manner that hopefully causes less erosion and siltation
than the current system. FOHMP board members met with Sup.
McKay to ask that erosion controls, stream work and our
new parking lot were all done properly. Construction will
be complete sometime in early 2015. Please check the FOHMP
website for a link
to more info, or feel free to call the park with any questions.
Huntley Meadows Park
in 1985, Friends of Huntley Meadows Park is a nonprofit organization
of individuals dedicated to the protection of Fairfax County's
premier wetland wildlife sanctuary. The more than 400 members
represent an active influential voice for the Park and for
open space throughout the county.
President: Catherine (Cathy) Ledec
Vice President: Sarah Stromayer
Secretary: Karla Jamir
Treasurer: Suzanne Lepple
The Monday Birdwalk takes place every
week, rain or shine, at 8 AM, is free of charge, requires
no reservation, and is open to all.
Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance
at 3701 Lockheed Blvd,
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal
business hours at
Ducks and Mergansers
February 24, 2013
Every year, or so it seems, the birds start nesting earlier.
We have 7 Hooded Merganser eggs in box #1, and another
hoodie flushed from box #10. Photographers also report
that a Wood Duck drake has also been hanging about this
area at the beginning of the boardwalk.
We checked the other boxes in the wetland
and topped up the wood chips. Box #6 looks to be in serviceable
condition -- no need to replace it this year. The latch
on #62 is troublesome, as it has swollen and rusted in the
weather; I will look for a screw-lock ring that fits it
March 31, 2013
It's high season: we have 10 boxes incubating,
and 2 more with eggs that we will hope will turn into ducks,
evenly divided bewteen Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers.
So we actually won't have that many boxes to check next
time, since those that are incubating won't be hatched yet.
April 7, 2013
A quick look into a half dozen boxes. Whereas #62, which
started inauspiciously, now has an incubating Wood Duck, we're
not as optimistic about #13, as the 8 eggs there are not
yet being incubated. We expect to report lots of hatching
activity from our May trip.
May 5, 2013
We have hatching activity to report in 9
of the boxes, plus (unfortunately) one nest that completely
failed. We have produced 82 ducklings so far, even though
box #2 only hatched 5 of its 11 eggs. Box #1 is also a
puzzle: I saw evidence of eggs hatched, but 11 unhatched
and warmish eggs. We will have to check that box again
We also have 3 nests newly started or still going: boxes
#61, #13, and #77 (this is the one that Dave relocated
to near the boardwalk).
So, of the 16 boxes we monitored this year, we have had
nests in 13 of them.
The beavers aren't the only ones who've been busy.
(Most common question from Wetlands Awareness Day: who
dammed up all that water?)
2012 Final Report
The birds made good use of the boxes this year, especially
the two new ones that we installed in February. In 16 boxes,
we had 12 nesting attempts, all of them successful. No dump
nests: our largest clutch was a combined Wood Duck/Hooded
Merganser nest with 18 eggs, of which 16 hatched.
The mergs continue to produce more than the woodies for
the third year running. 70 HM eggs laid, 63 hatched; 57
WD eggs laid, 46 hatched. The count for the woodies is probably
a little low, as we had one box where we never did get a
complete egg count. The Wood Ducks made as many nests as
the Hooded Mergansers (5 each, with 2 mixed), but their
clutches were, on the average, smaller.
here for a summary ( raw data) of 2012
here for historical data from 1982 through 2012
Manager Walk & Talk
Manager Walk & Talk
and Wetland Project Update
- One Saturday each month -
Meet in the Huntley Meadows Park visitor center
(off Lockhead Blvd.)
January 11, 3-5pm
February 8, 3-5pm
March 15, 4-6pm
Join park manager Kevin Munroe on a walk.
Share questions and concerns about the park, find out
about the wetlands restoration project and look for the
wildlife for which the park is well known.
Have questions about the wetland restoration project?
Visit the county website,
to view the following information:
Arial Photography, Topography Map, Site
Succession Time-line, Power Points and Public Comments,
Project Guidelines and Components, Conceptual Drawing,
Site Plan Rough Draft - viewing info. & discussion
meetings, Program Dates and Descriptions
For more information,
please call Huntley Meadows Park at 703-768-2525, email
the park manager at
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by and visit
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, Va. 22306
in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley
Meadows Park is a rich,
natural island in the vast suburban sea of Northern
Virginia. Its 1,500+ acres harbor majestic mature forests,
wildflower speckled meadows and acres of wetlands bursting
with life. It is ideal wildlife habitat for beaver,
otter, heron, ducks, deer, many songbird and butterfly
varieties, as well as a host of other animals.
by the Fairfax
County Park Authority , Huntley Meadows is
forever preserved in a natural state for hiking, biking,
wildlife watching, relaxing and discovering.
include a Visitor Center with exhibits and auditorium,
a 1/2 mile boardwalk wetland trail, 2-mile interpretive
trail system and wildlife observation tower
Here for Visitor Center Hours and Directions to the Park