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Huntley Meadows Park

3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, Va. 22306

Trails open dawn to dark daily

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Norma Hoffman

1925 - 2017

Friends of Huntley Meadows Park (FOHMP) dedicates the summer issue of our newsletter [and website] to reflections, remembrances, and celebrations of the life of our dear friend Norma Hoffman. Her spirit will always be present at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). She watches over us and encourages us to continue to work hard to protect and defend the natural and historical resources within and around HMP.

Wetlannd - A Moving Experience
Pictured with Norma Hoffman from left to right, Mischa Schuler, Casey Schnitker, Karen Nyere and Carolyn Gamble, dancers in an environmental dance performance choreographed by Karen Nyere.

Norma was a dedicated volunteer and an inspiration to many. I was lucky to learn many important skills from her that I am using in my role as President of FOHMP. I first met Norma more than 10 years ago at a summer program at HMP. I was struck by her enthusiasm and energy, and have had numerous enjoyable encounters with Norma over the years. Her approach was always welcoming and friendly while at the same time persistent and resilient. She wanted to be sure that everyone with whom she interacted learned about the flora and fauna living at or passing through HMP and its importance to our own lives.

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Dogue Creek Wildlife Corridor

By Cathy Ledec, President of Friends of Huntley Meadows Park (FOHMP)

Why should Friends of Huntley Meadows Park (FOHMP) be interested in the Dogue Creek Wildlife Corridor? For Huntley Meadows Park (HMP), Dogue Creek is an important natural biological corridor for native wildlife traveling between the Potomac River and HMP and many areas in between. This is important for non flying native wildlife, including mammals such as Beavers and River Otters, that use Dogue Creek to travel between HMP and other natural habitats. The corridor is also important for reptiles, amphibians and fish that live and breed along the banks of Dogue Creek. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has classified the Huntley Meadows – Dogue Creek Wetlands Conservation Site as a site of High Significance. Furthermore, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has designated Dogue Creek as a Threatened and Endangered Species Water because of its population of threatened Wood Turtles. The natural biological corridors that enable movement of wildlife between HMP and the Potomac River are thus sites to protect.

When traveling in other parts of the US as well as abroad, I find myself observing how environmental issues are taken into consideration with development projects. It is important to not re-invent the wheel, so we should learn from the helpful experiences of others. I am especially keen to note those practices that may be transferrable to Huntley Meadows Park (HMP), Fairfax County Park Authority, and Fairfax County overall.

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Monday Morning Bird Walk

By Harry Glasgow

One of the more popular Huntley Meadows Park (HMP) programs is nest box monitoring. We monitor Bluebird, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, and Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes throughout HMP. This is one of the Park’s longest running programs dating back to the mid 1980s. For several years my friend Nancy Vhers and I have also been in charge of the five Bluebird boxes established at the Coast Guard Station on Telegraph Road.

This year we encountered a phenomenon that, according to Larry Cartwright who oversees this project, we have never experienced before. Two of our boxes (Chickadee and Bluebird nests) contain Cowbird eggs along with the intended eggs.

Cowbirds are nest parasites. Quite simply, they do not build their own nests, but lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. The Cowbird chicks, when born, become part of the brood of the parasited species. They are fed by the resident adults, and grow with their chicks. This behavior is not uncommon among some other birds, some insects, and even some fish.

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Where Does My Contribution Go?

The Friends of Huntley Meadows Park supports a wide range of programs throughout the Park. Your mem-bership dues and donations are critical to the success of our organization.

Some items we fund(ed):

  • Educate the public and the Fairfax County Park Authority on the impacts of Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed changes to the easement at the south boundary of the Park. (See page 2 for details.)
  • Creation of Huntley Meadows Patches, now on sale in the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center (VC) gift shop.
  • Scholarships to support three interns for the summer of 2016. These interns will complete much needed programing projects. But most importantly they will assist Staff during day camps that educate and enter-tain our next generation of naturalist and environmental stewards.
  • Environmental protection apprentice who will study with Park experts to learn best practices for wet-land, forest, and meadow management.
  • Quarterly newsletter to keep our 450+ members up-to-date on what is happening at the Park. Newslet-ter expenses have fallen with our “GO GREEN” initiative to provide more newsletters by email.
  • Printing of various Park brochures and the frog stickers that adorn so many young visitors.
  • Specialized training for Staff. This is usually several thousand dollars annually.
  • School trips for schools throughout Fairfax County and neighboring counties. Kids are our very best am-bassadors - we hear from many visitors that their kids visited on a school field trip and wanted to come back to show their families what a special place Huntley Meadows Park is.
  • A donation to the Raptor Conservancy, one of our biggest entertainers on Wetlands Awareness Day. The contribution is used to feed and care for beautiful birds of prey that can no longer live in the wild.
  • Generate merchandise to sell in the Visitor Center gift shop, e.g., hats, shirts, magnets, and lapel pins.
  • Purchase of tools, and supplies for trail restoration, planting, invasive removal, and field studies.
  • Production of the annual photography show, which celebrates local photographers and their work snapped at the Park.
  • An ad for FOHMP in the playbill for West Potomac High School’s production of Starlight Express. West Potomac students help us each spring with watershed cleanups.

Who We Are

The Friends of Huntley Meadows Park was founded in 1985 and is a nonprofit organization of individuals dedicated to the protection of Fairfax County's premier wetland wildlife sanctuary.

FOHMP was organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes and operates under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

More about FOHMP

Monday Morning Birdwalk

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, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703) 768-2525.

Friends of Historic Huntley

Friends of Historic Huntley is a non-profit citizen group committed to working with the Fairfax County Park Authority to assure the preservation, restoration and appropriate use of Historic Huntley and to enhance the public’s knowledge of the site and the broader historic development of the neighborhood.

FOHH Website



Fall Art Show

Huntley Meadows Park

September 3 - November 30

Kathryn Coneway received her BA with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1997. Following graduation, she completed an independent study in photography, sculpture and painting at the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. She received her MA in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2003. From 2008-2015, Kathryn directed Art at the Center, a studio lab for children and families she co-founded in Fairfax County.

For more on Kathryn please visit

her website