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Birding tour Saturday at historic Ferry Farm

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OK, this is not a strictly historical blog post, if there are any sticklers reading along.

But don’t let that stop you from joining Ferry Farm archaeologist Paul Nasca, an amateur naturalist, for this Saturday’s guided birding tour at the beautiful riverfront property where George Washington grew to manhood.

I’ve been hearing good things about Nasca’s tours for years, from people I trust–who know plenty about birds and critters.

You may see bluebirds, bald eagles, and aquatic waterfowl including cormorants, herons, geese and ducks. Wild turkeys, fox and deer have also been seen on the land preserved by The George Washington Foundation. And for another species detected there, check out this photo!

Nasca is also incredibly knowledgeable about the archaeological investigations there that revealed the remains of the Washington family’s home, which had eluded researchers for many decades. The work has revolutionized notions about the Washingtons’ life on what was then the jumping-off point for the Virginia frontier, and yielded thousands of artifacts–some of which you can see in the field laboratory at Ferry Farm’s visitor center.

Nasca’s tour is from 8 t o 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at George Washington’s Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway in southern Stafford, a quick hop across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg.

It costs $5, cash or check. For questions, call 540-373-3381. Your hosts suggest that you wear appropriate shoes and clothing.