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Crow’s Nest opens for the day on Nov. 9

The annual fall field day at Crow’s Nest is coming up.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve will be open to 80 people for tours. You must make a reservation ahead of time by calling 804/786-7951. The tours are open just two days a year since the preserve isn’t completely open to the public because of lack of funding.

The event is free, and will take place rain or shine. Wear casual clothes, comfortable shoes, and be prepared to hike for up to four miles. And if you’re lucky, you might find a new friend:

A barred owl at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve in November 2012. (Photo by Marie Sicola/The Free Lance-Star)

Here’s more from an email from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation:

Crow’s Nest became a natural area preserve in 2009. The property is a peninsula between Accokeek and Potomac creeks. At 2,872 acres, the preserve contains mature hardwood forest and some of the best examples of diverse, intact wetlands in the Potomac River drainage basin. The preserve supports habitat for a variety of species, including bald eagles, migratory birds, the federally endangered short-nosed sturgeon and 22 plant species important to Virginia’s Coastal Plain. In addition to its ecological value, the property has played a significant role in Native American, Colonial and Civil War histories. Crow’s Nest is co-owned by DCR and Stafford County.