Welcome to the Potomac River Refuges

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWR              Occoquan Bay NWR               Featherstone NWR

                       

                                     Fox Kit at Occoquan Bay NWR         


 There is Something for Everyone at the Potomac River Refuges


Whether you are a birder, photographer, or hiker, there is something for you to enjoy at one of the Potomac River Refuges.  If it is fresh air and a change of scenery you need after a hectic day, then come step into a place where traffic noise is the sound of spring peepers and songbirds and congestion is a group of twelve bald eagles out on the ice.

For hikers, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck and Occoquan Bay NWR's have walking trails.  Both Refuges also offer excellent birding opportunities, with the species count at OBNWR now up to 242.  Bald eagles can often be seen at both refuges, with the best viewing during winter.  

Weekend programs and special events offer a chance to learn more from rangers and naturalists.  For Scouts and other groups, the Friends of the Potomac River Refuges offer special walks and programs.  Contact us for more information.

Whether you are a Refuge veteran or first-time visitor, we welcome you to share in the beauty of the diverse habitats at the Potomac River Refuges.














  


               Osprey at Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWR

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   Helping to conserve three important National Wildlife Refuges
    in the midst of highly populated
Northern Virginia.



What's New
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CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON MASON NECK GATEWAY KIOSK
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See a FoPRR clean-up at Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWR in the documentary "Potomac: The River Runs Through Us!" Watch it on YouTube.
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OBNWR Contact Station is open
12 - 4 pm on weekends. You can help by volunteering to work in the Contact Station.                                               
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Mason Neck and OBNWR are in the free
Chesapeake Bay iPhone App,
a Virtual Butterfly Net on 11 National Wildlife Refuges

Upcoming events

03 May 2014 9:00 AM • Contact Station, 13950 Dawson Beach Road, Woodbridge, VA
04 May 2014 10:30 AM • Featherstone NWR launching from Hampton's Landing
   
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 Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome visitors at Occoquan Bay NWR.
Assist staff with greeting visitors on the weekends. Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per month. Shift length and time is flexible. If interested contact Kelley Studholme at bejoyful@comcast.net.

The Potomac Pullers volunteers focusing on control, management, and prevention of invasive plant species to protect habitats and wildlife.
Volunteers will:
  • Learn to identify invasive plants
  • Map invasives using GPS
  • Remove invasives
  • Monitor results
  • Increase public awareness

To join Potomac Pullers contact Chelsea DiAntonio at 703.490.4979 x 14 or Chelsea_DiAntonio@fws.gov.





                 

Last updated: June 11, 2013
 
 

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