Take an Afternoon Walk in the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refugee
This afternoon to take advantage of a break from the rain and real estate we grabbed our camera to take a walk in the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge next to our house.  Though the trees and grassy areas are mostly still bare from the winter, the Osprey nests in the refugee were everywhere. 

The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is made up of 644 acres of land that was reclaimed from the government after an Army research site closed down in 1994 directly on the Occoquan River.  About 50% of the land has been reclaimed as a natural wetland and has become a wildlife refuge for a number of species the most obvious being the Osprey.

Nesting Osprey at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refugee

We noticed at least 8 pairs of Osprey building their nests in the trees and the roosts which have been developed for them to use.  Throw in the sounds of a few dozen geese, blue herons, woodpecker and a variety of smaller birds and you can sense that spring is in the air.  In fact the refuge is home to 220 species of birds, abundant wild tailed deer and 65 species of butterflies have been documented within the refugee.

Since we live next door ito the refuge in Belmont Bay we have the privilege of watching the Osprey glide past our window and grab nesting material with their talons without stopping.  Occasionally they pass by with a fresh fish on their way back to their nesting areas.

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife RefugeeThe foresight of Prince William County planners to set keep this valuable property out of the hands of developers means that residents from around the area can see how valuable the conservation of the Occoquan River is to our area.  If you live in the Woodbridge area check out this often overlooked refuge just off Route 1 at the end of Dawson Beach road.  Walk along the waterfront and through the wetlands and enjoy the sounds of spring.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCindy Jones • March 27 2009 03:49PM


Hi Cindy,

A walk in the wildlife refuge sounds like a wonderful early morning activity! How fortunate to be able to live so close to it!

Have a great weekend!

Please remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!



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Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) about 10 years ago

Michael-I love the chance to walk through many of our local parks.   Morning, noon or evening whenever my schedule allows it.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Hi Cindy,

How lucky you are to live next to the Wildlife Refuge!  What a wonderful way to spend a morning & take a break to observe nature.  I enjoyed reading your post!  Thank you for sharing! 



Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) about 10 years ago

Wow thank you Cindy for the great update on the topic.

-Peg <(-.-)>

Posted by Peg Gilliland, Broker, GRI, CDPE (Charlottesville Solutions) about 10 years ago

Rita-yes it is a great chance to take a break!  Love it during all seasons.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Time to take a walk and get some nice fall color shots.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 8 years ago

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