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The 2018 Eagle Festival was a Huge Success!

Saturday May 12 was a wonderful day for the Eagle Festival.  Sunny skies and warm temperatures brought more than 4,300 people to the festival -- one of the largest crowds ever -- plus another 35 people who showed up for the early morning bird walk led by Audubon Society Northern Virginia.  

Overflow crowds filled the Wildlife Tent, where they watched live animal presentations. Wildlife Center of Virginia brought Buddy the Eagle and other raptors.  Reptiles Alive! showed off an astonishing variety of reptiles.  And Secret Garden Birds and Bees had several owls and hawks on hand to entertain and educate the guests.  


Two bands played acoustic bluegrass music for most of the day, 

giving some folks (and owls and raccoons) an opportunity to dance.


                             Joe Chiocca and John Coppola


                                                                                                                         Difficult Run String Band

More than twenty environmental organizations set up booths 

with educational materials and interactive exhibits.  


Younger guests had a full day of activities at the Hartwell Children's tent.


And of course, Parker Fox and his friends were there to greet the guests.  


Pony rides were a favorite for younger children.                                   REI held mini-clinics all day.  


Guests had two up-close opportunities to see Bald Eagles: 

On an Eagle Cam overlooking the nesting eagles at the National Arboretum; and with telescopes and binoculars at one of the eagle nests at Mason Neck State Park.


Guests also enjoyed the Boating Bonanza, an opportunity 

to try out canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.


Congratulations and thanks to the Park Staff:  They did a tremendous job of organizing the festival and making sure everything went smoothly.  Many of them worked 12-hour days, as well as returning on Sunday to finish the cleanup.

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park helped by funding all of the expenses of the Festival, recruiting and organizing the 29 volunteers, and providing food and drinks for the volunteers, exhibitors and Park staff.



Charlotte and Gary Knipling Honored at the Eagle Festival

During the Eagle Festival, Park Manager Reinhardt Gray unveiled the Visitor Center’s renovated Exhibit Hall.  In a ceremony, Reinhardt announced that the exhibit hall has been named The Charlotte and Gary Knipling Hall, in recognition of the Kniplings' long-term commitment to Mason Neck State Park and their willingness to help the park in any way they can.


Supervisor Dan Storck Receives Man of the Year Award

At a ceremony at the Eagle Festival, Dan Storck, Fairfax County Supervisor for the Mount Vernon District, received the Mason Neck Citizens Association Man of the Year award.  Dan received the award for his efforts to protect the environmental resources and maintain the bucolic nature of Mason Neck.  

Before leaving, Dan took a few minutes to enjoy the view of Belmont Bay, which he finds restorative, and to visit with Parker Fox and Baldy the Eagle.  


Mason Neck State Park 

Mason Neck State Park is located on the Mason Neck peninsula in southeastern Fairfax County, Virginia. The Park's wetlands, forest, water, ponds, and fields are home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, geese, ducks, swans, and other birds living on or near the Potomac River, Kane's Creek, and Belmont Bay. 

The Park has hiking trails, three miles of paved multi-use trails, a large picnic area, a playground, a car-top canoe and kayak launch, and a visitor center. Canoe, kayak, and bicycle rentals are available.

 The Friends of Mason Neck State Park

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park is a Section 501(c)(3) organization that works to conserve, enhance, and interpret the Park's natural, educational, recreational, cultural and historic resources. We assist the Park Staff in implementing its programs and activities, and we sponsor picnics, hikes, kayak trips, show-and-tell, volunteer activities, and other special events.

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