Monday, September 6, 2010

Mason Neck Marshes


Yesterday, I visited Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge for the first time. Near Lorton, Virginia, it was the former estate of George Mason, one of America's founding fathers and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Bordered by the Potomac River, most of his estate consisted of marshland and is a nesting, feeding and roosting ground for Bald eagles.

While I did not see any Bald eagles during my visit, spending time near the marshlands reminded me how important it is that we conserve and protect the nation's wetlands. Not just to protect our lives and property during storms and flooding, but also to protect the countless birds, fish and other wildlife that reside in its wilderness.

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