Crow’s Nest was dedicated as Virginia’s 54th natural area preserve in 2008. The diverse plant
communities within the preserve provide important habitat for a variety of birds, including breeding
birds, neo-tropical migrants and over-wintering waterfowl. Bird diversity peaks during fall and spring migrations when waves of neo-tropical migrants pass through Virginia.
The Accokeek Overlook Trail and the canoe launch boardwalk provide birders with access to the
freshwater tidal marsh along Accokeek Creek, as well as the adjacent hardwood forest. In the future, an additional 8 miles of hiking trail will be available within the interior of the preserve.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has produced a checklist of birds that you may access through the link below. This checklist identifies more than 160 species
that have been seen within or from the shoreline of Crow’s Nest. The list will be updated as more
information becomes available. All additions,… Continue reading
The Crow’s Nest Area Preserve was selected as a “Gold Medal” winner in Virginia’s 2010 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award program. Crow’s Nest was recognized as the top preservation effort in the Land Conservation category. The award was presented by Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling on April 7th at the Environment Virginia 2010 Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA., to Stafford Board of Supervisors member Paul Milde, Aquia District, whose efforts over the last several years led to the successful preservation of 3,000 acres of Crow’s Nest.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
BY JONAS BEALS/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Twelve-hundred acres were added to the Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve yesterday.
Called the “crown jewel” of the state’s natural preserve system, Crow’s Nest now consists of 2,970 acres wedged between Potomac and Accokeek creeks in Stafford County.
“We had a huge dilemma four years ago with the Crow’s Nest on the verge of development,” said Supervisor Paul Milde, who was involved in negotiating the sale. “Fast-forward 3 years and we have a 2,900-acre nature preserve in our county that will be there for generations.”
By drawing funding from a patchwork of state and federal sources, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation cobbled together $14.2 million to exercise an option and purchase phase two of the project. K&M Properties lowered their original asking price for phase two by $2 million earlier this year, provided the county could close by the… Continue reading
On December 20th 2007, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors authorized the County Administrator to enter into a contract to purchase 1770 acres of the most sensitive land of the Crow’s Nest and an option to purchase agreement for another 1100 acres. (Click here to see a map). On April 18th, 2008 history was made when Stafford County and Virginia became joint owners of the eastern most 1770 acres of The Crow’s Nest and a protective conservation easement was placed over that area forever. On May 1st Governor Kaine literally landed on the edge of The Crow’s Nest for the official celebration. Now the focus has shifted to obtaining federal and state funding so that we can exercise our option to purchase the next 1110 acres. Congressman… Continue reading