Occoquan and Meadowood Wildlife Surveys
Date:Scheduled Wednesdays throughout the year - see upcoming schedule below.
Contact: Jim Waggener
Ready to identify any resident and transient birds and other wildlife? Working under special permits, you and your fellow volunteers conduct searches in representative habitats of these highly-diverse natural areas - counting numbers of species and individuals, noting location of rare or special interest species, and unusual happenings.
Reports of each survey are compiled and emailed to the participants and other interested parties. Annual and other periodic compilations of data are also distributed as public information and for the use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management in wildlife management and planning. The highlights and full report are available below:
The previous survey can be found here:
Nearly eighteen years of careful examination of Meadowood and its neighboring lands and waters has substantiated expectations that this area contains natural habitats of exceptional value to the native plants and wildlife (as highlighted in this site's designation by the National Audubon Society as one of Virginia's Important Bird Areas). To date, scores of volunteers have documented 194 bird species, 74 butterflies, 69 dragonflies, hundreds of other wildlife species and well over 500 (predominately native) plants. Such lists are expected to grow as field work continues. The combination of this site's open fields (some in active conversion to native meadows), healthy forests and wetlands, and Point of View's unique setting on Thompson Creek and Belmont Bay establishes Meadowood as one of Northern Virginia's premier ecological areas.
A comprehensive report on the Meadowood Ecological Area for 2014 can be found here. It provides some background about Meadowood, as well as checklists of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, katydids, crickets, other wildlife.