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Wetlands: A Natural Treasure

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Hidden : 01/03/2007
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

Located in the southern part of Huntley Meadows Park. Ample parking is located at the listed coordinates. The cache will take you around 1.5 miles along flat hard packed trails and a ½ mile boardwalk wetland trail.

Nestled in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a rich, natural island in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia. Its 1,425 acres harbor majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and vast wetlands bursting with life.

Huntley Meadows lies in a wet lowland that was carved out by an ancient meander of the Potomac River. The resulting freshwater wetland is one of the rarest habitats left in Fairfax County. A healthy wetland supports more life than almost any other habitat. Wetlands also purify polluted waters and control the destructive power of floods and storms.
Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed here. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley Meadows is well known as a prime birding spot, with a plethora of species identified in the park.

Facilities at Huntley Meadows Park:
- Visitor Center with exhibits, classroom and auditorium
- ½ mile boardwalk wetland trail
- Wildlife Observation Platforms
- 2 mile interpretive trail system
- Hike-Bike Trail

Each year hundreds of programs are conducted for the general public and scheduled groups. Visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, when we are closed. Holidays we are open noon to 5 p.m. Call the Visitor Center at 703-768-2525 for additional information.

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Acre for acre, a healthy wetland does what?

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What is one way we can enhance the habitat for Wood Ducks?

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What are the 5 "layers of life"?

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How many species of birds have been identified in the park?
Name 3 that have been seen, did you see any today?

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I hope you enjoy this short hike and the beauty of the wetlands.

Congratulations to Marylandgeocacher for celebrating find #500 here!!!

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