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Bird and Wildlife "Hunting" at Huntley Meadows

  • 07 May 2024
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Alexandria, VA
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  • Join the early birds for an easy walk through the woods and along the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows


Meander the Swamp Boardwalk

Huntley Meadows is a beautiful swamp with a boardwalk running through it. Migration should be in full swing, so we'll start fairly early. We'll take an easy walk through the woods to the boardwalk. We hope to see a variety of spring birds, plus frogs, turtles, snakes, and even a muskrat. Beavers are possible but less often seen. Dogs are forbidden on the boardwalk.

We'll meet at Huntley Meadows - Main Entrance and Visitor's Center. This is a prime birding location and quite popular. Parking is somewhat limited, so we recommend carpooling if possible.  The Center and its bathrooms are closed on Tuesdays, but there are portable bathrooms in the parking lot. 

The total walk is just under two miles and will be at an easy meandering pace with lots of birdwatching stops on the boardwalk.  We will have at least one spotting scope available. 

There is a $2 parking fee (honor system). It IS possible to park BEFORE paying the fee.  Please bring exact change to avoid complications making change.

Registration closes on Monday, May 6th or when we reach 12 participants, whichever comes first. This activity will be cancelled in the event of thunderstorms but will proceed in a light rain; all registrants will be notified. Dress accordingly. The boardwalk is exposed to full sun, so hats are recommended.

This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.


  • Water
  • Snacks for the trail (optional)
  • Hat, walking shoes, and rain gear (if forecast warrants)
  • Binoculars (optional) (Extra to share if you have them)
  • Spotting scope (optional)

Please respect the trip leaders and other members and arrive on time - 8:00 a.m.

Once you register you will receive an automatic confirmation email, which is the only email you will receive about this event. The text at the very end of the email will include information on the specific meeting place and time as well as the names of the trip leaders and their contact information. Be sure and save it or print it out.

WO members and guests must agree to our Assumption of Risk Statement during the registration process.

Be sure to copy down the address and trip leader contact information from the confirmation email to bring with you as there might not be good cell service at the event location.


If you register but then are unable to attend, please cancel your registration. Events may be cancelled due to lack of attendance, as well as changes in weather or other circumstances. 

If you must cancel at the last minute, call or text the event host/trip leader (see your confirmation email for contact details) and let her know who it is who is calling/texting.

To Cancel: Go to your Registration List

  • Click on this event in your list.
  • Click on the Already registered link under the REGISTER button.
  • At the next page that opens with your registration form, click on the CANCEL REGISTRATION button, and then click again on Cancel Registration on the pop-up form.
  • Ignore the link to contact the administrator.

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