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Bald Eagles

American Bald Eagle

American bald eagle - USFWS.

At the time of the refuge's establishment in 1969, the number of nesting bald eagles pairs had plummeted to less than 500 in the lower 48 states.

Wildlife & Habitat

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

In 1998, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Occoquan Bay NWR, and Featherstone NWR, were reorganized into the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Around the Refuge

  • Visitor Activities

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    There are activities year round at Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography and hunting. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.

    Visitor Activities
  • 2014 Mason Neck Deer Management Hunt

    International Deer Symbol

    E.H. Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual white-tailed deer hunt program aimed to manage the deer population in conjunction with Mason Neck State Park. Refuge and park staffs will administer a three day hunt in November and December. Click the link below for more information.

    Click Here for 2014 Mason Neck Deer Hunt Information
  • Get Involved

    Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.

    There are many ways to get involved at Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers help maintain the refuge by assisting with interpretive programs, helping out with refuge cleanups, invasive plant mapping and many other projects.

    Get Involved
  • Know Before You Go

    Sunset at the refuge - USFWS.

    Make sure you come prepared when visiting the refuge - from April to October biting insects and ticks are prevalent, so bring bug spray! Also, keep an eye out for poison ivy and norther copperhead snakes. Learn more on our Plan Your Visit page.

    Plan Your Visit
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge - Bill Wallen.
Last Updated: Jul 02, 2014
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