||The Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project is a private property on which new wetlands were established by the Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II) to mitigate the loss of wetlands from the construction of the Dulles Greenway.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has permission to monitor this 149-acre wetland for birds, butterflies, amphibians and other wildlife and holds periodic nature walks and birding walks. There are no paths in the area, only a bluebird nesting box trail, which is checked by our volunteers. Visits can only be made to the wetlands with a group that has such special permission.
While its private status means that viewing wildlife at this Great Place is not available to the general public, it also allows for an extensive, undisturbed natural habitat for an array of flora and fauna.
Forest tracts and fields open up to large patches of cattails and water grasses. Central to the wetlands is a large pond where fish can be seen surfacing to catch evening bugs, and birds small and large swoop down for a meal.
Among the animals sited in the area are beavers, red foxes, deer, painted turtles, snapping turtles and box turtles, gray tree frogs, green frogs, great blue and green herons, great egrets, wood ducks, green-winged teal, red-tailed hawks, sandpipers, kingfishers, and a variety of warblers and other songbirds.
Bald eagles also nest here at the wetlands.