through wetlands, marshes, mud and heavy underbrush is never
easy. However, during the winter, this task is even more difficult.
For three-days, eight members from The Regal SwanTM braved
cold weather, high winds and uneven terrain to hike through
northern Virginia in search of migrating Tundra Swans.
the guests of Ft. Belvoir Garrison Commander, Col. Thomas
W. Williams, team members hiked around the Accotink Wildlife
Refuge located on Ft. Belvoir to observe a flock of 300 Tundra
Swans. Ft. Belvoir is the strategic sustaining base for the
U.S. Army. It is home to three major Army headquarters, more
than 25 agencies of the Department of the Army and numerous
Department of Defense Agencies. The military installation
is located 12 miles south of Washington, DC.
team also hiked through Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge and Leesylvania
State Park researching the natural resources available to
the swans during their annual migratory trip to the area.
The last day of the expedition was spent at Airlie Center
in Warrenton, Virginia, where Dr. William Sladen provides
environmental studies on swans including endangered Trumpeter
members participating in the expedition were:
Dr. Geoffrey R. Gardner; veterinarian, Dr. Christopher W.
Brown veterinarian; Dr. Fanchon F. Funk, director of curriculum
development; Sheila A. Bolin, researcher; Rebecca Webb Wilson,
photographer; Shirley A. Bolin, photographer; Spence Wilson,
logistics/technical advisor; and Charles Huggins, logistics/transportation