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. . . Spotted The Nation's Symbol Near the Nation's Capital

Sunday, December 21, 2003; Page C02

. . .spotted the nation's symbol near the nation's capital. The local population of eagles has soared in recent years, part of a nationwide resurgence that took flight after the pesticide DDT was banned three decades ago. A good place to look for eagles along the Potomac River, especially in winter, is at the end of a short trail at Mason Neck State Park in Northern Virginia.

Wildlife Center President Edward Clark Jr. releases an eagle at Mason Neck. (Jahi Chikwendiu -- The Washington Post)

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The park is about 20 miles south of Washington, at 7301 High Point Rd., Lorton. For more information, call 703-550-0960 or see www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/masonnec.htm.

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