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Virginia Osprey Festival in Colonial Beach

April 15, 2023

Hosted by Downtown Colonial Beach and Colonial Beach Greenspace
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The Virginia Osprey Festival is one of the largest festivals of its kind celebrating the osprey’s annual return to Colonial Beach, birdwatching and the area's abundant natural resources.
Mission Statement
The Virginia Osprey Festival in Colonial Beach is committed to conserving the osprey and other abundant wildlife in Colonial Beach and the larger Potomac River watershed by providing educational events, programs, and community science opportunities that serve the local community, its surrounding areas of Virginia and beyond. 

The Virginia Osprey Festival in Colonial Beach would like to express its appreciation to the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and its Executive Director, Martin Gary, for their support and use of its facilities to the festival over the years.  Please visit their website and become familiar with this valuable organization located within the Town of Colonial Beach.

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Dr. Bryan D. Watts, Keynote Speaker

Director of The Center for Conservation Biology

William and Mary

Dr. Bryan D. Watts is the Mitchell A. Byrd Professor of Conservation Biology and Director of The Center for Conservation Biology at William & Mary.  The author of more than 600 publications on avian ecology and conservation, Watts has studied birds since early childhood. 


He has conducted more than 1,000 research projects focused on solving conservation problems throughout the Western Hemisphere but primarily within the mid-Atlantic region of North America. 


He has worked with osprey in the Chesapeake Bay for more than 30 years.  His research attempts to explore general ecological principles that have broad application. 

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