Even from the parking lot we could hear so many birds singing that the day promised to be a good one for finding birds. Bryan Knedler led the group of 9 (including a photographer from the Gazette) on a 3 hour meandering tour of the park that included sights and sounds of 33 different bird species. Many were singing and defending their territory – we watched one build a nest. There was much discussion of the plant communities in the park – in the fields and forests as well as down in the marshy areas. Arrow Alum, Pickerel Weed, and Cattails are three key native wetland plants that have good stands at the confluence of Dueling Creek and the Anacostia – some no doubt as a result of the efforts by Anacostia Watershed in wetland restoration.