Nature & Science

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Discover Manassas Natural Resources

Bryan Gorsira

More Than a Battlefield

“Did I ever tell you,” says a correspondent of an Eastern paper, “among the affecting little things one is always seeing in these battlefields, how, on the ground upon which the battle of Bull Run was fought, I saw pretty, pure, delicate flowers growing out of the empty ammunition boxes, and a wild rose thrusting up its graceful head through the top of a broken drum, which doubtless sounded its last charge in that battle, and a cunning scarlet verbena peeping out of a fragment of a bursted shell, in which strange pot it was planted? Wasn’t that peace growing out of war? Even so shall the beautiful and graceful ever grow out of the horrid and terrible things that transpire in this changing but ever advancing world. Nature covers even the battlegrounds with verdure and bloom. Peace and plenty spring up in the track of the devouring campaign, and all things in nature and society shall work out the progress of mankind.

-Frank Leslie, Illustrated Newspaper, May 6, 1865

Manassas National Battlefield Park, established in 1940, preserves the sites of the First and Second Battles of Manassas. These important battlegrounds and associated monuments are nestled in over 5000 acres of meadows, woodlands and streams. The Resource Management division oversees these historic lands for their important contribution to local and regional biodiversity.
The park has recently been selected as an Audubon Important Bird Area. Selection was based on the Park's quality grasslands and numerous bird species (54 confirmed breeders) that occur here.

The park is also now listed as a stop under Virginia's Birding and Wildlife trail, a program managed by the Virginia Department of game and Inland Fisheries.

Species lists can be found under the "Animals" section of this web page. To date we have documented 168 bird, 26 mammal, 23 reptile and 19 amphibian species within the park.

La Naturaleza y la Ciencia

Manassas National Battlefield Park, fundada en 1940, conserva los sitios de la primera y segunda batallas de Manassas. Estos importantes campos de batalla y monumentos asociados se encuentran en más de 5000 hectáreas de prados, bosques y riachuelos. La división de gestión de los recursos supervisa estas tierras históricas por su importante contribución a la biodiversidad local y regional. El propósito de esta página web es educar a los visitantes de las diferentes especies y los recursos naturales que se encuentran aquí.
El parque ha sido seleccionado recientemente como un área importante para Aves Audubon. Selección se basó en la calidad de pastizales del parque y numerosas especies de aves (54 criadores confirmados) que se producen aquí. Para más información:

El parque también ahora aparece como una parada bajo la observación de aves y vida silvestre del estado de Virginia trail, un programa administrado por el Departamento de Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Para obtener más información sobre este programa; listas de especies de flora y fauna
Pueden encontrarse en la sección de "Animales" de esta página web. Hasta la fecha hemos documentado 168 Ave, mamífero 26, 23 reptiles y 19 especies de anfibios en el parque.


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Mailing Address:

12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109


(703) 361-1339 x0

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