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Virginia Osprey Foundation

Slideshow photos courtesy of Bob Lennox

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Virginia osprey festival

Mission Statement
The Virginia Osprey Foundation is dedicated to the protection of Osprey and their habitats in Virginia.  Through science, education, advocacy and community engagement, our mission is to foster a sustainable environment where Osprey thrive.

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.

The International Osprey Foundation

From Joanie Millward, President of the Virginia Osprey Foundation.  Please consider becoming a member of The International Osprey Foundation. They are an amazing organization and have been an amazing partner.

Latest News!

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The 6th Annual Virginia Osprey Festival in Colonial Beach is now in the books!  We had a wonderful day, even with the wind.  On behalf of the Virginia Osprey Foundation, I want to thank our sponsors, advertisers, vendors, exhibitors, speakers, and last but not least, seventy plus volunteers that came out to ensure the festival ran smoothly and efficiently.   


Our photographers and videographer worked tirelessly all day to capture the essence of the festival and I can’t thank them enough.  A huge shout out to our amazing Board of Directors and the festival committee for the work and planning that went into this festival.  Pictures will be coming soon! 


This year was special as our Colonial Beach High School students assisted us as volunteers.  Our Colonial Beach Elementary School choir sang “The Osprey Song” and they were a huge crowd pleaser. 

We thank our attendees for coming out to support us and making the effort to learn about our ospreys and our environment.  

We hope to see you next year, April 12, 2025 for the 7th Annual Virginia Osprey Festival in Colonial Beach!

Joanie Millward,

Executive Director, The Virginia Osprey Foundation

Virginia Osprey Festival 2024
Video produced by Reilly Clifton, Owner of Every Sparrow Photography

Left: The raffle winner of our beautiful painting, “Early Spring” by Robert Wayt Smith, was Kitty Norris, Branch manager of the Cooper Library in Colonial Beach!  Congratulations Kitty!

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Virginia Ospreys

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.

Thank You to Our 2024 Festival Sponsors!

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Thank You to Our 2025 Festival Sponsor!

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