Plan to attend ACC field trip on May 14, 2022, to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, attracts a vast number of waterfowl to model Chesapeake Bay tidal wetlands. While primarily a tidal marsh, the refuge also includes a mature pine forest. 

The NWR preserves over 26,000 acres as a wintering area for vast numbers of migratory birds. The most notable bird species that attracts birders from states away are the tundra swans that can be seen by the thousands in the winter months. 

Visit the Wildlife Reguge’s website to see a month, by month calendar of wildlife species that can be seen on the property. 

There is a good chance of seeing many types of birds including bald eagles. Additionally you may see foxes, otters, snakes, frogs, muskrat, racoons, owls, etc.

The refuge is approximately a two hour drive from Severna Park. Sunrise will be around 5:58AM. The Visitor Center hours are 10am – 4pm. Wildlife Drive and outdoor facilities are open daily, dawn to dusk, year round. A daily permit is required for all visitors to the Wildlife Drive. Private Vehicle – $3.00.

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