Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Located 12 miles south of Cambridge, the refuge consists of over 27,000 acres of woodland, rich tidal marsh, freshwater ponds and managed cropland. Blackwater NWR is one of the chief wintering areas for migrating ducks and Canada geese using the Atlantic Flyway.
Two species listed as threatened or endangered are regularly seen at the refuge: the Bald Eagle and the Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Throughout the year there is a diverse population of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians to enjoy watching and photographing.
The refuge features a full service Visitor Center with a bookstore, restrooms, butterfly garden, and observatory, and a 4-mile Wildlife Drive with walking trails and a photo blind.
NOTE: Effective November 20, 2010, the Visitor Center is closed for renovation. Our gift store and information desk have been temporarily relocated to the Environmental Education building at the start of the Wildlife Drive (same hours as Visitor Center). For the latest update, visit http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/news.html.
In the winter, when eagles are laying and incubating their eggs, the refuge maintains the popular Eagle Cam—a camera that follows the adventures of one eagle family. Follow along online here: http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/camhtm2.html
The endangered Delmarva fox squirrel can often be seen at Blackwater NWR.
Great blue herons, as well as other wading birds, can be seen at Blackwater NWR throughout the year.