Home to a major stop on the Atlantic Flyway, Dorchester County is host to more than 250 species of birds, including the bald eagle (Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge has one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles nationwide), osprey, hawks, great blue heron, egrets, and 20 species of duck. Don’t forget the binoculars!
For a copy of the free Dorchester birding guide, drop us an email requesting one or call us at 800.522.TOUR or 410.228.1000. You can also download the birding guide as a PDF.
Attractions in Bird Watching
Crab, fish or stroll along what was the original bridge across the Choptank River.
Located 12 miles south of Cambridge, the refuge consists of over 27,000 acres of woodland, rich tidal marsh, freshwater ponds and managed cropland.
A live camera shot of an active bald eagle nest can be seen at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center, or a refreshing image at the Friends of Blackwater's web site.
Located at the corner of Key Wallace Drive and Egypt Road, this interpreted trail of nearly 3 miles winds through some of the refuge's most interesting forest land.
A live camera shot of an active osprey nest can be seen at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center, or a refreshing image at the Friends of Blackwater's web site.
This 1.5-mile interpreted walking trail, located off of Hip Roof Road, utilizes old access roads as it passes through old fields, wet sloughs, and stands of forest of various ages.
Ever-changing and growing to serve your needs.
Two short walking trails and a photography blind can be found on Blackwater NWR's Wildlife Drive.
The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort has its own Wildlife Refuge, a preserved area of lush vegetation and animals indigenous to the Eastern Shore, such as the Great Blue Heron and American Bald Eagle.
The Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area encompasses 28,518 acres.