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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - Cambridge, MD
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located in the Blackwater and Nanticoke River watersheds on Maryland's Eastern Shore, preserves over 26,000 acres as a wintering area for vast numbers of migratory birds. It also serves as a haven for several threatened or endangered species, including one of the largest concentrations of nesting bald eagles along the Atlantic Coast. While primarily a tidal marsh, the refuge also includes a mature pine forest.

Before its designation as a Refuge, the marshland along Blackwater River was managed as a fur farm. Muskrats were the primary species trapped. Most of the wood-lands, including islands, had been timbered. Remains of old drainage ditches and furrows which crisscross in some existing woods indicate past agricultural use.

Hours: Refuge open Mon.-Fri. 8-4, Sat.-Sun. 9-5. Wildlife Drive open daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center open Mon.-Fri. 8-4, Sat.-Sun. 9-5
Fees: $3 per private vehicle, $1 per pedestrian or bicyclist, under 16 free. Annual passes for those over 61 and free lifetime passes for the permanently physically and visually impaired are available at the visitor center; passes cover all vehicle occupants.
For more information about Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge call (410) 228-2677 or visit the following websites: http://blackwater.fws.gov, http://www.friendsofblackwater.org.

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