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Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.

Migratory Bird Watching

Explore Your ChesapeakeIn the spring, migratory birds begin to return from their winter vacations in the south. These Gateways provide visitors with the wonderful opportunity to see local and migratory birds as they move up the coast in great numbers.

Mason Neck State Park - Lorton, VA
Mason Neck State Park sits on a peninsula jutting out into the Potomac River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The peninsula is the site of an active heron rookery that also attracts many other migrating and resident bird species, including whistling swans and assorted ducks—a wonderful location to go birding.

Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Section - From Sunbury to Harrisburg, PA
In spring, many birds dot the landscape of the Susquehanna River Water Trail. Birds of prey - such as hawks, eagles, osprey, vultures, and owls - appear along the ridges and throughout the river valley much of the year. Along this route, boaters, canoeists and kayakers can explore the great river and its diverse scenery and habitats.

Pocomoke River State Forest and Park - Snow Hill, MD
See bald eagles at Pocomoke River State Forest and Park, which also provides almost 15,000 acres for exploring stands of loblolly pine, cypress swamps, and the beauty of the Pocomoke River, a major Eastern Shore tributary. The two major use areas, Shad Landing and Milburn Landing, provide starting points for canoeing, boating, fishing and hiking.

Caledon Natural Area - King George, VA
Caledon Natural Area and the surrounding areas are the summer home for one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles on the East Coast; as many as 60 eagles have been spotted here on the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River. Enjoy the hiking and picnicking offered at this beautiful location.

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Woodbridge, VA
Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge sits on the Potomac River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. More than 200 species of birds have been observed at the refuge and deer, red fox and raptors can easily be observed from the scenic trails as well.


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