Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge

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The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the critical migration highway called the Atlantic Flyway. The refuge is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, just 12 mi (19 km) south of Cambridge, Maryland in Dorchester County, and consists of over 28,000 acres (110 km2) of freshwater impoundments, brackish tidal wetlands, open fields, and mixed evergreen and deciduous forests. Blackwater NWR is one of over 540 units in the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Blackwater Refuge is fed by the Blackwater River and the Little Blackwater River. The name "blackwater" comes from the tea-colored waters of the local rivers, which are darkened by the tannin that is picked up as the water drains through peat soil in the marshes.

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  • Glad we stopped by and decided to hike one of the trails. In the hike and drive, we saw bald eagles, ospreys and herons. 
    Glad we stopped by and decided to hike one of the trails. In the hike and drive, we saw bald eagles, ospreys and herons.  more »
  • We enjoyed the Wildlife Drive and seeing the refuge and its many birds. There’s a lot to see in this area, whether by car or on foot. In early June, we were wary of all the insects, and thus didn’t....  more
    We enjoyed the Wildlife Drive and seeing the refuge and its many birds. There’s a lot to see in this area, whether by car or on foot. In early June, we were wary of all the insects, and thus didn’t....  more »
  • Refuge is outside of Cambridge and a 30 minute drive from our Easton Fairfield inn hotel. 4 mile wildlife drive with 2-3 short interpretive trails, water nest perches slhow binoc views of eaglets... 
    Refuge is outside of Cambridge and a 30 minute drive from our Easton Fairfield inn hotel. 4 mile wildlife drive with 2-3 short interpretive trails, water nest perches slhow binoc views of eaglets...  more »

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