The Friends of Blackwater is a nonprofit citizens support group for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Cambridge, Maryland. Together with our partners, we provide vital fundraising, volunteer, and advocacy support to help make Blackwater NWR one of the best refuges in America's National Wildlife Refuge System. Learn more about how you can join, donate, or volunteer with us.
Become a member of the Friends and receive discounts at local merchants and in our Eagle's Nest Book and Gift Shop.Membership Benefits
Donate in memory of a friend or loved one, help support the raptor cams, or donate to our Building Fund.Ways to support
Join one of the most active volunteer groups in the National Wildlife Refuge System.Opportunities at the Refuge
NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS
Free Bird Walks
If you're interested in joining a free bird walk at Blackwater NWR, be sure to check out our Events calendar to find an upcoming walk with a local bird expert.
Follow Us on Facebook
The Friends of Blackwater have a very active Facebook following. Be sure to check out our Facebook page and join the fun. And we welcome folks sharing their Blackwater photos on our page.
Sign Up for Our Newsletter
If you'd like to receive monthly news from Blackwater NWR, be sure to sign up for the Friends' email newsletter. Visit our newsletter page to submit your email address and then be sure to reply to the confirmation email we send to your inbox.
View Winter Waterfowl Survey Results
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at Blackwater NWR conduct regular waterfowl surveys during the winter months and posts the results online. Check out the latest report to see what types of birds you might find on your next visit.
Share your images!
Do you have a great image from Blackwater NWR? Be sure to visit our online gallery of images and videos from Blackwater NWR. You can submit a photo or video for inclusion in our gallery or you can share your photos and videos with us on our Friends of Blackwater Facebook page. Show us what you've got!
What is a national wildlife refuge?
You might be surprised to learn that national wildlife refuges are different than national parks. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the only system of federal lands devoted specifically to wildlife. While national wildlife refuges provide recreational opportunities for people, they also provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and more than 1,000 species of fish. More than 380 threatened or endangered plants or animals are protected on wildlife refuges. Each year, millions of migrating birds use refuges as stepping stones while they fly thousands of miles between their summer and winter homes. Learn more about America's National Wildlife Refuge System at fws.gov/refuges.