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.


Register for the 1st Annual Friends of Blackwater Golf Tournament

The Friends of Blackwater are hosting a fundraising golf tournament on June 19, 2017, at Choptank River Golf. Learn more about the event and how to register by the entry deadline of May 8.

Open House on Big Game Hunting

Blackwater NWR will host an open house meeting to learn more about big game public hunting opportunities on the Refuge. The open house will be held on Wednesday April 5, 2017. Visit the FWS Blackwater NWR website for more information.

2017 Photo Calendars

Thanks to photographer Tom Lorsung for producing these printable 2017 Blackwater NWR calendar images:

Youth Conservation Corps Positions

Blackwater NWR is offering summer employment for high school youths through the Youth Conservation Corps program. Visit the FWS Blackwater NWR website for more information.

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!

Blackwater NWR image gallery

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

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Red-tailed hawk on Refuge System "blue goose" sign. Credit: George Gentry/USFWS