Resources for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Visiting the Blackwater NWR Region
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Blackwater NWR website: Official government website for Blackwater NWR. Includes brochures for trails, wildlife, and visitor activities.
- Visit Dorchester: Information about Dorchester County and its visitor services.
- BayDreaming.com: Guide to Cambridge hotels and inns. Also offers information on local attractions.
- Find Your Chesapeake: Ideas for exploring the Chesapeake Bay area.
- Chesapeake Bay Program: Information about the science of the Chesapeake Bay.
- Sea Kayak Chesapeake Bay: Information about sea kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay.
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Information about Maryland's natural treasures, both on the land and in the water.
- Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail: Information about the trail, which explores the Chesapeake Bay through the routes and places associated with Smith's explorations.
- Harriet Tubman: Information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Blackwater NWR.
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park: Information about the national park from the National Park Service.
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park: Information about the state park from the Maryland government.
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway: Online travel guide to the scenic byway.
Wildlife and Resource Management Issues
- Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan: Plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for future management of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex, which includes Blackwwater NWR.
- The Future of Maryland's Blackwater Marsh: Article about sea level rise and marsh loss at Blackwater NWR.
- Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project: Information about the effort to remove the destructive, non-native nutria from the Delmarva Peninsula.
Wildlife at Blackwater NWR
- Bald Eagle: Information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about bald eagles.
- Osprey: Information form the Chesapeake Bay Program about ospreys.
- Delmarva Fox Squirrel: Information from the Chesapeake Bay Program about the Delmarva fox squirrel.
- Maryland Birding Hotspots: Information about birding in Maryland. Resources include maps, rare bird alerts, and hotspots.
- The Maryland Ornithological Society: Nonprofit, statewide organization of people who are interested in birds and nature. Offers bird lists, a calendar of activities, and birding resources for the state.
National Wildlife Refuge System
- National Wildlife Refuge System: Home website of America's National Wildlife Refuge System.
- Meet the National Wildlife Refuge System (PDF, 643 KB): Guide to the history and management of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
- Refuge Friends Organizations: Information about Friends organizations, which partner with national wildlife refuges to conduct public events, teach the community about conservation, restore habitat, maintain trails, coordinate volunteers, operate nature stores, and raise funds.
- National Wildlife Refuge Association: Nonprofit that conserves America’s wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect and enhance the National Wildlife Refuge System and the landscapes beyond its boundaries.
- Harriet Tubman: Information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park: Information from the National Park Service.
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park: Information from the State of Maryland.
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway: Information from the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.
- Conservation Fund: Organization that focuses on conservation and communities—creating as many pathways as possible for people and organizations to protect their natural resources and save the places that matter most.
- Nanticoke Watershed Alliance: Nonprofit that provides environmental stewardship to the Nanticoke River and its watershed.
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Conservation grant-maker that conserves healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants, on land and in the sea, through creative and respectful partnerships, sustainable solutions, and better education.
- Pickering Creek Audubon Center: A 400-acre working farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland situated next to the tidal Pickering Creek in Talbot County, Maryland, that has been providing excellent environmental and science education programs to students from eight Maryland counties and the District of Columbia for more than 25 years. Over 16,000 school children visit each year and are given the opportunity to make a physical and emotional connection to the Chesapeake Bay.
- Salisbury Zoo: Free zoological park that encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world. Located in nearby Salisbury, Maryland.
- Wild Birds Unlimited: First and largest franchise system of retail stores catering to the backyard bird feeding hobbyist. WBU also maintains a conservation fund, Pathways To Nature, wherein all Wild Birds Unlimited stores donate a portion of proceeds to the fund to support education, conservation and wildlife viewing projects at wildlife refuges, parks, sanctuaries and nature conservancies throughout North America.