There will be a photo trip to Blackwater Wild Life Refuge on October 15, 2015, Thursday.
We will meet at the visitor's center at Blackwater at 3:15 pm. We are meeting in the
afternoon so we can photograph the flocks of geese and ducks when they return to
the refuge in the late afternoon. You can photo water birds earlier in the afternoon.
Then we will decide if we want to eat dinner after we are finished photographing the wildlife.
There are several good restaurants in Cambridge. The rain date is October 21, 2015,
There are water birds you can photograph on the wildlife drive in the afternoon. There are hiking trails available. Take insect repellent if you want to hike in the wooded areas.
A daily permit is required for all visitors to the Wildlife Drive unless they possess an annual pass, lifetime passport, or current Duck Stamp.
Private vehicle - $3.00
If you are interested in going, please give me your:
email address, phone number, and name.
Margye Hixson, email@example.com, 410-730-2132 (Be sure to put the s in Hixson)
Directions The refuge is located ~12 miles south of the town of Cambridge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. From Route 50 in Cambridge take Route 16 West (Church Creek Road) until the blinker light (~5 miles), then turn left onto Egypt Road. Follow Egypt road for ~ 7 miles and it will dead end at Key Wallace Drive. Turn left for the Wildlife Drive, or turn right for the refuge office and the visitor center.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
October - December
Autumn colors peak. Blackbirds, the last of the songbird migrants, peak in October and November. Abundance of ducks and geese gradually increases. Peaks occur in late October or November. Tundra swans from Northwest Canada usually arrive in early November. Several hundred remain throughout the winter. White-tailed and sika deer breed from October to December. Bald eagle numbers increase with the arrival of migrants from the north. Golden eagles are occasionally seen during winter. Waterfowl numbers decrease. Some remain all winter, others move south or disperse throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. Prescribed burning of the marsh begins for regeneration of specific waterfowl food resources.