This winter I had an opportunity to visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Blackwater watershed contains one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, however, sea level rise, erosion, subsidence, salt water intrusion, polluted runoff, and invasive species have resulted in the loss of over 8,000 acres of marsh (at a rate of 150 acres per year). The marshes are a great place for viewing wildlife, especially bald eagles, and are used by over 50,000 migratory birds as a stopover during fall migration.
I have to admit that when I visited and looked out at the open water I thought I was looking out on to the Chesapeake Bay. Only after coming home and looking at a map did I realize how far removed the wetlands are from the bay. Continue reading Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge