Enjoy sights and sounds of fall at Blackwater NWR

Posted 10/22/21

CAMBRIDGE — Experience the changing of the seasons at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge by participating in a guided birding tour this fall. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy …

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Enjoy sights and sounds of fall at Blackwater NWR

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CAMBRIDGE — Experience the changing of the seasons at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge by participating in a guided birding tour this fall. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy identifying and learning about the many species of birds that inhabit the refuge.

Fall birding tours at Blackwater highlight the returning migratory waterfowl. Participants will observe and identify a diverse array of feathered friends, from woodpeckers and wading birds to numerous species of waterfowl and raptors, including the bald eagle.

Tours on Sunday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 7, will be led by Terry Allen; Sunday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 5, will be led by Harry Armistead.

Participants will meet at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center at 8 a.m. Tours may last three to four hours. The birding party typically tours via car, stopping at various hotspots around the refuge’s Wildlife Drive.

Binoculars and field guides are highly recommended for an enjoyable experience. Participants should also be sure to dress for the weather.

There is no fee or advanced registration for these activities. For further information, call the Blackwater Visitor Center at 410-228-2677 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Blackwater.

Please note that all visitors (age 2 and older) are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings and in outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.