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The Sound of Quiet – A Visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere as quiet as Blackwater NWR on the Eastern Shore. Except for human voices and the quiet hum of a car gently passing by on the driving tour, the only sounds are nature. I believe I never even heard a plane overhead.

Blackwater is also one of the most beautiful areas I’ve visited. The landscape of sky, marshes, and grasses extending as far as the eye can see, punctuated by tall stands of evergreens and deciduous trees, is remarkable.

  

The Refuge consists of over 25,000 acres of freshwater impoundments, brackish tidal wetlands, open fields, and mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, according to its Friends of BNWR website. That makes it an ideal home for 150 bald eagles during the winter; upwards of 35,000 geese and 15,000 ducks during the November migration; as well as over 250 species of birds, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians, 165 species of threatened and endangered plants, and numerous mammals. That’s a lot of wildlife to look for and observe.

    

A “traffic backup” once an eagle was spotted

What brought me to Blackwater were those eagles. Well, actually a Festival celebrating the eagles. It’s hard to pass up a party for the 1st visit. Like all good festivals, there was good food (crab soup!) along with an eagle prowl, marsh hike, wildlife exhibits, and kids activities. And an eagle – this one sat for at least a half hour, watching us watch him:

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great photos, that blue sky is gorgeous, Blackwater NWR sure is one beautiful place, I wish I could go every weekend, if not to take photos, but to just enjoy the serenity it bestows. The eagle fest is fantastic, wish I didn’t have to work that day. It can really be fun with the crowds, but I most love going when only a few are there. Seems the wildlife come out more to play! 🙂

    I’m like a kid at the end of the wildlife drive (7 miles long I think), I always turn to my husband and say, can we, can we, can we do it again??!!!!! 🙂 LOL

    March 16, 2012
  2. ~Valerie C~ #

    I love the Blackwater refuge. It’s also the best place to fish for small mouth bass! I’ve never had a bad fishing day there.

    March 17, 2012
    • I never thought about the fishing! I’ll leave that to you ;).

      March 17, 2012
  3. Thanks so much for the wonderful photos and for publicizing our beautiful and quiet Blackwater NWR. It really is a haven for wildlife lovers and for wildlife.

    March 18, 2012
    • Lisa, thank you for stopping by my blog!

      March 18, 2012
  4. avian101 #

    What a gorgeous landscape! Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

    April 15, 2012

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