The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS) is hosting the 2022 Blackwater NWR Eagle Festival over two weekends in March at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The Eagle Festival will be on the weekends of March 5 and 6, and March 12 and 13, 2022. The 2022 festival will include a unique mix of virtual and limited in-person activities.
On-site activities will require pre-registration, while virtual programs will be offered on the Blackwater NWR Facebook page and Zoom. The Wildlife Drive will be free-of-charge both weekends.
A guided bird walk will kick off each morning, in search of bald eagles, ducks, geese, swans, songbirds, and other wildlife.
Kids ages 8 and up can sign up for youth archery or enjoy other special programs. There will also be a guided 5-mile bicycle tour of the Wildlife Drive with refuge staff. Pre-registration is required for all programs at https://bit.ly/blackwatereaglefestival.
More information is available at the Refuge’s website at www.fws.gov/refuge/blackwater, or by calling 410-228-2677. Birders can also visit the Refuge page on Facebook for eagle identification tips and a roundup of some of the best hotspots to see eagles on the Refuge.
Refuge volunteer Ron Ketter will present the virtual program “Waterfowl and Marsh Birds along the Wildlife Drive” on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 7 p.m. Register at Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/blackwatereaglefestival to receive the Zoom link for this program hosted by the Friends of Blackwater.
On display at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center will be winning artwork from the 2022 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, as well as the winners of the Friends of Blackwater’s Refuge Photo Contest. Visitors will also be able to make a wildlife button to take home. Visitor Center hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Pets are not permitted outside of vehicles on the Refuge.
source: Friends of Blackwater
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