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Maryland/DC

Frank M. Ewing/Robinson Neck Preserve


Why You Should Visit

The preserve is a birder's delight, where one finds undisturbed waterfowl habitat and a sanctuary for bald eagles.  May is the best time for birdwatching, when migration is at a peak; summer brings a proliferation of flowering plants and marsh grasses; fall brings migrating birds, highlighted by warblers and puddle ducks.

Location

Just over 2 hours east of Washington, DC

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Why the Conservancy Selected This Site

For its protection of waterfowl and bald eagle habitat, as well as its brackish tidal marsh habitat.  Since 1977, 920 acres have been protected.

Hours
Open year round for nature walks and birdwatching. The preserve has a nature trail.

What to See: Plants

  • common threesquare bulrush
  • narrowleaf cattail
  • saltmarsh cordgrass

What to See: Animals

  • bald eagles
  • osprey
  • marsh hawks
  • Delmarva fox squirrel habitat

How to Get the Most from Your Visit

  • POISON IVY ALERT! If you are highly allergic to poison ivy, we recommend that you avoid this preserve altogether.
  • Bring plenty of drinking water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), rain gear, and bug protection. Binoculars, field guides, and a camera may be useful.
  • Pets are not allowed on Conservancy preserves or field trips.
  • Smoking is not permitted.
  • Please do not remove any plants, animals, or rocks.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants to help protect you from the understory vegetation, especially poison ivy. Wearing light colors will help you spot and remove ticks. Waterproof shoes are recommended. Be prepared for weather changes and the proliferation of insects along the trail.
  • Please help us maintain this unique natural environment by taking home everything that you bring, including biodegradable materials.
  • Tick and Mosquito Alert: When you get home, plan to drop your clothing directly in the laundry and do a tick check before you shower. Deer ticks, the type that carry lyme disease, are about the size of a pinhead and tend to attach in hair, under ears, underarms, trunk of the body, groin, and backs of the knees. Remove them by gently pulling with tweezers and wipe the skin near the bite with a mild disinfectant. If, within 7-10 days after exposure, you experience a rash (especially an expanding "bull's eye" rash), chills, fever, headache, stiff neck, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and/or aching joints and muscles, contact your doctor. You can find more information on lyme disease at www.aldf.com or by calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 404-332-4555.
Directions
  • From Baltimore/Washington, take Route 50 east across the Bay Bridge.  Just south of Cambridge, turn right onto Route 16.  Continue for 16 miles to the Taylor's Island bridge, just beyond Taylor's Island marina.  After crossing the bridge, take the first left (south) on Robinson Neck Road.  Go 2.7 miles to a grassy road on the left blocked by a cable gate.  There is limited parking along the shoulder of the road to the left of the gate.
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