One of the historic radio towers
at Greenbury point
Greenbury Point: Helping the Navy conserve an ecosystem
the biggest grassland habitat in Annapolis?
Few people besides hard-core bird watchers know that
this environmental treasure is located underneath the familiar radio
towers seen in the Annapolis skyline, at the Navys Greenbury Point
Conservation Area. Greenbury Point has a variety of other habitats including
wooded coves, shallow wetland ponds, forests and scrub/shrub areas.
Many interesting wildlife make this area their home. For example, Greenbury
Point supports the only bobwhite quail population in Anne Arundel County,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff have developed
a Natural Resources Management Plan for the Annapolis Area Complex of
the Navy, which includes the Naval Academy, the North Severn Complex
of the golf course and Greenbury Point and the Naval Dairy Farm in Gambrills,
Maryland. The Services restoration and environmental education
experts assisted the Navys natural resources manager by evaluating
Navy lands and writing a plan for the future of conservation areas and
natural habitats under Navy management.
Greenbury Point, a 231 acre peninsula at the mouth of
the Severn River, provides numerous opportunities to integrate wildlife
habitat and education with the training mission of the Naval Academy.
Outdoor education planners from the Service's Blackwater National Wildlife
Refuge are lending their expertise to help shape the Visitors
Center Environmental Education facility the Navy is currently building
on Greenbury Point. Nineteen osprey pairs that currently nest on Greenbury
Points radio towers will be provided new platforms before the
towers are demolished in the coming year.
Another valuable landscape, the Navys 850 acre
Dairy Farm, is intended to be leased to a private dairy operator in
the coming years.Service biologists recommended enhancements for
stream, wetland and hedgerow habitats that will complement agricultural
operations. The Dairy Farm is upstream in the drainage network of the
wildlife-rich Patuxent River corridor, so enhancing the Dairy Farm creates
water quality and wildlife benefits for the larger landscape.