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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Protects 600 Acres of Vital Migratory Bird Habitat
Northeast Region, May 25, 2011
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Prothonotary warbler contributed by George Jett
Prothonotary warbler contributed by George Jett - Photo Credit: n/a
Pocomoke forested wetlands, contributed by David Yeaney, Audubon MD/DC
Pocomoke forested wetlands, contributed by David Yeaney, Audubon MD/DC - Photo Credit: n/a

The Chesapeake Bay Field Office Coastal Program in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Audubon Maryland/DC recently protected 600 acres of mature bottomland hardwood-bald cypress forest along the Pocomoke River in Maryland.

 

These forests support the highest concentration of breeding prothonotary warblers recorded on the Delmarva Peninsula in recent times. Prothonotary warblers are an at-risk species in Maryland as a result of the destruction of forested wetland breeding habitat. Other at-risk neotropical migratory birds that will benefit from the project include the Kentucky warbler, Louisiana waterthrush, wood thrush, and worm-eating warbler. 

 

The property was purchased as part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North American Wetland Conservation Act grant and is now owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The conservation of these forests builds on an existing state preserve located directly across the river, resulting in a 1,250-acre block of protected fish and wildlife habitat. 

 

The forests and wetlands of the Pocomoke River are a hotspot of biodiversity, important to neotropical migratory birds, waterfowl, and rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals, such as the Delmarva fox squirrel.

 

This is part of a larger project to protect several thousand acres of fish and wildlife habitat using several sources of funds including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, North American Wetland Conservation Act grants, The Nature Conservancy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

For more information contact:

Dan Murphy

410/573-4521

dan_murphy@fws.gov


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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