Volunteers are involved in all aspects of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and play a critical role in helping the refuge fulfill its mission. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of programs, including staffing the information desk at the Visitor Center, the Friends of Blackwater Eagle's Nest Bookstore, and the research library, as well as assisting with environmental education programs, biological surveys and monitoring, special events, trail and facility maintenance, interpretive programs, gardening, outreach, and much more. Whether you can work once a week, once a month, or once a year, your service is welcomed and needed!
If you are interested in becoming a Blackwater NWR volunteer, please contact Michele Whitbeck at 410-901-6124 ext. 23 or Michele_Whitbeck@fws.gov. Come help make the refuge a better place for wildlife and people alike.
The Friends are a nonprofit citizens support group that raises money for Blackwater Refuge through their gift shop (as well as other activities such as open houses, grants, and the hunt program) and uses the funds to finance various educational, interpretive, and wildlife-oriented recreational programs that are not funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to shrinking federal budgets.
Everyone is invited to attend their monthly meetings, usually the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the visitor center conference room.
Learn more about the Friends of Blackwater by visiting their website.
If you're interested in interning at the refuge, please contact volunteer coordinator Michele Whitbeck at 410-901-6124 or by email at Michele_Whitbeck@fws.gov.
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The Delmarva peninsula fox squirrel (DFS) is a large tree squirrel that lives in mature hardwood and pine forests throughout the Delmarva peninsula. Currently listed as an endangered species, this squirrel is found at only a few sites on the eastern shore, with Blackwater refuge hosting the largest natural population.