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    Great Blue Heron Program

    A photographic journey into the life of Blackwater's most popular wading bird.

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  • Earth Day

    Earth Day Litter Pickup

    Help us clean up the roads around Blackwater NWR!

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  • Canada Geese

    Wintering Waterfowl

    View current refuge waterfowl surveys.

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Youth Conservation Corps

Youth Conservation Corps

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Find out about our summer jobs for young people.

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About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex

There are four refuges and 5 divisions in the complex.

Blackwater is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Around the Refuge

  • News and Events

    All the latest announcements from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Raptor Cams

    Bald eagle - Woody Dawson.

    Check out the raptor cams at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can view the osprey nest and bald eagle nest either online or from the refuge visitor center. Learn more on the raptor cams page.

    Raptor Cams Page
  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman Promo

    Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the life and history of Harriet Tubman, whose heroic actions helped many slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

    Learn more about Harriet Tubman.
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunset at the refuge - Ray Paterra/USFWS.
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2015
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