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State, Federal-funded Land Helps a Small Mussel

In a pristine watershed in Maryland McIntosh Run state and federal funding to purchase an 81-acre (33-hectare) parcel will help ...Read More

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The Delicate Balance of Saving Homes and Preventing Extinction

Massive cliffs have dominated the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Maryland for 10 to 20 million years...Read More

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Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel: Journey to Recovery

Catching a glimpse and hearing the chatter of Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrels (Sciurus niger cinereus) was once rare within the forests of the peninsula connecting ...Read More

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Landowners Lend a Hand to North America's Tiniest Turtle

For two summers, Maggie Creshkoff struggled through her Maryland farm fields with a backpack of Roundup, desperately trying to cut back the thorny, bloodletting multiflora rose that choked ...Read More

Featured Species in Maryland

Atlantic Coast piping plover , photo credit:  USFWS

Atlantic Coast piping plover

The piping plover is a dainty, sand-colored shorebird, distinguished from other small North American plovers by its pale plumage and bright orange legs. Human activities can disturb piping plovers on both their breeding and wintering grounds.     More »

 

Atlantic Coast piping plover.

Photo credit: USFWS

Bog turtle

Bog turtle

At only about four inches long, the bog turtle is North America's smallest turtle. The northern population of bog turtles in known to range from New York and western Massachusetts south to Maryland.

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Bog turtle.

Photo credit: USFWS

Swamp pink

Swamp pink

Swamp pink is a perennial herb in the lily family. It is known to occur in headwater streams and mountain bogs from New Jersey to Georgia.

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Swamp pink.

Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

Partnership Stories in Maryland

North Atlantic Right Whale

Organizations Join Forces to Protect Tiny Turtle

At only about four inches long, the bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) is North America's smallest turtle. More »




Found in Maryland

  • Swamp pink, Photo credit: Gene Nieminen, USFWS

    Swamp pink (Helonias bullata) is a small perennial member of the lily family, with evergreen leaves and a beautiful pink flower cluster that emerges in spring. It is found in headwater springs and mountain bog areas, and is primarily threatened by the indirect effects of off-site activities and development, such as pollution, introduction of invasive species, and subtle changes in groundwater and surface water hydrology.

    Photo credit: Alan Cressler

  • Bog turtle. Photo credit: Charlie Eichelberger, PNHP

    At only about four inches long, the bog turtle (Clemmys (Glyptemys) muhlenbergii) is one of North America's smallest turtles. This federally threatened species lives in a mosaic of open, sunny, springfed wetlands and scattered dry areas. The variety of wet and dry places meets all the turtle's basic needs. Sunny open areas provide the warmth needed to regulate the turtle's body temperature and incubate its eggs, while soft muddy areas allow turtles to escape from predators and extreme temperatures.

    Photo credit: Charlie Eichelberger, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

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Last updated: June 4, 2020