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    Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

    Blackwater NWR hosted the judging of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland on February 17, 2018.

    Click here for contest details.

  • Canada Geese

    Wintering Waterfowl

    Enjoy fall and winter migrants at Blackwater NWR! View the latest waterfowl surveys for the refuge.

    Click here

Around the Refuge

Cooperative Agriculture Program

Snow geese in corn

Opportunity Available! Refuge seeks agricultural producers for cooperative agriculture program.

Click here for details.

Weather Closures

Wildlife Drive with snow

The Visitor Center and/or Wildlife Drive may be closed during and after winter storms. Check the status of the refuge on our Facebook page.

View the Refuge Alert page.

News and Events

Bluebird on Sign

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
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Eagle Festival 2018

Eagle Festival Live Eagle Program

The 2018 Eagle Festival is scheduled for March 17. Join us for a day of family fun at the refuge, celebrating birds of prey and other wildlife!

Tentative event schedule

About the Complex

Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS