Features

  • Junior Duck Stamp 2017-18 Rotator

    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.

  • Volunteer Logo Rotator

    Volunteer Power!

    Blackwater volunteers were recently honored for their efforts. Learn how volunteers make a difference every day at Blackwater NWR!

    Click here.

Around the Refuge

Sunday Kids' Crafts

Fish kids craft

Bring the kids to the refuge for wildlife arts and crafts! Sunday afternoons this summer, 1:00-3:00 pm at the Visitor Center.

More information here

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 NWR! Visitors can view the osprey nest and bald eagle nest either online or in the refuge visitor center.

Learn more.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Promo

Blackwater NWR is celebrating the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, whose heroic actions helped many slaves escape to freedom!

More about Harriet Tubman.
Explore the Refuge!

Visit Blackwater!

Red Bellied Woodpecker

You can see incredible wildlife at the refuge every month of the year!

Wildlife Calendar

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

NWRS Logo

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