This wonderful “Chesapeake Bay in miniature,” is protected by the Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve as one of the last remaining pristine watersheds on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
The August evening float was relaxing and delightful. The water was clear with a few riffles. We saw numerous birds, floated under four bridges, and enjoyed the beautiful lighting of early evening on a clean, clear waterway.
We saw numerous birds including four bald eagles (majestic!), several hawks (accipiter, I believe), numerous waterfowl including mallard, black, teal, and wood ducks, along with great blue heron, green heron, killdeer, plovers, a couple of bitterns and several kingfishers.
…the Algonquin name for Mattawoman has been variously translated as “where one goes pleasantly” and “a place to go quietly.” I would like to think that the peace and tranquility associated with the original name is as valid now as it was back then.
The Bay and its tributaries offer a fantastic fishery, right in our backyards, and what can be better than fresh fish that’s been caught and cooked in the same day.
Departing and returning from her home port of historic Chestertown, a trip on the 1768 schooner SULTANA is a great way to experience the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner.
. . . I kept my eyes open to the egrets and their oval wingspans. Red-winged blackbirds surprised us by popping out of the marsh in a flash of red and black feathers, and butterflies flew around us, with yellow swallowtails on purple hibiscus flowers and monarchs on milkweeds.
Take a short jaunt down busy Eastern Boulevard in Baltimore County and you’ll discover a hidden natural gem: the gorgeous woodlands and wetlands of Marshy Point Park & Nature Center.
It’s pretty amazing that just 20 miles away from Washington, D.C. lies Jug Bay, a natural, serene paradise and one of the largest freshwater tidal systems on the East Coast.
Paddling a canoe can be an amazing time for a family with young kids. Canoes are roomy, comfortable, and relatively stable – yet still quiet and agile enough to get close to nature. When done right, it’s a great family bonding experience.
The Chesapeake Roving Ranger, the mobile visitor center for the Chesapeake Conservancy and National Park Service Chesapeake Bay, is back on the road for the 2019 season!
Mount Harmon is a tidewater plantation and nature preserve, and features a restored 18th century manor house, colonial kitchen, smoke house, formal boxwood garden, Carriage House Education & Discovery Center, tobacco barn, prize house, 200-acres of pristine open space, nature trails, and a spectacular waterfront setting.
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