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The administration office is located about 12 miles south of Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Officially established in 1933 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering birds, additional lands and purposes have since been added. Upon completion, the complex will protect thousands of acres of internationally important wetland habitats. - Often referred to as the “biological crescent of the Eastern Shore”, the Refuge dominates wetlands in the 716,000 acre Nanticoke/Blackwater Watershed. The Refuge’s brackish marshes compose more than 80% of the watershed’s intertidal wetlands. As an “International Important Birding Area”, one third of the Atlantic Flyway’s waterfowl population winters on the Chesapeake Bay and Blackwater. Blackwater supports the largest nesting population of bald eagles north of Florida on the Atlantic Coast. The Refuge also supports the largest natural population of Delmarva fox squirrels. - Handsomely photographed by the award-winning nature program producers, Claire and Stefan Dobert, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s management and wildlife are brought to life in this 21 minute video.
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