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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge- Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was officially established in 1933 for the purpose of providing habitat for migrating and wintering birds.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge- Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge consists of over 14,000 acres, the majority of which is located on the Virginia portion of Assateague Island.
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge- Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is located on Maryland's famed Eastern Shore at the mouth of the Chester River on the eastern side of Chesapeake Bay.
Patuxent Research Refuge- The Patuxent Research Refuge provides year round habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds. Visitors are frequently treated to sights of woodpeckers, great blue herons, and white-tailed deer.

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Description - The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife manage several wildlife refuges in Maryland. These refuges lie in two travel regions: Eastern Shore and Capital. They provide excellent habitat for waterfowl, other birdlife and an abundance of wildlife. The refuges also offer research opportunities along with recreational pursuits including bird watching, nature study, hiking, and fishing.

Attractions - Maryland's National Wildlife Refuges protect numerous tracts of diverse landscape for the benefit of abundance of wildlife. The refuges are home to millions of migratory birds.

Recreation - The refuges offer opportunities for bird watching, viewing numerous other types of wildlife, fishing, hiking and environmental interpretation, and simply enjoying nature. Several overlooks offer an even closer look at these fragile environments.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Maryland's wildlife refuges fall within the Eastern Shore Travel Region and the Capital Travel Region.


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street NW , Washington, DC, 20240, Phone: 800-344-WILD
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Maryland - This small East Coast state occupies shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and Atlantic Ocean. It also provides access to the museums, zoos and historic sites of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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