Robinson Neck Preserve (Image courtesy: Dave Harp)

Robinson Neck Preserve

This Eastern Shore preserve is a delight for birders. It is an undisturbed waterfowl and upland wildlife habitat. It also affords a sanctuary for the bald eagle and is an exceptional black duck nesting location. In addition to its plentiful birdlife, this preserve is an ideal habitat for the Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus), listed as federally endangered in 1973. An endemic subspecies, the fox squirrel is larger and has a bushier tail than the common gray squirrel. The preserve is about half pine forest and half brackish tidal marsh, with a small area of freshwater marsh. The woods are predominantly loblolly pine, with an understory of American holly and waxmyrtle. The tidal marsh, which produces nutrients that are essential to the Chesapeake ecosystem, features common or Olney threesquare bulrush, narrowleaf cattail, needlerush, and saltmarsh cordgrass.

In the winter one may observe muskrat activities, sika deer, and wintering waterfowl, while May is best for birdwatching. Summer brings a proliferation of flowering plants and marsh grasses, as well as biting insects. Warblers and puddle ducks are abundant in the fall, along with other migratory birds. November and December bring diving ducks to the creeks, geese to the nearby fields, and fewer biting insects.

Robinson Neck was identified as a significant wetland in the 1974 Smithsonian Institution survey of Chesapeake Bay natural areas. It is one of The Nature Conservancy’s largest preserves. The Conservancy chose this site for its protection of waterfowl and bald eagle habitat, as well as its brackish tidal marsh habitat.
 

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Hours

Open year round for nature walks and birdwatching.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

None

Activities

  • Nature walks
  • Birdwatching.

Facilities

The preserve has a nature trail.

Pets

Dogs are not allowed.

Main image: Robinson Neck Preserve (Image courtesy: Dave Harp)
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