Happy Maryland Day!

Published March 25, 2015

From sloping mountains to shrouded forests and the sandy eastern shore, Maryland is bursting with scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife. In celebration of Maryland Day, we’re highlighting just a few of the state’s natural treasures!

Assateague Island


Image via National Park Service

This island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is best known for the wild ponies that roam its beaches. Its dunes, wetlands and more than 37 miles of beach have been protected since 1962.

Soon, you can get a glimpse of the Eastern Shore right here at the Aquarium with our newest exhibit, Living Seashore, opening this May.

The Chesapeake Bay


Image via WikiCommons

The Bay plays a dynamic role in Maryland, as a resource for food, recreation and livelihood. Traversing six states and the District of Columbia, the Bay is also a critical habitat for a diverse array of flora and fauna, such as the iconic blue crab and the American eel. More than 150 tributaries flow into the Bay. 

Fort McHenry

aerial of fort mchenry

Image via Baltimore.org

Fort McHenry touts a rich history as the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner and for its critical role in the War of 1812. Today, the star-shaped fort is also a vital home for wildlife within Baltimore city.

Each year, the Aquarium’s conservation team and volunteers come together for Fort McHenry Field Day, clearing debris from the marsh, maintaining walking trails and planting native plants in the park.

Nassawango Creek


Image via The Nature Conservancy

One of several bald cypress swamps in the state, Nassawango creek flows south into the Pocomoke River, a major Chesapeake Bay tributary. It’s home to a wealth of native plants and animals, including loblolly pine trees, scarlet tanagers, warblers and deer.

Join our conservation team in the field to help protect and preserve these natural wonders. For a list of upcoming events, click here.

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