At a glance

Size: Approximately 8 Acres
Habitat: Waterfront deciduous swamp forest.
Trails: No.
Notable birds seen: Red-headed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker.
Parking: No on-site parking. Must obtain permission to use sawmill lot.
Facilities on site: NA

Additional Notes

Use caution when crossing or walking near River Rd.

Mandares Creek Sanctuary (Anne Arundel County)

In 1974, former MOS president Col. William Bodenstein donated his land to MOS. This land became the Mandares Creek Sanctuary and is still the only marsh habitat we own on the western shore. The site is bordered by Maynadier Creek, River Rd. and private property.

Though small and primarily consisting of phragmites, this Sanctuary hosts a surprising variety of bird species throughout the year. There are no trails on the property but the forested area is fairly easy to navigate. In the future, MOS plans to use this property to teach landowners about the use of native plants to attract birds and insects.

From Route 50

Take Exit 24B to Bestgate Rd. 1.6 miles
Turn right onto Generals Hwy. 1.7 miles
Turn right onto Old Generals Hwy. .4 miles
Turn right onto River Rd. 1.5 miles

The Sanctuary will be on your right. Stop at the sawmill on the left just past the Sanctuary and gain permission to park in their lot during your visit.

Sanctuary Fund Donation Form

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) appreciates donations designated to the Sanctuary Fund, which supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the ten MOS sanctuaries, as well as for acquisition of additional lands. MOS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

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