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
eBird: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5664738

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.

Directions to Mandares Creek Sanctuary

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.

Donate to the MOS Sanctuary Fund

Sanctuary Fund Donation Form

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is pleased to announce that the children of Chandler and Eleanor Robbins have presented MOS with a generous gift of property in Garrett County, to be known as the Chandler and Eleanor Robbins Sanctuary at Red Run. In addition, MOS is purchasing additional land to increase the size of the Irish Grove MOS Sanctuary. Part of the purchase price will come from a bequest from the late Chandler Robbins. To fund the remainder of the purchase price for the Irish Grove land, MOS is seeking donations for its Sanctuary Fund. Donated funds will also provide for ongoing maintenance and operations of the new Robbins Sanctuary at Red Run, as well as the other nine MOS sanctuaries across the state. MOS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

You may donate online, below. To donate offline, you may use the download the Sanctuary Fund donation form.

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Donation Total: $50.00