Seymour B. Cooper Sanctuary - Maryland Ornithological Society - Maryland Ornithological Society

At a glance

Size: 14.3 Acres
Habitat: Deciduous forest.
Trails: No.
Notable birds seen: Acadian Flycatcher, Ovenbird.
Parking: Roadside.
Facilities on site: NA

Additional Notes

Access to this sanctuary could be blocked if the President is visiting nearby Camp David.

Seymour B. Cooper Sanctuary (Frederick County)

In 1978, MOS acquired this 14.3 acres of land as a gift from the Nature Conservancy which had received it from the estate of the late Seymour B. Cooper. It is approximately 3.3 miles south of the Pennsylvania border and about the same distance from Camp David. It is located on the lower slope of 1700-foot Piney Mountain.

The property can be identified by a large sign with the name of the sanctuary. “No Hunting” signs indicate the boundaries and painted stakes mark the corners of the property.

The habitat is a uniform deciduous forest of mostly oaks and maples. Chestnut Oak is the dominant tree, and the canopy averages 50-60 feet. The presence of American Chestnut saplings and older fallen logs indicate that this area was probably logged about the time of the Chestnut blight.

From I-70 W
Exit onto 40 W toward Gettysburg 23 miles
Continue onto US-15 N 16.5 miles
Exit onto MD 550 toward Thurmont 0.2 miles
Turn left onto N. Church St/Sabillasville Rd. 2.9 miles
Turn right onto Eylers Valley Flint Rd. 1.6 miles
The sanctuary will be on your right.

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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