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
eBird: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5926718

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.

Directions to Seymour B. Cooper Sanctuary

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.

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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