MOS Irish Grove Sanctuary

 
MOS Irish Grove Sanctuary
http://www.mdbirds.org/activities/sanctuary/sanctsites.html#irishgrove

This sanctuary was acquired by the Maryland Ornithological Society in September 1967 and is the largest of the seven MOS sanctuaries. The land is 65-75% marsh, dissected by tidal streams, and is less than 5 feet above sea level. There are several fresh and salt water ponds surrounded by Loblolly Pine woods and about 45 acres of fields.  Birding is best in winter and spring with 80-90 known species wintering there, including waterfowl, sparrows, hawks, and owls. Birding is usually done on foot and there is often rough and wet hiking. Some 230 species have been recorded in this sanctuary.

The Sanctuary House includes four bedrooms, living room, museum room, dining room, kitchen, bath, and screened porch. The bedrooms include double and single beds. Personal bedding and linens should be taken along.  On the grounds, there are a tool shed, barn, banding office, various other sheds and a well. Two lighted outhouse facilities have been built for use by visitors. A screened outside dining area is available for warm weather use.

There are several good nature trails near the house and there is an observation deck on Round Pond Road. Salt marsh birding is excellent along Rumbly Point Road all the way to the public marina at the end. Good tidal canoeing is possible, if you take your own canoe. Use the canal that goes into East Creek for the nearest canoe launch or launch at the public marina on Pocomoke Sound at the terminus of Rumbly Point Road. 

From Salisbury, MD:  

Take U.S. 13 south to Route 413. 

Go south on Route 413 to Route 357 [Marion] [6 mi.] 

Go east on Route 357 to Tulls Corner [a dead end] [1.2 miles] 

Turn left on Whittington Road past the church and proceed to Quindocqua Road [0.3 mile]. 

Turn right on Quindocqua Road to Rumbly Point Road [1 mile].  

Turn right on Rumbly Point Road proceed to the sanctuary [last house on right] [1.1 mile]

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