|MOS Irish Grove Sanctuary
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
|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]