|Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
11704 Fenno Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
The only sanctuary operated by the Maryland Department
of Natural Resources,
Merkle is the wintering ground for several thousand Canada geese, the
concentration on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The
arrive in mid-October and stay until late February or early March.
100 geese stay year-round. Corn, millet, and other crops favored by
are grown for them, adding to the marsh and aquatic plants that
in the ponds along the Patuxent River.
The sanctuary also offers habitats for a variety of
birds and mammals,
including red fox and white-tailed deer. In summer, ospreys nest close
to the Visitor Center and hummingbirds, finches, and purple martins are
abundant. There are herons and other water birds in the ponds and
and other songbirds on the trails.
Exit Beltway (I-695) at Route 3 South to Route 301 (joins at the
with Route 50). Continue on Route 301 South to Croom Road (Route 382).
Turn left on Croom Road and follow to St. Thomas Church Road. Turn left
on St. Thomas Church Road (watch carefully for oncoming traffic) and
to Fenno Road. Follow Fenno Road, and signs, to the Sanctuary.
|From Washington, DC:
From Beltway (I-495) follow to Exit 11 at Route 4 East (Pennsylvania
Ave.) toward Upper Marlboro. Continue on Route 4 to Route 301 South.
on Route 301 South to Croom Rd. (Rte. 382). Turn left on Croom Rd. and
follow to St. Thomas Church Rd. Turn left on St. Thomas Church Rd.
carefully for oncoming traffic) and continue to Fenno Rd. Follow Fenno
Rd. and signs to the Sanctuary.