|Cecil Birding Hotspots
– The Woodlawn Wildlife Area
near Port Deposit, The Woodlawn
Area is approximately 55 acres of undeveloped land owned by
Americas Holdings, Inc. The land is adjacent to the former
Woodlawn landfill, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund
owned by Cecil County. The lands are managed for wildlife by
under the guidance of the nonprofit Wildlife Habitat Council
Although mostly forested, the Wildlife Area has a 4-acre meadow and
early-stage reforestation areas. The landfill site is primarily
fields and forest edge with a small retention pond that is being
as a wetland. Contact WHC (see below) prior to visiting the
WHC tracks community use and arranges for gate opening/closing.
|How to get there
||From Port Deposit, take MD-276
(Tome Highway) towards Rising Sun. Make a left onto Firetower
Road. Less than a mile later, you will pass the entrance
to the county transfer/recycling center. Immediately after the
entrance, The Woodlawn Wildlife Area gate is on the left.
From Rising Sun, take Rt 276 (Tome Highway) south to Rt 269, Barnes
Road, Turn right (west) onto Barnes Corner and then right at the
intersection onto Harrisville Rd, which becomes Firetower Rd at the
Nottingham Academy gate. Continue south on Firetower Rd to the
to the Wildlife Area, just past the intersection of Colora Rd on the
Park at the small, fenced-in parking lot with the kiosk.
||De Lorme MD State Atlas
Book: map page 77; grid B4.
ADC Cecil County Map Book:
map page 9; grid D2-E2.
map click here
|What to do
||Park at the small lot and explore
the Wildlife Area on foot.
A nature trail traverses the meadow and passes through parts of the
in the Area. Keep your eyes and ears open for Estern Screch Owls:
rehabilitated owls were released in August 2004 at the small wooded
between the open meadow and recycling station. This wooded area also
one of the county’s largest black birch trees.
Continuing south on foot, you’ll be able to easily identify the former
landfill; this open land is separated from the Wildlife Area by a
fence. The landfill has raptor perches, bluebird boxes, and
American Kestrel boxes. The southeastern corner of the site has a
retention pond which is being transformed into wetland habitat.
southern border of the old landfill is bounded by woods and a small
The western edge runs along the property of a small private horse farm.
Returning to The Woodlawn Wildlife Area, you’ll pass near a Cecil
Gardeners’ project close to the educational pavilion. A spur
leads through the project site and through an area being reforested
connecting up with the main trail. The main trail continues
the reforestation project area before edging into the woods that make
the relatively unexplored, large forested western border of the
Area. More nest boxes line the trail as it emerges from the
and then continues around and through the meadow. A solitary bat
stands in the southern portion of the meadow, near the reforestation
|Birds to look
- Year-round: raptors,
- Spring and summer: vireos,
flycatchers, warblers, tanagers, sparrows,
thrushes, bobolinks, mimids, waxwings, other songbirds.
||No fee. Open dawn to dusk
(unless prior WHC approval for nocturnal
birding), year-round. Picnic tables and shelter. Portable
on-site. No running water.
|What to bring
Appropriate clothing and foot wear for hiking.
||Easy to moderate. The
established trail, former landfill, and
meadow are easy walking. The large, western boundary forest will
moderate, off-trail hiking. Wet areas are primarily near already
waterways, such as the creek at the southern border, small creek in the
forest, and wetland area on the landfill. No opportunity to bird
hunting is allowed at the site. Recycling center employees
are nearby during normal business hours. The area is surrounded
by private property whose owners are familiar with the site. Pay
phones are located at
the nearby mini-mart stations at the intersection of Firetower Road and
As always, put your valuables out of sight and lock your vehicle.
Town Park, Funk's Pond
Wildlife Area website at http://www.wildlifehc.org/brownfields/woodlawn.cfm;
Wildlife Habitat Council at (301) 588-8994 or Whc@wildlifehc.org.
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