Calvert County, Md.: Come For the Birds, Stay for The Chesapeake Bay

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Calvert County, Maryland, is home to more than 330 reported bird species. Most of the county is rural, and habitats include tidal wetlands, freshwater marshes, beaches, bay and river shorelines.

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Common and notable bird species call Calvert County home, including osprey, green heron, prothonotary warblers, cedar waxwing, song sparrow (pictured) and other feathered friends. Follow the Calvert County Birding Trail through 16 parks, beaches and other sites from the famous Calvert Cliffs State Park to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center.

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While you’re visiting, meander down back roads to spot beautifully painted barn quilts along the Calvert Barn Quilt Trail, then satisfy your sweet tooth with a freshly baked cookie or a scoop of ice cream on the Sweet Treat Trail. Discover local history at the Bayside History Museum and giggle at the otters as they play at the Calvert Marine Museum.

Next, book a charter boat and fish on the majestic Chesapeake Bay. Charter captains have all the supplies and equipment ready to go – plus, they know where the fish are biting, so all you have to do is relax and toss out a line. Hike miles of trails at the American Chestnut Land Trust and pick a bucketful of berries at a local farm. Before you head out, shop for souvenirs along the Arts & Antiques Trail, enjoy a brew or two along the Calvert County Wine & Ale Trail and indulge in a blue crab feast at sunset, overlooking the local water. Maryland. Be Open.

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