Sinepuxent Bay WMA
In the 1930's dredge spoils from the Chesapeake Bay created 29 islands from Coffin's Point to Tingle's Island. Because of erosion, only four of the thirteen islands designated for wildlife protection in 1964 remain. Heron and Skimmer Islands, located north of the U.S. Route 50 Bridge, were added to this the Sinepuxent Bay WMA in 1993. These islands, totaling 25 acres, are a mixture of marsh and tidal mud flats located in eastern Worcester County.
What To See
Sinepuxent Bay WMA serves as breeding habitat for birds which nest together in large colonies. Royal terns and black skimmers are among the "Colonial nesting" waterbirds on the islands. Ducks and herons nest on those islands with grasses or small trees. Since 1987, one of these islands is home for a colony of nesting Brown pelicans.
What To Do
Bird-watching is the primary attraction. The islands can be reached only by boat. Weather conditions in the Coastal Bays can change rapidly and visitors are reminded to use proper boating safety to access the WMA. In the fall, hunters will find ducks, snow geese, Atlantic brant and Canada geese. Fishing is excellent for flounder, sea trout, croaker, spot and bluefish.
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Site Management Goals
Numerous public ramps in and around Ocean City provide easy access to Heron and Skimmer Islands. To reach the four islands south of Rte. 50 take MD 611 south to South Point Road and the boat ramp. For additional information, contact the Wellington Wildlife Office at (410) 543-8223.
This area is a part of Marylandís Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the Stateís wildlife resources.
Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.
Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.
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