Audubon Field Trip to Finzel Swamp

Audubon Field Trip to Finzel Swamp

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a field trip to Finzel Swamp in Garrett County MD on Saturday, May 29.
The trip is free and anyone with an interest is welcome to participate.
The trip leader will be Frostburg State University Biology Professor Frank Ammer. Participants will meet him at the Swamp parking lot at 9am.
For directions, go to the Nature Conservancy website at www.nature.org and type "finzel" in the search box.
The Finzel Swamp preserve is often referred to as a window into ice ages past. It is located in a high-altitude "frost pocket" where the surrounding hills capture an unusual amount of moisture and cold air to create a landscape more reminiscent of Canada than Maryland.
The elevation of the preserve is 2,700 feet. Its 326 acres contain a shrub swamp, other plant communities, and the headwaters to the Savage River. It is home to a wide range of plants, birds, and mammals.
Among its flora, the preserve's stands of tamarack (larch) trees, wild calla, and Canadian burnet in the United States are among the most southernmost in the U.S. Red spruce, small cranberry, cotton grass, and bog fern can also be found here.
The preserve offers good opportunities for sighting a number of bird species near the southern edge of their geographical range. These include the Alder Flycatcher and Nashville Warbler, both listed as In Need of Conservation, and two other rare species, Northern Saw-whet Owl and Northern Waterthrush. Several State-rare species have bred here periodically, including the Sedge Wren, Henslow's Sparrow, Sora, Purple Finch, and the Golden-winged Warbler. Other bird species that can be found on the property include the American Bittern, Rail, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Woodcock, Cedar Waxwing, Scarlet Tanager, Wild Turkey, and the Whip-poor-will.
For more information contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.