Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore is growing by more than 400 acres with the federal government's purchase of two pieces of land along the Nanticoke River.
The land, purchased from the Nature Conservancy, is considered an important and diverse habitat for songbirds such as prothonotary warblers and waterfowl such as black ducks. It's also at a high enough elevation to protect it from the effects of sea-level rise, said Matt Whitbeck, a wildlife biologist at the refuge.
"It's a spectacular area. The natural resources are incredible," Whitbeck said. "From a sea-level-rise standpoint, it's likely to persist for a long time."