The Friends of Blackwater welcome you to the online version of The Eagle's Nest
Book and Gift Shop. The brick-and-mortar version of the store is located at the
Blackwater Refuge Visitor Center, but you can find some of our most
popular items on sale here. And if you are a member of the Friends
of Blackwater, remember to apply your 10% discount when ordering.
All proceeds from our store sales go towards the educational and interpretive programs at the Refuge,
which include the Osprey and Eagle Cams.
*Note: Visit our Eagle Merchandise page
to see our special selection of eagle products.
The Hawk Eye Nature Cam is an outdoor miniature camera that can bring live color video into your home. Mount the Hawk Eye in a birdhouse,
near a bird feeder, or anywhere else where there are animals you wish to watch (including pets, horses, livestock, etc.).
You can plug the camera's 100-foot cord into
the television, then sit back and watch the entertaining action. Note that the intensity of the colors will be dependent on how much natural
light is available.
The Hawk Eye Nature Cam also comes with an infrared light that will shine an invisible light on the action at night (infrared does not
disturb animals) so you can
continue watching in total darkness.
The cam also has a weather shield and a built-in microphone so you can hear bird calls and songs.
The Hawk Eye Nature Cam has everything
you need in a quality backyard wildlife cam.
The Paddling Trails map provides a guide to local wildlife, important trail and navigation information,
safety and paddling tips, and a list of recommended supplies for your trip. We strongly suggest that you
purchase a map before you enter any of our paddling trails. Total price for each waterproof map is
$5 (this includes tax and shipping). The maps also make a wonderful guide to the wildlife refuge in general. All
proceeds from the sale of our maps go towards trail maintenance. The Paddling Trails map and medallion (below) can be purchased
together for $9.00.
Medallion" which sells for $5.00 (includes tax and shipping), is a wonderful item
for hikers and paddlers who can
place the medallions on their staff/paddle, thus commemorating their visit. The
medallion may be gently shaped to fit the staff/paddle and attached with
the fasteners enclosed in the celluloid packet. The Paddling Trails map and medallion can be purchased
together for $9.00.
Our official Blackwater osprey shirt is available as a
collared, short-sleeved polo-style shirt. The shirt comes
with a logo embroidered on the left breast. The logo features "Blackwater NWR"
osprey carrying a fish and "Cambridge, MD" beneath. The shirt is available
in white only. Very simple, very handsome.
In addition, we have caps and hats with the osprey logo. The
unstructured, garment-washed caps (one size) come in the following colors:
- Denim cap (self strap in back)
- Olive cap (leather strap in back)
- Olive cap w/black bill (leather strap in back)
And the bucket hats (one size) come in the following colors:
- Denim bucket hat
- Olive bucket hat
Available in charcoal, these T-shirts depict the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel in full color. The endangered squirrel is captured in a natural setting against a charcoal background with the bold lettering of "Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge" and "Cambridge, Maryland."
The 50% cotton / 50% polyester heavyweight blend short-sleeved shirt comes in sizes S,M,L,XL,XXL,XXXL.
Enlarged shirt design
The youth version, light grey in color, depicts the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel design on the front of the shirt and is available in sizes XS,S,M.
Return of the Osprey: For six luminous months –- an entire nesting season -– David Gessner immersed himself in the lives of the
magnificent osprey’s that had returned to his seagirt corner of Cape Cod. In this marvelous book –- part memoir, part paean to
a once-endangered species, part natural history of the Cape –- Gessner recounts the many discoveries he made in the course
of that magical season...Writing with passion, humor, and a reverence for the natural world, Gessner interweaves the stories
of the nesting osprey pairs he observed with the narrative of his own readjustment to life on a windblown, beautiful, and
increasingly developed landscape he had known as a child. For Gessner, spotting an osprey dive for fish at forty miles an
hour becomes a lesson in patience and focus, watching the birds build their nests illustrates the vital task of making a
home, and following the chicks’ attempts to fly shows him the value of letting go. Paperback - 304 pp. $14.95
Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond: Gessner, who previously
wrote "Return of the Osprey," which focuses on the effort to rescue ospreys from DDT annihilation, this time turns his
attention to migration -- why ospreys migrate to Central and South America every winter, and what they do when they're there.
He tracked ospreys on one basic migration route -- from Cape Cod to Cuba and back. While Gessner weaves in the science of
tracking the birds, it's his rowboat-and-binoculars approach to the subject that will most attract readers. Spending
days watching ospreys and chatting with other bird-watchers, Gessner discovers the "joy in reducing life to one thing."
Gessner writes beautifully, with grace and humor (Publishers Weekly). Paperback - 304 pp. $15.00
Osprey Book order form
Guide to Ducks & Geese - Common, numerous, and often easy to observe, ducks and geese are nonetheless sometimes difficult to identify. This straightforward introduction will help you put a name to almost every duck or goose you’ll find in the wild. It offers large, colorful photos of every species found in North America — dabbling ducks, diving ducks, and geese—as well as the loons, grebes, and other waterbirds you’re most likely to see. In most cases, both a male and a female in breeding plumage are shown. Accompanying text describes the species’ habits, behaviors, characteristics, and calls—information that will help anyone appreciate these wild creatures and make a positive ID in the field.
Paperback - 108 pp. $21.95
Waterfowl of Eastern North America is an indispensable field guide and reference for birders. This book contains two pages for each species and is an excellent reference guide for specific field work. Large closeup color photos with seasonal plumage, seasonal range maps, silhouettes, calls and sounds made, nature notes, plus additional comparison charts in the back, make this field guide a must have for the beginner to advanced birder. It's lightweight and easy to carry with plastic coated pages.
Paperback - 160 pp. $19.95
Waterfowl Book order form
Just added to our store is this new wheat-colored tote bag with a combination screen-print/embroidery
design featuring some of the most popular birds of Blackwater. This
sturdy tote is sure to be a hit with any nature-loving person. $18.00
From Midwest Book Review:
Elton Woodbury's interest in butterflies began early in childhood and
continued throughout his life. For over 40 years he photographed Delmarva
insects. The result of his lifelong interest is the first-ever field guide
to the butterflies that occur naturally on the Delmarva Peninsula. All 61
adult butterfly species found in the area are included in the field guide.
132 full-color photographs by Dr. Woodbury help clearly identify adult,
larva and pulpa stages. Differences in color or wing patterns between
the sexes are also illustrated to aid in identification. The species
accounts that form the bulk of this book include a description of the
adult butterfly, the larva, and the egg, as well as information on the
food sources, habitat, and range of each butterfly. Anatomy,
metamorphosis, habitats, enemies, longevity, mimicry, and migration of
butterflies in general are investigated in a chapter on the natural
history of the butterfly. Hints for attracting butterflies to a garden
and suggestions for photographing the species help the reader to
increase his or her appreciation of butterflies. Paperback - 138 pp. $14.95
From the book The Great Marsh:
Is it still possible to make a voyage of discovery here in Maryland, the nation's fifth most densely settled state? In The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, David W. Harp's vivid photography and Tom Horton's eloquent prose produce a compelling portrait of one such journey in an intriguing and endangered habitat. Into this remarkable territory -- whose shrinking dimensions frighten every naturalist and ecologist -- Harp and Horton embarked on a canoe trip, exploring, documenting, and photographing the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County. This volume, at its core, is the story of a single crossing of the Blackwater's length, east to west, while the accompanying essays discuss how the marsh functions as a refuge for migrating butterflies, the wetlands sustain a lonely trapper, and the bogs yield archeological treasures -- remnants of American Indian hunting forays and colonial boat building. The edges of the Chesapeake Bay offer Americans some of their loveliest (and most sensitive) wetlands. The fertile waters and soggy vegetation provide a home to ducks, geese, eagles, and dozens of other species of birds; muskrats, squirrels, and foxes; and of course insect varieties almost too numerous to count. The environmental importance of the marshes lies in their capacity to filter pollutants, retard erosion, and help maintain a natural balance among the critters.
Hardback - 144 pp. $31.00
From the book Between Ocean and Bay:
Showcasing the extraordinary beauty of the eastern shores of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, this stunning photography book offers a look at a region of abundant wildlife, beautiful beaches, idyllic farms, and quaint seaside communities. From Chesapeake Bay on the west to the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Eastern Shore provides unrivalled opportunities for recreation, conservation, and solitude and is blessed with numerous protected natural areas and a seasonal gathering of wildlife that has few equals on the North American continent. This breathtaking collection reveals the complex ecosystem and wild inhabitants of this special place through words and images, showing the Eastern Shore's life and land as never seen before, and includes detailed photographer's notes and extended captions describing how and where each photograph was taken.
Hardback - 120 pp. $29.95
Friends of Blackwater Membership
The Friends of Blackwater is a nonprofit
citizens support group founded in 1987, assisting Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland and the
Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex to carry out their
educational, interpretive, and public use missions. Currently our ranks
include over 800 individuals, companies, organizations, and agencies who have helped us
become one of the preeminent voluntary conservation organizations in our area. In 2003 the Friends
of Blackwater achieved national recognition when it was named the 2003 Friends Group
of the Year.
Membership Benefits include:
- Newsletter and selected publications
- 10% discount at the following refuge bookstores/gift shops: Blackwater, Bombay Hook,
Prime Hook, Chincoteague, Heinz NWR at Tinicum, Eastern Shore, and Eastern Neck
- Membership decal
- Advance program announcements
- Invitation to special events
- Voting privileges at the annual meeting
Friends of Blackwater Privacy Statement:
Personal information is collected
for the purpose of providing visitors with specific services or answering their
inquiries. The Friends of Blackwater will never distribute, sell, or share any information given
voluntarily by users (such as email addresses, names, credit
card information, etc.).