On the way to Bowie Baysox games on route 197 in Laurel I have passed the National Wildlife Refuge Center many times and always thought it would be interesting to visit someday. Today with the nice weather I decided to make the visit. The Center has been actively involved in working to save endangered species.
Among the animals they have worked intensively to save from going extinct is the whooping crane. From just 23 cranes alive in the early 1940's to today over 400 cranes the research done at the Center has greatly reduced the risk of these cranes going extinct. As the exhibit on extinction showeddisappearance of the honey bees is one example of how our activities impact animals.
Above is one of the many lily ponds
An example of new forest growth with heavy fern growth near the Center
Check out the Center sometime this summer to learn about our changing environment.