Part of the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Prince George’s County is fortunate in having a large variety of parks and other public lands that offer an excellent variety of habitat and a corresponding excellent selection of birds. The sites presented below are some of the top birding sites in the county, in terms of total species reported. Each site is linked to the corresponding entry in the Prince George’s section of the Birder’s Guide to Maryland & DC (http://www.mdbirdingguide.com/prince_georges), an online resource developed by the Maryland Ornithological Society. Click on the name of each site to access detailed information for each site, including geography, habitat features, hours open, any fees, directions, special features, and more.
Also see our Bird Checklists page on this website for links to printable, PDF-format eBird-based checklists for each site listed below.
Sites on the Patuxent River (eastern border of the county), in order from north to south:
- Patuxent River Park
- Merkle Natural Resources Management Area
- Milltown Landing Wildlife Management Area
Sites on the Anacostia River or Potomac River (western border of the county), in order from north to south:
- Bladensburg Waterfront Park & Anacostia River Trail
- Oon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
- Fort Foote Park
- Fort Washington (National) Park
- Piscataway (National) Park, including Boardwalk, National Colonial Farm and Wharf Rd (Farmington Landing)
In the interior of the county:
- Patuxent Research Refuge – South Tract and National Wildlife Visitor Center
- Greenbelt (National) Park
- Lake Artemesia Natural Area
- Greenbelt Lake Municipal Park (aka Buddy Attick Lake Park)
- Schoolhouse Pond
Another resource is the list of Prince George’s County hotspots within eBird, the online database of bird reports developed by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The list of eBird hotspots includes links to lists of birds seen at each site, with seasonal occurrence charts, as well as maps showing the location of each site.