Milltown Landing WMA
Milltown Landing, operated by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resouces and administered from near-by Merkle Wildlife Management Area (WMA), is one of several DNR WMA’s along the Patuxent River. A tobacco farm since colonial times, the WMA is still managed as a farm under lease to a local operator. First-time visitors may be disappointed by the lack of habitat in spring, since soybeans and corn predominate the acreage. Milltown Landing Rd continues inside the WMA , leading to the Patuxent River.
During fall migration and winter the hedgerows can harbor a diversity of sparrows, including White-crowned, Vesper, American Tree, and Savanna. Rarities sometimes occur. An active Great Blue Heron colony occupies the marshy area on the south. Short-eared Owls may course the fields in late fall/winter; Barn Owls may fly out of the barn.