NPS - Gant
This checklist contains the names, locations, relative abundance, and season of occurrence for 219 bird species recorded in the south district of National Capital Parks East (Fort Foote, Harmony Hall, Fort Washington, Piscataway Park). The list is a compilation of from the records of the National Capital Parks East database, and Christmas bird counts from 1932-2011.
All the parks lie within the Upper Coastal Plain physiographic region of Maryland. Each park area contains a diverse variety of avifauna habitats including deciduous woodland (WD), mixed deciduous/coniferous woodland (WCD), emergent marshland (MA), swamps (S), rivers (R), creeks (C), agricultural land (A), bays (B), meadows (ME), ponds (P), and yards (Y). The abbreviations for the habitat type occurring in each park is listed below in order of percentage of coverage in each park.
Fort Foote: WD, Y, C, WCD, R, P, MA, ME
Harmony Hall: B, ME, WD, C, MA, S, Y
Fort Washington: WD, R, Y, C, S, WCD
Piscataway Park: WD, R, A, ME, S, MA, C, WCD, Y, P
Did You Know?
In 1844, President John Tyler was almost killed on the river near Fort Washington, when an experimental cannon exploded aboard the USS Princeton. Six were killed(including Secretary of State Abel Upshaw & Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer) , 20 were injured. The accident prompted Thomas Jackson Rodman to develop a new way of casting artillery and the creation of the 15inch Rodman Gun, like the ones that can be seen at Fort Foote.