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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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Eastern Meadowlark

eastern meadowlark

Photo Courtesy of the United States Geological Survey

Sturnella magna

According to the Bureau of Land Management's Partners in Flight Bird Management Plan, the Eastern Meadowlark have decreased ten percent a year and are among the most steeply declining birds in the Mid-Atlantic.

Eastern Meadowlarks inhabit field, pasture, and meadows which can all be found in Oxon Cove Park. These habitats are dwindling as more and more farm and fields give way to development, revert to forests, or shift from pastures to row crops.

Local national parks provide the minumum 15 to 20 acres of meadow habitat for these birds to breed.

Did You Know?

white farm house

The white farm house at Oxon Hill Farm was known as Mount Welby in the early 1800s. In 1891, Saint Elizabeths Hospital acquired Mount Welby and renamed it Godding Croft. The white farm house is the oldest structure in the park.