Parkers Creek is the largest relatively undeveloped watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Mature oak-hickory forest cloaking much of the watershed grades into mesic forest in the valley bottoms and thence to freshwater marsh and saltmarsh along Parkers Creek. The creek enters the Chesapeake through an undeveloped barrier beach. Much of the watershed has been protected by the American Chestnut Land Trust and Maryland DNR. The forest understory is particularly dense in many areas due to a management plan that emphasizes deer control, and this has resulted in robust populations of forest songbirds.

Ornithological Summary

Parkers Creek IBA supports a diverse bird community of Forest-Interior Dwelling Species (FIDS), defined by Maryland DNR as requiring large, intact patches of forest habitat. 19 species of FIDS breed regularly at the site, including 2 WatchList species, Wood Thrush and Kentucky Warbler, which have significant populations here. Worm-eating Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush, both at-risk but not on the WatchList, also have significant populations here. Another at-risk species, Least Bittern, regularly breeds in the marshes flanking Parkers Creek, although its population size at the site is unknown.

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