Susquehanna River IBA includes two forested blocks on both east and west sides of the river, comprising 4,051 ha from the Pennsylvania line in Cecil County south to I-95 in Harford County. Also included in the IBA are open waters of the Susquehanna River from Conowingo Dam south to the southern tip of Spencer Island. The area is dominated by oak-hickory forest, accounting for about 62% of the area, while open river waters cover almost 17% of the area. woody and herbaceous freshwater wetlands comprise about 5% of the area. Approximately 1,115 ha of the proposed IBA are owned and managed by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Park Service as the Susquehanna State Park. The remaining lands in the IBA are privately owned.

Ornithological Summary

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Bluebird
Bald Eagle

Conservation Issues

The main threats to this site include over-browsing of forest understory by deer, residential, commercial, and infrastructure development, invasive plant species, erosion from high levels of recreational use, and stream sedimentation.

Ownership

Approximately 1,115 ha of the proposed IBA are owned and managed by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Park Service as the Susquehanna State Park. The remaining lands in the IBA are privately owned.

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