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Wildlife: Isle of Wight Nature Park

by Dana Kester-McCabe

The Isle of Wight Nature Park is on Route 90 in Bishopville south of the light just before you cross the bridge into Ocean City. It is a really nice park to duck into before or after heading to the beach.

There are a couple of picnic tables, and room to walk the dog. Two boardwalks give folks access to great fishing and crabbing.

The Isle of Wight is part of the greenways program of the state of Maryland and Worcester County. This is a good place for paddlers to park their car and put in. Some of the currents there are quite vigorous but once you make your way around the island there are calm lagoons with lots of wildlife viewing.

The park also has great year round birding prospects for herons and egrets. You can also see terns, oystercatchers, skimmers, and loons. During the cooler months look for song birds and waterfowl.

And though the park closes at dark, it has some of the most beautiful vistas of the sun rising and setting over the Ocean City skyline and Isle of Wight Bay.

Find out more about this and other parks in Worcester County at http://beachandbeyond.org/parks