About this website
Birds of Antietam features photos and observations of birds at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland (USA). Linda Lewis, a former professional geologist and amateur naturalist, is the author and photographer.
About Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield is located at:
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
ANB’s website address is https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm
Antietam as a Wildlife Preserve
A state of Maryland website acknowledges Antietam National Battlefield as one of the state’s top locations for observing birds and other wildlife.
This historic battlefield serves as a breeding ground for birds returning from Central and South America, with springtime surveys marking sightings of more than 77 bird species. So pack your field guide, notepad, pencil and binoculars—it’s time to see a show!
Key to the park’s appeal to birds is its vast expanse and varied habitat. The National Park Service (NPS) notes:
Antietam National Battlefield occupies a largely agricultural landscape in the Great Valley of the Ridge and Valley physiographic province. It is maintained in its 1862 landcover which in addition to row crops and pasture includes grasslands, wood lots, and forests.
As part of a region-wide effort, the National Capital Region Network (NCRN) monitors resources in the natural areas of Antietam.
NCRN inventories of the wildlife at Antietam report a total of 174 bird species.
TIP Print a list of bird species to take along on your visit to the park.
Kids in the Parks offers ideas for nature adventures appealing to younger visitors to ANB.
TIP Download a bird brochure designed for kids (PDF file)