The Port Tobacco Eagles Have an Egg!

Eagle on nest with egg

The eagles nesting in Port Tobacco River Park laid their first egg on Thursday, January 31! Our friends at Southern Maryland Audubon Society tell us that bald eagles commonly raise two young and to keep an eye out for another egg on Sunday or Monday. The gestation period is about 35 days, so with any luck we will have chicks in early March! You can watch the eagles live at

Meanwhile, over 200 suggestions were submitted to the naming contest sponsored by Charles County Parks and Recreation. The submissions will be reviewed by community partners, including representatives from PTRC and SMAS, and the top five pairs of names will go to public vote during February 6 through 13. The name of the contest winner will be placed on a plaque on the Eagle Observation Deck at the Port Tobacco River Park, and the winner will receive a Charles County Recreation, Parks, and Tourism prize pack.

Wanted — Eagle Nest Monitors

Bald Eagle lovers of Southern Maryland can now enjoy our very own Bald Eagle nest camera at the Port Tobacco River Park in Charles County. Thank you Charles County Recreation, Parks and Tourism and Terrain360 for this wonderful gift! This pair of Bald Eagles has successfully fledged two eaglets over the last two years that we have monitored the nest. Do you want to help us this year?

Southern Maryland Audubon Society is looking for volunteers be a pair of Eagle Eyes. Your help is needed from late January to early June to watch our camera and catch exciting activity such as egg laying, egg hatching, and other eaglet activity. With your extra eyes, we can save these hallmark events on video for viewing later in the year, after our nest is empty. To sign up, send an email stating you want to become an Eagle Eye volunteer to

In the meantime, our pair has already entertained us immensely with “stick wars”. They really seem to argue over where the sticks are placed! So jump in now. You just might catch them in action. Morning hours seem to be best. Egg laying is likely to begin between January 21 and February 10.

Check out our camera on the Charles County Parks website at: or

Don’t forget, too, that we need to know about other Bald Eagle nests in Southern Maryland. If you know of a nest, you could become a monitor for it. Check out the Maryland Eagle Nest Monitoring website for information about this program. Once you are on the web page, go to Report a Bald Eagle Nest, where you can view the map of nests we are aware of. If it isn’t on the map, we want to add it and you could be the monitor!

Exciting times are here! Get your Eagle Eyes on and play!

Learn about Invasive Plants at Port Tobacco River Park

Marc Imlay

PTRC members are invited to join local native plant expert Mark Imlay on Saturday, July 14, at 9:30 a.m., for a walk at Port Tobacco River Park, 7685 Chapel Point Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677. Mark will help us to identify invasive plants in the park and discuss strategies for their control. We will stay on the trails, but dress to protect yourself from poison ivy and insects, and don’t forget to bring drinking water.

Night on the River Is August 9

Night on the River Flyer

Menu for Night on the River

Served Buffet Style:

Chicken Salad Sliders


Vegetable & Fruit Trays


Crab Balls

Shaved Roast Beef on Sliced Baguettes

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

+Terry’s Desserts

Silent Auction Highlights

Kayak with car rack and gift card for paddles & personal flotation device

Week’s getaway to beach house on Oak Island, NC

2-Month Membership Kinetic Performance Semi-private Training & Success Session ($500 value)

Many more great items: dining out, theater, sports, unique collectibles

Next Shoreline Cleanup Is Sunday, October 7


August 12 cleanup crew

Join us Sunday, October 7, at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd., Port Tobacco MD 20677, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for our next shoreline cleanup. Meet us at the parking lot for the boat launch area, where we will provide bags, gloves, water, and snacks. Come out to enjoy the park and help make our river more beautiful.