The Port Tobacco Eagles Have Hatched Their First Eaglet!

Photo of nest showing eaglet and two eggs

The Port Tobacco eagles, Chandler and Hope, have hatched their first eaglet! The eggs were laid on January 31, February 3, and February 5, so we hope the other two eggs will hatch in the next few days. Watch the nest live at

This nest is located in Charles County, Maryland next to the Port Tobacco River at Port Tobacco River Park. It has successfully fledged two eaglets for the last two years. The Port Tobacco River Park Bald Eagle Nest is a wild eagle nest. Please know that there are scenarios that some viewers may find difficult to watch. Interactions with other wildlife, sibling rivalry, and weather can affect the eggs or eaglets. While we hope for a successful season, remember, anything could happen.

Straws publicity photo


Straws publicity photo

March 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street
Port Tobacco, MD 20677

Join us for a 30 minute powerful documentary about plastic straws and other forms of plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. The film illustrates how individuals, groups, and businesses around the globe are reducing plastic straw use through education, collaboration, policy development and utilization of non-plastic alternatives. With colorful opening animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS is entertaining as well as educational.

This is a joint program hosted by Southern Maryland Audubon Society and the Port Tobacco River Conservancy.  The event will also feature our local Ocean Guardian students from J.C. Parks Elementary, further emphasizing the harm plastics are causing to our environment. Information about our recent Charles County ban on plastic straws will also be made available. Light refreshments and mingling start at 7 p.m. Public invited. Free event. Inquiries to Lynne Wheeler at or 301-751-8097 (prefer text).

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!

Invasive Plant Control at Chapel Point State Park

Volunteers removing Invasive Plants

Join us Sunday, November 25, at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd., Port Tobacco MD 20677, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a new invasive plant control program focusing on English ivy and Japanese honeysuckle. Invasive plants compete for nutrients and space with native plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife.

After entering the park go left where the road forks and park in front of the gate. We will meet you on the other side with bags, gloves, and trowels. Feel free to bring your own favorite tools.

Come out to enjoy the park and help make our river more beautiful.