Beauty and Nature


Beauty
In a transformative journey towards becoming a beauty wonderland, the Town of Bladensburg has embraced the spirit of renewal and enhancement. By joining America in Bloom, our community is embarking on a collective effort to elevate our surroundings with a touch of elegance and charm. Residents and visitors alike will soon witness the blooming transformation as colorful flowers, decorative banners, and other delightful additions grace the streets and public spaces. The town is set to blossom into a picturesque oasis, radiating beauty and enchantment for all to enjoy.
Check back soon for visuals!

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Nature
Venturing into the heart of nature at Bladensburg Waterfront Park unveils a realm of breathtaking wildlife and serene landscapes. Nestled along the waterfront, this tranquil sanctuary is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna waiting to be discovered. From graceful waterfowl gliding across the river to vibrant butterflies dancing among the wildflowers, the park teems with life and beauty at every turn. Nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers will find solace in the sights and sounds of this natural haven, where the wonders of the outdoors come alive in harmony with the environment. Explore, unwind, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Bladensburg's natural treasures at the waterfront park.

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Bladensburg Waterfront Park

The main attraction at the 32-acre Bladensburg Waterfront Park is the outstanding water viewing area from a raised bank along the river. The Anacostia River is tidal at this point, and so there are usually mud flats visible at low tide, offering feeding and resting habitat for gulls, terns, and shorebirds. Bladensburg Waterfront Park is part of the regional green infrastructure network that restores/protects the natural environment while enhancing quality of life. Since 1959, projects assisted the Anacostia River by restoring the river in building drainage channels, pump stations, and constructing levees that benefited community health and safety as well as providing wildlife and recreation along the river. The green infrastructure network follows the Anacostia River keeping its natural environment with corridor patches providing habitats to native plants and wildlife increasing biodiversity.

From Bladensburg Waterfront Park, you can walk south along the Anacostia River Trail, a paved hiker-biker trail that connects with an extensive trail system in Washington, DC, whose border is just a mile or so away (see trail system map and park map at links at left). The trail starts just south of the office building for the Waterfront Park; follow the paved trail as it curves past a fenced storage area for kayaks, canoes, and rowing shells and then south over a boardwalk. The Anacostia River Trail meanders past a landfill that has been restored to prime grassland habitat as well as a restored wetland. There is a foot-trail that loops through the grassland. Interpretive signage along the trail tells the story of the restoration. Parts of the trail go through small woodlots of deciduous trees along the riverfront, good habitat for migrating songbirds.  

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Bladensburg Waterfront Park is part of the regional green infrastructure network that restores/protects the natural environment while enhancing quality of life. Since 1959, projects assisted the Anacostia River by restoring the river in building drainage channels, pump stations, and constructing levees that benefited community health and safety as well as providing wildlife and recreation along the river. The green infrastructure network follows the Anacostia River keeping its natural environment with corridor patches providing habitats to native plants and wildlife increasing biodiversity.

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Birdlife

Eagles can be discovered at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park and this bird has also been adopted as the Town of Bladensburg's mascot and official bird. The eagle serves as Bladensburg's mascot for several compelling reasons, most notably its presence and symbolism in the local community. At Bladensburg Waterfront Park, eagles are commonly spotted soaring majestically overhead, symbolizing the town's connection to nature and the abundant wildlife that thrives in the area. These magnificent birds of prey embody strength, resilience, and grace, reflecting the spirit of Bladensburg as a community that stands tall and perseveres through challenges.

Moreover, eagles are revered as guardians and protectors in many cultures, embodying qualities of vigilance and watchfulness. As the official bird of Bladensburg, the eagle conveys a sense of protection and security, symbolizing the town's commitment to safeguarding its natural surroundings and preserving the environment for future generations. The eagle's regal presence also represents leadership and vision, traits that resonate with the values of Bladensburg as a community that strives for progress and prosperity.

In choosing the eagle as its official bird, Bladensburg honors the powerful symbolism and significance of this iconic bird, embodying the town's identity as a place of strength, guardianship, and natural beauty. The eagle's presence at the waterfront park serves as a reminder of the town's connection to the land, the water, and the majestic wildlife that call Bladensburg home.

The eagles are particularly fond of a tall radio tower near the park. In the 1990s, there were no nesting eagles along the Anacostia River. A local environmental group called Earth Conservation Corps brought some eagle chicks from Wisconsin, raised them in an artificial nest and released them into the wild as adults

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There are two eBird hotspots:

Breeding birds include Bald Eagle, Osprey, Wood Duck, Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Warbling Vireo, Red-Tailed Hawks, and Yellow Warbler. Warm month visitors include a few shorebirds and terns including Least Tern. Sparrows are found in migration and during the winter in Colmar Manor Community Park and along the Anacostia River Trail south toward Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  Bladensburg Waterfront Park is also known as a good place to see gulls in the winter.


Check out these #BeautifulBladensburg snapshots! 


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