Howard County Conservancy
- Size: 232 acres
- Habitat: Fields, hedgerows,
small woodlands, streams, two small natural wetlands and one
small, artificial wetland. The yard around the historic farmhouse
has mature trees of a variety of species.
- Best Months: February
(American Tree Sparrows), April–May,
- Coverage Time: 2–3
- Trails/Paths: Four miles of
- Notable Birds: Specialties
include Wild Turkey and American Kestrel year-round, Savannah
Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow in winter, American Woodcock
and Lincoln's Sparrow in migration, Yellow-breasted Chat,
Grasshopper Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark spring through fall.
Rarities are Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Bobwhite, Glossy
Ibis, Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Black-bellied
Plover (pond east of Woodstock Post Office), Upland Sandpiper,
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo,
Marsh Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Mourning Warbler,
Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow.
- Amenities: Restrooms in
Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, generally only available
during public hours. Gift shop. Public programs.
- Handicapped Access: Gravel
parking lot. Paths are not suitable for wheelchairs—all are
mown grass with some inclines. The Gudelsky Environmental
Education Center is handicapped accessible.
- Operation and Hours: Trails
open dawn to dusk seven days a week without fee. Nature center
hours: Wednesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.,
closed Saturdays during winter. Fees for some programs and
special events. For additional information: phone 410-465-8877,
web page for The Howard
County Conservancy, or email email@example.com.
- Special Attractions: Butterfly
Garden; Heirloom Orchard; John L. Clark Arboretum and Honors
Garden; reconstructed Montjoy Barn (c. 1798, the sole surviving
English-style wheat barn in Maryland); an impressive Tulip Poplar
stump in front of the farmhouse (tree dated to the Revolutionary
War). The original HodgePodge Lodge, the set of a nature-oriented
Maryland Pubic Television program which ended in the 1970s, sits
along one of the east trails.
- Deer Hunts: Controlled deer
hunts take place in the fall and winter. As this is by special
permit, hunt days may be before, during, or after the public deer
season in other areas. Hunts are not held on days of
scheduled events. On hunt days, cones and signs are placed in
the driveway entrance to indicate that the trails are temporarily
Compilers: Kurt Schwarz and Scott