Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary (HM1AE6)

Location: Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 43.67', W 76° 42.473'

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The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1970 here along the Patuxent River in Prince George's County. It is named for Edgar Merkle who owned a large part of the land and who originated a breeding plan to re-introduce gees to this part of Maryland. In 1932 he bought his first pair of breeding geese from Arkansas and Missouri and bred them at his home near Washington, D.C. he released the young at his Patuxent farm in the fall. His flock increased over the next few years and in 1948, five pairs of migratory geese arrived. During this same period, Mr. Merkle also raised prize winning Black Angus cattle, but when the geese competed with the cattle for food, he sided with the geese and sold the herd. By 1955, a flock of several thousand geese were wintering on the Merkle farm. Today from ten to fifteen thousand birds use Merkle as their wintering grounds to feed and rest.
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HM NumberHM1AE6
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Placed ByMerkle Wildlife Sanctuary
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 3:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 351541 N 4287959
Decimal Degrees38.72783333, -76.70788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 43.67', W 76° 42.473'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 43' 40.20" N, 76° 42' 28.38" W
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Area Code(s)301, 202, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11704 Fenno Rd, Upper Marlboro MD 20772, US
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