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Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Wetland Plants & Insects

Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

Wetland Plants & Insects Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 12, 2021
1. Wetland Plants & Insects Marker
Switchgrass, a native plant species, has a growing season which occurs from late spring to early fall. During the colder months it becomes dormant. Switchgrass is abundant throughout the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, and into Canada.

Bay grasses or submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), live underwater and are located throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Bay grasses are important for the Chesapeake Bay because they help improve the water quality and help stabilize sediment on the bottom.

The Monarch butterfly is made noticeable by its orange color. Monarch butterflies are born in Florida, Texas, or Mexico. They migrate north during the spring, and then they migrate south for the winter.

Invasive Plant Species:
Invasive species are non-native plants that are introduced into the environment. These types of plants cause harm to the environment because they disturb the balance in wetlands by overcoming native plants, changing the structure of the food cycle. Phragmites Grass is an invasive species.

Early Map of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Right of Way from
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Washington, D.C., to Chesapeake Beach

Traveling from Washington, D.C., passengers could board the train at many stations. The entire trip was slightly more than 28 miles from the District Line Station at the southeast corner of Washington, D.C., to Chesapeake Beach. The journey on the local train, stopping at all the stations along the way, took about 90 minutes. On the weekends, an express train, making only a few stops, made the trip in about an hour. Regularly scheduled steamships brought visitors to the Beach from Baltimore. The map shows steamship lines connecting with the Eastern Shore, but these routes never became a reality. For more historical information, please visit the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum.

Erected by Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 41.344′ N, 76° 32.444′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake Beach MD 20732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birds (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wildlife along the Trail (about 500 feet away);
Wetland Plants & Insects Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 12, 2021
2. Wetland Plants & Insects Marker
Abner's Crab House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fishing Creek Aquatic Life (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tree Canopy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watershed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Forest Edges (approx. ¼ mile away); Chesapeake Beach Railway (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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