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Croom in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

 
 
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
1. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
Location. 38° 43.67′ N, 76° 42.473′ W. Marker is in Croom, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fenno Road 0.8 miles north of Nottingham Road. Touch for map. Marker is within the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, next to the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
2. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Marker
Closeup of images on the left side of marker.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shaded Reprieve (approx. 0.6 miles away); The War of 1812 (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Town of Nottingham (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Nottingham Schoolhouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Changing Guard (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nottingham (approx. 1.3 miles away); Woodland Indian Villages on the Patuxent River (approx. 1.7 miles away); Man and the River (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Croom.
 
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Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
3. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Marker
Edgar A. Merkle Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 20, 2013
4. Edgar A. Merkle Marker
This memorial marker, and the Chesapeake Gateways marker on the right, are also next to the Visitors Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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