Font Hill Wetland Park

  • Size: 25 acres including a 1.3 acre pond and a second 0.6 acre pond.
  • Habitat: Ponds, stream, second-growth, cattail marsh, and deciduous woods.
  • Best Months: For birds, late March–May and September–October. For dragonflies, May–September.
  • Coverage Time: 30 minutes to check the pond areas, one to two hours to cover all the park habitats.
  • Trails/Paths: 0.7 mile of paved paths and boardwalks. Mown areas allow additional access along edge vegetation.
  • Notable Birds: Northern Shoveler, American Bittern, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail, Common Moorhen, Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Siskin.
  • Amenities: Pond 1 has a gazebo on the west side and a fishing pier on the north side. There are benches overlooking both ponds; one bench allows a view of the stream.
  • Handicapped Access: All paths are paved or boardwalks. Paths are mostly flat, with gentle grades near the entrances to both ponds.
  • Operation and Hours: Howard County park; 7:00 a.m. to dusk or as posted.
  • Special Attractions: The ponds and the cattail marsh are the main attractions here. This park has the longest dragonfly list of any site in Howard County.
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Compiler: June Tveekrem

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