Learn more about the Ghost Ship!
At low tide, you can see one of the ghost ships near the shore. The wreck site is overgrown with plants, creating a lush habitat for a variety of creatures. Marsh tickseed, swamp rose mallow, and common sneezeweed are just a few of the plants that like to live in this wet environment. These plants attract butterflies, moths, bees, and other pollinators, which rely on them for food. Great blue herons, bald eagles, green herons, ospreys, hawks, and red-winged blackbirds are all common and nest in this area.
A great blue heron enjoying the sights (Susan Hale/Courtesy of Maryland DNR).
A bald eagle soaring above the sanctuary (Nick Zachar/NOAA).
A red-winged blackbird ready for action (Alec Haskard/Maryland DNR).
Swamp rose mallow, a type of marsh flower that many believe inspired the park's name (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).
Common sneezeweed (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).
Cardinal flower (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).
Marsh tickseed (Matt McIntosh/NOAA).
Remains of the ghost ship in the water (Megan McCabe/NOAA).