Blackbird Creek is located in southern New Castle County and is one of the only tidal streams in Delaware in which the head of tide is not dammed. A lot of the Coastal Plain ponds in Delaware are located in this watershed.
Watershed Area: 19,491 acres (7,888 hectares)
Location: Southern New Castle County in central Delaware, southeast of Townsend.
Flow Direction: Generally northeast towards Delaware Bay.
Characteristics: Considered one of the most natural watersheds in Delaware and is the location of numerous managed lands.
Major Vegetation Communities/Land Covers
Agricultural Field is the largest land cover in the Blackbird Creek watershed. Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest is the largest “natural community” type. Cultivated lawn comes in third and North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh is fourth in land area. Northeastern Old Field ends the list.
|Blackbird Creek Watershed Vegetation Community/Land Covers (Top 5 for 2007)|
|Vegetation Community/Land Cover||Acres||Hectares|
|Mid-Atlantic Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest||3,955.00||1,601.00|
|North Atlantic Low Salt Marsh||1,571.00||636.00|
|Northeastern Old Field||898.00||364.00|
*The table above is subject to change with more watershed mapping.
- Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Area
- Blackbird State Forest
- Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area
- DNERR Blackbird Creek Reserve
Links of Interest
Vegetation Community/Land Cover Maps Available
One vegetation community/land cover map based on 2007 aerial imagery is available in .pdf format. The map is still in the process of completion and is provided “as is” for informational purposes. Shapefiles are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.