Eastern River by Beginning with Habitat

Well known as a wintering area for bald eagles, the Eastern River also features numerous rare plants and a freshwater tidal marsh. The rivershore has abrupt banks with overhanging trees, low oxbows, and meanders with extensive mudflats of freshwater tidal marsh vegetation.

These tidal sections are dominated by wild rice (Zizania aquatica), soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontanii), and American bulrush (Schoenoplectus pungens).  Low tide exposes broad sections of soft, relatively open mud flats. Estuary bur-marigold (Bidens hyperborea), spongy arrowhead (Sagittaria calycina ssp.  spongiosa), Parker’s pipewort (Eriocaulon parkeri), and Eaton’s bur-marigold (Bidens eatonii) grow throughout the area.    

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