Invasive Plant Species Cleanup Scheduled for February 25

Easton Utilities, Talbot Master Gardeners and Waterfowl Chesapeake Team Up to Restore Habitat and Remove Invasive Plants at Bay Street Ponds Site 

Talbot County Master Gardener plant specialist leaders will be guiding Easton Utilities and Waterfowl Chesapeake volunteers on February 25, 2020 in a restoration and clean up project that will involve removal of the invasive plants already identified at the site – which is owned by Waterfowl Chesapeake and plays a major role in the outdoor activities of the organization’s Waterfowl Festival.

Master Gardeners have identified the invasive species as English ivy, porcelain berry, amur bush honeysuckle, Japanese honeysuckle, white mulberry, privet, sweet autumn clematis, multiflora rose and Star of Bethlehem. The plants will be removed by cutting, pulling, pruning and digging and Easton Utilities equipment such as a bucket truck will be used to reach the vines high in the tree limbs. A skid steer with a brush cutting head and rake attachment will be used to remove lower invasive plants.

The site of the project is located along the north side of Bay Street in Easton, Maryland, between the 322 bypass and Washington Street,  adjacent to and west of the Bay Street ponds.

Master Gardeners will guide the volunteers to preserve any native plants, as these will serve the important foundation when ultimately replanting the site. Though the site work to be done will be closest to the road, and away from the stream, protective measures will be used where necessary to stop erosion and materials from entering the stream. Waterfowl Chesapeake will be responsible for applying herbicides by a certified herbicide specialist to the cut stumps or scraped trunks of invasive vines and trees prior to and after the clean up.

Following the initial clean up, WC and Master Gardener leaders will work with volunteers over the next several years to keep the invasive plants at bay. Invasive species will continue to come back unless they are displaced by other vegetation. It is important these invasive plants be managed over a longer period so that ultimately, native plants can be planted to thrive.  Once the area is cleared of the invasive plants, WC will replant it with native plants.  WC has applied for a Department of Natural Resources grant to assist the ultimate planting of native species on the site.

Volunteers are encouraged to come out to help! Wear old clothes and gloves. Tools and supplies will be provided. Call 410-822-4567 for more information.

Flock + Feast for Our 50th!

geeseFlock + Feast on Thursday, April 23 is our spring celebration of our 50th year! Signature chefs from across the mid-Atlantic are creating a locally-sourced gastronomic experience highlighting the bounty of the Shore. Sponsors, tables and tickets are selling fast!  Learn more >>>

Happy Holidays & Here Comes Our 50th Anniversary

With a successful 49th annual Waterfowl Festival behind us, we are resuming our focus on 2020 – our 50th anniversary year!  And we hope you’ll support our work with a personal year-end gift to the Waterfowl Annual Fund.

Blue-winged Teal, Rebekah Knight

Blue-winged Teal, Rebekah Knight

Next year WC will launch activities and events to showcase everything that makes the Shore unique.

So . . .

  • Mark your calendars for our spring kickoff party April 23, featuring top-quality cuisine of the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Stay tuned for Festival’s 2020 Featured Artist announcement; we are sure you’ll be as excited as we are.
  • Come out for our restoration along the Tanyard Branch of the Tred Avon River (the Bay Street Ponds). We hope to properly restore this waterway for waterfowl locally and everything downstream.
  • Join us for day trips to extraordinary waterfowl havens such as Blackwater Refuge and Delaware Wildlands – .
  • Watch for a new Waterfowl limited edition of “The Outlaw Gunner”, the seminal book for understanding the changes over time in waterfowling and the need for balance of our resources. Thanks to the Walsh family for this reissue with new images and unpublished stories from one of our founders, Dr. Harry Walsh.
  • Follow the Waterfowl Building restoration as it evolves into an even more vibrant community gathering space.
  • And finally, help us support and build the endowment for the Festival to ensure its continuation as the “Eastern Shore Homecoming” that we all love.
We will build upon our successes and spread our 50th anniversary excitement far and wide. Our aim is to inspire current and future generations to cherish abundant waterfowl, healthy habitats and thriving communities for the next half-century and beyond. And your support is critical for all that we have planned and for a strong foundation in the future.
Make your gift online today to support our waterfowl of tomorrow!
Happy Holidays and Thank You from the Board and staff.

 

 

Invasive Species Education & Workday at Ponds

Invasive Plants Team 2019This Wednesday, March 13, you’ll see groups of busy volunteers working at the Bay Street Ponds under the expert guidance of Talbot Co. Master Gardeners! Teams will be clearing out invasive plants from a section of our woods. When complete, we’ll have a before-and-after area where people can learn about how invasives affect native habitats. RSVP to to help out on Wednesday (morning or afternoon) by calling 703.328.6322 or learn more on our Facebook page.  (Also see the recent Star Democrat article about this project – subscription may be required to view).

WC Focuses Funds on Waterfowl Education

This year, WC has chosen two conservation education programs on Delmarva as the focus of its 2018 Community in Conservation Match Campaign, running through Dec. 31. Webp.net-resizeimage (1)“We are excited to offer a dollar for dollar match, up to $5,000, for two great ways to connect students with waterfowl issues,” says Executive Director Margaret Enloe. “If we reach our goal, our community will help fully fund the two waterfowl-related programs – one for graduate students and a second for Talbot County kindergartners. Learn more and Become a 2018 Waterfowl Hero with your donation here! >> 

Be Our Guest! Where Art & Conservation Meet – Premiere Night!

PN LightsNovember 8, 5-8:30pm
Join us to celebrate nature as the muse for fine art and artists and raise money for waterfowl conservation! Tickets are now available for our 2018 Premiere Night Party.  This year, we’ve teamed up with Lyon Distilling for specialty “Waterfowl Cocktails” and some of our wonderful artists – Rich Smoker, Art Lamay and David Turner – will be doing a quick carve, quick draw and quick sculpt pieces that will be part of the “Making Way for Ducklings” Auction being held right our front of the Waterfowl Building. Will you join us to help raise monies to ensure our ducks, geese and swans have homes for the winter here?
For VIP packages and more info >>>

MHT Awards WC $100,000 Restoration Capital Grant

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a $100,000 grant from the MD Historical Trust’s Historic Restoration Capital Grant program!  WC is one of only seven awardees from across the state.  With these monies, we will begin restoration of the more than 50 steel-frame windows in the Waterfowl Building in downtown Easton.  Not to worry though!  The project will go in phases so that we can remain open for business and events! Continue reading