Calling Historic Contractors!

Waterfowl Bldg resizedWaterfowl Chesapeake (WC) is accepting bids from contractors interested in helping us restore the historic  steel-frame windows in the Waterfowl Building!  Contractors can check out the RFP here. For more about the project, see our post from last June – MHT Awards WC $100,000 Restoration Capital Grant!

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. (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?
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Women’s Blaze Pink Brunch & Sporting Clays Day

Blaze pink claysOctober 27, 2018
Join us for our first women’s brunch and sporting clays day! This will be fun, social event where you’ll enjoy tasty meals, drinks, raffle prizes and also practice or try out target shooting! Newbies especially encouraged!  Advance registration required.  Learn more >>>

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! (more…)

2018 Mini-Grant Program Open – Accepting Initial Inquiries

CommConservBoxOur “Community in Conservation” small grant program is now open for business for 2018!  Does your organization have an initiative or project that makes connections between communities and either environmental education, waterfowl or wetland science, and/or restoration activities that benefit waterfowl?  This funding program might be for you.  Learn more about past awardees, the program and how to apply >>

Festival Reveals 2018 Featured Sculpture!


The 2018 Waterfowl Festival has revealed this year’s Featured Art piece, a sculpture by Canadian artist Eric Tardif, which is unlike any work selected before. The impressionistic bronze stunningly showcases the “grace, calm, peacefulness and formality” of two long-tailed birds, which very much follows the founding wildlife mission and tradition of the Festival from the 1970’s. Read more about the 46-inch-tall piece titled  “The Lovers” here.


Showing of “High Tide in Dorchester”


Why would four local non-profits team up to show one film? Because the Bay Journal film in question, “High Tide in Dorchester,” covers a local issue all feel is incredibly important.

Produced and directed by local artists Sandy Cannon-Brown, Dave Harp, and Tom Horton, the film debuted in fall of 2017 and explores the impacts of climate change on our coastal communities. The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge of Cambridge is featured, where the impact of the rising tide is already being reckoned with. In depth interviews with experts and locals alike will give an idea of how sea level rise can and will affect us in our lifetime, using Dorchester county as an example of what could arise worldwide to coastal areas.

Join Waterfowl Chesapeake along with our friends in conservation the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and ShoreRivers for a special showing of the film at the Easton Avalon on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by the screening at 6:30 p.m. and interpretation from the filmmakers themselves! Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at or at the door, pending availability.

Students! Have You Been a Festival Ducksitter? Apply for a Scholarship!

2017 Perry Schol studentsIf you’ve been a Waterfowl Festival youth volunteer, called a “Ducksitter”, you are elible to apply for a college or higher education scholarship from the William A. Perry Scholarship Fund, now through May 31, 2018.  Learn more here >>

Interested in becoming a “Ducksitter” for the 2018 Festival, so you can apply in the future?  Send us your info here!