Happy Holidays & Here Comes Our 50th Anniversary

Blue-winged Teal, Rebekah Knight

Blue-winged Teal, Rebekah Knight

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.

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 Thanks to the Walsh family for this reissue with new images and unpublished stories from one of our founders, Dr.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.



2019 Communities in Conservation: Match your Dollars for Ducks

2019 Match Goal: $4,000

This year,  Waterfowl Chesapeake’s annual Conservation Match Campaign will support two terrific initiatives: one that helps create food sources for wintering waterfowl and a second that broadens horizons for upcoming young professionals.   (more…)

Waterfowl Building Named a “Six To Fix” Project

sixtofix-logoWaterfowl Chesapeake is pleased to announce that Preservation Maryland, the state’s largest and most effective preservation organization, has chosen the Waterfowl Building as one of its 2019 class of Six-to-Fix projects!  Learn more >>


2019 Grants – Accepting Applications Now!

Webp.net-resizeimage (1)Our “Community in Conservation” Grant Program is accepting funding requests now through August 5!  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 >>

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. 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 >>>

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…)