Festival Reveals 2018 Featured Sculpture!

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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”

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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 https://tickets.avalontheatre.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=981 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!

Clean Up at Bay Street Ponds

Kick off Earth Day weekend by joining Waterfowl Chesapeake at our Clean Stream Project at the Bay Street Ponds! Home to the Retriever and Fly Fishing Demonstrations during the Festival, several Easton residents enjoy the spot throughout the year.

To keep it welcoming for feathered friends and otherwise, we’ll be partnering with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for a Project Stream Clean for Clean Up on the morning of Saturday, April 21st from 9am-12noon.

Register here to volunteer- be sure to pick “Waterfowl Chesapeake’s Bay Street Pond Clean Up” from the drop down. Let us know that you can make it so we have a count of number of gloves and bags to be provide- as well as coffee and festive treats!

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WC Partners Up for “Birds & Birding on the Shore” Class

5157817815_08c7e8340e_bIf you’re interested in getting into ‘birding’ and outside this fall, former WC Board Member and avid birder Dr. Wayne Bell is the man to give you a wonderful start and a rich experience. WC is thrilled to be partnering with the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to engage more people in the world of our Eastern Shore birds, including fall waterfowl as the return to our area.  For more information on the 5-week class that includes several field experiences trips, too, check out ALL’s fall catalog, now online!  Class starts September 18.  You do not have to be an ALL member to register.

“Community in Conservation” – New Funding Initiative

canadageeseWe are very excited to launch our new “Community in Conservation” funding initiative that marries the values of the Festival with our conservation mission.  Regional non-profits and other entities can apply for support, which comes from restricted Festival proceeds. For more >> or To Apply >>

Why Waterfowl? For the love . . .

duck kissMake a gift to our spring Waterfowl Annual Fund campaign! Whether you are a conservationist, a collector, an artist, a volunteer, a hunter or a lover of our region, we know nature is your muse. And we are working for you and for the waterfowl and wetlands that make Delmarva and the Chesapeake Bay region unique. Thank you for your love of waterfowl and your support!

Success! Meet our new Waterfowl Staff

We’ve been busy last month finding exactly the right folks for two new positions and we’re happy to say we’ve done it!  Leslie Milby and Heather Grant here to support our volunteers in creating a great 2017 Waterfowl Festival and to get the word out to new visitors!

MilbyLeslie Milby of Cordova comes on board as WC’s new Festival and Events Manager. Milby will be coordinating and managing the annual Waterfowl Festival and helping with new events as Waterfowl Chesapeake works to expand its community and conservation outreach.

As part of a family who goose hunts together even before presents on Christmas morning, Milby is excited to be a part of an organization focused on preserving both the land and traditions of the Eastern Shore. As a Waterfowl Festival-goer for many years, she’s excited about seeing how all the work and volunteer committees bring all “nooks and crannies” together to orchestrate this big-time, small-town event. (more…)

Our 2016 Festival – Funding for Waterfowl & Wetlands

The 46th Annual Waterfowl Festival is coming – November 11-13!  More than 18,000 visitors flock to the Shore to experience and enjoy the skills of nationwide artists, sportsman and crafters assembled for this legendary community-wide event. With everything from fine arts and carvings, retriever trials, a traders’ bazaar, kids activities, concerts, great food and more, you can’t find a better way to spend a fall weekend. A three-day General Admission ticket is only $15. For more >>
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Our Premiere Night, “Where Art and Conservation Meet”, on Thursday night is also a great way to join us before the crowds for an evening of fine wines and roaming hors d’oeuvres as you meet artists and enjoy their masterpieces.

And you’ll be supporting waterfowl conservation since proceeds from the Festival support Waterfowl Chesapeake’s funding of waterfowl related initiatives, projects and programs.