2017 Community in Conservation Fund Projects

These three projects are receiving 2017 WC support.  During our “Community in Conservation Match Campaign” your contribution will go directly to them, matching our $7,500 in “seed funding.” Give online here.

SUPPORTING EDUCATION – MidShore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s “Students for Streams” program will provide all Dorchester County Public School (DCPS) 9th grade students with outdoor, hands-on environmental education and assists teachers and in meeting state curriculum needs.

  • Students for Streams strives to connect students to their local environments, with the end goal of creating future environmental stewards. To achieve this, our first introduction lesson explores how we are connected to our local environment and how much we depend on healthy habitats – such as wetlands and marshes – and clean water. The majority of E. Shore students relate to waterfowl and the role they play on the shore. The current conditions of waterfowl habitat will be part of our program as students assess their local environments.

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY CONSERVATION – Delaware Wildlands’ “Adopt-an-Acre” Community Engagement, Habitat Improvement, & Wood Duck Conservation” initiative engages people in construction, installation, and monitoring of wood duck boxes using an “adopt-an-acre” approach to provide an opportunity for children and adults to develop an interest and involvement in waterfowl conservation and wildlife management.

  • This initiative will engage local communities by promoting an interest in wood duck conservation, educating current and future generations of conservationists, supporting University and citizen-science research, and enhancing wood duck habitat and nesting opportunities.”

SUPPORTING LOCAL OR COMMUNITY-BASED SCIENCE, University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Studies Associate Professor Jamie Pierson will study Biological Mosquito Control by Native Zooplankton”.  This research will assess the use of local plankton as an alternative means to control native and invasive mosquito species in our region that transmit diseases in both humans and waterfowl.

  • The connections between mosquito control and both waterfowl and waterfowl habitat boil down the impact of mosquitoes on waterfowl and the people that spend time outdoors hunting and observing them. Mosquitoes present a very real public health risk for humans as carriers of disease, and they can also present a risk to the waterfowl themselves. This could be especially important for migratory waterfowl using the flyway, that can transmit diseases along their migratory routes as mosquitos infect birds and then transmit those diseases within the population. Another impact on waterfowl could be in response to changes in the diet as a result of pesticide usage. A number of migratory waterfowl rely on aquatic invertebrates, many of which have been shown to be susceptible to the toxic effects of some mosquito control agents.”