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

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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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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

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.

3 Projects Get WC “Seed Funding”: Match Challenge is On!

CommConservBoxThree worthy organizations’ projects in 3 areas – education, research and community engagement – are receiving “seed funding” from our Community In Conservation grants program.  We’re asking our stakeholders, community and Festival visitors to them fully funded through our Match Challenge campaign!  Learn about the projects or add your match of ‘green feathers’ online today!

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. Continue reading