What is the Waterfowl Chesapeake Project Registry?
An initiative of Waterfowl Chesapeake, Inc. (“WC”), the Waterfowl Chesapeake Project Registry is the online repository of information to advocate and potentially generate funding for projects that advance the creation, restoration and conservation of waterfowl habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and nearby coastal bays.
Participation in the Registry will showcase and raise the profile of a project and may result in an independent endorsement that will benefit fundraising. It may also directly lead to new fund sources, although an award or direct grant is not part of this program at this time.
What is the main goal of the Project Registry?
The Project Registry is designed to identify high value projects that will further the strategic priorities set forth in the document, Waterfowl Always: The Program Plan of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. The goal of the Registry is to provide a comprehensive collection of information about pertinent projects on a web-based platform, enabling prospective conservation supporters and others to learn more about projects of interest to them. The result is that there will be expanded awareness and visibility to potential supporters and funders for a project on the registry. The Project Registry also will serve as a tool to assist WC and its partners in making targeted advocacy and funding investments to ensure that abundant waterfowl thrive throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
What types of projects can be submitted to the Registry?
- Projects are considered eligible for submission to the Registry if they address either or both of the following WC Program Plan core strategic priority areas:
- Protecting and conserving critical habitat and expanding food resources available to waterfowl at all times of the year; or
- Educating and involving citizens, landowners, and policy leaders in community-based waterfowl conservation programs.
- Projects impacting privately-owned land may be submitted for the Registry if they contain at least 1:1 match funding from one or more other sources, and satisfy either of the following:
A. The project site is subject to a permanent conservation easement; or
B. The project has a high value public benefit with an educational demonstration component that serves as a model for other private landowners.
What is the Geographic Range?
WC is limiting the geographic range of projects eligible for the Registry to those with a direct impact on the Delmarva Peninsula, i.e., the land jutting into the Atlantic Ocean comprising a portion of the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
How will projects in the Registry be evaluated?
- Qualified projects will be evaluated by WC’s Alliance for Waterfowl Conservation, a group of private and public organizations and agencies partnering with Waterfowl Chesapeake to support noteworthy initiatives for achieving vibrant and healthy waterfowl populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and nearby coastal bays.
- The following are primary criteria, at least one of which should be satisfied for a successful project submission:
- The project results in measurable long-term improvements to waterfowl habitat and may have additional conservation outcomes; or
- The project: (i) can be used as a tool to inform the general public, conservation-minded landowners, and policy leaders; and/or (ii) will include community-based action and involve and educate citizens from school children to adults.
- Evaluation factors for ranking the qualified project submissions will include the following:
- With regard to habitat projects, the scale and connectedness of conservation assets proposed by the project;
- With regard to community-based waterfowl conservation programs, the degree to which the project will connect people to nature and raise awareness of the importance of conserving habitat for waterfowl;
- Degree to which project leverages financial and technical support and expertise;
- Number and degree of involvement of project partners;
- Technical feasibility of project;
- Degree to which project supports pertinent Chesapeake and coastal bay program policies and objectives. See http://www.chesapeakebay.net/track/guides and http://www.dnr.state.md.us/coastalbays/res_protect/ccmp_fw.html; and
- If applicable, the extent to which the project responds to sea level rise and climate change issues affecting waterfowl.
How will projects in the Registry be promoted?
A handful of the highest priority projects will be selected for display and promotion at the Annual Waterfowl Festival sponsored by WC. This renowned wildlife art and conservation festival is held on the second weekend of November in Easton, Maryland, and attracts 15,000-20,000 attendees and supporters annually.
The highest value projects also will be directly promoted to the members of WC’s Alliance for Waterfowl Conservation, and other funding partners of WC. Any potential funder will have ongoing access to projects listed in the Registry.
Project Registry Requirements:
- Interested parties are encouraged to submit project summaries using the online Project Registry Form. A paper submission option is available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 410-822-4567 ext. 13.
- If more detailed project descriptions, maps, photos, designs or other supplemental materials exist for the project, they may be emailed in conjunction with the submission.
- Registry submissions are confidential until after projects have been reviewed. Project submitters can request privacy on sensitive information to be withheld from public viewing if needed.
- Annual status updates of projects listed in the Registry will be requested, noting any changes in scope or funding status.