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Waterfowl Chesapeake Launches New Project Registry

– Organizations Encouraged to Submit Projects for Review

Black Duck 2 - small (400 x 309)Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is proud to announce the establishment of its new Project Registry program initiative. The Waterfowl Chesapeake Project Registry is designed to identify and promote support for high value projects that advance the creation, restoration and conservation of waterfowl habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and nearby coastal bays.

The Registry provides a comprehensive collection of pertinent projects that can be researched through Waterfowl Chesapeake’s online web platform, thus, expanding awareness and visibility to potential supporters and funders. The Project Registry will also serve as a tool to assist Waterfowl Chesapeake and its partners in making wise investments to ensure that abundant waterfowl thrive throughout the region.

“This is a significant milestone for Waterfowl Chesapeake as we introduce this new conservation initiative within the Chesapeake Bay region,” commented Waterfowl Chesapeake Board President, Ron Flohr. “We look forward to partnering with other organizations and funders to leverage our resources and maximize the impact on waterfowl and habitat conservation.”

Waterfowl Chesapeake is now encouraging submissions for the 2013 Project Registry. To qualify for this year’s Registry, a project must have a direct impact on the Delmarva Peninsula and must also address at least one of Waterfowl Chesapeake’s strategic priorities: Protecting and conserving critical waterfowl habitat and food resources; educating and involving citizens, landowners and policy leaders in community-based waterfowl conservation programs; increasing scientific understanding of issues affecting Chesapeake waterfowl; responding to sea level rise issues affecting waterfowl, especially those associated with climate change; and promoting public understanding and enjoyment of waterfowl through environmental education programs for the region’s students.

Organizations with projects or initiatives meeting the criteria are encouraged to submit their projects for review in advance of the September 16, 2013 deadline.

Once submitted, projects will be reviewed by Waterfowl Chesapeake’s Alliance for Waterfowl Conservation. Representing a broad cross-section of environmental expertise and diverse backgrounds, the 2013 Alliance includes current and former leadership from the Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S.G.S. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Ornithological Society and the Washington College Center for the Environment & Society.

“We are excited to convene this Alliance to review submissions for the Project Registry,” shared David O’Neill, Waterfowl Chesapeake board member and Vice President for Conservation Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. “The diverse backgrounds and experiences of these organizations and individuals bring a wealth of knowledge to our review process and ensure that the projects listed on the Registry are positioned to make a big conservation impact.”

A selection of the most significant projects determined through Waterfowl Chesapeake’s review process will be highlighted at the 43rd Annual Waterfowl Festival, taking place November 7-10, 2013 in Easton, Md. More details about the Registry and submitting projects can be found online at www.waterfowlchesapeake.org, or by calling 410-822-4567.
About Waterfowl Chesapeake
The mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays by engaging in collaborative, strategic initiatives with organizations, governments, corporations, foundations and individuals. Waterfowl Chesapeake focuses exclusively on waterfowl and wildlife habitat conservation, and is the primary beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Waterfowl Festival. Since1971, proceeds from this yearly event have provided more than $5.3 million for waterfowl habitat conservation, education and research. Through Waterfowl Chesapeake, the organization will continue to raise support through annual appeals, grants and major gifts. For more information and to donate, please call Waterfowl Chesapeake Headquarters at 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlchesapeake.org.

 

Waterfowl Chesapeake Presents…Bayou, Blues & Birds: Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars in Concert

VOW_JazzFest 2012 (400 x 197)Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is proud to present legendary Louisiana musician Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars in concert on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.

More than just a bluesman and roots music expert, Grammy-Award nominee Tab Benoit is an indefatigable conservation advocate. He is the driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands (VOW), an organization working to save Louisiana’s and the nation’s wetlands. To achieve this mission, Benoit has assembled a stellar ensemble of fellow New Orleans musicians to bring attention through music to the environmental challenges faced by our declining wetlands. The All-Stars band includes Grammy Award-winning Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers, 2012 Blues Music Award Winner Johnny Sansone, premiere drummer Johnny Vidacovich, fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and bassist Corey Duplechin.

As wetlands are a critical habitat for Chesapeake Bay waterfowl, VOW and Waterfowl Chesapeake are teaming up to raise awareness and funds for habitat creation, restoration and conservation. A ticket to the show gives guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience these renowned musicians performing together and support the conservation mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars to Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” comments Judy Price, Waterfowl Chesapeake executive director. “We encourage the community to join us for a world-class performance not to be missed and to learn more about the important role wetlands play within our ecosystem as habitat for waterfowl.”

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Waterfowl Chesapeake’s mission to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. Tickets range in price from $50 – $110 per person and may be purchased by visiting www.waterfowlchesapeake.org/voiceofthewetlands or calling 410-822-4567.

About Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc.
The mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays by engaging in collaborative, strategic initiatives with organizations, governments, corporations, foundations and individuals.Waterfowl Chesapeake focuses exclusively on waterfowl and wildlife habitat conservation, and is the primary beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Waterfowl Festival. Since1971, proceeds from this yearly event have provided more than $5.3 million for waterfowl habitat conservation, education and research. Through Waterfowl Chesapeake, the organization will now continue to raise support through annual appeals, grants and major gifts. For more information and to donate, please call Waterfowl Chesapeake Headquarters at 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlchesapeake.org.

 

Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. and Waterfowl Festival Inc. Welcome New Board Members

Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. and Waterfowl Festival Inc. have recently welcomed new additions to their Boards of Directors.

Dr. Wayne H. Bell and Ms. Mary Bee Walsh Gaines both joined the Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. Board of Directors and will work with the seven current directors to continue to develop the strategic direction and future conservation projects of the organization. The Waterfowl Chesapeake Board also works closely with the leadership of the Waterfowl Festival to present the annual event dedicated to raising funds for the creation, preservation and restoration of waterfowl habitat in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Dr. Bell is Senior Associate and former Director of the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College. Prior to joining the Washington College faculty in Fall 2000, he was Vice President for External Relations for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point near Cambridge, MD. Bell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, Florida and earned his Ph.D. in Marine Microbiology from Harvard University. A 30-year resident of Easton, Dr. Bell has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Adkins Arboretum and is currently past-president of the Maryland Ornithological Society.

Mary Bee Walsh Gaines is a native of the Eastern Shore and has lived her entire life on and around the Chesapeake Bay. Following her career as a special education teacher, Gaines co-founded the Piney Run Preservation Association in 1989, where she worked on environmental and land use issues for 15 years. More recently, she served on a board of the Board of the University of Virginia reorganizing and administering a scholarship fund. Gaines has a home on the Chester River in Kent County.

The Waterfowl Festival has welcomed Judy Knight, Barbara Noyes, Donnie Satchell and Joe Walsh to its eighteen-member Board of Directors.

Judy Knight has been a Waterfowl Festival volunteer since 1994 and currently serves as co-chair of the Art at the Armory Painting Gallery. Prior to relocating to the Eastern Shore, she was a corporate attorney for Sperry (later Unisys) Corporation in Pennsylvania for twenty years. Her other community involvement includes service as a Trustee of the Presbyterian Church of Easton, a member of the Easton Choral Arts Society, volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore and member of the Tred Avon Yacht Club.

Barbara Noyes relocated to Easton in 2008, and has volunteered for the Waterfowl Festival in a variety of capacities since the 1990s. In addition to being a dedicated supporter of the Festival, she also sits on the Talbot Mentors Board of Directors. Prior to moving to the Eastern Shore, Noyes had a successful career in corporate real estate and property management on the West Coast. A lover of art and the outdoors, she also spent her early adult life as a ranger in Yosemite National Park and exchange student in Brazil.

Donnie Satchell has volunteered for the Waterfowl Festival for more than twenty years and is currently the chairman of the Buy, Sell, Swap exhibit. He has also served as a ticket sales volunteer and bus guide and was recently a judge for the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition. A resident of Trappe, Satchell has owned and operated Satchell’s Remodeling for the past 30 years and has also given his time to the Easton Jaycees, Trappe Lions Club, and numerous youth sports organizations.

Joseph Walsh grew up on the Chesapeake Bay and first became involved with the Waterfowl Festival in his youth. He is currently a Business Development Officer for PNC Bank and has more than 25 years experience in the employee benefit and financial services industry. Walsh’s keen interest in the Eastern Shore’s waterfowling and conservation heritage is evident in his volunteer service in the Festival’s Walsh Waterfowling Artifacts Exhibit.

“We are tremendously fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of individuals joining the leadership of Waterfowl Chesapeake and the Waterfowl Festival,” comments Ron Flohr, president of the board for each organization. “The combination of their skills and experience as well as passion for the Festival and the conservation work it supports will be a very welcome addition to both boards as we work to advance the mission of each organization in the coming year.”

 

About Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc.
The mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays by engaging in collaborative, strategic initiatives with organizations, governments, corporations, foundations and individuals.Waterfowl Chesapeake focuses exclusively on waterfowl and wildlife habitat conservation, and is the primary beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Waterfowl Festival. Since1971, proceeds from this yearly event have provided more than $5.3 million for waterfowl habitat conservation, education and research. Through Waterfowl Chesapeake, the organization will now continue to raise support through annual appeals, grants and major gifts. For more information and to donate, please call Waterfowl Chesapeake Headquarters at 410-822-4567 or visit www.waterfowlchesapeake.org.

About Waterfowl Festival Inc.
Waterfowl Festival Inc., a partner of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc., is dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art, and the celebration of life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 43rd Festival will be held November 8-10, 2013 in historic Easton, Md. General admission tickets are $12 for all three days and VIP packages are also available. For more information, to volunteer, or donate, visit www.waterfowlfestival.org or call 410-822-4567.