MWDI Outreach Activities
More than 1,250 youth involved to date assembling 1,250+ boxes, participating in multiple field trips and other educational aspects.
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a summary of these activities.
MWDI Provides a Unique Educational
MWDI's field activities and focus are especially well suited to deliver a unique
educational experience if we can develop and package it
appropriately. Learning components can be quite diverse encompassing
box building, field installation / habitat study, nest monitoring
and overall wetland experiences, various types of research,
journalism and other external affairs activities.
We have a "product" that should appeal to all age groups available in all
seasons in large and small packages. We can customize educational
projects to meet anyone's needs or niche. With time, we hope to have
much to report in this regard if our theme, "A Total Wetland
Experience" is to have real meaning.
We are seeking to identify all educational programs in Maryland where wood
ducks are involved and where other wildlife / wetland education
programs may be suited to incorporate a wood duck component. We will
recognize these programs in due course to increase awareness and to
facilitate new program creation.
The Webelos Scouts of Den 5 and 8
from Crofton Pack 115
Two New Youth Activities in 2014
Charlie Hughes (14) will be managing 40 boxes his father has in place along the Blackwater River in Dorchester. MWDI will provide training to Charlie.
Ben Warner, a Frederick County High Schooler will be assembling 12 boxes during the next two months as part of his Community Service requirements.
|2013 Educational Program Highlights
Kiva Slade and her two children, Zach and Alex
Kiva Slade has agreed to manage the 8 boxes at the Merkle site in Prince George's County, which is situated along the Patuxent adjacent to Jug Bay.
We inspected the boxes on May 29, 2013 and Kiva and her 2 children Zach and Alex, are now trained! All 8 boxes were used with 2 still active. Of the 6 nests concluded, 4 hatched yielding 61 ducklings.
Thanks very much to Kiva for contacting MWDI and for providing her kids their own Total Wetland Experience as the turtle shell souvenir indicates!
2011 Educational Program Highlights
Jr. Hunter Field Day - Somerset County
-June 18, 2011
June 18, Aaron Ward represented MWDI at the Junior Hunter Field
Day in Somerset County, sponsored by the Maryland Dept. of
Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service.
Aaron introduced the kids to wood duck habits,
habitats and their successful use of artificial nesting
programs. Over 70 kids took part in a day of fun learning and
experiencing outdoor activities. Kids and parents alike were
able to view and touch a successful Wood Duck nest hatch. A special thanks to
Sudlersville Elementary School Environmental Club
On March 29, 2011 MWDI
volunteer Steve Seningen, Sudlersville Elementary School
Enrichment Teacher Alison Vooris, and Jackie Sweetak, owner of
the Sweetak Farm near Crumpton, hosted an educational field
experience for fourteen 4th and 5th grade students, members of the
Sudlersville Elementary School Environmental Club.
Spotlight on Sudlersville
Washington College Ducks Unlimited Chapter will be helping with
the new Upper Chester River Project.
Indian Head Elementary School (IHES)
The 5th and 6th grade science class at Indian Head Elementary
School (IHES) is starting a wood duck program, initiated and
mentored by Tim Emhoff, their Science Resource Teacher. This
program is another step in IHES' move to become a certified
Maryland Green School. The students will assembled 12 boxes and
installed 8 of them along the Indian Head Trail that borders the
Mattawoman Creek in Charles County in March, just in time for
the 2011 nesting season. MWDI provided the poles, predator
guards and box kits. Check out:
Spotlight on Indian Head Elementary School
Maret High School
at Maret High School in Washington, DC will hold an MWDI-sponsored
12 box assembly event during their Community Day on
April 21, 2011. MWDI assisted at a similar event in 2009 and 2010.Also see:
Spotlight on Maret School Wood
Duck Nest Box Installed in Annapolis at DNR Headquarters.
Youth Box Building Events
MWDI continued to host youth oriented box assembly events in the
fall of 2010 and more are planned for 2011.
MWDI will host youth-oriented box building events at the Upper Bay
Chapter of Delta Waterfowl's annual event in Havre de Grace in May,
DNR’s National Hunting & Fishing Day in Sudlersville in September,
Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition & Sale in October, as we have been
doing since 2008.
New for 2011
are two new wood duck nest box building events: an M-NCPPC event in
Prince George's County and a Talbot County 4 H/Juvenile Drug Court
these events is very high and we are limited to accept requests from
those organizations that basically provide the funding for the wood
involved. A very special thanks for continued financial support from
MD DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service, Delta Waterfowl, The Maryland
Waterfowler’s Association, The Maryland Sportsman Association, The
Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition & Sale, Queen Anne Parks & Recreation and M-NCPPC (PG County).
J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center
The arrangement we
initiated with the J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center in
Somerset County with the Maryland Waterfowlers’ Association is yet
another “win-win” relationship. MWDI helps Tawes sell boxes their
kids make to private program sponsors. In this manner, the school
funding for lumber for saw and other assembly tool use is
perpetuated and MD private programs obtain high quality, cost
the J.M. Tawes Technology & Career Center’s annual box sale went
well as usual with 75 boxes being sold in a matter of hours. The
students have been involved in this project since 2007 and plan to
continue this program in 2011-2012. To date they have sold more than
250 wood duck nest boxes.
James M. Bennett High School
Bennett High School students will again be creating Wood Duck
nesting canisters for a 3rd year. Students in Courtland Lilley’s
Transportation Technology class will be transforming scrap Freon canisters into a home for
Wood Ducks on the Lower Shore. This year they will be making 10
fully finished nesting structures. The boxes will thus become “turn
key” for MWDI volunteers to install.
Last year the students made 25 nesting canisters and turned them
over to MWDI to put the finishing touches on them, mount and install
in various projects sites.
Boy Scout Projects
routinely involved in some fashion with Boy Scout projects.A Harford
County Scout Troop assembled 15 boxes and installed them at the
Susquehanna State Park this past summer (2010). Kudos to John
Schlosser, Project Manager, the Harford County Ducks Unlimited
chapter, and Scout Sam Paradis. This year Bob Wassaman will host
another 20 box assembly event.
continues to participate in the annual Maryland Envirothon
competition among high school students where we make a presentation
and host an “ice breaker” box building session each year.
scheduled three presentation this spring (2011) at the Howard
and Caroline County Ornithological Chapters' meetings and at the
Maryland Ducks Unlimited Annual Meeting.
and Steve Seningen are also planning Wood Duck Presentations for
elementary schools in Prince George's, Queen Anne's and Wicomico
Counties in 2011.
Roger Strand Video Project
to Roger Strand of the Wood Duck Society for making his VHS tapes of
nesting activity from his wood duck box web cams available for
MWDI's use. Charles Muth recently completed a yeoman’s task by
converting hours of tapes into a DVD format. We plan to include
video segments in future MWDI presentations and on this website to
enhance our educational outreach.
Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education
4 box program being installed in April 2011 will be monitored by the
Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center in Charles County.
2010 Educational Program Highlights
Harford Glen Environmental Center
About 15 students from one of Harford County’s environmental
education classes (Connie Cullinan, coordinating) assisted
the Harford Glen Environmental Center and MWDI with the
reconstruction of their Wood Duck Nest Box Program in April
2010. They installed 7 new boxes, added predator guards to 4
existing boxes and removed several hard-to-reach boxes.
Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Hard
In April 2010, Dora Tak, a Charles County student,
assisted Chris Ordiway (project manager) install 8 boxes in
a new program at the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Hard
Bargain Farm along the Potomac.
MD DNR's National Hunting & Fishing
2010, MWDI hosted a youth oriented box building event at MD
DNR's National Hunting & Fishing Day at Schrader's Bridgeton
Manor in Henderson on September 25th. More than 30 boys and
girls assembled (and decorated!) 20 wood duck boxes that
MWDI will utilize in various sites across Maryland. Special
thanks to Patti Allen and DNR for making the space available
and to MWDI's John Chew and Jerry McCarty for assisting
Cliff Brown in supervising the event.
Wood Duck Curriculum Component
Begun at Maret High School
An integrated wood duck
curriculum component with Maret High School (Washington DC) has been
finalized and the program initiated. 18 students will develop short
form descriptions and interpretive summaries on wood duck
characteristics, habits, habitats, nesting behavior, and nest box
program best practices, assemble 30+ nest
boxes, participate in field installation and nest inspection work in
Kent Co in February and May. MWDI helped develop the curriculum. MWDI is most grateful to
Mandeville, Maret’s Environmental Science teacher for
initiating this project.
2010, MWDI made 5 presentations to The Potomac Valley
Audubon Chapter, The Washington County Bird Club, the
Southern MD Audubon Chapter, at the Chapman State Park
Appreciation Day and DU’s Annual State Convention. A radio
interview occurred with WCTR and general PR coverage
occurred on the Tidewater trader Hunt Issue, the Evening
Capital and Ft Meade’s post paper. In 2010 Aaron Ward also
gave a presentation to 4th graders in Somerset County.