Harleigh Farms: MWDI's 2013 Private Program Wood Duckling Producer
Harleigh Farms located in Talbot County, owned by Chip and Sally Akridge and managed by Clay Robinson, is once again MWDI's top private program wood duckling producer in 2013. Harleigh's 78 boxes produced 600 ducklings, a robust 7.7:1 ducklings / box ratio (MWDI's average 5.3:1).
Congratulations to Harleigh Farms, Chip and Sally Akridge and Clay Robinson for their sponsorship of the program and its success. Read More...
Wicomico County Donation Supports Wildlife!
Looking for a new supply of poles for MWDI/MDWFA Aaron Ward contacted Wicomico County government to see if they’d help us out again.
Wicomico County offers a prime example of a recycling program designed to support the environment. Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt announces that the Department of Public Works – Roads Division’s recent donation of nearly 40 used street sign poles to the Maryland Waterfowlers Association (MDWFA) and Maryland Wood Duck Initiative (MWDI) will be used to install wood duck nesting boxes. Read more...
Noted wood duck authority, Mike Haramis Begins New Project
New 6 box project being started on Spice Creek off the Patuxent in Prince George's County to be managed by noted wood duck authority, Mike Haramis, retired USF&W.
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.
April 26 -
Chesapeake Chapter - Safari Club - Annual Dinner
To be held
in Riva Md at Michael's South River. 6-10 pm. Live Entertainment by Michael Peterson. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Robert DuHadaway at 302-275-4622 by April 19th. $115 single, $200 couple. MWDI's key wood funding source! Please support.
Wood Duck Boxes Available
MWDI has available , 10 wood duck boxes at $36 each, and 6 Bluebird boxes for $18 each. New supplies of Predator Guards are also now available on behalf of MDWFA via MWDI for $15 each. Pickup by mutual arrangement in several locations - Rock Hall, anywhere along Rt 213- Rt 50 / 301 between Rock Hall and Washington DC as well as the Salisbury/Cambridge area. Contact Cliff Brown - email@example.com if interested.
8th Annual Potomac River Waterfowl Festival
May 23 & May 24, 2014. Southern Maryland's Premier Waterfowl Event. Click here to learn more about this event.
Predator Guards Now
Available - $15 each
Suitable for wood duck and bluebird nest protection. The Maryland
Waterfowlers Association (MDWFA) is now handling the sale of predator guards
to privately sponsored wood duck and bluebird nesting programs. The guards
are 26 gauge galvanized metal, 36” diameter, cone style w/ four flaps
designed to fit around a 4x4 pole or similarly shaped sections.
Donation to MWDI from the
Chesapeake Chapter of Safari Club International The Chesapeake Chapter of the Safari Club International has donated $1,000 to MWDI to help fund our 2013 lumber needs and to support our youth-oriented
box building and outreach activities. Harry Daisey, Chapter Treasurer, recently presented the check to Cliff Brown, MWDI’s Executive Director. This is the second year that the MWDI has been honored with their support. Click here to learn more.
2012 Youth Box Building Event a Great Success
Wildlife Exhibit & Sale
MWDI sponsored a youth wood duck box assembly event at the
Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition and Sale on Saturday, October
20th. 19 boxes were assembled (and decorated!) by an estimated 28 kids of all ages along with varying degrees of parental involvement. MWDI’s veteran volunteers, John Chew and Cliff Brown, were assisted by Menel Harris, a 10 year old student at Radcliffe Creek School. Click here to learn more.
2012 National Hunting & Fishing Day
MWDI Sponsored Kid's Box Building Event About 18 kids assembled 11 boxes at this year’s annual Marylandf DNR event, which was held in Marriotsville at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore. Click here to learn more.
MWDI Seeks Nesting Data on all
Maryland Nest Box Programs Data base to be expanded beyond public sites. Better
understanding of Maryland's "decade of decline" sought.
Notes from the Field
Mandarin Ducks Three of the original seven still survive! They are nine weeks old,
almost the size of the mother. The drake does not seem to hang around but shows
up every once in a while. We investigated the 2nd nest but the eggs never
hatched. Maybe next year. - Sam D’Anna. Click
here for photo and full report...
Notes from the Field
Mandarin Ducks Using
Wood Duck Box
Sam D'Anna tells the story of
what may be the only successful Mandarin duck nest in Maryland and
possibly, the only successful nest north of southern North Carolina.
according to Larry Hindman, DNR's Waterfowl Project Manager. With
photos by David Emmertt, Sam tells us about his discovery.
MWDI Outreach Activities - 2005-2012
An estimated 1,000 youth have been involved assembling almost
1,000 boxes, participating in field trips and other educational
aspects during the 2005-2012 period. In addition, MWDI has made 9
youth oriented presentations and 20 others while providing nest
program training to 7 interns.
Click here to see
a summary of these activities.
MWDI Director Cliff Brown Named
Field & Stream’s March 2012 Hero of Conservation
Wins $500 conservation grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Read all about it.
Nest Boxes & Kits MWDI has a few Wood Duck Nest Boxes and a few Bluebird Nest Box Kits
Contact Cliff Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
MWDI site in Anne Arundel County
Kinder Farm Park (KFP) , near Millersville, 3-box program (located just north of
MWDI's current project in Crownsville on the old hospital site). Lisa Willis,
Sharon Warner and the Friends of KFP will be coordinating the installation and
monitoring the boxes along with their existing 22-box bluebird nesting program.
MWDI will provide KFP with the boxes, poles and predator guards.
North Caroline High School (NCHS) to Sponsor
Wood Duck Project at Martinak State Park Lisa
Anderson, NCHS Biology Teacher, has initiated a school project that
will involve approximately 9 wood duck boxes situated in various
areas in the Martinak State Park and along the Choptank River.
Click here to learn more.
MWDI Welcomes New
Intern - Dave Dickson MWDI
is pleased to have Dave Dickson, a recent US Navy
Electronics/SONAR Technician, interning during the next 18
months. Click here to
find out more about Dave and his work for MWDI...
MWDI Featured in Maryland DU's Fall Newsletter Maryland Wood Duck
Initiative 7 Years of Success
MWDI thanks The Sink Box Editor Steven Huettner and Maryland DU for featuring us
in their newsletter. Maryland DU is a very active partner and without the
support of their membership throughout the State, our success would not be
Photos from the Field
Dave Godfrey, MWDI Volunteer at Wye Island NRMA and Pickering Creek,
sent two interesting photos recently. The first is one lucky male Wood Duck with
two hens; the second are two screech owls (one gray and one rufus) quite at home
in a wood duck nest box. Thank you Dave for sharing these with MWDI. Anyone else
out and about with a camera is more than welcome to submit photos for our
2010 Estimated Nesting Results Released
(as of Apri1, 2011)
There are a few project sites to visit
although it appears that the hatch from public lands will exceed
the revised 2009 level and may reach 6,900, a 5% gain. An audit
of the 2009 estimates has been 99% completed as actual results
became available where partial estimates were used last year.
Instead of the 6,378 ducklings previously estimated for 2009, it
now seems likely that the hatch will modestly exceed 6,600. The
significance for 2009 is that production was basically even with
2008 instead of modestly lower. See the
latest Project Report for details.
MWDI Announces New 2011 Upper
Chester River Project Several key people and organizations have stepped up to the
plate to bring re-newed life to wood duck nest boxes in Kent & Queen
Anne's Counties. Read more...
Practices" Sites Total MWDI public "best practices"
sites will exceed 77. Approximately 95 new and replacement boxes
will be installed this season, bringing net functional box capacity
to more than 1,900.
The new sites for the 2011 nest season
will include the Upper Chester (Kent-30), Indian Head Trail
(Charles-8), Riverside WMA (Charles-7), South River (AA-6), Nanjemoy
Creek Environmental Center (Charles-4), Old Bohemia WMA (Cecil-10, Forest
Green (Harford – 7), Mullins Landfill (Harford – 5), Cedar Point (Charles –
MWDI's Volunteer Spotlight Our volunteers have been very busy the last few months. Take a
minute to see what we've been up to, by visiting the MWDI Volunteer
Spotlight. Click here...
Wood Ducks on Water
Video Clip courtesy of Dave Godfrey
Wood Ducks on UTUBE Dave Godfrey, manager of the MWDI Wye Island program and also active
with the programs at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center and
Pickering Creek has created an 8-minute video on how we, as monitors, check wood duck boxes through
the spring season. Filled with great tips
and images, it is highly recommended viewing for all woody fans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4MCf_VDaEY
on Kids MWDI plans on several youth outings in 2011 including the Indian
Head Elementary School installing 8 boxes in a new Charles County
program in March, a box assembly event in Talbot County involving
the Juvenile Drug Court, and our annual youth box building events at
the DNR Fishing & Hunting Day in September and the Chestertown
Wildlife Exhibition in October. We will also participate in the
Maret High School Community Day, a 10-box boy scout assembly event,
freon canister nest box construction by the Wicomico Middle School
welding class and the annual box sale sponsored by the JM Tawes
Technology and Career Center. The Washington College DU Chapter will
be helping with the new Upper Chester River Project.
M. Bennett High Schoolers at it Again!
James M. 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. Read More...
Volunteer hours now exceed
14,000 since late 2004.
Volunteers Welcome - Pick a project and get outdoors!