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 May 2014 Activity Report

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MWDI's Annual Nest Box & Kit Sale

Assembled Boxes Also Available
Click here to Order Today - Payment due by Dec. 21st

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 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 - 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.

Wood Ducks and Mergansers leave the nest.
by Rupert Hester
Check out this wonderful video of a "Jump Day" on April 24, 2013.

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.

Generous $1,000 Donation to MWDI from the
Chesapeake Chapter of Safari Club International

Chesapeake Chapter - Safari Club International logoThe 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.

Menel Harris and 2 patrons2012 Youth Box Building Event a Great Success
Chestertown 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.

NHFD_20122012 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.

Mandarin duck Drake, photo by David EmmerttMWDI 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. Read more...

Notes from the Field
Update on 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. Read more...

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 for sale. Contact Cliff Brown - if interested.

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 possible.

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 website.

Male woody with 2 hens atop a wood duck nest box, photo courtesy of Dave Godfrey.

Two screech owls in a wood duck nest box, photo courtesy of Dave Godfrey.

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...

"Best 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 – 6)

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

Maryland 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.

Spotlight 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.

Now Online - Statewide Map
2009 Maryland Wood Duck Public Project Sites

Thanks to the men at the Hagerstown Correctional Facility who again supported MWDI via our partnering relationship w/ MD DNR by manufacturing 300 predator guards for use on our public land projects.

The MWDI Challenge!
Find a good public wetland and start your own program. It can be any size you want. Contact MWDI for more details.

Hooded Merganser Nest Confirmed in Cecil County!
In what MWDI believes to be the first evidence of a Hooded Merganser nest in Cecil County, volunteer Jordan Kane's photograph confirms a Hooded Merganser nest in Box #3 at the Elk Forest site.   Read more and see what Jordan Kane and his daughter Rachael have been up to!

J. 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.

Volunteer hours now exceed 14,000 since late 2004.

Volunteers Welcome - Pick a project and get outdoors!

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Maryland Wood Duck Initiative logo & Photo Collage

This page updated on July 24, 2012