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MWDI Shines a Spotlight on Bryon Bodt and Anita C. Leight Center naturalists & volunteers

Director's Message

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...

Free Nest Material thanks to Harwood Mills!

Thanks to Hardwood Mills in Millington, MWDI has received again received a dump truck load of nest material which is available for wood duck programs at the Millington DNR office in Massey. Contact the office at 410-928-3650 to insure the gates are open to pickup your free supply if interested.

The Webelos Scouts of Den 5 and 8
from Crofton Pack 115

Winter Camp Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2014
Winter Camp Feb 28- Mar 1 2014
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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. Read more...

May 2014 Activity Report

April 2014 Director’s Message

2013 Production increase 12% to ~8,000 ducklings!
A record !

Despite a prolonged data collection effort, the final report will be out in early May. A noticeable rebound in production after the 5% decline in 2012 occurred. Production will be very close to 8,000 ducklings as compared to 7,151 in 2012.

Very wet spring weather was especially beneficial in creating excellent habitat for many non-river project sites. Many small to mid-size projects have reported moderate to large production gains.

Yet, wider variances now typify certain larger projects which cannot be fully explained and other large projects are still in a general decline. An active rehabilitation program also helped increase the functional box totals last year – another positive variable.

Details will be published and analyzed in a special Activity Report to be circulated by mid-May.

Premininary Report
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ducklings 2,773 3,386 4,382 5,924 6,524 6,781 7,464 7,543 7,151 7,990
Boxes 1,146 1,263 1,408 1,476 1,524 1,652 1,743 1,716 1,708 1,791
2.4 2.7 3.1 4.0 4.3 4.1 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.5
Number of Sites 20 21 25 36 51 70 77 85 86 88

Since 2004, MWDI’s project sites have generated 35,000+ ducklings over base reference estimates.

All boxes and kits have been sold although MDWFA has predator guards available (see our link). This fall, Tawes School will again have about 20 boxes available. MWDI has maintained our consistent support and sponsorship of youth oriented box assembly events. We also continue to make presentations in support of wildlife and other conservation exhibitions. These all require relatively long lead times to coordinate and our volunteer speakers have been most accomodative in that regard. More details on these activities in the forthcoming Activity Report.

Funding and materials support continues with special thanks to the Chesapeake Chapter of Safari Club International (three years running!) and the First and Frankin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore (Alternative Christmas Market) as well as Chesapeake Farms (Dupont), MD DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service and the MD State Highway Administration.

MWDI has supplies for new projects if you wish to initiate one. All we ask for is decent public site habitat and a willingness to monitor the project after you install it. We have a backlog of volunteer requests to pursue but it is not easy matching such inquiries with geograhpic and logistical niches. Thank you for your consideration. And thank you to the volunteers who made these results possible!


Cliff Brown
Executive Director
Maryland Wood Duck Initiative

The Maryland Wood Duck Initiative is an all-volunteer wildlife conservation effort started in late 2004. Our objectives are to enhance Maryland’s wood duck population and to generate a greater appreciation of the wetland habitats in which they live by advocating and demonstrating the merits of a “best practices” approach in managed nest programs.

Leveraging these focused efforts on the wood duck, we seek to provide a Total Wetlands Experience for our volunteers and the “next generation” through the development of complementary educational programs, internships and research projects.
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