DIY Field Trips and Local Activities
Maryland’s wonderful annual Waterfowl Festival takes place on Nov. 8-9 in Easton, Maryland. This event is wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art and the celebration of life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Don’t let the name fool you – this is about much more than waterfowl! The artists and artwork cover the full range of avian life and even some non-bird wildlife. Easton is a truly lovely, charming town with a number of excellent art galleries, restaurants, and shops.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, on the campus of Salisbury University, features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys.
Salisbury Zoological Park – Founded in 1954 when some animals were placed on permanent exhibition in the City Park, the Zoo now provides naturalistic enclosures for species native to North, Central and South America. The Salisbury Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The zoo is a 20 minute drive from the conference site.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge – just over an hour from the conference site. Blackwater was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three major habitats: forest, marsh and shallow water. The refuge contains one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, which makes it an ecologically important area within the state.Blackwater NWR is home to the largest natural population of formerly endangered Delmarva peninsula fox squirrels and is also home to the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. The refuge has been referred to as the “Everglades of the North,” and has been called one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy.
Note – we will not be offering organized field trips but will facilitate the formation of groups and help to arrange transportation.