There are many organizations and groups committed to helping preserve the Eastern Shore as well as conservation efforts. Below are brief descriptions and links to partners of the Tri-County Bird Club and MOS.
|A Salisbury University collaborative project amongst 13 students who dedicated an entire website towards promoting stewardship and ultimately concern for the environmental impacts from human presence around the Wicomico River. To learn more about WRSI, click on the WRSI picutre.
The link below will take you to a page specifically dedicated to Birds and birding around Wicomico County.
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Arts offers environmental education for adults, families, children, and schools. They have many free art sessions for kids, carving classes for adults, and field trip opportunities for schools. Located right on the Wicomico River, there are always ducks, birds, and waterfowl around the museum. To lean more above The Ward Museum, click on the picture above.
A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. To learn more about eBird, click on the picture above.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has dedicated a website called ‘All About Birds’. This website serves as a guide to birds and bird watching. The website also has Bird Cams, how to ID different species, how to build birdhouse and much more! To learn more above the ‘All About Birds’ site, click on the picture above.
The Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) is cataloging all the living things of Maryland. Their goal is to promote education and conservation by helping to build a vibrant general nature study community. The project was started in June 2012 by Bill Hubick and Jim Brighton. They have already cataloged over 14,000 species, including over 5,000 species with photographs, and feature the work of more than 300 naturalists and photographers. To learn more click on the MBP picture above.
Wicomico Environmental Trust (WET) is a grassroots nonprofit organization that works towards conserving the Wicomico River and the Wicomico Watershed. They offer advice and environmental expertise during city and county meetings for the Wicomico county Watershed Implementation Plan and are currently working on the Wicomico River Watershed Management Plan. Membership to WET is inexpensive and you will receive their newsletter which has up to date news about environmental issues in Wicomico County. They also organize many paddle days each year. To learn more click on the WET picture above.
The Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed throughadvocacy, conservation, andeducation.
ACT is committed to protecting our watershed to ensure clean waterways for humans and wildlife, quality public health, and sustainable economic growth now and for future generations. To learn more click on the ACT picture above.
Part of the National Estuary Program, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a non-profit partnership between the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, Worcester County, the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment and Planning. Their goal is to protect and enhance the watershed, which includes Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin, and Assateague Island National Seashore. To learn more about MCBP click on the picture above.
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is a non-profit group who foster several partnerships who are all working to conserve the natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Natnticoke River Watershed. They mainly focus on achieving their goals through collaborative outreach and education. To learn more about NWA, click on the picture above.
The Lower Shore Land Trust is a non-profit organization based in Berlin Maryland but participates in Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester Counties. They work on conserving land and waterways for the enjoyment of landowners and communities. They help landowners explore options if they want to conserve their land for future generations. To learn more click on the Lower Shore Land Trust picture above.
The 20th Annual Delmarva Birding Weekend celebrates the spring migration of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors. The Weekend combines boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions by foot. Participating birders will be helping birds by promoting bird and habitat conservation. Birders, both novice and experienced, can make an important statement about the economic value of birds and their habitats through low-impact tourism. Birders are encouraged to remind local businesses that they are here to enjoy Delmarva’s natural areas and the birds that inhabit them. To learn more about Delmarva Birding/Birding Weekend, click on the picture above.
For more than a century, Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing the strength of its network of members, Chapters, Audubon Centers, state offices and dedicated professional staff to connect people with nature and the power to protect it. A powerful combination of science, education and policy expertise combine in efforts ranging from protection and restoration of local habitats to the implementation of policies that safeguard birds, other wildlife and the resources that sustain us all–in the U.S. and Across the Americas. To learn more about Audubon, click on the picture above.
MDBirding is an open group for discussing the topics of birds and birding in Maryland and DC. Discussions range from backyard birds to regional rarities. There are two main communication platforms for MDBirding, the Google Group Email Listserv and the Facebook Group. Read below to figure out main differences between the two groups. We encourage new members to join both groups to really get a sense of what Maryland & DC Birding is all about! To learn about MDBirding, click on the picture above.
The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is a nonprofit, statewide organization of people who are interested in birds and nature. It was founded in 1945 and incorporated in 1956 to promote the study and enjoyment of birds. MOS promotes knowledge about our natural resources, and fosters its appreciation and conservation. The Society also maintains a system of sanctuaries to encourage the conservation of birds and bird habitat, and to help record and publish observations of bird life. To learn more about MOS, click on the picture above.
The Wicomico Creekwatchers is a citizen run group of volunteers started in 2002 that takes water quality samples from 25 different parts of the river and creates an annual monitoring report which is available for the public to view. They test for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment within the Wicomico River. They are always in need of more volunteers. To learn more click on the Wicomico Creekwatchers picture.