2014 ANNUAL MDWFA MARYLAND RETRIEVER GUNDOG CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER
And the winner is..... "MICA" owned and handled by Mark Brodie. Mica and Mark ran three incredible, tough series at the Maryland Retriever Gundog Championship sponsored by the Maryland Waterfowler's...Association held at Rover's Content Farm in Brandywine, MD. Mica and Mark demonstrated the incredible conservation capabilities of a trained retriever/handler team. Congratulations to Mark and Mica, all finalists, and all participants in the great event.
Federal Duck Stamp increases from $ 15 to $ 25
Washington, D.C. - Federal legislation that would increase the cost of a Federal Duck Stamp from $15 to $25 awaits President Barack Obama's signature. The cost of the Federal Duck Stamp, which is formally called the "Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp" and issued by the U.S. Department of Interior, must be purchased to hunt waterfowl anywhere in this country. Its price has not changed since 1991. The House bill, co-authored by Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and John Fleming, R-La., was approved last month. The Senate version of the bill, authored by Sen. David Vitter, of La., was approved Dec. 2. The Federal Duck Stamp and the use of money raised from it is a good example of how hunters prominently figure in when it comes to habitat restoration for wildlife. Since the Duck Stamp's introduction in 1934, it has raised more than $750 million and has conserved more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat. The U.S. House passed this bill with an amendment *H.R. 5069 increases the price of a Federal duck stamp from $15 to $25 and requires that the increase be used only to acquire conservation easements for migratory birds. The Secretary of the Interior may reduce the price of each stamp if he or she determines that the price increase resulted in a decrease in revenues. *H.R. 5069 requires an annual report on expenditures, including a description of all activities conducted to promote stamp sales; an assessment of the status of wetlands conservation projects for migratory birds; and an analysis of the refuge lands opened, and refuge lands closed, for hunting and fishing. The original stamp fee passed in 1934 was to provide a permanent source of money to buy and preserve the wetlands. This particular increase will be applied to acquiring easements on private land. Not purchasing more land. Very likely lands which will not be open to public hunting. We would hope the funding goes toward what they have said was the intended purpose of securing conservation easements largely in the Prairie Pothole Region of the U.S. That would be a win for all and the most economically efficient means of protecting native prairie and wetlands. We at MDWFA remain skeptical with how the 12 million in new revenue will be dispersed. We are unsure if it will turn out to be the huge victory for conservation that some people are making it out to be. Time will tell and we will watch how the funding is divided. MDWFA would still encourage conservationists of all stripes – hunters and non-hunters alike – to buy a federal duck stamp, because it still remains a key funding source that protects the habitats we care about.
It is with great sadness that the MDWFA has learned of the passing of Jack "Doc" Scanlon on Wednesday night. Doc was a true gentleman and an avid hunter, fisherman and dog trainer.
Doc was a Lifetime member of the MDWFA and a volunteer to countless other organizations. Doc served as the Dorchester county rep for the MDWFA for many years. We offer our condolences to his wife Kathy and his family.
John W. Scanlon, Jr. MD, 75, of Cambridge passed away on Wednesday evening November 5, 2014 at his home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Zion United Methodist Church in Cambridge with Rev. William Davis officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge, MD 21613 or to the Stripers Forever, P.O. Box 2781, South Portland, ME, 04116-2781.
Maryland Wood Duck Initiative Looking FOr Private Nesting Data.
The Maryland Wood Duck initiative already maintains and gathers information on numerous public wood duck nesting boxes in Maryland. They are seeking private Maryland Wood Duck nesting box data to be compiled along with that public sector data to establish a more accurate picture of the Maryland Wood Duck nesting trends. If you have private boxes and would like to assist in this endeavor or would like more information please contact Cliff Brown at 703-447-5142 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System
Click here to explore the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System from NOAA. This system allow you to explore current information from various information buoys located through the Chesapeake Bay. the deliver such information as water temperature, wind speed and direction, mean and current wave height, water salinity among other various statistics to help you plan for a safe informed waterfowl outing on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Once you click on a buoy of interest a popup window will appear showing general data; click on more information for all the available data sets available.
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