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For more than four decades, Waterfowl Festival, Inc. has staged an annual event that has raised more than $5 million for wildlife and habitat conservation, education and research. 

The individuals who planned and carried out that first Festival proudly presented $7500 in proceeds to Ducks Unlimited. Since that modest beginning, projects conducted by more than fifty organizations have benefited from the event. The Waterfowl Festival has invested nearly $4 million in conservation projects, more than $1 in environmental education and more than $25,000 in habitat and wildlife research initiatives. 

Founded in 2011, Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. will take on and expand the waterfowl conservation work previously supported by the Waterfowl Festival, thereby allowing the Festival organization to concentrate its efforts on maintaining a successful event that will fund future projects.

The mission of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc. is to create, restore and conserve waterfowl habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays by engaging in collaborative, strategic initiatives with organizations, governments, corporations, foundations and individuals. Waterfowl Chesapeake is exclusively dedicated to raising support for and engaging in conservation efforts and is the primary beneficiary of the annual Waterfowl Festival. To learn more about Waterfowl Chesapeake and how you can support  its work, click here to be directed to the Waterfowl Chesapeake website.