In addition to the Waterfowl Annual Fund, gifts may be directed to support specific conservation projects, providing greater impact on the work of Waterfowl Chesapeake.  This type of contribution may be either a one-time gift or multiple year pledge. Gifts may also be directed to the following funds:

Community in Conservation Matching Fund

This year, Waterfowl Chesapeake is pleased to announce that we have awarded $7500 in seed funding to two educational projects on Delmarva through our “Community in Conservation” grant program. Use the button to the right to contribute matching funds to these valuable projects.

The Ward Museum – $3,750
The Ward Museum’s project will offer classroom visits and field trips for Talbot County kindergarten students to experience the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. While this opportunity is already successful in several other Shore counties, it will be a new program for students in Talbot County. The curriculum supports Maryland State Department of Education’s Environmental Literacy Standards and meets the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) requirement for kindergarteners.

University of Delaware – $3,750
UD’s field program “Promoting Waterfowl Hunter Education for New Adult Students” better connects today’s graduate students with tomorrow’s careers in Waterfowl Ecology. Today, many graduate students studying in this field the have never had the actual experience of hunting. These young adults are likely to become the future leaders in environmental resource management, with positions in academia, state agencies or federal service. How can they communicate with the hunters and landowners if they have never had the experienced the sport? Through this program, students are given the opportunity to gain their hunter education certification (via course material and gun safety training) as well as learn and discuss waterfowl identification, waterfowl policy, waterfowl habitat management, values structures associated with hunting, hunting dog training, and cooking wild game.

William A. Perry Scholarship Fund

Invest in the education of the Festival’s youth volunteers

2019 Winners – Faith Whiteley, Chesapeake College; Grant Foster, Salisbury University; Sarah Morris, Hendrix College; Margaret Enloe, Executive Director – Waterfowl Chesapeake; Debbye Jackson, member of William A. Perry Scholarship Committee; Kevin Greaney, President of Waterfowl Festival; Ruby Grant, University of Lynchburg; Abigail Heinz, University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.
Not pictured – Chase Browning, Salisbury University; McKenna Browning, Delaware Technical Community College; Gwendolyn Stevenson, Stevenson University

The 2019 application period is now closed. Applications will be accepted again in the Spring of 2020. Click the button to the right to be taken to the WC page with full instructions.

A gift to the Perry Scholarship fund is an investment in the education of the Festival’s youth volunteers.  William A . Perry, one of the Festival’s founders, and his wife Betty were instrumental in the formation of the “Duck Sitter” youth volunteer program. Donations made directly to the scholarship fund provide support for annual awards made to student volunteers attending college and other institutions of higher learning. Funding for the scholarships also comes from the Waterfowl Festival’s Auction at the annual Premiere Night party, now known as the William A. Perry Scholarship Auction.


baystreetponds1Waterfowl Annual Fund

Support the Waterfowl Festival’s Conservation Mission and its partner organization, Waterfowl Chesapeake, when you make a contribution to the Waterfowl Annual Fund. While we may not be able to turn back time to when all waterfowl were legendary in abundance, we are committed to creating an environment to restore and conserve the presence of vibrant, stable and diverse populations, flourishing in clean and productive aquatic and wetland habitats. With your support, this is an achievable goal.

shriverandfriendSamuel H. Shriver, Jr. Sporting Heritage Fund

Established by the Shriver family in memory of Mr. Shriver, this fund promotes the Waterfowl Festival’s sporting heritage and commitment to conservation.  Contributions to the fund provide continuing support for aspects of the Waterfowl Festival related to sporting, hunting and the waterfowling heritage of the Chesapeake Bay region. Gifts to this fund are 100% tax-deductible.