Maryland Projects

Click one of the stars on the map below to read more about the state's featured projects. Or click the names of the color-coded Priority Areas in the key to learn more about GLARO's conservation focus. The blue dots represent one or more conservation projects on which DU has worked. Project information comes from annual state Conservation Reports, available in our Resource Library.

Maryland by the Numbers (as of 01/01/10)

  • Total acres conserved: 52,087
  • Technical assistance acres: 24,876
  • Amount spent on projects: $9,485,318

You can find additional statistics on Maryland's state fact sheet.

Maryland projects map  Eastern Neck NWR Wells Point Project Lovelace Farm Upper Chesapeake Potomac Lower Chesapeake Delaware Bay Lower Susquehanna New York Bight

Maryland's Biologist


Ben Lewis
Annapolis Office
34 Defense Street, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Hail Cove Living Shoreline Project

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, located in Kent County, Maryland, is a key stopover area for migratory waterfowl. Within the refuge boundary is an important stretch of water known as Hail Cove.  Hail Cove is home to over 108 acres of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds which are vital to supporting aquatic wildlife, including the foraging needs of migratory waterfowl.  Aerial surveys conducted over the past 10 years by U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff revealed the gradual narrowing of a thin piece of land (isthmus) that separated Hail Cove from the Chester River.  This isthmus was the only remaining protection for these critical SAV beds.

In 2009 Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Waterfowl Festival and numerous other partners joined together to restore this shoreline in order to protect the SAV beds. The shoreline was restored through the installation of low profile segmented headland breakwaters, an oyster reef, and natural shoreline reconstruction. The stone structures reduce wave energy and protect the restored wetland habitat from future erosion.  Native marsh grasses were planted by local area elementary students and other volunteers to help further stabilize the shoreline.

Ducks Unlimited would like to thank the partners involved in making this project a success. These efforts display how living shoreline projects and strong partnerships can effectively reduce shore erosion while protecting habitats critical for Chesapeake Bay wildlife.

Two black duck sanctuaries for Maryland

Projects in Bozman and Eastern Neck highlight partnerships and wildlife benefits

In 2007, Ducks Unlimited (DU) delivered 88 acres of habitat as part of a partnership that included the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Eastern Shore Resource Conservation and Development Council and Easton Waterfowl Festival. Just as important, 83 of the 88 acres are on fully protected properties — habitat that will remain for the ducks forever.

Wells Point
The first of these projects to be completed was the highly publicized Wells Point project on the Jean Ellen DuPont Shehan Audubon Sanctuary in Bozman, Md. This 950-acre bird sanctuary is managed for quail, songbirds, turkey, shorebirds and waterfowl, but had not been the site of any large wetland restoration projects to date. However, DU and Audubon Maryland-D.C. came up with a restoration concept in early 2007 that would restore and manage 58 acres of bird habitat in 2007 and 2008, including 18 acres of wetlands that were restored in 2007 for the benefit of American black ducks and shorebirds. While the wetlands were completed only recently, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds are using the new habitats already.

Eastern Neck NWR
Just a few miles north, DU restored a 25-acre, poorly drained field in the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge under this same, focused partnership to provide quality habitat for wintering black ducks and migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. While the summer's drought conditions made for a dusty construction period, the finished project is a great testament to the refuge's commitment to waterfowl and shorebird management.

Both of these projects show what a little collaboration and partnership can do for the ducks!

Wells Point Project
The restored Wells Point North Field, ready to be flooded

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Ducks without borders

DU partners with Delaware Fish & Wildlife, Easton Waterfowl Festival

A 50-acre restoration project on the Lovelace Farm near Federalsburg, Md., began in December 2007. This project is unique in that it straddles the Delaware-Maryland state line and features poor drainage and high clay content throughout the 50-acre field. This project will restore at least 20 acres of shallow-water wetlands for waterfowl, marsh birds and shorebirds. Emergent sedge wetlands will provide cover and forage for resident birds. The balance of the acreage will be planted with warm season grasses for additional cover habitat for Delmarva songbirds, marsh birds and waterfowl.

Lovelace Farm
Looking from Delaware into Maryland: The Lovelace Farm project highlights the importance of collaborating and partnering on habitat projects.

DU assisted the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Landowner Incentive Program (DELIP) and the Sussex Conservation District with the project survey, provided engineering review of the restoration design and is contributing wetland seed and other materials for the project. Support for the project came from across borders as well. DU's efforts were supported by its Maryland and Delaware donors, and, most importantly, the Easton Waterfowl Festival. The combined restoration efforts between Ducks Unlimited and DELIP include grass plantings, ditch plugs, low-level berms and shallow wetland scrapes.

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