Friday, September 18, 2015

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 30th Anniversary

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Glendening Nature Preserve
1290 Wrighton Rd
Lothian, MD

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (JBWS) will host an anniversary celebration and concert at the Glendening Nature Preserve (Plummer House).

The FREE anniversary celebration will feature a climbing wall, hayrides, live animals, touch-a-truck, kids’ zone, guided hikes, food, local vendors, gift bag giveaways, native milkweed planting, and more.

During the celebration, visitors will enjoy live music throughout the day from the Jug Bay Jug Band, Bridgette Michaels, Rockfish, and The Back Pages.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Maryland Fee Reductions

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently released a series of fee reduction proposals, following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that the state is eliminating or reducing $51 million in state-issued fees.

Fee Reduction Highlights: 

Golden Age Pass holders will no longer have to pay a fee to use state park boat launches or ramps. The pass entitles Maryland adults, ages 62 and older, to a lifetime of free day-use entry into all state parks, as well as half price camping Sunday through Thursday.

The Forest Product Operator Licensing Fee, which requires renewal every year, will be reduced from $30 to $20 a year.

The Certified Tree Expert Licensing Fee, which requires renewal every two years, will be reduced from $25 to $20.

The Forest Conservation & Management Program Property Fee, which requires participating landowners to pay a $50 fee plus an additional .22 percent enrollment fee on assessed woodland value, will be simplified to a flat $50 fee.

The Game Husbandry Licensing Fee, which requires renewal every year, will be reduced from $10 to $5 a year.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Land Acquisition

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Dorchester County recently received approval to acquire 758 acres for $2.235 million.
The funding was among nearly $6.5 million in expenditures from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 3,274 acres for five national wildlife refuges through fee title land acquisitions and easement acquisitions.

The Migratory Bird Conservation Fund receives money through the sale of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (Duck Stamps), which help provide habitat for wildlife and increased opportunities for refuge visitors who enjoy hunting, birdwatching, photography and other activities.

For every dollar spent on federal Duck Stamps, 98 cents goes toward the acquisition or lease of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, the Federal Duck Stamp Program and Migratory Bird Conservation Fund have provided more than $800 million to acquire more than 5.7 million acres for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maryland Oval Stickers

Euro style oval stickers are becoming extremely popular in Maryland. Simple in design, these stickers are used to denote locations such as cities, hometowns, regions, or other areas.

Early oval sticker designs usually consisted of two or three letter acronyms on a white background. With the increase in popularity, oval stickers are now available in a myriad of designs. In addition, oval logos are now available on a wide range of products.

The following are a few Maryland oval stickers and related products:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 Maryland Teal Season

green winged teal

Maryland's September teal hunting season will open on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and continue through Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

September Teal Season Highlights:

Shooting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to sunset
The daily bag limit is six teal (blue or green-winged)

The possession limit for teal is three times the daily bag limit

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Breeding Waterfowl and Habitat Survey recorded about 8.5 million blue-winged teal and 4.1 million green-winged teal in 2015.

For more information about Maryland hunting seasons and regulations, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.