Each winter, aerial survey teams of pilots and biologists from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources make visual estimates of ducks, swans and geese along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay shoreline and Atlantic coast. This year the teams witnessed more than 905,000 waterfowl, 22 percent higher than those observed in January 2013 (739,600). Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received laboratory confirmation on February 28 that a second white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The adult female deer was harvested in Allegany County in December 2013 during firearm season. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites citizens to comment on the proposed changes to the 2014-15 and 2015-16 hunting and trapping seasons now through 4 p.m. on March 17, 2014. DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service reevaluates the regulations for select resident game species every two years to ensure best management. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings to solicit comments on proposed hunting and trapping regulations for the State’s resident game species and selected migratory game birds for 2014-15 and 2015-16. DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service reevaluates the regulations for these game species every two years. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has added a one week extension to the muskrat trapping season in all counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington. The season will now close on March 22, 2014 to make up for unfavorable weather-related trapping conditions. Read more
Who: Teachers, students, environmental groups, citizens When: Saturday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Ln, Columbia Contact: Sara Weglein, coordinator, email@example.com
Maryland Biological Stream Survey stream sampling protocols are currently required by some counties and State agencies ─ and the program can always use volunteers to help fill the gaps where crews can’t sample! To accommodate all interests and requirements, DNR offers various training opportunities and levels of certification. Read more
Portions of Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are closed to all routine vehicle traffic for safety improvements now through approximately April 15, 2014 for road work.
Repairs are being made to the gravel roads which have deteriorated rapidly due to heavy use, misuse by large vehicles after hours and the winter weather. The closure will include the areas surrounding the impoundment and all associated access roads, parking lots and boat ramps accessible from Riley Roberts Road and Rt. 363 near Dames Quarter.
For additional information call the Wellington Wildlife Management Area office at 410-543-8223, between the hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 6, 2013 through January 31, 2014). The harvest shows a 10 percent increase over last year’s total of 87,541. Biologists attribute the higher numbers to multiple factors including more hunters participating and better hunting conditions, with deer actively searching for acorns that were scarce in most locations. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for offshore waterfowl blind and shoreline licenses for riparian (waterfront) property owners. A license will establish offshore stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or prevent others from licensing the shoreline at a later date. Read more