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Maryland Biodiversity Project Named Conservationist of the Year

Award Ceremony Nov. 13

Photo of staff with Bill Hubrick

Bill Hubick receives his award

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the Maryland Biodiversity Project and its founders, Bill Hubick and Jim Brighton, have been recognized as Conservationist of the Year by the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission.

The Maryland Biodiversity Project is a nonprofit organization that has produced an online database and public information source with the mission of cataloging all flora and fauna in Maryland, and building a vibrant nature study community. Hubick and Brighton started the project in 2012 and since then, along with a following of more than 800 naturalists and photographers, have documented 18,000 species, including more than 10,000 photographs.

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Natural Resources Police Collecting ‘Boatload of Toys’

Department Joins Forces with Marine Toys for Tots

Photo of Maryland Natural Resources Police officers collecting a boatload of toysThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police is conducting its annual “Boatload of Toys” drive at several locations this year, collecting donations of new, unopened items for less fortunate children.

Officers and other staff manage this program each year as part of the national Marine Toys for Tots program, which was created at the behest of the U.S. Marine Corps to collect and distribute toys to less fortunate children during the holiday season.

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Cooperative Wildlife Management Area Opens to Hunting

Prince George’s County Site Available for Managed Archery Hunt

Photo of two pine conesThere is a new public deer hunting opportunity available in Prince George’s County.

As of Dec. 3, 2018, the 182-acre Queen Anne Bridge Road Cooperative Wildlife Management Area in Bowie will be open to regulated archery hunting for deer only. The program will follow established season dates and bag limits found in the Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland.

This program is designed to provide managed public hunting access to the site through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Read more…

Give the Gift of Trees this Holiday

Trees Provide Ecological, Economic and Quality of Life Benefits

Photo of Fall Leaves by Barbara Cook

Fall Leaves by Barbara Cook

This holiday season the Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers everyone the opportunity to give the Gift of Trees, a program where Marylanders purchase native trees for planting in honor of a celebration, commemoration or observation.

Trees provide ecological, economic and quality of life benefits and services, including enhancing air and water quality, reducing energy costs, increasing property values, beautifying communities, neighborhoods and highways, while also providing essential habitat for birds and other wildlife. Read more…

Chesapeake Logperch Targeted for Restoration

Federal Funds Awarded to Multistate Recovery Effort

Photo of Chesapeake Logperch by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is part of a team of conservation agencies that was awarded a federal competitive State Wildlife Grant over the next two years to work toward the recovery of Chesapeake logperch in the Susquehanna River basin.

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Maryland Fishing Report: Nov. 21

Photo of Kayak fishing at sunset

Don Goff and Chris Walker found their special place on a calm morning while fishing from their kayaks. Photo by Todd E. Burnett

As the month of November approaches its end, we have a lot to be thankful for here in Maryland. Outdoor opportunities abound from the mountain streams of western Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay and coastal beaches. Here’s hoping you find your own place in nature for reflection during this special time of the year.

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Enhanced Effort to Curb Illegal Fishing and Hunting

Maryland Wildlife Crimestoppers Can be Reached Anytime, Anywhere

Photo of Maryland Natural Resources Police officer and vehicleThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police is cracking down on the illegal killing of fish and wildlife through a partnership with Maryland Wildlife Crimestoppers. This newly established nonprofit organization serves as the state affiliate of International Wildlife Crimestoppers, a group dedicated to stopping illegal hunting and fishing across the globe.

Maryland Wildlife Crimestoppers was established to increase public awareness of the impact of potential poaching on fish and wildlife populations, and encourage anyone with knowledge of these activities to connect with Maryland Natural Resources Police. Neighboring states Delaware and Pennsylvania host similar partnerships with International Wildlife Crimestoppers. Read more…

Maryland Fifth-Graders Invited to Submit Arbor Day Posters

Annual Contest Taking Submissions until Feb. 1, 2019

2018 winning Arbor Day poster by Overall first-place winner is Annah Landry from Carroll County

Overall first-place winner for 2018 was Annah Landry from Carroll County

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Forest Conservancy District Boards invites all Maryland fifth-graders in private and public schools to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.

The theme for 2019 is: “Trees Are Terrific…and Forests are Too!”

All entries need to be delivered to a local Maryland Forest Service office by noon Feb. 1, 2019. Read more…

Maryland Reports Early Season Deer, Turkey Hunt Results

Harvest Tempered by Unusually Warm and Wet Weather

Photo of Deer At Edge of ForestThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters harvested 18,805 deer during the early portion of the archery and muzzleloader seasons.

The harvest was a 16 percent decline from last year’s official harvest of 22,250, which was largely attributable to abnormally warm and wet weather that caused poor hunting conditions. Read more…

Fall Foliage and Festival Report: Nov. 17-18, 2018

Welcome to the Fall Foliage and Festival Report for the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Forester Rob Clarke succinctly wraps up the final report for 2018 with, “Let the raking begin!”  Read more…

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