Summer 2020 Appeal

The Festival may be postponed, but the need for conservation of our iconic outdoor spaces – for us and for the birds we love – is as important as ever!

2020 has been extraordinary and it has certainly not been the half-century anniversary year we anticipated. Who would have believed something could’ve caused us to cancel our 50th Waterfowl Festival?! It was a decision none of us wanted to make. We believe it was the right one for the community in the long term and the only choice if our organization is to survive into the next half century.

With the postponement of our 50th Waterfowl Festival to November 2021 – more than a year away – your financial support for our critical community and conservation programs is more important than ever before!

This ‘break’ is actually an exciting time of opportunity for us. We are re-imagining various aspects of our work and exploring different programs and activities to showcase our community and conservation mission. These educational and community events – some virtual, some in-person – will engage people in our history and conservation efforts. They will be repeatable so that we can offer them next fall, too, leading up the 50th Festival. Your gift to this year’s annual fund will support Waterfowl’s work to share our heritage and love for our water birds.

Our commitment to waterfowl conservation continues, too! This past fall, after years in the works, Ducks Unlimited restored a 25-acre tract at Blackwater Refuge, converting a scrubby marsh to a food-rich wetland for wintering ducks. Waterfowl Chesapeake’s funds, derived from Festival proceeds, served as leverage to gain federal funding essential for this project. Look south from the Harriett Tubman Visitors Center to see our dollars ‘growing’ food for waterfowl! A gift to the annual fund supports our Community in Conservation grants and projects like this.

The Waterfowl Festival is a critical source of funding to support all of our projects, programs and our ongoing operations.

The Festival may be postponed, but the need for conservation of our iconic outdoor spaces – for us and for the birds we love – is as important as ever.

A gift to the Waterfowl Annual Fund will help us continue to make our work possible and can be made securely online. We would be grateful if you’d consider an increased gift this year since, without the Festival, our need is greater than usual. 
Now more than ever, we all need the outdoors.

As we use this time to re-imagine various aspects of our work and plan for alternate fall programming to engage people in our history and conservation mission, we hope we can count on your continued support.

Click here to access our secure giving portal and make your Annual Fund gift online today!

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As we use this time to re-imagine various aspects of our work and plan for alternate fall programming to engage people in our history and conservation mission, we hope we can count on your continued support.