About the Festival

The Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival is a grassroots movement initiated by the citizens of Calvert County, and the citizens throughout the State of Maryland. The support and collaboration of our local government, state wide conservation and wildlife rehabilitation agencies, local and international businesses, and military community share our goals and mission: Education.Conservation.Celebration of our beautiful surroundings, nature, and wildlife.

Location: Drum Point Club, Lusby, MD. SATURDAY, April 1, 2023 – 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. – Gates open at 10:30 A.M. ALL Parking will be held at Patuxent High School, with courtesy Shuttle provided. On-site parking is restricted ONLY to handicap parking. NO PETS ALLOWED DUE TO LIVE RAPTORS, ONLY SERVICE ANIMALS. Additional information found on FAQ section.

Welcome to the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival

The Chesapeake Bay supports the largest Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) breeding population in the world. While the widespread use of toxic pesticides pushed populations of the fish-eating raptor to an estimated low of 1,450 breeding pairs in the early 1970s, a 1972 ban on the pesticide DDT helped populations recover. By the mid-1990s, an estimated 3,500 breeding pairs were found on the Bay and its tidal tributaries. Estimates from the Center for Conservation Biology place the Bay’s current Osprey population at eight to 10,000 breeding pairs, with the world population estimated at fewer than 100,000 birds. Similar population decline and recovery stories exist for Bald Eagles, Brown Pelicans, and Peregrine Falcons.

The amazing rebound of Ospreys has exceeded the availability of natural nesting sites. Human-made nesting structures are rarely unoccupied, and Ospreys are now nesting on cell towers and lighting structures. This can create conflicts with human values and needs. 

This Festival was created to celebrate our charismatic Ospreys and educate the public, agencies, and owners of structures to foster an attitude of co-existence and conservation awareness in Calvert County and throughout the Bay. Proceeds from the Festival go to non-profit organizations who have a vested interest in protecting and conserving Ospreys, Bald Eagles, other wildlife, and natural areas of Maryland.  Our 2022 recipient was Owl Moon Raptor Center, a facility that rehabilitates injured raptors with the goal of releasing them into the wild.  Thanks to the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership for being the fiscal host for the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival.