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Welcome to the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival

This Festival was created by the citizens of the Mid-Atlantic region to celebrate our charismatic Ospreys, to educate the public, agencies, and owners of structures to foster an attitude of co-existence and conservation awareness throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its estuaries.

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. 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, and nature, and wildlife.

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.

Once again our Ospreys, fisheries, and other wildlife are on a rapid decline due to the over harvesting of the menhaden in Virginia waters.

We need your support.  Please donate to this worthy cause.  Become a volunteer; come and celebrate with us.  See live raptors up close, attend lectures with wildlife experts, participate in bird watching, and enjoy nature.

If you love birds, wildlife, and nature, or just want to learn more, please come out and be a part of this wonderful Festival for a great cause. It is an event for the entire family and people of all ages….see a live raptor up close, enjoy live music, meet Oscar the Osprey and get a selfie, and move through the nature activity stations. 

Thank you for your consideration. We are hoping and are counting on you to make a difference!

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The 2023 Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival donated $5,000 to these worthy organizations: Owl Moon Raptor Center Calvert Nature SocietyPhoenix Wildlife Center

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