Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival
April 1, 2023 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
If you love birds and nature or just want to learn more about wildlife, come out and join us at the Drum Point Club, where the trees and the shoreline meet. See live raptors up close, attend lectures with wildlife experts from all over the state, participate in birdwatching, and enjoy nature in this idilic venue. It will be an event for the entire family and people of all ages. Deanna Dove with Island Girl Records will perform live and keep us entertained throughout the day. Grizzly Mountain Grill will be serving up some of Southern Maryland’s favorite dishes including Raptor Talon Pulled Pork and Oscar the Osprey Braised Beef. BONUS, free Rita’s Italian Ice to children.
$10 Per Family or $5 for Single Admission. Net proceeds from the Festival will be donated to Owl Moon Raptor Center, a nonprofit facility that rehabilitates injured raptors with goal of releasing them into the wild. Please, no pets due to live raptors. Service animals only.
Parking for the Festival is at the Drum Point Club. Parking at Drum Point Club is limited. Overflow parking will be at Patuxent High School, Lusby, MD which is 3.5 miles from the Festival location. A shuttle bus will provide transportation from the parking area to the Festival location.
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.
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 nonprofit 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.
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.