Maryland's Eastern Shore counties have a diversity of habitat suited to whitetailed and sika deer, ducks and geese, turkey and woodland game as well as non-game animals. How to manage that habitat for the benefit of animals and hunters or wildlife watchers will be the subject of a one-day workshop in Easton on Sept. 14.
The workshop, called Wildlife Management and How You Can Help, is sponsored by Waterfowl Festival, Inc., and will draw on the expertise of staffs from the Wildlife Society, the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the state Department of Natural Resources.
"The concept of bringing many different organizations and the interested public together for a workshop is one that DNR subscribes to vigorously," said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin.
"It blends nicely with DNR's mission to inspire people to enjoy and live in harmony with their environment and our living natural resources."
Bill Reybold, chairman of the workshop and a member of the waterfowl festival board, said the purpose of the workshop is "to discuss wildlife trends, problem areas and needs in wildlife management on the Delmarva Peninsula."
Workshop sessions, to be held at the Avalon Theater, will include discussions on the importance of diverse habitat, a regional perspective on managing habitat for waterfowl, managing habitat for turkey, deer and woodland species and managing for non-game wildlife.
The cost of the workshop will be $10 before Sept. 7 and $15 thereafter. Call the Waterfowl Festival office at (410) 822-4567.
New pumpout stations
Four Eastern Shore marinas are operating new marine sewage pumpout stations installed with funds granted by the DNR Boating Administration. They are Knapps Narrows Marina in Tilghman, J.M. Clayton Company on Cambridge Creek in Cambridge, Haven Harbour Marina on Swann Creek in Rock Hall and Tolchester Marina in Chestertown.
Hours vary, but all facilities plan to operate seven days a week. The cost of a pumpout is $5.
Essex Community College will start a sequence of six short navigation courses that might lead to short-time berths aboard The Pride of Baltimore II. The courses include coastal navigation, celestial navigation, electronic navigation and navigational rules.
Evening classes will begin Sept. 12. For information about the courses or any of the Air and Sea Program classes at the college, call 780-6854.
WMA waterfowl hunts
Permit applications for the impoundment waterfowl hunts at Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Areas are available at DNR regional wildlife division offices.
Applications also may be obtained by writing to: Impoundment Hunt, DNR Wildlife Division, Wellington WMA, 32733 Dublin Rd., Princess Anne, MD 21853. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Completed applications must be received at the Princess Anne address no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 14.
User permits, which are not required outside these WMA impoundments, are required to hunt the impoundments during the first split of duck season and on opening day of the next two season splits.