Supporting Partners

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources. DNR provides the primary funding for the MBCP Director through the State Wildlife Grant program.

Maryland Ornithological Society

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is a nonprofit, statewide organization of people who are interested in birds and nature. It was founded in 1945 and incorporated in 1956 to promote the study and enjoyment of birds. MOS promotes knowledge about our natural resources, and fosters its appreciation and conservation. The Society also maintains a system of sanctuaries to encourage the conservation of birds and bird habitat, and to help record and publish observations of bird life. MOS provides the required non-federal State Wildlife Grant match for the MBCP Director funding.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Chesapeake Bay Field Office is to conserve protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologists work to protect endangered and threatened species, migratory birds, freshwater and anadromous fish, and wildlife habitats in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. We also work with many other private and public partners to preserve and protect living resources of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay ecosystems. The Chesapeake Bay Field Office provides in-kind support to MBCP, including office space for the Director.

Conservation Partners

1430 WNAV

1430 WNAV (and 99.5 FM in Annapolis) is the first media partner of MBCP. They are the radio voice of Navy sports, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Baltimore Ravens. MBCP is regularly featured on the "1430 Connection" show.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance helps build consensus, broker agreements, and develop policies on a diversity of watershed issues, while developing programs that deliver results for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Through pioneering work such as the Bay Journal, Businesses and Builders for the Bay, Volunteer Water Monitoring, green stormwater practices like rain gardens and Bayscapes, watershed planning, stream and riparian buffer restoration, forest conservation, and a myriad of other innovative efforts, the Alliance continues to make significant contributions to restoration progress.

American Bird Conservancy

The mission of American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Our Bird Conservation Strategic Framework — summed up in the ABC pyramid — shows how we approach bird conservation. We innovate, build on sound science, and work in partnership to achieve four goals: halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

American Daughters of Conservation

American Daughters of Conservation is a group of like minded huntresses and fisher women who love the outdoors, and who have come together to conserve wild game habitat and educate women and young ladies in all things outdoors. Our organization helps create quality wildlife habitats, helps in the reintroduction of species to areas that they once thrived in, teaches proper wildlife management. It is in our mission to host outdoor educational events and to continue working with our local partners on conservation projects.

American Forests

American Forests has been protecting and restoring forests for more than 140 years. Since 1990 alone, we have planted more than 50 million trees, helping to restore forests in all 50 states and nearly 50 countries. American Forests is also a leading advocate for using trees and greenspace to make our cities more sustainable, beautiful and livable. American Forests inspires and advances the conservation of forests by protecting and restoring threatened forest ecosystems, promoting and expanding urban forests, and increasing understanding of the importance forests.

Audubon Maryland-DC

Audubon Maryland-DC is the region's leading voice for the conservation and protection of natural resources for birds. Integrating science, conservation, policy and education, Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

Chesapeake Conservancy

Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland. We are conservation entrepreneurs. We believe that the Chesapeake is a national treasure that should be accessible for everyone and a place where wildlife can thrive. We use technology to enhance the pace and quality of conservation, and we help build parks, trails and public access sites. With the human population in the Chesapeake watershed approaching 18 million and growing, and with tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy works to connect people with its wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore the region’s natural resources.

Conservation Community Consulting

Community Conservation Consulting (CCC) specializes in nature tourism assessments, event coordination and planning, as well as social media and outreach needs for conservation organizations. CCC helps develop and implement outreach campaigns and work with local, state, and federal governments to direct policy for tourism and wildlife needs; assists businesses, non-profits and municipalities in strategic planning for a variety of needs including ecotourism promotion, greenways, or the creation of hiking, biking, birding and kayaking trails; and works with private landowners who want to do conservation work on their properties.

Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences

Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences, Inc. (DLITE) plans, manages and promotes the enjoyment and protection of Delmarva environment and culture to generate income, employment, and the conservation and sustainability of local ecosystems.

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited conserves habitat at the continental scale to meet the lifecycle needs of North America's waterfowl. Maryland is part of the Atlantic Flyway, providing important migration and wintering areas for many of the continent's waterfowl such as American black ducks, mallards, canvasbacks and Canada geese. Working with a variety of partners, DU's Maryland conservation program has restored, enhanced, and conserved more than 50,000 acres of wetlands and adjacent habitat. Maryland's conservation projects are designed to maximize the amount and quality of migration and wintering waterfowl habitat as well as improve conditions for waterfowl production.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) was founded in 1990 as a result of widespread concern that the Eastern Shore’s important wildlife habitat and prime farmland were being consumed by sprawling development. The decision was made by the founders to preserve land on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in order to keep prime farmland in agriculture, to protect unique natural areas, and to perpetually monitor those lands to ensure that preservation is permanent.

Friends of Jug Bay

The Friends of Jug Bay is a non-profit organization that acts to preserve the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and support its education and research programs.The Friends of Jug Bay is involved in a number of activities at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary both with volunteers and with financial support.

Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition

The mission of the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition is to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of Central Maryland. We envision a future where: accessible, interconnected, and healthy ecosystems contribute to economic vitality, resilience, and quality of life for all the regions residents and visitors; the region's working lands, watersheds, open spaces, and natural communities are intentionally protected, restored, enhanced, and managed for ecological health; and healthy and prosperous communities appreciate and support natural ecosystems, creating an enduring culture of conservation and stewardship.

Harford Glen Environmental Education Center

The Harford Glen Environmental Education Center, an integral part of the Harford County Public School System, coordinates a comprehensive, sequential, and participatory program of environmental education.  By focusing on a curriculum that promotes awareness, and understanding of the local and global environment, the Harford Glen staff seeks to produce a responsibility ethic of stewardship and sustainability in the total school community.

Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center

The Hazel Foundation is very pleased to honor the legacy of Richard Hazel through the establishment of the Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center (HODC). Mr. Hazel’s vision was to provide a place where children of all races and walks of life can come together to discover common ground and experience the beauty of nature, as well as be introduced to the sport of hunting and the preservation of nature. The mission of the HODC is to provide opportunities to explore and celebrate nature, and to promote harmony between all people through natural experiences. Thanks to Mr. Hazel’s generosity and vision, the HODC is made available to scout and youth groups at no cost.

Irvine Nature Center

Irvine Nature Center is a non-profit educational organization, offering programs of environmental studies and natural science to children and adults of the greater Baltimore area. We provide more than 500 program sessions annually to 50,000 children and adults. We also welcome visitors to explore our 210 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows; enjoy our resident animals; and our interactive exhibit hall free of charge. Irvine has emerged as a leader among Mary land’s environmental education centers and incorporates a unique and comprehensive focus on the natural science of the Piedmont into its interactive exhibit hall and educational programming.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, operated by Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, consists of 1,700 acres of open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens, and fields along the Patuxent River. In 1990 the Sanctuary was designated as one of three components within the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) – a research, stewardship, and education program administered jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, and Anne Arundel County. The National Audubon Society has designated the Sanctuary as a Nationally Important Bird Area.

Lights Out Baltimore

Lights Out Baltimore (LOB) was formed by a group of concerned birdwatchers in the Baltimore Bird Club who had seen firsthand the toll lights and windows play on birds. Our goal is to make Charm City safe for migratory birds by turning out decorative lighting in the city during peak migration seasons, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and to advocate for bird-safe building design that makes glass and windows visible to birds. LOB is one of 20 Lights Out programs throughout North America.

Maryland Biodiversity Project

Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on cataloging all the living things of Maryland. Our goal is to promote education and conservation by helping to build a vibrant nature study community. Our community has cataloged over 17,000 species, including over 9,400 species with photographs, and feature the work of more than 800 naturalists and photographers.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program

The Maryland Coastal Bays Foundation exists to protect and conserve the waters and surrounding watershed of Maryland’s coastal bays to enhance their ecological values and sustainable use for both present and future generations. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is one of 28 National Estuary Programs designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Founded in 1979, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is non-partisan, 501 (c)(4) known as the political voice for the environment.  We have since grown to a full-time, staffed organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Maryland LCV is best known for our comprehensive yearly scorecard that evaluates the environmental votes of individual state legislators. We also grade the environmental record of the Governor. In addition, we regularly alert the public and the media of key actions of elected officials and closely monitor agencies and executive appointments.

Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore staff work hard on behalf of wildlife and wild places worldwide. The Zoo’s many conservation projects include: participation in more than 20 Species Survival Plans; an extensive breeding program for the largest captive population of Black-footed Penguins in North America; one of the founding members of Project Golden Frog (PGF), a conservation consortium among Panamanian, Canadian, and U.S. institutions which has as its primary goal prevention of the extinction of Panamanian golden frogs; and serving as an Arctic Ambassador Center in partnership with Polar Bears International.


The mission of the National Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (NCR-PRISM) is to minimize the adverse impacts of invasive species on ecosystems throughout the DC Metropolitan area.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation, America's oldest and largest conservation organization, works across the country to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice. The group has been an advocate for wildlife since 1936, fighting for the conservation values that are woven into the fabric of our nation. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic represents a sacred duty and obligation to protect and build upon our conservation heritage for the sake of wildlife, ourselves, our neighbors, and for future generations.

Phoenix Wildlife Center

Founded in 1992, the Phoenix Wildlife Center is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and return to the wild of native birds, mammals, and reptiles and to the education of the public on wildlife issues. We have an outstanding release rate, made possible by our dedicated all-volunteer staff, a variety of veterinarians and many local businesses who are committed to our mission of returning healthy animals to their natural habitats. The Phoenix Wildlife Center does not charge for its services.  We are supported entirely by private donations.

Safe Skies Maryland

Safe Skies Maryland was created to empower citizens to know what to do about the significant threat of bird collisions with glass and other structures, to have direct access to the most scientific and technological information, and most specifically, to know how to prevent it and protect birds for future generations. We endeavor to ensure safe skies and safe passage for birds supported by the necessary and welcome efforts of many in our communities throughout Maryland.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust

The Scenic Rivers Land Trust works with landowners and other partners to preserve natural and scenic areas in Anne Arundel County. Our Goals are to identify, monitor and protect priority natural areas in the watersheds of the Severn, South, West, Rhode, and Patuxent Rivers; educate landowners, community leaders, and public officials about voluntary techniques for protecting and preserving land; accept and manage conservation easements for the permanent protection of land; and assist in the protective stewardship of our natural resources

Smart Growth Maryland

Smart Growth Maryland was launched in 2018 when 1000 Friends of Maryland, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, merged into Preservation Maryland. Smart Growth Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns. We support a new pattern of development that we can afford - socially, economically, environmentally. Our commitment is to preserve the rich array of our natural resources; maintain and revitalize our existing communities; protect historic resources and integrate them into the life of the community; assure efficient, effective transportation choices for all citizens; aupport development which takes into account the public's interest; and fully realize the goals of smart growth.

Southern Maryland Audubon Society

The mission of the Southern Maryland Audubon Society is to promote appreciation, conservation, and protection of birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats through education, research and outreach. We would like to invite you to join us in the many ways we work to fulfill our mission.

Susquehannock Wildlife Society

Susquehannock Wildlife Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to protecting our native wildlife and its habitat in and surrounding the lower Susquehanna River basin through rescue, research, education, and conservation. It exists for one purpose: to protect wildlife. The Society provides education, promote conservation, perform hands-on rescues and conduct research on local wildlife.

The Nature Conservancy MD-DC

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. Our more than 600 scientists work in 72 countries. In Maryland, our non-confrontational, collaborative approach has produced 12 preserves and helped protect tens of thousands of additional acres of wildlife habitat.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

NRCS works with private landowners to implement conservation that protects water quality and improves wildlife habitat. NRCS will help MBCP with providing habitat for diverse and important wildlife, restoring and protecting wetland resources to provide landscape scale benefits, and increasing the overall effectiveness of available funding to implement the States Wildlife Action Plan. In addition to achieving the direct benefits of bird conservation, NRCS also has a goal of engaging partners in conservation. Partners are important for strategic planning, outreach, and evaluation of effects of NRCS practices.

Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council

The mission of the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development (WMRC&D) Council is to build and sustain resource conservation programs raising the quality of social economic and environmental development in our region.  The WMRC&D Council includes Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, and Carroll counties, Maryland.  The Council is locally driven by representatives from the counties Board of Commissioners, Soil Conservation Districts, municipalities, grassroots organizations and interested members at large.