The Arrival of Ospreys in Spring

osprey - fish hawk

One of the most highly anticipated signs of spring in North America is the appearance of the osprey, also known as fish hawk.

The Chesapeake Bay has the most concentrated population of osprey in the world. Osprey feed mainly on menhaden during their seasonal visits to the Chesapeake Bay.

These iconic birds are also seen in places as far away as Siberia, the Red Sea, and Canada.

North Carolina Coastal Reserves Photo Contest

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program is holding a new online photo contest via Facebook.

Photos submitted by visitors to the state’s 10 coastal reserve sites will be featured on the reserve’s Facebook page ( from March 15-April 1, 2014 for judging by the reserve’s Facebook community.

Facebook users will be able to “like” their favorite photos in a variety of categories, with the winners determined by the number of “likes” each photo receives by the conclusion of the judging period.

Winning photographs will be recognized in Animal, Plant, Landscape, and Human Connection categories, and the photo receiving the highest total number of “likes” will be designated the overall contest winner. Winning photographs will be featured in the reserve’s upcoming Tidal Flat newsletter.

The photo contest represents a new opportunity for amateur photographers and coastal enthusiasts to share images of the unique resources found along North Carolina’s coasts.

source: North Carolina Division of Coastal Management

Maryland Sport Fishing Guide Cover Photo Contest

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be holding a Maryland Fishing Guide cover photo contest. The winning Maryland sport fishing photo will be featured on the cover of the 2015 Maryland Fishing Guide.

The winner will also receive a one-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine along with a  2015 State Park Passport, which will provide unlimited day-use entry for everyone in the car and unlimited boat launching at all State Park facilities for the entire year.

The contest is open to everyone with no limit to the number of photographs an individual may submit. Photos must be unedited digital images captured in Maryland.

Each submission should be portrait (vertical) orientation, high resolution (a minimum of 1600px x 2000px at 300 dpi) and free of date stamps or other markings.

To enter, photographers must submit their work to by midnight on July 31, 2014.

The guide’s publisher and DNR Fisheries Communications staff will select and announce a winner in August 2014.

For more information, visit

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Photo Contest

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) recently announced its eleventh annual watershed photo contest.

Photo submissions are being accepted between now and April 11. Photographers of all skill levels, ages 13 and up, are encouraged to participate and to have their photos featured in CBF’s award-winning publications.

The contest is intended to promote awareness of conservation issues related to the Chesapeake Bay and local rivers and streams. CBF is seeking images from around the watershed that illustrate the beauty, benefits, and bounty of the Bay and its rivers and streams.

This year, concepts and topics for photographers to consider include beauty, recreation, history and legacy, and agriculture. Photos can illustrate a wide variety of topics but must include water in the photo.

Winners will receive a cash award ranging from the top prize of $500.00 to $100.00. The first-prize winner also receives a premium spot in the CBF 2015 calendar.

Contest rules and details are available online at

source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

2014 Delaware Rain Barrel Painting Contest

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are sponsoring a rain-barrel painting contest.

DNREC describes the contest as a fun way to educate the public on the benefits of using the barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality.

Artists from throughout the state will be selected and invited to paint creative designs on a rain barrel for public display. Once Delaware artists have been selected by the judges, they will have five weeks to paint and return their barrels.

The winning barrels will be displayed at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover during the month of April, with the grand prize winner later also having their rain barrel placed at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence, for display.

Photos of all decorated barrels will also posted on the Delaware Watersheds website, Additionally, following the contest, the rain barrels will be made available for display at Delaware events, at state businesses, and municipal government offices, and also given as prizes for social media contests.

To participate, an artist or group of artists must submit a completed application postmarked or dated (if emailed) no later than February 14. Each artist selected for the contest must be willing to donate time, creativity, a short biography and interpretation of design, paint, and the use of brushes or other application tools.

In exchange, DNREC’s Rain Barrel Program will provide a fully-assembled and primed rain barrel, sandpaper, top coat, bubble wrap, and a location to temporarily display your work.

Applications can be found at, and completed applications must be returned (by Feb. 14, 2014) to:

DNREC Rain Barrel Painting Contest
C/o Sara Wozniak
2430 Old County Road
Newark, DE 19702

source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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