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Birds of a Feather: Conservation Decoys
Northeast Region, February 4, 2014
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Biologist Robbie Callahan painting least tern decoys
Biologist Robbie Callahan painting least tern decoys - Photo Credit: Pete McGowan USFWS
Common tern and least tern decoys
Common tern and least tern decoys - Photo Credit: Pete McGowan, USFWS
Cattle egret with egret decoys
Cattle egret with egret decoys - Photo Credit: Pete McGowan, USFWS

When Doug Hotton, curator at Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (Salisbury, MD) heard about the Chesapeake Bay Field Office using decoys to attract colonial waterbirds to the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Project at Poplar Island, he called. A new exhibit at the museum entitled “Birds of a Feather: Conservation Decoys” will focus on decoys as tools to attract waterbirds to restored or created habitats.

 

Chesapeake Bay Field Office’s Poplar Island wildlife management team will display several common tern and least tern decoys they made and used in 2011 and 2012. Along with voice recordings, the tern decoys successfully attracted both tern species to specific areas of Poplar Island that provided high quality nesting habitat and also free of human disturbances.

They will also display commercially made egret decoys the team used successfully to relocate a nesting colony of snowy egrets and cattle egrets from an area on Poplar Island with marginal nesting habitat to an area with higher quality nesting habitat.

The exhibit will be on display March 28-June 8, 2014 in the Welcome Gallery of the Ward Museum. It will also include other decoys and the artists who devote their skills to making them.

For more information contact:
Peter C. McGowan
410/573-4523
peter_c_mcgowan@fws.gov


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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