- Designing, Building, and Managing Wildlife Habitat -

Wood Duck by David Judd


Early spring wetland scene before emergent vegetation recovers from winter. Snapper leaves the field edge ahead of the warm-season grass buffer planter.

Conservation Reserve Program Wetland

Rare Ruff at CWH wetland designed and built at Sikes property

Barnstable Hill

Prairie Warbler (left) in buffer strip. Great Horned Owl  (right) keeps watch over woodlands  

Barnstable Hill

Black Duck rests atop muskrat house at Barnstable Hill farm CREP wetland

Restoring, Managing, and Protecting Wildlife Habitats

Chesapeake Care

Restoring habitat for wildlife and improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Waterfowl are an important component of our wildlife heritage and wetland science owes a debt of gratitude to these migratory birds and the interest their preservation sparked in restoring wetland habitat many years ago.

Education and Outreach

Sharing with landowners how to become better stewards of the Bay in their own backyard CWH’s Education and Outreach program provides landowners, businesses, schools, civic and community groups, and other interested groups with information about the variety of local wildlife and wildlife habitat in the region.

Landowner Services

Working with landowners to protect habitat restored by Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage.
By employing tax-advantaged financing and estate planning, the CWH Landowner Services Program finds innovative ways to permanently save land for wildlife habitat in partnership with current or future landowners. Conservation easements are designed that make financial sense for landowners while permanently protecting wildlife habitat.

Backyard Habitat

Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage’s Backyard Habitat program focuses on properties with more limited space. From nesting boxes to butterfly gardens there are many habitat projects available that will attract a diversity of wildlife to any landscape. It is important that habitat projects be completed properly to avoid any possible negative effects on wildlife.
Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage is dedicated to restoring, managing, and protecting wildlife habitat and establishing a more sustainable agriculture through direct action, education and research in partnership with public and private landowners.

By increasing the amount and diversity of wildlife habitat, and educating the public about the need for wildlife habitat, CWH is improving the health of the Bay.


Given its expansive watershed of 64,000 square miles with 11,600 miles of tidal shoreline and a human population of more than 17.2 million in 2010, the health of the Chesapeake Bay is especially tied to how landowners in the watershed manage their land.

Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage is the only nonprofit in the Chesapeake Bay area taking habitat projects from conception to fruition by designing, building and managing habitat for the dual purposes of improving water quality and increasing the quantity and diversity of habitat in the region.

Long-term commitment on the part of both CWH and landowner partners is resulting in consistent success in wildlife habitat creation and management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.