Wildlife Associations

American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is headquarted at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and is a not-for-profit organization of concerned citizens and professionals founded in 1985 to develop and conduct bald eagle and environmental recovery programs in the United States and to assist private, state and federal projects that do the same.  Their goal is to fully restore the bald eagle, the U.S.A.’s National Symbol, to America’s lands and skies and to “Build A Nest-Egg” for their future care and protection.


American Bald Eagle Foundation  is located in Haines, Alaska, and is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational foundation dedicated to the protection and preservation of bald eagle habitat through sponsoring and facilitating educational and research activities.  They strive to make research available to everyone who wishes to live in greater harmony within the eagles’ environment.


Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is located in Cambridge, MD, and was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the critical migration highway called the Atlantic Flyway.  Blackwater consists of over 25,000 acres of freshwater impoundments, brackish tidal wetlands, open fields, and mixed evergreen and deciduous forests. Blackwater is one of over 540 units in the National Wildlife Refuge System and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is part of the Department of the Interior.


Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, in Salisbury, MD, is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and promoting wildfowl art and related materials, and interpreting their significance through educational programs and publications.


Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center
Founded in 1990, the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center (OWRC) has helped rescue over 20,000 animals. Located on R.G. (Doc) Wexler’s three-acre home in Calvert county, the Center rescues all animals – from mice to deer to porpoises. OWRC operates under a strict “no-kill” policy and will help any animal. The public and local veterinarians refer forty to sixty percent of the animals; the remainder of the animals come in from animal control, the local police, and concerned private citizens. OWRC is one of the only facilities in Maryland equipped to rescue wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay. Sea turtles, osprey, and pelicans are among the water wildlife seen by OWRC.

OWRC receives and helps rescue over 1,600 animals a year with a 94% success rate due to the efforts of dedicated veterinarians and volunteers. We are a 100% volunteer organization. There are zero funds available for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation from county, state, or federal sources in the state of Maryland. We solely rely on individuals like you to support our work. Please consider making a secure, online donation