Falconry & Red-tailed Hawks at Phillips Wharf Feb. 1

PWEC_SipSocialize_Falconry1 PWEC_SipSocialize_Falconry2(TILGHMAN ISLAND, MD – January 14, 2020) Eastern Shore Experience Owner and falconer Eric Werner kicks off Phillips Wharf's Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series on Sat., Feb. 1, at Phillips Wharf’s classroom on Tilghman Island, Md. The speaker sessions are free, with donations gratefully accepted.

Werner will share details of the 4,500-year-old sport of falconry with a red-tailed hawk. As a falconer for more than 20 years, Eric is one of 3,400 licensed falconer's in the United States.

“Falcons are brilliant birds and have been trained for thousands of years to work with hunters in the field,” said Werner. “Now, you have an opportunity to get up-close and personal with one of the Eastern Shore’s top predators, a Red-tailed Hawk.”

Each Sip & Socialize speaker event begins at 5 p.m. in Phillips Wharf classroom, with wine, refreshments, and light snacks served. Following the speaker presentation will be time for discussion.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series features topics focused on the Chesapeake Bay, its wildlife and environmental changes. Future Speaker Series events will be posted at phillipswharf.org.

Based on Tilghman Island, Eastern Shore Experience provides wildlife and adventure educational experiences, and relies on Werner’s experiences as a local hunting and fishing guide, federally licensed falconer, and wildlife rescuer. More is at easternshoreexperience.com.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's programs and services support the nonprofit’s mission to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences showcasing the Bay's ecosystem and its inhabitants.



Falconer Eric Werner kicks off Phillips Wharf's Sip & Socialize Winter Speaker Series this Sat., Feb. 1 beginning at 5 p.m. in Tilghman Island, Md. with a talk on falconry and Red-tailed Hawks. The nonprofit’s speaker sessions include refreshments and are free, with donations gratefully accepted, and more at phillipswharf.org. Photo Courtesy Chesapeake Bay Experience.

Dear Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Supporter,

I want to share with you how Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is pivoting towards new horizons that strengthen our longevity into the future and make our educational programs much more accessible to diverse audiences.

In Phillips Wharf’s 14-year history – two challenges have remained constant—the rising costs of maintaining a waterfront campus and old buildings, and addressing the inaccessibility of Tilghman Island to many school systems and others unable to afford the cost or the time for the long trip from more urban areas like Easton.

With this in mind, Phillips Wharf’s Board of Directors have made a bold decision to ensure the sustainability of our future and educational programs by liquidating our assets on Tilghman Island—including the real estate and property—and re-focus the expected gains from the sale to re-open a location in Easton that the Board will determine.

Be assured—Phillips Wharf will always bring our students to meaningful interactions with the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and inhabitants. We know technology and our FishMobile, for example, can bring experiences and education to more students when we can focus our operations more on education, and less on maintaining an underutilized campus with mounting deferred maintenance costs and more.

Phillips Wharf will continue to carry the essence of encouraging, educating, and engaging Chesapeake Bay stewards from a new location soon. In addition, we’ll be sure to share this exciting news when it comes to fruition with you.

In the meantime, thank you for caring about our students and the Chesapeake Bay as a natural resource and source of healthy seafood and productive jobs for the Shore’s residents. We are excited to bring the Chesapeake Bay closer to our students and the public in ways that are more meaningful. This is a bold step forward not only in Phillips Wharf’s survivability, but also in our thrivability.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach me at [email protected] or 410-886-9200.

Warmest regards,


Matthew Albers

Board President, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center