Waterfowl Chesapeake launched its first Community in Conservation Match Challenge and announced the 2017 Community In Conservation award recipients, which are receiving $7,500 from the grant program.

This year’s seed-money recipients are Adopt-an-Acre Community Engagement, Habitat Improvement and Wood Duck Conservation, Delaware Wild Lands and Students for Streams, MidShore Riverkeeper Conservancy.

Seed funding gives these initiatives a jump-start toward the monies they need. To get them fully funded, the WC is challenging the community — and festival visitors — with a matching campaign through Nov. 13. Every dollar raised will go directly to these initiatives.

The match campaign, with a goal of raising an additional $7,500, reconnects communities with conservation and raises funds.

The match campaign also highlights the festival’s legacy of supporting the birds and their habitats — wetlands, marshes, underwater grass beds and woodlands. As long as there have been available funds, the Waterfowl Festival has supported the ducks, geese and swans during its 47-year history.

Contributions can be made at waterfowlchesapeake.org/matchchallenge2017, or festival visitors may drop off donations in the blue wood duck donation boxes around Easton and in the exhibits during the festival. Donations will also be accepted at the Waterfowl offices, 40 S. Harrison St., Easton, Maryland.