Governor Hogan, Congressman Hoyer, in support of Festival – McNelis and Hansen named Bird of Directors

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Building on the success and momentum of the first Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival, affectionately known as “MONF,” the Festival was recognized by Congressman Steny Hoyer and Governor Larry Hogan. Ready for growth, MONF announces the appointment of Chris McNelis and Tim Hansen to its Bird of Directors.

In a letter to the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival, State Representative Steny Hoyer congratulated and acknowledged the festival’s success, saying, “Conservation is vitally important and each of you plays a vital role in guarantee the protection of these species and resources for generations. come. I send my wholehearted support as you continue to advocate on behalf of conservation. It’s because of the unwavering resilience [by the festival organizers] that we raise awareness and join forces to celebrate the best that Maryland has to offer.

Through a Citation, Governor Hogan also recognized the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival, proclaiming “A grateful tribute to honor and commend the growth and success of the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival which takes place the first week of April , created to celebrate the charismatic Ospreys and provide increased education, support and funding to benefit conservation awareness; and that our fellow citizens join us in expressing our sincere gratitude and best wishes for continued success.”

To ensure this continued success, MONF has announced two new appointments to its Trustees Bird. “As we prepare for an even better festival next year, it is imperative that we bring in dynamic and proven leaders who share our vision of education, conservation and celebration. Chris and Tim are uniquely qualified to take MONF to the next level. Said Sal Icaza, founder and president of MONF.

Chris McNelis is an Associate Broker and Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty and the Team Leader of the real estate team at McNelis & Associates. She is well known throughout the region for her impeccable track record of success, her business acumen and her captivating personality.

Tim Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science from the University of Washington. Mr. Hansen is an expert in seafood regulation, having served as chief of the policy arm of the Food and Drug Administration’s seafood bureau in Washington DC. Tim is an avid outdoorsman and sits on the Board of the Drum Point Club.

MONF was created to celebrate our charismatic Ospreys and educate the public, agencies and structure owners to foster an attitude of coexistence and conservation awareness throughout the Bay Area. Proceeds from the festival are donated to nonprofit organizations invested in the protection and conservation of ospreys, bald eagles, other wildlife and natural areas in Maryland. Our 2022 recipient was Owl Moon Raptor Center, a facility that rehabilitates injured raptors with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership is the fiscal host of the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival.

Next year, the Maryland Osprey and Nature Festival will be held on Saturday April 1, 2023 at the Drum Point Club. For more information, visit www.marylandospreyfestival.org.


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