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Rhymer donates sculpture to raise conservation funds

(Sept. 3, 2015) Nationally recognized wildlife artist Paul Rhymer has partnered with the Lower Shore Land Trust to bring attention to the plight of the Northern Bobwhite and to raise funds for conservation of habitat.
The iconic game bird, the Northern Bobwhite, was once plentiful across Maryland, yet due to habitat loss and changes in land management, populations have nearly collapsed.
A limited number of raffle tickets are available to purchase and can be obtained directly from the Land Trust as well as on the organization’s website. Tickets cost $25 each and only 300 will be sold. “Flying Bobwhites” is cast bronze and basalt stone, and stands 48 inches by 15 inches by 12 inches. The sculpture can be freestanding indoors or installed outside as a landscape focal piece. The bronze sculpture retails for $4,250.
Rhymer worked at the Smithsonian Institute doing taxidermy and model making before retiring in 2010. He is also an avid hunter and conservationist, a wildlife artist, and maintains a passion for land conservation. Rhymer saw an opportunity to make an impact on the Lower Eastern Shore.
“I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this project,” Rhymer said. “It’s not a bad day job to be able to do what you love and help quail at the same time.”
As a hunter, he has seen first-hand where loss of habitat has been detrimental to waterfowl populations and other wildlife species.
The Lower Shore Land Trust is raising funds to accelerate the pace of habitat protection and restoration and to assist landowners and farmers in identifying and implementing conservation practices that will benefit wildlife and conserve working lands across the Lower Shore.
To purchase raffle tickets, visit or call 410-641-4467.