Harford Land Trust (HLT) recognized Bryon Bodt of Churchville with its prestigious Conservation Award. The local land preservation nonprofit commemorated Bryon’s service to the county during its 2022 Annual Meeting on February 26.
Bodt is a full-time decoy carver. He began carving in 1977 and shortly thereafter apprenticed
under Jim Pierce, a renowned Havre de Grace decoy maker.
Harford Land Trust recognized Bodt for his years of volunteer service with numerous national
and local environmental stewardship organizations.
“Bryon’s humble manner and unwavering commitment to care for our natural resources is an
example to us all,” said Kristin Kirkwood, Executive Director of Harford Land Trust. “When I told
him about the award, he was quick to say that he didn’t do his work for the recognition. In my
mind, that makes him even more deserving.”
Bodt is a lifelong member of the Izaak Walton League of America, the Havre de Grace Decoy
Museum, and the Upper Bay Museum. As a member of the Harford County chapter of the Izaak
Walton League of America, he spends a great deal of time at the Chapter’s Melvin G. Bosley
Conservancy in Edgewood. The Conservancy encompasses over 400 acres of sensitive habitat
in the Otter Point Creek estuary where Bodt manages a wood duck nesting program.
Bodt has also volunteered with Harford County’s Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Steppingstone
Museum, and Harford Land Trust.
He was part of the inaugural class of Harford County’s Master Watershed Stewards academy in
2017 through which he installed a floating wetland to improve water quality at Ladew Gardens in
Each year Harford Land Trust presents its Conservation Award to an individual or group who
has made a significant contribution or performed a special act that leads to the improvement or
protection of Harford County’s natural resources.
With this award, Bodt joins other celebrated local conservationists including recent recipients
Lawrason Sayre and Deborah Bowers.