May 2019 Newsletter
Spring?!? Let's Celebrate
By Bruce Ross, Executive Director
Spring … really?!?  My calendar tells me it’s spring - the view out my window (as does this shot taken by our lead AWA volunteer, Mike Alaimo, last weekend) informs me otherwise.

But Aldo Leopold reminds us, “He who searches for Spring on his knees in the mud finds it, in plenty”. So maybe the problem is with me - and my unsoiled knees.  Read on...
What's Your Superpower?
Not every WWA member has the desire to volunteer in traditional chapter fundraising roles. Our restructuring creates new ways to make a difference for WI Waterfowl, at a state-level, and without needing to meet the expectations of a WWA Director. And, maybe, the ideal candidates aren’t even waterfowlers, but students who want to learn/practice a skillset, or spouses who want to burnish a resume, or … ? Find out how you can help...
The Ethic and our Land
By Bruce Urben, President
Every spring I make an effort to re-read Aldo Leopold’s “ A Sand County Almanac ”, a compilation of conservation writing published in 1949, shortly after Leopold’s death. Read on for more on how WWA promotes Leopold's land ethic...
Adopt A Wildlife Area
By Mike Alaimo, Lead AWA Volunteer
Wet (& snowy) weather has put a damper on some of our invasive species control plans, but teams have still gotten out in April on our adopted wildlife areas across the state. Check out this boot cleaning station placed with local Scouts on Mud Lake and read on about all of our other April projects.
Sponsor Spotlight
WWA is pleased to be working again with Vortex Optics .

My own quality Wisconsin waterfowling experiences almost always include quality optics. My binoculars are important to me for:
  • Duck ID at a distance;
  • How waterfowl are reacting to my calling - or, frequently, to others;
  • Knowing what hunters are up to in neighboring hides; Learn more...
Habitat Program Updates
It has been a productive spring for WWA’s habitat program, with a lot of time so far spent looking at and surveying new sites. The best, though, is when you get pictures of past projects. Recently, a landowner sent me pictures from a wetland restoration site we completed last year. Read on.. .
Tom's Event Corner
Thanks to all of you that attended our Waukesha, Between the Lakes & South Suburban banquets last month. Due entirely to your support we can continue our mission of habitat, education and legislation.   Read on...
Grand Prize: Can Am HD 8XT Camo UTV with a Karavan Trailer!

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Like What We're Doing?
Consider volunteering to help one of our Chapters make a difference by improving the wetlands, waterfowl, and wildlife in Wisconsin. Thanks for all your past and future support. I want to help!
Class A "Need Not be Present to Win" Raffles
Throughout the year most of our chapters hold Class A raffles , many featuring multiple prizes and some extremely desirable guns (that you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself, but sure would like to own). If you can’t attend every event, and who can, you can still get in on a chance to win the chapter’s showcase prizes, most with great odds to win.  Check them all out here !
This month's featured Class A is for our Waukesha Chapter which will be drawn at our SE WI Golf Outing . Tickets are 1 for $10 or 5 for $40, only 500 will be sold & you could win a Browning 1911 380ACP Black Label Pro, a TSA Viper Max 12ga. 3.5″ Semi-Auto Shotgun and/or a Winchester XPR .308 cal. Rifle . Get your tickets here.
Have an idea you want the wardens to answer in the new year? Let us know!
The Public Are Our Partners
Just because you don't see us doesn't mean we aren't there
By WDNR Warden Ed McCann, a member of the Mississippi River Warden Team 
DNR Conservation Warden Ed McCann of La Crosse was just about to take his first bite of his Thanksgiving dinner with his family when the phone rang.

“Hey Ed, someone just shot a swan.” Read on...
The Decoy Corner : Paul R. Doering, the "Duckman" of Princeton, WI. By Bruce Urben, President
Paul R. Doering was born in 1899 and began carving decoys in the early 1930’s, shortly after his marriage to Minnie Zellmer. Minnie was a daughter, sister, niece and mother to a legendary crew of Lake Puckaway waterfowlers, trappers and guides. Read on...
WWA Canine Life Member Tar "The Wonder Dog" Ross poses almost 12 years ago.
Choosing a Puppy
By K.C. Brooks, an avid waterfowler, dog lover and practicing veterinarian at Lodi Veterinary Care   
One of the most difficult tasks we face as gun dog owners is selecting a puppy. Hundreds of articles, and even books, have been written on the subject. I would like to submit my expertise on the subject. Read on...
American Wetlands Month
Did you know that May is American Wetlands Month?This year, our partners in conservation, the "other WWA", Wisconsin Wetlands Association, is celebrating American Wetlands Month with the debut of six new short videos about wetlands. See them all here.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Every month, the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance puts a spotlight on an aquatic invasive species (AIS) in a reoccurring monthly article.This month, they highlight an emerging threat to Wisconsin lakes: Yellow Floating Heart! Learn more...
Mark your calendars for the next WWA event near you and visit our Events Calendar for everything happening in 2019:
Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors & Donors
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors
State Level Sponsors
State Level Donors
Thanks to all those that have cherished the memory of a loved one by donating in memoriam to the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. Those recently memorialized were:
  • Mr. Glenn Zachow - Donors: Greg Rausch, Tony LaMacchia, Jim Freck, Mike Depies
  • Mr. David E. Hughes - Donors: Mr. & Mrs. Jim Tavares, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Welch
  • Mr. Joseph Porten- Donors: WWA 2018 Board of Directors and Staff
  • Attorney Dan Fay - Donor: Dale W. Arenz
  • Mr. Robert J. Kuehl - Donor: Ms. Penny D. Kuehl
  • Mr. John Held - Donor: Ms. Kathy Shurts
  • Mr. John Holmes - Donors: Dale W. Arenz, Jon Bergquist
  • Mr. Jay Reed - Donor: Bob & Cookie Olson 
  • Mr. Norman J. Brady - Donor: Dale W. Arenz
  • Mr. Robert E. Strous - Donor: Bruce Urben

If you'd like to consider a lasting and meaningful memorial fund contribution for that friend, hunting partner, co-worker or relative with WWA, please contact us . Each contribution will offer:
  • A personalized letter to the family of the deceased,
  • A letter from WWA sent to the donor confirming contribution for tax purposes (address & individual donation amount must be supplied),
  • The option for the donor to designate which WWA program they wish their contributions be put towards, and a listing in this section for the duration of one year
The Wisconsin Waterfowl Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission focuses on wetland and upland habitat restoration, youth and adult environmental education and environmental- and hunter-based legislation.  
To contact us call (800) 524-8460 or (262) 968-1722, email or visit our website at