Wisconsin Waterfowl Association
Dedicated to the Conservation of Wisconsin's Waterfowl and Wetland Resources.
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Thank You To WWA's
2018 Sponsors & Donors

Gold Level Sponsors
Silver Level Sponsors
Bronze Level Sponsors
State Level Sponsors
State Level Donors
  • Dale Arenz
  • Ted Olson
  • Jack Olson
  • Tom Lutes
  • Patrick Smith
  • Erich Pitz
  • Randy Hess
  • Raymond Petersen
  • Bruce Urben
  • Brian Hadler
  • David R. VanLanen
  • John Wetzel
  • Scott Zoellick
  • Cal Barstow
  • Terry G. Doughty
  • Bill Peebles
  • Jim Weix
  • Leonard & Arleen Wurman
  • Jeff Nania
  • Rob Monette
  • Guy McFarren
  • John Regan
  • Jerry Burns
  • Jerry Gadamus
  • Don Moore
  • Arthur Anderson
  • Don Kloetzke
  • Buzz Balzer
  • David Uihlein, Sr.
  • Robert Kieckhefer
  • Mark Drollinger
  • Jason Alvarado
  • Scott Hedin
  • Austin Wheaton
  • Tom Seibert
  • Larry Kirby
  • Sharon Kirby
  • Keith A. Pamperin
  • Lance Voeltner
  • Benjamin Larson
  • Randy Helbach
  • Don Kirby
  • Robert Swanson
  • Michael Alaimo
  • Eric Urben
  • Bryan Urben
  • Erich Schultz
  • Jon Bergquist
  • Craig Lonzo
  • Creed Ferch
  • Gunner Seibert
  • Reggie Rechek
  • Sophie Vanden Boogart
  • Moose Vanden Boogart
  • Max White
  • Eve Monette
  • Ziva Fisher
  • Nixx Urben
  • Pearl Olson
  • Lynard Sitton
  • Phez Bartelmez
  • Jax Braun
  • Sapphire Klug
  • Rolf Timm
  • Neka Otten
  • Reba Regan
  • Izy Paitrick
  • Jake Regan
  • Remington Bratz
Gone but not forgotten
  • Les Didier
  • John Holmes
  • Joseph Porten
Gone but never forgotten
  • Zoe Regan
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. 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
Ms. Kathy Shurts

Mr. John Holmes
Dale W. Arenz, Jon Bergquist

Mr. Jay Reed
Donor: Bob & Cookie Olson  

Mr. Norman J. Brady
Dale W. Arenz

Mr. Robert E. Strous

: 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 wwainfo@centurytel.net or visit our website at  www.wisducks.org        
Don Kirby
Executive Director
Wisconsin Waterfowl Association
PO Box 427
Wales, Wisconsin 53183
We Gave Away the Chevy Truck & the Browning Vault Last Night!
Don Kirby, Executive Director, 262.224.4949  
WWA Executive Director Don Kirby draws the truck raffle with President Bruce Urben

Yes, that's right, Chris Battle from De Pere, WI, was drawn last night at Waverly Beach on the shores of Lake Winnebago as the winner of the incredible Chevy Silverado for the next two years, from Bergstrom Chevrolet in Neenah, a prize worth more than $14,000! Congratulations to Chris, to everyone who participated, and THANKS, to our sponsor partners from Bergstrom Chevrolet!

Also drawn last night was our 2018 Shoot Series grand door prize, with Greg Whiting of Waukesha, WI, picked as the lucky winner for the Browning Primal 23 gun vault from Chase Outdoors!  Greg's entry came from our State Shoot at Wern Valley; congratulations, Greg and thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Shoot Series.

But it's not quite September, you say, so why are you reading the September newsletter? Once again, we're sending out the September edition one day early, to get ahead of all the season openers tomorrow (early teal, September Canada goose, mourning dove), and to be ahead of the coming Labor Day holiday weekend.

Thanks to everyone who came out for one or more of a flurry of events held over the last ten days or so. We hosted the State Shoot at Wern Valley with record attendance, then the Midland Wings chapter dinner near West Bend; last weekend our Wausau chapter participated in youth education events and our instructor team hosted another session of the "Wisconsin Wingshooting" non-toxic shot training. Finally, last night we gave away the Shoot Series grand prize: the Browning gun vault from Chase Outdoors, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff at the 4th annual August wrap up: "Hunters' Eve Bash". (And that whole CHEVY TRUCK thing...!) Thanks for joining us. If you missed out, join us next time!

We've got a whole bunch of updates in here, and so I'll keep this introduction short, but with one familiar request: As we move into the hunting seasons, PLEASE, take a moment, and forward this newsletter to your co-workers, and hunting buddies, particularly those who are not already Members of our Association. Although our membership ranks have swelled over recent years, we've still got plenty of room to grow! We never know who will be the next to join us, and help make a difference! During this time of year, we see a real uptick in the interest in WWA, on places like Facebook, and so now is a natural time for you to advance the awareness of WWA with your circle of contacts, since everyone is excited for the upcoming hunts.

Finally, my sincere thanks to all of our volunteers, and all of our supporters, for a great August. As we continue to work projects, partnerships, and events yet this fall, it is good to remember that all of this is only possible with the assistance of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and members. Our shared efforts are making a difference on our habitat, on our communities, and on our sport. Keep up the good work!

See you on the water,       

2019 Calendars Are Here!
10th Anniversary Limited Edition, featuring 365 fabulous prizes, including:
  • 30 Shotguns
  • 28 Handguns
  • 12 Mathews Archery Z3 Bows
  • Scheels Gift Cards & Packages
  • 6 Parker Crossbows
  • 6 Guided Fishing Trips from Conro's Family Resort
  • 24 Steiner Binoculars
  • And more!
  • Only 5,000 Sold
Get yours online now before they sell out! Or, find your calendars at a local establishment near you.
Words From The Wardens
This month's edition is courtesy of WDNR Recreation Warden Martin Stone

Water/Marine Safety for Waterfowlers
I've been working as a conservation warden for more than 20 years now, and I've spent that entire time working along the Mississippi River.  It is a wonderful place to hunt and fish, or to just enjoy your time outdoors.  As many know, the Mississippi  River is a popular destination location for waterfowl hunters.
When I think about waterfowl hunting and the Mississippi River (or any waterways), I'm reminded of three safety regulations which could quickly turn a fun waterfowl outing into a tragic or life threatening outing.  I don't mean to imply that these are the only regulations one must follow, or that others are not equally important, but when I think hunting and boating, these jump to mind.
  1. Make sure you have a life jacket (PFD -personal flotation device).  Each person on your boat must have a wearable US Coast Guard approved PFD, of the proper size for that person, and that is in good serviceable condition.  If not worn, make sure they are readily accessible to the person who may need to use it.  If your boat is 16 feet or longer, you also must have one US Coast Guard approved type 4 throw-able PFD on board was well. Ideal waterfowl hunting conditions of brisk winds, a boat full of gear, heavy clothing, waders, cold air temperatures and cold water temperatures really should have hunters wearing a life jacket during every outing.  Trying to locate and put on a life jacket during the panic of someone falling overboard or the boat capsizing is nearly impossible - Wear it Wisconsin.
  2. Always use navigational lighting.  All motor boats that are operating between sunrise and sunset must display proper lighting.  Make sure you display your red & green bow lighting so it's plainly visible.  Make sure that the white stern light is visible for 360 degrees without obstructions.  Check to see that it's well above all your gear and everyone's head.  The sunrise and sunset times can be determined in the back of your Wisconsin Boating Regulations pamphlet.  Another critical safety aspect when hunters are heading to and from their favorite hunting spot prior to and after opening hours.  Remember, boat lights are designed per the rules of navigation for boats, not like your vehicle lights which are designed for driver visibility and also to seen by others on the road.
  3. Don't exceed your boat's safe operating capacity.  Follow your boat's capacity plate normally located near the operator's position.   Loading your boat with decoys & gear, and then with hunters sporting heavy waders & clothing, can quickly overload your boat's safe carrying capacity and put you at risk of swamping or capsizing your boat.   Like life jackets and navigation lights, knowing the ideal waterfowling conditions and having a stable boat with plenty of free-board (space between waterline and top of boat) is critical for for the safety of you and your hunting partners (including your dog).

Adopt A Wildlife Area Program Updates - WE GOT THE GRANT!
WWA volunteers working on a prior project to remove cattail bogs at Lake Mills/Zeloski Marsh Wildlife Area
By Peter Ziegler, WWA Project Director

Back in April you might remember I was in the middle of developing and submitting a grant request to the WDNR for the Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund. A brief recap of this opportunity: WWA's proposal was done in cooperation with a WDNR biologist and our Adopt A Wildlife Area (AWA) team, led by volunteer Mike Alaimo. This new grant program is geared towards helping improve habitat on lands open to hunting, fishing, trapping and other recreational activities. The benefit is that all the lands this money is used on are open to hunting. By restoring nesting habitat, especially islands, we can directly increase waterfowl production on a Wildlife Area. The funding for this grant program is from Pittman Robertson funding which is the federal excise tax collect on all guns, ammo etc. and is distributed back to the state for on the ground conservation work.

WWA was successful in securing a Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund grant for work specifically on Zeloski Marsh islands in Jefferson County. The work is being completed in conjunction with our AWA team, which will be providing the match in volunteer hours required toward the grant. The goal of this project is to provide management for the nesting islands in Zeloski Marsh. Over time they have become less than conducive to quality nesting habitat for waterfowl and other water birds. Control of woody vegetation is the main goal to provide secure nesting habitat within a highly desirable waterfowl wetland in southern Wisconsin. Our AWA team will be looking for help to fulfill its required match so if you have interest in helping let us know. If you just want to come join the fun and get to know Zeloski Marsh and meet some other waterfowlers, we are happy to have you join us when we head out, even if it's just for a short period. Stay tuned as this winter we will most likely have some work days set up.
Third Annual Hall of Fame Class

The Hall of Fame committee will begin accepting nominations for their Third Annual Hall of Fame Class on October 15th. Do you know of someone you'd like to nominate to the WWA Hall of Fame?    Please read the full selection and eligibility process, Code of Ethics each Hall of Fame member must abide by, and check back at this link on October 15 of 2018 to fill out the application form for the 3rd Annual Hall of Fame class . Nominations will then be accepted until November 15, 2018.
If elected to the WWA Hall of Fame, the nominee will be honored at the WWA state meeting in January, 2019.
Project Program Updates
Peter Ziegler
By Peter Ziegler, WWA Project Director

O ver the past month we have been busy working on projects during which time I have installed four water control structures, disabling drainage features of several wetlands. These will provide the ability to manage water levels to control vegetation. This becomes a key component in wetland management these days, with our wetlands being workhorses for water management, they take on a lot of nutrients and sediment and are continually being invaded by invasive species. Having the ability to manage water levels gives landowners the ability to effectively manage wetlands for desired vegetation and wildlife. It also provides the ability to mimic natural wet and dry cycles through draw downs. Draw downs are an important aspect and natural occurrence for wetlands. If you plan ahead you can accomplish two critical goals with the water control structures; drawing down the water to solidify suspended solids and promote native wetland vegetation, while at the same time providing access to control unwanted or invasive species.

We should be busy in the coming month so long as our recent large rain events do not continue. It was well needed in most parts, but the volume over such a short period puts wetlands hard at work and hampers our ability to access many of the restoration sites.

Waterfowl Weekend
By Bruce Urben, President, 920.660.2773

Bruce with one of his winning DCCE decoy entries
WWA held a "Waterfowl Weekend" at Cabela's in Richfield August 10-12th. The WWA Decoy Carving Contest and Exhibition was held on Friday and Saturday and the State Duck and Goose Calling Championships were held on Sunday.
I continue to be amazed by the passion of the callers while they do their 80 second calling routine for the judges. Not only does it take a passion for calling but an athlete's lungs in order to blow hose calls without stopping!

Decoys that were submitted for judging in the contest could fool any waterfowler into believing they were live birds. Decorative carvers spent hundreds of hours burning each feather group on their decoy and painting the signature markings for each species. These artists have a passion for their hobby and came from all over the Midwest and as far as Virginia on the east coast to show their floating sculptures. 

Attendees were impressed with each decoy entry, each caller's routine and the camaraderie of all participants!
And talk about passion for waterfowl! Over thirty WWA members volunteered their time to sell raffle tickets, coordinate registration, run decoys, do demonstrations and assist in hundreds of other ways over the course of the three day weekend. As always, these events could not be done without the passionate volunteers, staff and judging teams.
As President of this Organization this passion brings it all home for me - the sky is the limit with people like we have in WWA.
Duck Banding
On Wednesday, August 22nd, WWA volunteers Ron (pictured below left) and Anne (pictured at right) Churchill helped the DNR staff, along with other volunteers, in duck banding near Lake Mills. 

A total of 65 wood ducks and 54 mallards were netted. Young and old participated on what turned out to be a beautiful Wisconsin summer evening. 

More Blinds At Abrams Project Property!
By Bruce Urben, President, 920.660.2773

A work crew of WWA volunteers from the Green Bay Chapter, (Bryan Urben, Logan Sincoular and Jeremy Van Sistine) along with Don Kirby (WWA ED), Don's son Blake and daughter Brooke, and I, completed brushing of the disabled duck blinds at the Abrams property just north of Green Bay on US Hwy. 141. The blinds are brushed and ready for the upcoming season opener.
Executive Director Don Kirby and his daughter, Brooke, working at Abrams

We also added the fourth disabled deer blind at the Abrams project property along with wheelchair ramps and rails. Four disabled accessible deer blinds are now available for use for the season opener in September (two on the north property off US Hwy. 141 and two on the south property off Oak Orchard Rd. ). A fifth disabled deer blind is under construction and will be available for use for the November gun opener on the Oak Orchard side. Check out the Abrams project property on our website for maps and rules for use for all available blinds.

The food plots planted and maintained by Eric Schultz (Pro Plots Wildlife Plots) are located at each blind location. You can find more information for Pro Plots here or by contacting Eric at ece953schultz@bayland.net.
A huge Thank you to WWA Green Bay Chapter volunteers (Logan Sincoular, Jeremy VanSistine, Shawn Demeny, Bryan Urben and Bruce Messenger)for helping install the disabled deer blind and to Chad Bolle (Bolle Construction), Andy Ryczek (Ryzcek Construction) and Bryan Urben of Urben Construction" for coordination and construction of the wheel chair ramps to each deer blind.

Fall is in the air and season openers will be here before you know it. Get out and enjoy the WWA's Abrams property this fall for hunting, hiking, bird watching or a leisurely walk in nature.

Tom's Event Corner
By Tom Seibert, Regional Director

I want to thank all of you for your support of the many events we had in August. We had record numbers at the Wausau Chapter, Midland Wings Chapter and State Shoot at Wern Valley events this past month. Thank You. What does this mean for WWA and our members? Well,with the increase in participation comes increased revenues and membership numbers. It means more acres of wetlands we can restore. With the increase in revenues comes more matching money for more restoration acreage we can perform. The hidden benefit is that as our membership numbers increase, our standing increases with legislators and administrative staff and thus when we advocate for updating and simplifying waterfowl hunting regulations we have more clout. We now have more liberal goose bag limits and season lengths. We have normal opening day hours now. Thanks to the power of numbers we can get more things done. Thank you for your continued support. Please bring a friend to our next event so WWA can accomplish even more on your behalf. 

It is that time of year when we start to replenish our shell boxes and replace worn out hunting gear. Please remember our sponsors who have supported our events all year long.

My standard last minute search for this or that is Sherpers, also a Sherper's wonderful sponsor of ours in the southeast corner of the state. They are the location to get the latest in the line of waders, boots and other footwear Products. Check out the decoys and accessories they have while there.

Hunting season is upon us and you certainly deserve to harvest a few birds. You have done your share to protect and propagate the resources so enjoy this season and then pass along the news of WWA to your hunting friends that they will join you at one of our events along the way. WWA can use all the support it can get. Thank you for being part of this great Association that continues to make Wisconsin a great place to recreate. Thank you for all you have done to make Wisconsin a better place to live. With your help WWA will continue to support the needs of conservationists statewide.

Sponsor Spotlight: Vortex Optics
Vortex Optics
WWA has had the good fortune to share a partnership with Vortex Optics for many years. At our events you'll find a terrific combination of their products featured among fundraising prizes. The amazing optics & rangefinders from Vortex have become a staple of our golf outings, and just in the last two weeks, we saw the amazing power of their brand-recognition, as the return of the "Vortex combo" as the "State Hunt" bonus prize at the State Shoot and Hunter's Eve events drew record response to those raffles, even better than when we feature a gun for the bonus prize!  

The great Vortex prize selection at WWA events!

Check out this introduction, from their website:
Surprised? Normally this is the section where it's "About Us". But at Vortex, it's All About You.
Rather than go on about "Us" and how long we've been in business and how great we are, we focus on you, what you need, what you want, what's important to you-because that's what makes us tick.
Let's sum it up in three simple words: People, Products and Promises.
The Customer is King. We not only believe this to be true, but we actually follow through on it. This means we treat you-our dealers and customers-like royalty. We care about you and the smallest of details, both before and long after the sale. If you ever have a problem with one of our products, then we make that our problem-no questions asked. Years ago, we started our business with the intention of being in it for the long haul and we have no intention of changing our strategy. Just take a look at our unconditional and unlimited VIP Warranty and you will see what we mean. Read on...
All of us at WWA are always extra-proud to partner with outstanding businesses that are based here in Wisconsin, and as you can see, with products and a warranty like Vortex has, it's easy to be partners with the best in their field! Thank you to Vortex for supporting the works of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association!  

American owned, Middleton, WI, based Vortex Optics designs, engineers, produces and distributes a complete line of premium binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, tripods and related accessories. Dedicated to exceptional quality, value and unrivaled customer service, Vortex backs its products with its unconditional, transferable, lifetime VIP-warranty. Built on nearly 30 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex has emerged as a leading brand in the optics market. Through their generous sponsorship of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, our fundraising teams benefit from a discounted purchase program they can use to supply innovative products at any of our fundraising events.   For more information on Vortex Optics products, check out their website at: www.vortexoptics.com




Thank you to everyone who purchased our 2018 Conservation Calendar! This raffle was again an immensely successful fundraiser for our organization's mission.  

Drawings will be held on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month and all drawings will be held at Marsh Inn, 220 S. Hwy W in Reedsville, WI, at 6:00 p.m. The drawing is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Winner's results are posted online by noon on the Thursday following the drawing and the month's drawing results can also be obtained by request via email or by calling (262) 968-1722 or writing to PO Box 427, Wales, WI 53183. 
Good luck to all who are entered!

The Decoy CornerGus Nelow, Another Wisconsin Original Carver
August Nelow Drake Canvasback
By Bruce Urben, President

There are 50 or more classic decoy carvers from Wisconsin that have carved thousands of decoys over their careers. A friend of mine recently acquired a Gus Nelow redhead decoy over the internet for about $200. After seeing and holding this decoy it is clear that Nelow was a superb carver and an excellent artist. In choosing to write about Nelow, it also helped that Gus's decoy shop in Oshkosh was on the same street (Hazel St.) that I lived on when I was in college in the 70's. Unfortunately, Gus passed away in 1962 and his decoy shop is now the site of Webster Stanley School!
Gus was born in 1874 and lived in Oshkosh half of his life. He was a market hunter, decoy maker, trapper and boat builder. In 1931 Gus moved to Rivermoor where the Fox river flows into Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County. After moving to Rivermoor his life centered entirely on hunting. Gus never married, did not drive and depended on others for his supplies, including the excess cedar telephone poles he used for his decoys.

August Nelow Canvasback
Gus's first decoys all have heads attached with a dowel driven through the top of the head and down into the body. Somewhere around 1952 he began to attach his heads with a 16 penny nail driven through the head and 4 small finishing nails through the sides of the neck. Most of his decoys were oversized, with high heads, long necks and fully painted wing patches.
He preferred carving canvasbacks, bluebills, coot and a few redheads. Very few mallards, snow geese, Canada geese and teal were carved, even though he reportedly carved over 8,000 decoys in his lifetime. Many of the local sport shops in Oshkosh sold his decoys. The Dunham-Fulton sport shop on Main St. in Oshkosh sold his Canvas back decoys for $2, bluebills for $1.50 and coots for $1 in 1939.

A Nelow Coot

Today, collectors have many examples of Nelow decoys and are valued from between $200 to $700 and up for less produced species. More ducks were killed over Nelow decoys on Lake Butte des Morts than all of the Winnebago land carvers combined! His long neck, humped back style distinguishes his decoys from other Winnebago carvers.
August Nelow was truly a Wisconsin-original and are a beautiful addition to any collection.  As always, consult a reputable dealer or collector for confirmation and value of a Nelow decoy as very few were actually signed.
WI Aquatic Invasive Species Partnership Needs Your Volunteer Help
By Jeanne Scherer, 
AIS Outreach Specialist, 
UW Environmental Resources Center, 
UW-Extension /UW-Madison College of Ag & Life Sciences

During the 2018 Waterfowl Hunting Opener, the weekend of September 29th, the Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Partnership is again reminding hunters of their role in slowing the spread of invasive plants and animals. Your voices are also important in sharing that message with others who hunt, especially those new to the sport.  Are you a hunter or someone who's hunter savvy who won't be hunting during the opener but would like to spend part of the day with the hunters sharing the AIS message? Read on!

The first two years of the opening weekend AIS outreach campaign was led by the WDNR Water Guard with the support of AIS Partners made up of DNR staff and partnering organizations. The AIS Partnership is taking on the leadership role this year and looking for people to help spread the word by volunteering to talk to hunters at popular hunting access points. Staff and volunteers will be using a hunters' version of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters survey and talking points adapted from the program that reaches out to recreational boaters and fishermen during the summer. We'll also be giving out a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers (SAH!) brochure designed for waterfowl hunters and collectable bird bands with the SAH! logo.

If you're interested in helping, please contact Sara Fox or Jeanne Scherer or call 608-266-0061 after Sept. 10th.  We can all help preserve waterfowl habitats and Wisconsin's hunting tradition for generations to come. Join your fellow hunters in taking these simple steps every time you leave the water:
  • Inspect boat, trailer, motor and hunting equipment. Don't forget your boots, blinds and dogs, too!
  • Remove all plants, animals and mud.
  • Drain all water from decoys, boat, motor, livewell and other hunting equipment.
  • Never move plants or live fish away from a water body.
A special consideration for waterfowl hunters is to never use non-native plants, like Phragmites, for your duck blind, which can lead to their inadvertent spread to other waterbodies. Also, remove all mud. Seeds, starry stonewort bulbils and the eggs and larvae of tiny invasive animals can easily be hidden and some may survive drying if in mud.
Looking For A New Job?
WDNR Announces Public Lands Specialist Position: Application deadline September 2, 2018
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This position is part of the Bird and Habitat Section in the Bureau of Wildlife and will be located in Madison GEF 2.  The public land specialist serves a critical position providing leadership and coordination on public land policy, land acquisition, planning, capital development, public use monitoring, habitat management, partner groups and outreach.  This position serves as a key leader in the wildlife program providing strategic direction in public land management, public use of wildlife lands and serving as a program liaison with internal and external partners.  The public land specialist represents the wildlife program on a variety of teams with the other land management programs (parks, forestry, fisheries, Natural Heritage Conservation).  WDNR is looking for a leader who works well as a team player and team leader; can manage several initiatives concurrently; adapts to changing challenges and opportunities; and is an effective communicator.
More information can be found here.

Nesting Duck Numbers Above Average, But Less Than Last Year 
From The Birding Wire, Wednesday August 29, 2018

An estimated 41.2 million breeding ducks were recorded in traditional survey areas in 2018, according to counts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service. This is about 13 percent lower than 2017, but 17 percent above long-term averages. The dip in 2018 numbers appears to be due to drier spring conditions on the prairie and boreal forest nesting regions. Mallards were the most abundant species, with nearly 9.3 million counted, followed by Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers with 6.5 and 4.2 million counted,  respectively.

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