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Delta Duckcam - Live Nesting Camera

Delta Duckcam – Live Nesting Camera

Bismarck, N.D. — Will she or won’t she hatch those eggs? That is the question.

Will a raccoon find her tiny grass bowl filled with developing ducklings still warm inside their eggshells? Might a red fox stalk her on the nest and catch the hen as she tries to fly away? Or can she sit undetected for nearly a month, leaving only for a short while to eat and drink each day, and successfully hatch her clutch?

Last spring, Delta Waterfowl installed a small video camera mounted to a stake in the ground next to four different duck nests — one at a time — during the breeding season and streamed the feed on the organization’s website for the world to watch. As the events unfolded, a pintail hatched seven ducklings, followed by a raccoon destroying a gadwall nest, a successful mallard hatch and finally, a skunk raiding a gadwall. Continue reading

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New display showcases decoy carving tradition in Louisiana.

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June 2014 | New Orleans, La. — The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to announce the donation of more than 300 hand-carved decoys and other works of art by southeastern Louisianan craftsmen. The Anne and Dick Stephens Collection of Louisiana Decoys and Wildfowl Artifacts, part of which is on display in THNOC’s Orientation Center at 533 Royal St., celebrates the talent and dedication of the men who devoted themselves to this region’s distinct carving traditions. Admission to see the display is free, and gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

“Louisiana has a long and well-recognized tradition of wildfowl carving,” said John H. Lawrence, THNOC’s director of museum programs. “The Stephens’s gift represents elements of artistic and cultural expression that are in keeping with our mission to portray and protect the history of this region.” Continue reading

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Delta Waterfowl Opposes U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Decision to Reduce Migratory Bird Programming in California and Nevada

Wind Turbine : Photo Credit:  US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wind Turbine : Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Dr. Frank Rohwer, president of Delta Waterfowl today sent a letter to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office in California to oppose a recent decision to cease traditional migratory bird programming in order to address a growing backlog of permitting, research and evaluation needs related to wind and solar energy projects in the western United States.

“This decision by the USFWS regional leadership is absolutely unacceptable,” Rohwer said. “The Service cannot simply put on hold its long-standing and legal mandate to manage waterfowl.”

An internal USFWS memo written by Eric Davis, assistant regional director for USFWS Region 8, declares that traditional migratory bird responsibilities — including work on the Pacific Flyway Council, assistance to habitat joint ventures and duck stamp and junior duck stamp program — will cease for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

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Ducks Unlimited Appoints New Chief Information Officer

Govan S. Hornor was announced as DU's new Chief Information Officer.

Govan S. Hornor was announced as DU’s new Chief Information Officer.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – May 19, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced today that it has appointed Govan S. Hornor as its Chief Information Officer. Hornor, a Helena, Ark., native and long-time Memphis resident, will oversee all information technology and communications systems operations for the organization and will also serve as a member of DU’s senior executive team.

“Govan brings an incredible portfolio of success to DU, as well as a wealth of talent and innovative thinking,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “This is critical today, as technology can help us accomplish our conservation mission more efficiently and better serve our constituents. He will be joining a tremendous staff of professionals across all areas of our business. We look forward to benefitting from Govan’s leadership, vision, and experience as our wetlands face increasing challenges and our conservation mission becomes more important than ever.” Continue reading

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Migration Update – April 21, 2014

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Spring has spring across the nation and the majority of snow geese have crossed the 49th parallel into Canada.  Waterfowler.com begins the official off-season with the celebrated return of Waterfolwer.com Journal – in free, digital format for our readers.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

After an extended hiatus, Waterfowler.com Journal will again be published, albeit paper free and also free of any annual subscription fee.  Thanks to advances in digital publishing technology and the widespread use of hand-held mobile and tablet devices, we are excited about the advances that make it possible.

Over the past two-years, the number of readers that access our website via mobile devices has sky rocketed.  In response to this changing statistic, Waterfowler.com migrated our website to a mobile friendly, responsive layout and the number of hunters who visit our site, from the field and on the road, continues to grow. Continue reading

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DOA Introduces New Gunning Floaters

New!  Rouge Series Floaters from DOA DECOYS

New! Rouge Series Floaters from DOA DECOYS

Relying on the quality design and manufacturing process that rocketed their full-bodied ROUGE SERIES decoys to popularity amongst hard-core goose hunters, DOA DECOYS introduces their new floating decoys to their gunning decoy line up.

The decoys feature a recessed hexagonal keel,which provides maximum movement in the slightest wind or current.  In addition, the decoys have movable heads and boast their exclusive, durable paint process, which gives these decoys unrivaled realism.

The decoys are packaged with 4 active heads and 2 sentry heads and retail for $169.99 per box.

These decoys can be ordered online, direct from DOA and delivered right to your door.  For more information, visit DOA DECOYS online at: http://www.doadecoys.com

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FWS Announces 2014 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing in NWRS

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the agency will expand hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System, opening up new hunting programs on six refuges and expanding existing hunting and fishing programs on another 20 refuges. The rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 75 additional refuges and wetland management districts.

The Service manages its hunting and fishing programs on refuges to ensure sustainable wildlife populations, while offering traditional wildlife-dependent recreation on public lands.

“For more than a century, hunters and anglers have been the backbone of conservation in this country and a driving force behind the expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “By providing more hunting and fishing opportunities on refuges, we are supporting a great recreational heritage passed down from generation to generation, creating economic growth in local communities and helping to ensure that conservation stays strong in America.” Continue reading

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Migration Update – February 27, 2014

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A quick glance at the Snow Cover and Surface Temperature maps provide and instant locator for Mid-Continental light geese in the Central and Mississippi Flyways.  The burgeoning population of snow geese continue to stage below the snow and freeze as they await the spring thaw (like the rest of us) and the flight back to their nesting grounds.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

The Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Missouri remains 97% frozen and light goose numbers are setting at a paltry 18,000 as of the last count.  Light goose numbers are good to excellent in Arkansas at this time and hunter success is fair to good. Continue reading

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