Migration Update – June 27, 2012

With the spring waterfowl surveys completed the results will be tallied and published in the 2012 Annual Waterfowl Habitat and Breeding Survey in early July. As we await the results and the subsequent proposed frameworks for each flyway, there are plenty of things to keep the off-season waterfowl hunter busy during the summer months.

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

Throughout the duck-hunting season, hours are often passed in the duck blind discussing improvements that can be made before the next season. As life would normally have it, the duck-hunters time during the off-season is quickly consumed by other high-priority, non-hunting projects. As the years pass, there always seem to be those off-season projects that never come to fruition unless they are a dire priority — such as a blind rebuild due to unexpected mishap while conducting a “controlled” burn.

From food plot plantings to training corrections or improvements for your trusty retriever the off-season can be filled with season-changing investments. Of course for us at Waterfowler.com this improvements are digital in nature and already under way.

Over the next few weeks you will see some visual changes at Waterfowler.com along with other performance improvements that will result in faster loading pages in the forums and other areas. In addition, the majority of the forums will remain open to guest access throughout the coming season. As part of the upgrade Waterfowler.com’s drop down menus will convert from JAVA to CSS3 format. While the acronyms for the languages may or may not mean anything to you, the end result will be that menus will now be compatible with mobile and pad devices, however they will no longer be compatible with older versions of web browsers that are older than 2008 and not WWC3 compliant.

If you have noticed that the menus are no longer dropping down when you mouse over them – it’s time to upgrade your web browser to one from this decade – or use links in the sidebars to access areas.

Waterfowler.com reminds our readers to keep their canine companions hydrated while training during the summer months. Restrict your training sessions to early morning or early evening to avoid the heat of the day. Should you notice excessive panting and your dog’s gums appear extremely pale pink – get them out of the heat immediately and to a cool place with an ample supply of water. If the problem persists, contact your vet immediately for emergency care.

Until our next report, begin those off season projects today and prepare forth the coming waterfowl season which begins in less than two months in some northern areas!

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