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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Migration Update – March 31, 2014

Spring Harvest - Member Photo Credit; DukGuy

Spring Harvest – Member Photo Credit; DukGuy

The spring thaw is finally underway in the northern tier and light geese have arrived in the Dakotas in significant numbers.  While some juvenile birds remain in parts of Nebraska and Iowa, light geese are another step closer to the 49th parallel and the return to their arctic breeding grounds.

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

The spring migration is generally a hurry-up and wait process.  Ducks and geese are in a hurry to return to the breeding grounds and they wait for a break in the weather to push northward.  Canada geese and mallards, being more cold tolerant and stubborn, generally arrive in the south last and are the first to push north – arriving ahead of light geese.

As southerly winds and warm temperatures pushed to the far north this past week, so did waves of waterfowl and songbirds.  Flights of Sandhill Cranes were reported in northern portions of the Mississippi and Central Flyways along with the return of many duck species to areas with open water. 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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Bushnell’s New Excursion HD Binoculars

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Overland Park, Kan – Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, has introduced a new binocular that defines versatility. Available in two popular configurations – 8x 42mm and 10x 42mm – the Excursion HD Binocular incorporates high-quality, lead-free optics to provide a remarkable viewing experience.

Featuring BaK 4 prisms, PC-3 Phase Coating and fully multi-coated optics, the Excursion HD binocular provides incredible image clarity and brightness. The roof prism binocular features a compact open-bridge design, resulting in a class-leading field of view. Continue reading

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