Read All About It: Ducks, Dogs and Conservation
Delta Waterfowl magazine is in the mail!
In the Spring issue, you'll meet Tug, a hearty Chesapeake Bay retriever earning his keep fetching ducks and geese on the body of water that gave the breed its name. He's a real character, as editor Paul Wait and photographer Fred Greenslade discovered during a January sea duck hunt on the Bay.
We'll take you on the road across Canada to meet a few of the people driving ALUS — Alternative Land Use Services — an innovative way of delivering meaningful and productive change to agriculture to benefit wildlife. Delta Waterfowl is working with Canadian farmers to deliver ducks and geese through ALUS, and the program is gaining ground — literally.
You'll find a stunning photographic celebration of the first ducks to arrive on the breeding grounds, tips to decoy snow geese, how to keep order with more than one retriever in the blind and a history lesson about five classic waterfowling guns.
And that's just a start. Happy reading! Need to join or renew your membership? Click here so you don't miss a magazine.
Delta Mourns the Loss of Peter Ward
Delta Waterfowl's 'legend-in-residence' Peter Ward died March 24. He was 92. A member of the family said Peter was still enjoying regular trips out to his cherished Delta Marsh prior to a sudden collapse at home in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.
Peter first went to Delta Marsh in 1926 as the six-year-old son of gamekeeper Edward Ward. After serving as a bomber pilot and flight instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, Peter attended art school then returned to the Delta Duck Station where he handled a variety of duties over the next 60 years. Despite having no formal training, he worked side-by-side with Albert Hochbaum, Lyle Sowls, Art Hawkins and other notable researchers on numerous ground-breaking advances in waterfowl science. Peter managed Delta's hatchery facilities and played a key role in establishing the early breeding population and habitat surveys.
[..Read the Delta Magazine Interview with Peter Ward..]
Now Playing: The Melee in the Marsh Movie
Waterfowlers rise to the occasion in Delta Waterfowl's first Hen House Challenge - a.k.a. 'The Melee in the Marsh' sponsored by the Minnedosa Duck Club. Delta staff from the USA and Canada faced off March 13 to see who would be the first to install 25 Hen Houses in the prairie pothole region of Manitoba. After a hard fought day in the wetlands, with 50 new nest structures installed, the American team of Matt Chouinard and Joel Brice narrowly defeated Team Canada's Rob Olson and Jim Fisher by nine minutes.
[..Watch the Movie..]
Delta Waterfowl Chapters and Events
For more information on starting or joining a Delta Waterfowl Chapter in your area, please call Delta's Bismarck, North Dakota office at 888-987-3695 or visit Delta’s Chapter page.
Mitchell, SD | Chair: Rusty Dammann (605) 933-1810
Truro, NS | Chair: Jeffery B. Campbell (902) 956-4397
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