Waterfowl conservation efforts in the upper Mississippi River Flyway, hunter use of state wildlife management areas and current waterfowl research are some of the topics planned for the Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium – a one-day conference for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife professionals.
This event provides an opportunity for the public to speak with waterfowl experts from state and federal agencies and conservation organizations and takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington.
“Wildlife watchers, hunters and anyone interested in waterfowl and waterfowl habitat are all invited to attend,” said Ricky Lien, wetland habitat team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We enjoy being able to have face-to-face conversations and listen to perspectives from hunters and others who care about waterfowl and wetlands.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the DNR partner to present the event, now in its 21st year. Attendees will find information booths, a Junior Duck Stamp display, wild-game cooking demonstrations, and a gunsmith who can answer gun fitting and repair questions.
* James Burnham, Minnesota DNR, hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation.
* David Fulton, Minnesota Cooperative Research Unit, Mississippi Flyway research.
* Kelsie LaSharr, University of Minnesota, hunter use of WMAs.
* Mary Stefanski and Vicki Sherry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Valley and Upper Mississippi River national wildlife refuges.
* Jacob Straub, University of Wisconsin, migratory habitat with the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
* Mike Johnson, University of Minnesota, canvasback research in Canada.
* Bruce Davis, Minnesota DNR, mallard telemetry project.
* John Maile, Minnesota DNR, understanding hunting habitat.
* Gary Leaf, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
* Question and answer session with Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.
At a banquet on Friday, April 13, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will recognize significant contributors to the state’s waterfowl legacy. Space is limited for the banquet. To register, call the Minnesota Waterfowl Association at 952-767-0320 or visit mnwaterfowl.com.
SOURCE: Minnesota DNR