Let’s hear it for the ducks
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Frenchman Valley Ducks Unlimited (DU) Chapter is hosting its annual banquet this Saturday night. The fun begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. at the Imperial City Gym.
The dinner will begin about 7 p.m., with an auction to follow. A silent auction of Ducks Unlimited items will be held during the prime rib dinner.
Live auction items include a Terry Redlin print, various other prints, a Mossberg rifle and decoys.
Two lifetime hunting permits, courtesy of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the local DU chapter, will also be awarded.
The cost of the meal is $55 per couple or $45 per single, and includes a DU membership.
President Kelen Fortkamp said “Duck and goose populations are affected most by breeding habitat and the condition of that habitat. Small seasonal wetlands and the surrounding uplands in the northern United States and southern Canada are critical in sustaining waterfowl populations.”
Fortkamp said the wetlands are being lost at an alarming rate and the breeding habitats continue to be one of the key priorities for DU.
The organization has also recognized the Platte River and the Rainwater Basins in Nebraska as an important area for habitat protection and restoration.
“A large percentage of the Central Flyway’s ducks and geese use these habitats in Nebraska both in the fall and spring migrations,” he said.
“The better condition these bird are in when they leave Nebraska for their breeding grounds in the spring, the better chance they have of having a successful hatch.”
DU spends a lot of its resources in Nebraska, he observed.
Tickets for the banquet are available at the door Saturday night, or by contacting Fortkamp at (308) 883-6338.