Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Decoys, blinds, rifles, knives, ladder stands and fishing equipment are just some of the prizes sportsmen will win at the first-ever Maine Prairie Ducks Unlimited Chapter banquet to be held Friday, April 11. Festivities will take place at Playland Ballroom on Highway 55 in Kimball, beginning with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. The $25 tickets purchase a chicken dinner, free membership in Ducks Unlimited, and a fun evening of fellowship, along with chances to win raffle prizes. Tickets are only available in advance, and none will be sold at the door. To buy a ticket to the banquet, call Judd Bonhom at (320) 492-2209. "The biggest thing with Ducks Unlimited," says Bill Liedman, the local chapter's chairman, "is they're interested in fresh water. Ducks aren't here anymore because of the dirty water." Carp infestation creates muddy water and takes a toll on invertebrates which can't survive in that environment. Without a food supply, ducks instead fly to clean lakes and ponds where they can feed. Money raised at support banquets like the one planned for April 11 help fund clean up that will benefit wildlife in North America. Ducks Unlimited is the most well-known and effective organization of its kind. In 1937, a small group of concerned sportsmen were eager to find ways to reverse the dwindling waterfowl population caused by environmental ravages brought on by the six-year-long Dust Bowl. The grassroots organization was the outcome of their get-togethers. In the seven decades since that core group took action, Ducks Unlimited has continually held to its mission's single focus: Habitat Conservation. Its membership has grown to more than a million supporters worldwide dedicated to conservation that benefits waterfowl and wetlands. Projects throughout North America continue to improve and restore wetlands and watersheds, not only benefiting wildlife but the overall health of the environment in which we live. Though their recognizable logo displays a duck, Ducks Unlimited benefits other wildlife, as well.
Maine Prairie Ducks Unlimited Chapter, newly chartered Feb. 11, 2008, expects to hold about five meetings a year, according to Liedman, and provide more banquets that will help support Ducks Unlimited.