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Volunteer for Waterfowl Habitat!

May 16th, 2013

We’re looking for volunteers to help clean wood duck boxes in late July. We’ll host our second volunteer wildlife habitat improvement project on July 27 at the Allegan State Game Area, where we’ll clean, repair, replace and install wood duck boxes at this managed waterfowl area, one of Michigan’s seven “Wetland Wonders.

Volunteers will meet at 9:00 am at the Fenville Farm Unit office. After a short orientation session, volunteers will disperse to the Bravo Unit, Crooked Lake, the Highbanks Unit, and the Ottawa Marsh to locate, clean, repair or replace, and install new wood duck boxes in areas suitable for wood duck habitat. They’ll also record activity observed in the boxes, such as evidence of use or hatching.

Much of Allegan SGA is wetland habitat, so some of the areas will require flat-bottomed boats or canoes to access. Other areas may require waders. Volunteers who can bring their own boats or canoes – or would be willing to lend them – are desired, as well as anyone who would enjoy spending a summer Saturday in one of Michigan’s best wetlands.

Volunteers will rendezvous at the Fennville Farm Unit Headquarters at 2:00 for a¬†barbecue supplied by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and to discuss the day’s results. Volunteers will receive a one-year subscription to the online edition of Michigan Out-of-Doors Magazine, in addition to the satisfaction of improving habitat for wood ducks.

This project is also part of the of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, an initiative between multiple conservation groups and the Michigan DNR to increase awareness and improve habitat for Michigan’s waterfowl.

Michigan On-the-Ground is a public-private partnership between Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Michigan DNR to improve wildlife habitat and increase volunteer stewardship in Michigan.

Date: July 27, 2013
Location: Allegan State Game Area, Fennville Farm Unit Office, 6013 118th Ave, Fennville, MI
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers Needed: 20-30
Equipment Needed: Canoes, flat-bottom boats, waders
Lunch: Provided
Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, MUCC Grassroots Manager at 517-346-6486 or dyoungedyke@mucc.org

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