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Group Installs 60 Duck Boxes on Lake Norman
LAKE NORMAN, N.C. — The Lake Norman chapter of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation is trying to make sure that ducks and other wildlife can always call the lake home. The group installed 60 wooden duck boxes around Lake Norman that will give ducks a place to nest as they grow their families.“We have a responsibility to Mother Nature, to the sport and to the ducks to give back more than we take,” said Chris Williams, Senior Regional Director of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation.Members of the conservation group are also hunting rights advocates. They said by installing the boxes, they're helping to protect a piece of their heritage for generations to come. “I want to be able to retain the waterfowl population in the area not only for me, but for my children as they grow up and the other children in the area,” member Brian McCoy said.The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said partners like Delta Waterfowl are what help to build a connection between hunters and those who use the lake for other recreation and help maintain the beauty and vibrance of the lake for years to come. “Part of hunting is also conserving and taking care of natural resources so our future generations have it to enjoy just like we do today,” Sgt. Ron Robertson of the Commission said. A grant from Duke Energy helped make the project possible. - See more at: http://charlotte.twcnews.com/content/709014/group-installs-60-duck-boxes-on-lake-norman/#sthash.PjGbLu2N.dpufhttp://youtu.be/5zoaCHAa-Iw
Duck hunters honor military veterans
MOORESVILLE – Although it's a nonprofit duck-hunting organization, the Delta Waterfowl Foundation is committed to keeping nature in balance by promoting wetland conservation and protecting animal breeding grounds.
It began in 1911 under the leadership of General Mills Founder James Ford Bell. An avid duck hunter, Bell bought 5,000 acres of Delta Marsh land around Manitoba, Canada. A research center later sprouted up there to study duck ecology, habitat use and animal behavior.
"Bell felt like he wanted to put back two ducks for every one that he harvested," Vice President of Conservation and Hunter Recruitment Joel Brice explained.
At the local level, the group's focused on giving back to the community.
Lake Norman Delta Waterfowl began in 2011 as a local chapter of the national organization. The U.S. headquarters is located in Bismarck, N.D.
“We’re there to protect the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting, so we can pass the tradition along," local chairman Brian McCoy said.
The local chapter's third annual fundraising banquet will take place Feb. 8 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.
But it's already sold out.
That can be attributed in part to its Hometown Heroes program, which offers a portion of banquet auction proceeds to a Mooresville veteran in need.
In 2012, LNDW gave $1,000 to Garrett Carnes, a Mooresville High School graduate who lost both his legs in an explosion while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan.
Last year brought a partnership with Purple Heart Homes, a Statesville-based nonprofit that helps rehabilitate disabled veterans' houses. McCoy said a raffle raised $750 for Michael Benfield, a U.S. Navy veteran with a degenerative spinal condition. Benfield served in the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He needed a shower installed in his first-floor bathroom.
This month's beneficiary is being kept a secret, but McCoy said he thinks auctioning off a Beretta A400 shotgun should raise $2,500 for him.
"I was in the military, and my entire family was in the military, and that's where our organization shines," Regional Director Chris Williams said. "If you couldn't do those kind of things at the end of the day – and that's what's near and dear to our volunteers' hearts – then we'd have lost our course."
Williams manages special hunting trips for veterans up and down the eastern seaboard.
Seventy-five percent of the banquet's general proceeds will be given to national leadership, while 25 percent stay in a local Waterfowl Heritage Fund.
That money, McCoy said, goes toward a youth day aimed at educating Lake Norman's children about firearm safety, habitat conservation and hunting ethics.
In October, the local branch received a $7,500 grant from Duke Energy to install and monitor 60 wood duck boxes and 20 owl boxes on Lake Norman. These boxes provide animals a place to nest and allow the group to monitor hatch rates and the amount of ducks and owls breeding each year.
"We have had calls in the past about folks duck hunting on Lake Norman. They were getting too close to houses and too close to people," McCoy said. "We as an organization understand that if people do this, it causes issues in the community. We're always teaching people to find quieter, secluded places, so nobody's put at risk."http://mooresvilleweekly.com/news/2014/2/7/4927/duck-hunters-honor-military-veterans
N.C. Delta Waterfowl Chapters receive the award for the 2013 Governor's Award for Conservation Organization of the Year from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.
Dear Delta Waterfowl Chapters of NC,
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation congratulates you on being chosen as the 2013 Conservation Organization of the Year. The Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards Program sponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and now in its fiftieth year, honors those individuals, governmental bodies, associations and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. It is our honor to extend this award to you.
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