Bloomington, Minn. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host the 16th annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium on February 2 at the Mall of America Ramada at 2300 East American Boulevard, Bloomington, Minn. The one day conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 4:00 p.m. A host of hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and natural resource managers are expected to attend to network, participate in professional and recreational development sessions and to celebrate waterfowl in the land of 10,000 lakes.

The Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium is the only conference of its kind to focus exclusively on both the production and migration habitat for waterfowl in the state of Minnesota. This year’s focus is on the wood duck, one of the most important species to Minnesota hunters. Issues surrounding the biology, ecology and harvest management of wood ducks will be presented.

Attendees will leave with resources to inform and empower them.  They will be privy to such treats as a historical decoy show, duck and goose cooking shows, calling sessions, a question and answer session with Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and an exhibit hall with free booth space (with prior reservation only).  Following the symposium, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will hold its 4th annual Minnesota Waterfowl Hall of Fame Banquet where significant contributors to Minnesota’s waterfowl legacy are recognized.

Notable speakers will include but are not limited to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, Service Wood Duck Harvest Management Expert Pam Garrettson, Minnesota DNR Chief Wildlife Section Paul Telander and Wood Duck Biology Expert Charlotte Roy, also from the Minnesota DNR.

For more information about the symposium or to register for the Hall of Fame Banquet please call the Minnesota Waterfowl Association at 763-767-0320.

Image courtesy Shawn May/U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

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