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Sept. 10, 2013


Contact: Holly Vaughn, 248-359-9062 or Joseph Robison, 734-379-9692


Learn about hunting, recreation opportunities at Michigan's
'Wetland Wonders' during October open houses

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that its managed waterfowl hunting areas (MWHA) will host open houses in October to celebrate the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy.
The DNR invites the public and hunters to join the staff at various MWHAs to tour the areas and learn about the possibilities for hunting and other outdoor recreation.
Open houses will be held at the following locations:
"The open houses will provide an opportunity for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to learn about the areas and interact directly with DNR personnel," said Joe Robison, wildlife biologist supervisor for the DNR. "These areas offer first-class waterfowl hunting opportunities and various recreational activities that many outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy."
Guided tours will include observation of habitat improvements conducted to provide optimal habitat for waterfowl plus other wildlife management techniques that make these areas attractive to a host of wildlife. Additionally the public can learn about the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, a program intended to improve conditions for waterfowl and people who enjoy interacting with them. Waterfowl hunters will learn about how the area is run and what to expect when they come in for a hunt drawing, and visitors will have a chance to have questions answered during a Q&A period.
Each open house will also feature information on this year's Wetland Wonders Challenge, a hunting contest that the DNR has developed to highlight the exceptional waterfowl hunting opportunities available to the public in Michigan. The challenge takes place at the seven MWHAs throughout southern Michigan and will run from Oct. 12 through Jan. 31. Seven winners will be chosen on Feb. 15.
The Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL), a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community kicked off in Sept. 2012. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today and build tomorrow.
More information about the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy can be found at www.michigan.gov/mwl, and information on the MWHAs and the Wetland Wonders Challenge is available at www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
 
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