I somehow missed the fact that this is the “Year of the Duck” and that September 8 kicked-off the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy. The decade-long program should, according to the Department of Natural Resources, “restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community.”
Michigan is on the Mississippi Flyway, a path for waterfowl including wood ducks, mallards, canvasbacks and Canada Geese.
Although I’m not a hunter, I think the open houses at Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHA) would be interesting. They’re designed to increase awareness for the state’s waterfowl areas and—hold onto your duck call—“interact directly with DNR personnel.” Don’t want to ruffle any feathers and the DNR personnel are nice folks, I know, but for some reason the chance to “interact directly” with them just quacks me up.
The open houses are at five of “The Seven Wonders” of waterfowl areas in Michigan; all events are set for 5:30-9 p.m.:
- Wednesday, September 26, Fish Point MWHA, Tuscola County
- Thursday, September 27, Nayanquing Point MWHA, Bay County
- Tuesday, October 2, Shiawassee River MWHA, Saginaw County
- Wednesday, October 3, Harsens Island, St. Clair County
- Thursday, October 4, Pointe Mouillee, Monroe/Wayne Counties
Start practicing your goose call for that competition at the 28th Fennville Goose Festival October 13-14 in the West Michigan town near Saugatuck.
There’s a Wild Goose Chase 5k and a Gosling run for kids, plus a parade and BBQ Chicken (not goose) dinner.
In southeast Michigan register for “Duck, Duck, Goose – Waterfowl Wisdom” at the Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands Museum and Nature Center at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 7. A Huron-Clinton Metroparks vehicle entry permit, additional registration fee of $3 per person and pre-registration are required.