WI DNR receives Duck Rescue Training
Article submitted on 2016-05-25 by: Dave Swanson
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) wardens and staff gathered recently for their annual spring training at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay
A new topic of instruction included information and training provided by volunteer staff of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s “Rehabilitation Program at the Wildlife Sanctuary” or R-PAWS Staff. ( www.baybeachwildlife.com/get-involved/r-paws )
Among how to handle bats and other creatures, the topics included instruction from Green Bay Duck Hunters Association’s ( GBDHA ) “Duck Rescue Program”. GBDHA “Duck Rescue” volunteers Joe Loehlein and Dave Swanson, along with Junior Volunteer Anna Rose Swanson, provided knowledge and experience gained over many years of attending to ducks nesting or found in hazardous situations.
Since the late 1970’s, the Green Bay Duck Hunters Association has sponsored and staffed a group of volunteers who give of their time, effort and many miles to respond to calls involving such situations as: ducks found nesting in landscape, ducklings who have fallen into storm sewers, swimming pools and walking in traffic on busy streets and byways.
Attendees were shown the in’s and out’s of how to successfully capture and handle hens and their ducklings. The latest version of the box trap used to capture the brood includes a remote control door, making it easier for the capture. After all our corralled, rescuers head out to wetlands and waterfowl preserves outside the suburban areas for a wild release. Orphan ducklings brought into the sanctuary often join the brood and become part of the family.
These efforts operate as a “field extension” and under the supervision of the Wildlife Sanctuary, authorized by State and Federal Permits, which allows rescuers to handle and possess Federally protected migratory waterfowl.
To date, over the course of the program, over 13,000 ducks have been successfully “repatriated” to area wetlands, away from city traffic and hazards.