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Wetland Habitat and Management Workshop

Wetland Habitat and Management Workshop Cancelled

Unfortunately, do to Mississippi River Flooding we have had to cancel the GRHA Wetlands Workshop. The farms we utilize for the outdoor classrooms and dinner events are underwater. Another flood year only reemphasizes the importance of GRHAs work and mission. We look forward to the next Wetlands Workshop scheduled for July 16-18, 2025. Stay safe out there.   

SAVE THE DATES: July 16-18, 2025


Learn from North Americas Top Wetland and Waterfowl Experts




Contact Mike Checkett at or 901-277-9118 for more information on the 2024 workshop and to register.  

Workshop Objectives: Provide detailed information to waterfowl club owners, managers, and members about the fundamentals of habitat management options and techniques for private waterfowl hunting clubs.

A combination of in-class presentations and on-site field tours will incorporate and demonstrate the current state-of-understanding about waterfowl and wetland ecology and contemporary hunting strategies in a practical management format.




This workshop will focus primarily on moist-soil wetland types but also include landscape considerations for agriculture, forest, shrub-scrub, and emergent habitats, along with perspectives of the opportunity of individual properties in relation to their location, size, and management objectives.

Space is limited to a small group of attendees for this special inaugural workshop. Please sign up early to not be left out. - 2024 Agenda & Instructors

For more information and to sign up contact: Mike Checkett

 Register Here and Flyer / Agenda


Dr. Mickey Heitmeyer: Owner Greenbrier Wetland Services, 40+ years’ experience with waterfowl and wetland ecology, and actual practicing wetland and hunting management, as research and teaching staff at University of Missouri and University of California - Davis, national Group Manager of Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. including being the International Director of the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research, and private consultant on over 200 waterfowl clubs and organization of more than 100 management workshops in 32 states, Canada, and Mexico. Dr. Heitmeyer is among the leading worldwide experts in migration and wintering waterfowl ecology, especially wintering mallards, and moist-soil and bottomland hardwood wetland habitats. He owns and manages 900 acres of private wetland habitat in southeast Missouri. He is the only person to have been inducted into 2 state waterfowler hall of fames – Arkansas in 2017 and California in 2018.

Doug Helmers: Retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Private Lands Coordinator for Iowa and former NRCS Administrator of Wetland Reserve Programs (WRP) for north-central Missouri. Doug has helped coordinate and participated in > 50 wetland management workshops. Doug is an expert in continental shorebird management and has worked with management on big river, prairie pothole, coastal and inland wetland systems. His work with WRP and private lands in Iowa has helped enhance > 20,000 acres of private wetlands, many in duck clubs.


Jody Graff: Owner of Graff Habitat LLC and a licensed real estate agent for Trophy Properties & Auction. Jody specializes in development and sales of private waterfowl hunting properties. He currently manages over 30 properties for absentee landowners, most of which are duck clubs in the Golden Triangle region of north-central Missouri. He has helped develop the hunting opportunities on more than 10,000 acres and has coordinated the sale of over 40 properties in Missouri since 2014. Jody is an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.


Mike Checkett: Is the Executive Director of GRHA. Mike grew up hunting the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and is no stranger to the Confluence as the habitat manager at the Quacker and Over & Under hunt clubs. Mike has had a 25-year career in conservation as a Research Biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Chief Waterfowl Biologist and Migratory Bird Program Leader at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and 18-year employee at Ducks Unlimited. Mike has experience with a wide array of research and management techniques from waterfowl banding to waterfowl and wetland energetics. He has hunted across North America completing six-year stint as a host for Ducks Unlimited TV.



Matt Roth: Matt is the owner of On-Site Soils - Mr. Roth is a certified soil scientist and is responsible for wetland delineations, mitigation design and planning, and mitigation bank development and construction. He has been involved with wetland regulations for 25 years. During those years he has implemented and assessed wetland projects in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. He is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and Missouri Association of Professional Soil Scientists. Mr. Roth received his BS in agronomy from Missouri State University.




Neil Baalman: Neil is a private lands biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Neil earned his Master’s in Natural Sciences from Southeast Missouri State University where he developed a decision support tool for conservation efforts on the Middle Mississippi River. He has held a variety of positions with the USFWS at 5 different refuges across the Midwest region primarily focused on providing habitat for migratory birds and  waterfowl. Neil currently enjoys working with partners and
landowners to restore habitat across the Show-Me State’s many diverse ecosystems.






GRHA Events & Fundraisers

DU/GRHA Annual Partnership Gala
DU/GRHA Annual Partnership Gala

In October 2014, GRHA and Ducks Unlimited came together for an inaugural fundraising event and the signing of a partnership agreement. More than 300 people attended, and the event netted over $130,000 for conservation work in the Confluence through GRHA Conservation and policy programs and DU's Big Rivers Initiative.

GRHA Annual Sporting Clays Shoot
GRHA Annual Sporting Clays Shoot

An annual sporting clays shoot is held in March at the beautiful Strathalybyn Farms Club, home to some of the finest outdoor shooting facilities in the St. Louis area. The club provides the perfect setting for a memorable outing. Shooting facilities at the club includea 14-stand sporting clays course woven into the woods with each stand presenting unique and challenging shots from multiple angles.

Wetland Habitat andManagement Workshop
Wetland Habitat and Management Workshop

These workshops provide basic information to waterfowl club owners, managers, and members about the fundamentals of habitat management options and techniques for private waterfowl hunting clubs. A combination of in-class presentations and on-site field tours will incorporate and demonstrate the current state-of-understanding about waterfowl and wetland ecology and contemporary hunting strategies in a practical management format.


GRHA is proud to announce we have been selected by the DUCKFEST Board to be a featured non-profit Charity. A portion of the moneys raised at DUCKFEST will stay in the Confluence to support GRHA’s mission to protect the Confluence’s floodplain and waterfowling heritage. Sponsorships, vendor space, raffle and tickets available. Contact Mike Checkett at: 901-277-9118 or

GRHA GolfTournament
GRHA Golf Tournament

Join us for a fun day at Glen Echo Country Club as we celebrate the last days of summer and prepare for the fall. This will be a four-man scramble format with goody bag, raffles, prizes for long drive, closest to the pin. Appetizers and cocktails to follow. Contact Chip Wagner at 314-496-8283

GRHA WildGame Dinner
GRHA Wild Game Dinner

Throughout the year GRHA holds many events to fundraise and raise awareness for its critical mission. These include the Wetlands Habitat Management Workshop, Sporting Clays shoot, and Golf Tournaments. In 2024, GRHA will add to that event list when the Development Board hosts a Wild Game Dinner at the St. Louis Racquet Club on March 7, 2024.

GRHA Retriever Rally
GRHA Retriever Rally

Come on out June 1st with your retriever to support conservation at the Great Rivers Retriever Rally! A family friendly retriever event hosted at Webfoot Kennel in Elsberry, MO. We will have 5 retriever competitions your and your duck dog will enjoy! Tickets include food and beverages.

GRHA Sporting Clays Dove Warm-Up Shoot At Historic Nilo Farms

Please join GRHA for a chance to shoot at the historic Nilo Farms during the Sporting Clays Dove Warm-Up! Winchester has been a long-time supporter of GRHA’s mission in the Confluence and we are excited to partner with them on this event. Experience Nilo’s legendary hunting and shooting sports facility for a fun day of putting your shotgun skills to the test to get some practice before dove season!