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GREAT RIVERS HABITAT ALLIANCE - REGISTER TODAY!
JULY 17-19, 2023
Learn from North Americas Top Wetland and Waterfowl Experts
INDOOR and OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS AT LOCAL CLUBS
ATTENDEE COST $1,000 ALL MEALS PROVIDED
MEETING LOCATION ELM POINT HOLIDAY INN
Contact Mike Checkett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-277-9118 for more information on the 2023 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.
For more information and to sign up contact: Mike Checkett email@example.com
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.
Casey Bergthold: Is the Missouri Conservation Program Coordinator for Ducks Unlimited. Casey has over 15 years of experience in private land management and natural resource conservation with an emphasis on capacity and program development through public-private partnerships. Casey holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a M.S. in Biology from Tennessee Technological University.
Dan Crigler: Dan Crigler is currently a private land Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He previously worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Wildlife Management Biologist and Private Land Conservationist. During his career in Missouri, Dan has worked successfully restoring wetlands, upland and bottomland forests and native grassland habitats on public and private land. He has provided leadership in building habitat restoration partnerships with willing landowners and many non-governmental organizations, state and federal agencies.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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