The waterfowl season is upon us. The northern season has begun and, as I write this on October 2nd, our southern season will begin this weekend. I traveled around the state this week and saw plenty of ducks; I just hope the abundance of blue-winged teal stick around through this last cold front prior to the southern opener, because they were all over the wetlands I visited recently.
Things have been moving along on the project front. We have not seen as much construction as normal this year to date, but I’m sitting on four projects that are fully permitted and ready to go. They each have their own specific reasons for why we have not completed them yet, but I’m happy to report that soon they will be on the ground. Three need frozen conditions to proceed with construction and another one is delayed with structure build. Others are nearing the end of their permit application process and will come into the mix soon. It looks to be a busy winter for a few of these wetland restorations.
In addition, our partners at the WDNR just sent me an email and the image, below, showing that they finished a restoration at Killsnake Wildlife Area. As fall rains recharge the shallow aquafer, those of you that are in this area may want to check that out. Traditionally newly exposed areas recently flooded are a great magnet for migratory birds.