OUTside Connection March 04, 2009

WATERFOWL HUNTERS ENJOY A CHILLY day with a stoic Labrador retriever along the Colorado River during a winter’s day hunt. The local demand for public hunting opportunities outweighs the availability of such properties but hunters and waterfowl gain many benefits from the efforts of conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited. 

The Outside Connection this week varies from its normal menu of events that won’t cost you any money in which to participate.

However, this week features something worth the money.

The Grand Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited has made an interesting revival after nearly unraveling a few years ago due to some internal discord.

Since then, however, the chapter has come back stronger than ever and last year was awarded a Top Flight Award for being one of the nation’s top chapters based on membership growth, fundraising ability and increasing and improving the annual banquet.

Ducks Unlimited is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization with nearly 8 million members across North America. Since its founding in 1937, DU has conserved and protected nearly 12.3 million acres of wetlands and waterfowl habitat.

WHAT: Grand Valley Ducks Unlimited annual banquet

WHEN: March 14, doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 7

WHERE: Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction

WHY: Wetlands conservation and the more than 900 species of wildlife that depend on wetlands

WHO: Tickets $65 single, $95 couple, $30 Greenwing (17 and under)

HOW: Brandon Siegfried, 250-5162; Scott Ehlers, 986-5687; Kraig Andrews, 985-0049; Carol Smith. 640-0741


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