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St. Croix Wetland Management District Ducks on a Stick Display is Migrating!

Region 3, November 19, 2012
Roberts Library Director Brenda Hackman and St. Croix Wetland Management District manager Tom Kerr with the Ducks on A Stick Display.
Roberts Library Director Brenda Hackman and St. Croix Wetland Management District manager Tom Kerr with the Ducks on A Stick Display. - Photo Credit: n/a

In a partnership between the St. Croix Wetland Management District, Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District and local libraries, the District's Ducks on a Stick Collection has been migrating! Over the past five months, more than 15,000 people have had the chance to learn more about Wisconsin's migratory waterfowl.

The library connection was Friend's member Buck Malick's idea. Through his local library contacts, the Ducks on a Stick Collection spent two months in the Hudson, Wis. public library and continued on to libraries in New Richmond and Roberts, Wis.

According to Buck Malick, "The exhibit of mounted ducks is popular with all ages of library users. Since most people never get within arm's length of a duck, library users are fascinated by the small details of bills and feet. They are surprised at the softness of the feathers." Depending on the size of the library, between four and ten of Wisconsin's common waterfowl species are displayed.

The Ducks on a Stick Collection is a valuable educational tool that allows people to test their waterfowl identification skills. The Collection is very popular at District events, often attracting many people to look at the taxidermy mounts. Many people never have the opportunity to view Wisconsin's common breeding and migratory waterfowl species up close.

According to District Manager Tom Kerr, "through this unique partnership coordinated by the Friends Group, over 500 people a day will see ducks on a stick at the New Richmond Library. This is a great opportunity to highlight the story of Wisconsin's Waterfowl Production Areas."

The display is part of the Friend's Group effort to promote the mission of the St. Croix Wetland Management District. Ducks on a stick was funded through generous donations from the Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District, St. Croix County Sportsman's Alliance, Star Prairie Fish and Game, Willow River Rod and Gun Club and the USFWS Challenge Cost Share Program.

Learn more about St. Croix Wetland Management District: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_croix_wmd/.

Contact Info: Tom Kerr, 715-246-7784, tom_kerr@fws.gov