The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.
management of four Michigan waterfowl production areas is conducted by the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, through a
partnership agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Partial funding
for acquisition and management of some of the areas has come from Ducks
Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act
(NAWCA) and other partners.
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The mallard, a dabbling duck, uses shallow wetlands and grasslands to feed. The birds strain food particles from the water with their bill, upend to reach deeper foods, or graze on land.