Hoosiers share international waterfowl success story • Indiana DNR helps support important Canadian wetlands

Geese, ducks and other birds don’t observe state or national borders. So Hoosier bird watchers and hunters know that if we want improved populations of waterfowl in Indiana, we need to think and act beyond our own backyards.

That’s why Indiana hunters have been partners in a project to restore important Canadian wetlands.

Wye Marsh, a wetlands one mile upstream from Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay in Ontario, has been restored to become a wildlife haven for mallards, blue-winged teal, wood ducks, Canada geese and trumpeter swans. These species are born and raised in the Canadian wetlands and most of them travel south through Indiana each fall.

The restoration project was a partnership made up of the DNR, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

“Investment in habitat has significantly increased bird populations in Indiana,” said John Goss, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “Wetlands restoration here in Indiana and from the Canadian Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico has paid great dividends to Hoosier natural resources.”

Indiana hunters, through the DNR’s sale of Indiana waterfowl stamps (which are required for hunters who wish to hunt waterfowl), contributed $522,800 over the life of the 10-year project.

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