Wild Game Recipe Websites
Now that fall is fully underway and most of us hopefully have some fresh game to cook for our families here is a short list of websites for new recipes.
- Wild Game Recipes - Food Network
- Game Recipes - Hunter Angler Gardener Cookbook
- CooK Wild Game Website
Minnesota Migration Report!
Prairie Pothole Day Wrap-up!
Another year and another great Prairie Pothole Day! Unlike in years past where we have worried about rain, the dusty driveway, or if we have enough clay pigeons for shooting this years big issue was the heat! It started warm and only got warmer as the day progressed. Despite the weather many were in attendance watching the seminars, shooting the 3D archery course, perusing the vendors and playing with the puppies. All in all it was another great event and we look forward to seeing you at next years event.
A more in depth review of Prairie Pothole Day and Chapter events will be available once falls winds down and chapter members focus returns to conservation and habitat restoration!
Aquatic Invasive Species - MN Waters at Risk
Wood Duck Nest Boxes
Roger Strand, a founding member of the Prairie Pothole Chapter, is a nationally recognized authority on wood ducks and nesting structures. He has spent years observing wood duck nesting practices on Stoney Ridge Farm and has refined these observations into some best practices. These include mounting the nesting box on a pole instead of high in a tree. The use of predator guards to protect nesting hens. The proper placement of wood duck nesting structures in the landscape. Advantages of these best practices include easier maintenance , no ladders required, and better predator protection. Placing nesting structures in trees requires ladders and they can never by adequately protected from predators. Rogers best practices approach simplifies your life while ensuring nest box protection. While the predator guard provides protection from the ground it is important to recognize that predators can reach the nesting box from adjacent trees and limbs, so it is important to maintain at least a 8-10 foot zone around each box. More information about wood ducks and nesting structures can be found on the wood duck society web site.
Building a Wood Duck Box
Troy Heck - Citizen of the Year 2013
Troy Heck, the current President of the Prairie Pothole Chapter of MWA, was honored at the State Banquet for his focus and dedication to habitat restoration, public outreach and education, and drive to continue the mission of the Chapter.
Prairie Pothole Chapter Recognized
For the first time in the history of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association a local group was voted 'Chapter of the Year' two years in a row. The Prairie Pothole Chapter received this recognition at the State MWA Awards Banquet on Saturday, February, 2, 2013. The Chapter was recognized for it's ongoing efforts to protect and enhance wetland habitats in West Central Minnesota, meeting and exceeding fundraising goals, engaging families and youth in habitat projects throughout the year, and for continuing to the engage the public through the Prairie Pothole Day event.
Hawk Eye Nature Cam
The Prairie Pothole Chapter has been building, maintaining, and documenting wood duck nesting structures for 30 years in West Central Minnesota. While it is fun to check the nest boxes after the chicks have hatched improvements in camera technology now allow you to watch what is happening inside the cedar boxes. The Hawk Eye Nat Camera is an excellent way to keep an eye on the happenings in your nest boxes. The Chapter is working with Birdhouse Spy Cam out of West Linn, Oregon to supply these cameras in Minnesota. You can learn more about the camera's by following the link to Birdhouse spy cam. If you are interested in a camera for your own project please contact Troy Heck at 320-905-5451.