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Current Conservation Projects
Walleye's for Tomorrow - Pewaukee Chapter
WOOD DUCK CLEAN OUT – ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR On January 21st, 2017 -- We had several BFL members and their kiddos, plus a Scout Troop participate in our annual Wood Duck House Clean Out project. The weather was fantastic – not too cold or windy. It was a little wet with the standing water on top of the ice in some spots but it didn’t stop the kids from doing a fantastic job. We found that many of the house had whole eggs which did not hatch this year. After the kids hard work they finished off the afternoon with a snow ball fight. Thank you to those who came out and participated!!!!
Vernon Marsh Project
For over 30 years, the Badger Fisherman's League has built, installed and maintained an average of 20 wood duck houses at the Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area. Held annually in January on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday when the ice conditions are favorable, making it safer to access the houses, club volunteers work in collaboration with a Department of Natural Resources biologist to record research data. The data is based on identifying correctly, the contents of the houses located in the marsh. Species other than wood ducks such as hooded merganser, tree swallow, starling, and screech owls are just some of the other birds that may inhabit the houses. While there may have been activity inside, it would not be considered successful for the data. In addition, club volunteers build houses to install, relocate or replace damaged houses based on specific plans approved by the DNR, ensuring higher success rates. Here is an article that was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Kid's Fishing Clinics
Each year, the club holds an ice fishing clinic in February for all children at Lannon Quarry as well as a fishing clinic at McGovern Park in April in cooperation with the DNR and Milwaukee County. We have recently added an additional fishing clinic at Pewaukee Lake during the Lake Country Clean Water Festival held in June. This includes a wide variety of information on different fishing topics. Kids are taught about ethics, equipment, knot tying, and casting before they go fishing in the ponds.
Lepper Pond - Menomonee Falls
The goal of the club's project is to improve the fishing quality of Lepper Pond, a mill pond of the Menomonee River. The pond is located in downtown Menomonee Falls. we had started a study of the Menomonee River in Germantown in cooperation with Wisconsin Lutheran College to monitor the fish populations. We participate in the re-stocking program for the pond and work with the DNR and various other local clubs as well as a fish hatchery in Iowa to plant Bluegills, Black Crappies, Large Mouth Bass and Channel Catfish in the pond.