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Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium CANCELLED for Saturday, April 14

By MWA, 04/02/18, 4:30PM CDT


Due to the snow/ice storm coming in and presentor not being able make it, we have had to make the tough choice to cancel Saturday's Symposium. We will meet with our committee about rescheduling soon. Sorry about this. The field tour and MWA Awards will go on as planned today and tonight. 



The annual Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium is almost here!

Details about the event, which is open to the public, is set for Saturday, April 14 in Bloomington. More details can be found in the DNR news release below:

Waterfowl conservation efforts in the upper Mississippi River Flyway, hunter use of state wildlife management areas and current waterfowl research are some of the topics planned for the Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium – a one-day conference for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife professionals. 

This event provides an opportunity for the public to speak with waterfowl experts from state and federal agencies and conservation organizations and takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington.

“Wildlife watchers, hunters and anyone interested in waterfowl and waterfowl habitat are all invited to attend,” said Ricky Lien, wetland habitat team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We enjoy being able to have face-to-face conversations and listen to perspectives from hunters and others who care about waterfowl and wetlands.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Waterfowl Association and DNR partner to present the event, now in its 21st year. Attendees will find information booths, a Junior Duck Stamp display, wild-game cooking demonstrations, and a gunsmith who can answer gun fitting and repair questions.

Presenters include:

  • James Burnham, Minnesota DNR, hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation.

  • David Fulton, Minnesota Cooperative Research Unit, Mississippi Flyway research.

  • Kelsie LaSharr, University of Minnesota, hunter use of WMAs.

  • Mary Stefanski and Vicki Sherry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Valley and Upper Mississippi River national wildlife refuges.

  • Jacob Straub, University of Wisconsin, migratory habitat with the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

  • Mike Johnson, University of Minnesota, canvasback research in Canada.

  • Bruce Davis, Minnesota DNR, mallard telemetry project.

  • John Maile, Minnesota DNR, understanding hunting habitat.

  • Gary Leaf, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

  • Question and answer session with Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

At a banquet on Friday, April 13, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will recognize significant contributors to the state’s waterfowl legacy. Space is limited for the banquet. To register, call the Minnesota Waterfowl Association at 952-767-0320 or visit

21st Annual Waterfowl Symposium

Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium

“Dedicated to Harvey Nelson”

 Minnesota Valley NWR,

3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425

Saturday, April 14, 2018


8:30 a.m.         Conference Room and Information Desk Open


Morning Session        9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Moderator: Brad Nylin, MWA


9:00 – 9:30      Welcome and Opening Remarks

Paul Telander, Wildlife Section Chief, MN DNR

Tom Cooper, Region 3 Migratory Bird Chief, USFWS


Moderator: Ricky Lien, MN DNR


9:30 – 10:00    Minnesota Hunting and Angling Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) Efforts – James Burnham, MN DNR

10:00 – 10:30  Understanding Recruitment and Retention in the Mississippi Flyway:  Results from Waterfowl Hunters in the NAWMP Study – David Fulton, MN Coop Research Unit  


Q & A


10:30-10:45 Break


10:45 – 11:15  Visitor’s Usage of MN WMAs – Kelsie LaSharr, MN DNR and U of MN


Q & A


11:15 – 12:00  Minnesota’s River National Wildlife Refuges

  • Upper Miss NWR – Have you seen us lately? Opportunities in Minnesota's Bluffland – Mary Stefanski, USFWS
  • MN Valley NWR – Habitats and Hunting Opportunities-  – Vicki Sherry and Scott Pariseau, USFWS


Q & A


12:00 – 1:00    Lunch on your own – Box Lunches Available for Purchase


Afternoon Session     1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Moderator:  Tom Cooper, USFWS


1:00 – 1:30      Integrating habitat, hunters, and populations into waterfowl conservation planning in the Upper Midwest – Jacob Straub, UW-Stevens Point  

Q & A


1:30 – 2:00      Breeding Ecology of Diving Ducks in Manitoba – Mike Johnson, U of MN


Q & A


2:00 – 2:30      Mallard Telemetry Project – Bruce Davis, MN DNR


2:30 – 2:45      Break


Moderator:  Steve Cordts, MN DNR


2:45 – 3:15      Hunters/Landowners Assessing Waterfowl Habitat – John Maile, MN DNR


3:15 – 3:45      Ten Years of OHF/ LSOHC: Results? – Garry Leaf, Sportsmen for Change


3:45 – 4:15      Q&A with Commissioner Tom Landwehr, MN DNR


4:15 – 4:30      Symposium Closeout