From staff reports
The Winston County chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its Annual Fundraising Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Lake Tiak-Okhata.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and a dinner with all the trimmings, will be served. The dinner will also feature live auctions, raffles and more. The auctions will include guns, wildlife art, hunting accessories, and other sports-related items. A raffle and silent auction also are planned.
“Please join us and help enhance the remaining wetlands so that waterfowl can be guaranteed to be there for the enjoyment of future generations,” said the 2013 DU committee
All are invited to attend the event and help conservation in the county, state and country.
“Many people do not know how to help wildlife, but would like to make a positive difference in helping,” said the 2013 DU committee “Attending a Ducks Unlimited event is a great way to help.”
The Winston County DU committee consists of local volunteers, many of whom have served on the committee for several years to raise funds for Ducks Unlimited, an organization founded in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows.
Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen formed the organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited, to conserve wildlife habitat.
Ducks Unlimited is now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization, with more than 773,000 members. Ducks Unlimited has been instrumental in conserving over 12 million acres of wetlands.
Waterfowl are not the only beneficiaries of DU’s habitat work. Wetlands improve the overall health of the environment by recharging and purifying groundwater, moderating floods and reducing soil erosion. Wetlands, nature’s most productive ecosystems, provide critical habitat to more than 900 wildlife species and invaluable recreation opportunities for people to enjoy.
The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands, and continues to lose more than 80,000 acres of wetlands most important to wildlife each year.
For ticket information and/or sponsorship information, please contact Allen Watts at 662-773-7111, Harry Tabor at 662-803-0403