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About Delta Wildlife


Committees

Committee chairs are appointed by the Delta Wildlife President on an annual basis. All active members may also serve on the following committees by annual request.

Membership Committee

Administrative committee managing membership services, relations and recruiting.

Magazine, Education and Public Relations Committee

Emily Carter, Committee Chair. Administrative committee managing all aspects of the Delta Wildlife magazine, eNews, website, social media and all other public communications. The Committee also oversees educational programs and events.

August 27th committee report: Members of the Magazine, Education and Public Relations Committee offered numerous accolades concerning the content of the Delta Wildlife magazine. But improvements can always be made and several items were discussed in that regard. The Committee suggested the staff make more use of organizational social media outlets as well as offer a monthly eNews submission. The value of Hunters Education Classes and Membership Socials were also thoroughly discussed.

Committee on Forestry

Jim Luckett, Committee Chair. Programmatic committee advising the Officers and Board on regional issues and concern, proposes action items to the Board for consideration and serves as an educational venue for members.

September 3rd committee report: The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) took center stage during the Forestry Committee Meeting. Fears from forest landowners and hunting clubs have been growing as the insect has been closing in on the Mississippi Delta from both the North and West. The healthy discussion lead to a directive by the Committee to the staff to gather more information about EAB detection, possible quarantines, and treatment options in both commercial forestry settings as well as urban areas. Another major topic discussed was the need for more flexible and diverse allowances by USDA to manage maturing timber on both CRP and WRP lands.

Committee on Backyard Habitats & Non-Game Species

Emily Carter, Committee Chair. Programmatic committee advising the Officers and Board on regional issues and concern, proposes action items to the Board for consideration and serves as an educational venue for members.

August 27th committee report: Birds dominated the discussion of the Backyard Habitat and Non-Game Committee. The Committee shares a strong interest in updating and republishing the Delta Wildlife regional birding checklist that was originally published in the early 1990’s. Delta Wildlife’s oldest program, the Nesting Box Program, received focus, as interest in Wood Duck boxes, Warbler boxes and Bluebird boxes have dropped in recent years. Delta Wind Birds and birdseed rounded out the discussion on birds before a few other topics were discussed.

Committee on Mourning Dove, Bobwhite Quail & Small Game

Programmatic committee advising the Officers and Board on regional issues and concern, proposes action items to the Board for consideration and serves as an educational venue for members.

Committee on White-tailed deer & Eastern Wild Turkey

John Murry Greenlee, Committee Chair. Programmatic committee advising the Officers and Board on regional issues and concern, proposes action items to the Board for consideration and serves as an educational venue for members.

July 11th committee report: The Deer and Turkey Committee was well attended by members from Memphis to Jackson. Discussions were healthy, leading to a prioritization of issues where the committee would focus their initial efforts. Those issues include Predator Management, Feral Hogs, and Age-Based Buck Management Strategies. Deer depredation on cropland, protein feeding programs, turkey relocation, and the need for additional MDWFP Conservation Officers were other topics that the committee will be studying in the near future.

Committee on Fisheries

Paul Dees, Committee Chair. Programmatic committee advising the Officers and Board on regional issues and concern, proposes action items to the Board for consideration and serves as an educational venue for members.

July 9th committee report: The new membership based Fisheries Committee spent a majority of its initial meeting prioritizing fisheries issues in the Delta. The first topic the committee will begin to investigate is the effects Asian Carp are having on Delta Lakes. The committee will be inviting experts in to learn more about the species and what control options may exist. The purpose of the exercise will be to determine what roles Delta Wildlife can play in order to help control this species in Delta lakes.

Committee on Waterfowl

Randy Sewall, Committee Chair. Programmatic committee advising the Officers and Board on regional issues and concern, proposes action items to the Board for consideration and serves as an educational venue for members.

July 11th committee report: Waterfowl Committee members were please to find that Delta Wildlife was actively engaged in addressing nearly all of the local Delta concerns that were cited during the meeting. This discovery lead to a discussion about what needs to be done to increase mallard duck production beyond Delta Wildlife’s operation area. Guests from Delta Waterfowl provided a presentation on the conservation efforts in the Prairie Pothole Region where a majority of the Delta’s ducks come from each winter.