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About Delta Wildlife
The Avian Committee manages and develops projects that benefit all types of birds except waterfowl and shorebirds. Committee activities include the management of the Nesting Box Program, Quail Projects, Turkey Projects, Neotropical Projects, Birding Trails, Bird Lists, Bird Counts, Grassland Songbirds, and other types of avian species.
Many wildlife species can be found in urban environments. The Backyard Habitat Committee works with local garden clubs and civic organization to develop wildlife habitat in communities throughout the region. The committee also oversees the development and dissimilation of information that can help homeowners attract wildlife to their backyards.
Delta Wildlife hosts several events annually. The Committee oversees the planning and production of such events, whether they are educational, membership oriented, or fundraisers.
Federal Programs and Grants
Delta Wildlife helps landowners utilize Federal Conservation Programs to develop wildlife habitat. In order to do this, the organization must keep up-to-date on changes within programs so it can provide the latest information to its membership. In addition to Federal Program technical assistance, Delta Wildlife also serves as a technical service provided for the USDA on WRP and CRP lands. The committee oversees the organization’s involvement with both technical assistance and contracting. Furthermore, the committee oversees the grant writing process and administration of grants necessary to implement large-scale wildlife habitat projects.
The Finance Committee oversees all expenses and revenues of the organization and is accountable to the Board of Directors and membership. The committee is also in charge of annual budget development.
The Fisheries Committee develops and manages all fisheries related activities. This includes educational materials for noxious weeds, lake improvement projects, fisheries habitat improvement projects, boat ramps, and other activities.
Magazine, Education, and Public Relations Committee
This committee oversees the production of the magazine, selling of ads, educational components, outreach activities, seminars, presentations, the website, press releases, merchandising, and all other public relations activities.
The Membership Committee oversees the management of membership information, membership dues, membership recruitment, and membership services.
Wildlife and Conservation Plantings
The Habitat Seed Program is one of the organization’s largest programs. This committee oversees this program and all other activities related to food plot recommendations and conservation planting.
Wetlands and Waterfowl
Wetland management, winter water management, waterfowl, shorebirds, hydrology restoration, the Mississippi Partners Program (Pipe Program), hot crop food plots for ducks, and all other wetland related activities are overseen by the Wetlands and Waterfowl Committee.
Forestry and Reforestation
This committee works with the staff and certified foresters to help landowners manage forestlands for wildlife purposes. It also oversees all reforestation activities, which typically total over 3,000 acre per year.
Mammalian Management and Habitat
This committee focuses on all activities related to mammals. White-tailed deer is the focus of most of the committee’s work. But the committee is also involved with Black Bears, hogs, predator management, and other furry critters.