Persons interested in donating to this book project will be supporting wetland management in Missouri.
Discover the unique history of the “Missouri Model” of wetland and waterfowl management in this large format and richly illustrated new book.
The success of Missouri’s waterfowl and wetland conservation is not an accident. Careful planning, skillful execution of well-designed strategies, public and private partnerships, strong citizen support and dedicated funding have all led to the quality wetland habitats and migratory bird populations that we enjoy today. A new book, Waterfowl Hunting and Wetland Conservation in Missouri – A Model of Collaboration, chronicles and celebrates this success. The book’s authors, many of them former waterfowl biologists and wetland managers, have donated their services to produce this new book. Sponsors, anchored by Bass Pro Shops, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation and private citizens, have covered all production costs. The book is edited by Alan Wentz. Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited, and Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, have each written a foreword for the book. The dust jacket artwork is from the Charles W. Schwartz collection, the State Historical Society of Missouri. Over three hundred images, some never before published, will be showcased in this hard copy book.
The book traces the evolution of waterfowl hunting in Missouri from Native Americans, explorers, early settlers and market hunters to the sport hunters of today. Hunters have been instrumental in advancing the conservation movement in North America, and the reader will gain a better understanding of the important role that they have played in waterfowl and wetland management in Missouri.
This is a must have book for all serious migratory bird hunters, and all proceeds from sales of the book will be dedicated to wetland and waterfowl conservation that benefits Missouri.
“Missouri’s wetland habitat today hosts considerably more waterfowl than it did 40 years ago. Hunters in Missouri harvest significantly more waterfowl on average each year than they did in the 1960s. The Missouri Department of Conservation has three times as many intensively managed waterfowl hunting areas as it did prior to the mid-1970s. It’s all true! There is a reason…and it’s a marvelous story that unfolds on the pages Waterfowl Hunting and Wetland Conservation in Missouri: A Model of Collaboration. It is a must read for all Missouri waterfowlers and anyone interested in wetland conservation.”
Julius Wall – Former National President of Ducks Unlimited and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation
“In connection with my work on the Missouri Conservation Commission, I frequently heard the term ‘Missouri Model’ applied to wetland and waterfowl conservation work in the Show-Me State. It began as a vision of a few farsighted men who believed all Missourians deserve high-quality waterfowl hunting opportunities. Through an amazing range of public and private partnerships built upon strong citizen support and dedicated funding, the vision has been realized. Missouri waterfowl hunters and wetland conservationists may read the interesting story in Waterfowl Hunting and Wetland Conservation in Missouri: A Model of Collaboration. I highly recommend it.”
Lowell Mohler – Former Chairman of the Missouri Conservation Commission, former Senior Vice-President of Ducks Unlimited and former member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation
In addition to proceeds from book sales, funds are needed to support ongoing and future wetland and waterfowl management in Missouri . You are always encouraged to support these efforts. Donate online or send a check payable to MCHF referencing wetland and waterfowl management.