Ducks Unlimited banquet raises funds for conservation efforts

By Derek Cornet
November 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

Supporters of Ducks Unlimited Canada gathered for a fundraiser banquet Nov. 3 in an effort to preserve Saskatchewan’s wetlands.

Close to 100 people attended the event held at La Ronge Hotel and Suites, which included a steak supper, live and silent auctions, and a variety of raffles and games. Glenys Plunz, acting-chairperson for the local committee, said volunteers began organizing the banquet two months ago and she expects it will raise close to $12,000.

“The proceeds from the fundraiser … are sent to Saskatoon for Ducks Unlimited work in Saskatchewan,” she said. “A large amount of the projects are to restore depleting wetlands in the migratory paths for birds. The North is a pathway for migratory birds heading further North, and those who stay in the area then head south.”

Plunz noted much of the wetlands in northern Saskatchewan are still in a natural form, adding Ducks Unlimited doesn’t need to invest as much in the area than in other parts of the province. While some of it is due to less industrial and commercial activity, she said northerners and Indigenous elders are mindful about harvesting techniques that don’t harm the environment.

As a province-wide initiative, Plunz stated tri-community residents should support the cause because ensuring wildlife have clean habitats is everyone’s responsibility.

“Even though it’s called Ducks Unlimited, it’s for all habitats and maintaining sustainable wildlife,” she said.

The banquet in La Ronge was one of five occurring throughout Saskatchewan on the same night. Ducks Unlimited event and volunteer assistant Lacey Schroeder said in a 150-kilometre radius, the non-profit has secured 18,423 acres of wetlands habitat and invested $536,000. Projects in the area include securing more wetlands and boreal forest restoration.

“All the money raised at these banquets are able to go towards the projects directly in our province,” Schroeder said. “Every dollar raised is actually equivalent to $4 because of government grants we’re allowed to apply for.”

 

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