About Us

The Mississippi Flyway Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A. was charted over 20 years ago. The chapter is located in Northern Western Illinois and performs waterfowl conservation work in the counties of Carroll, Whiteside, and Rock Island. They have also performed projects in the counties of Clinton, Scott and Jackson in the state of Iowa.

They are partnered with the Iowa DNR, Illinois DNR, Clinton County Conservation Board of Pheasants Forever, and D.U. to help purchase many additional wetlands in their area. The biggest project was the Millroad Marsh which was bought with chapter funds and the Illinois State Migratory Bird Stamp Funds. The farm ground portion was idled and many nesting structures were installed.

The chapter has worked with several area Boy Scouts to help them make their Eagle Scout Merit through nest building projects. The FFA from West Carroll School has been regularly tapped to build floating goose nests and wood duck houses for the Mississippi Flyway Chapter. The chapter has a nesting project where they clean and check wood duck houses and maintain floating goose nests in the Mississippi River and many private areas. They regularly hand out goose nests and wood duck nests to anyone who asks for them.

At their banquets, they focus on promoting today’s youth into the sport of waterfowling and hunting. Each year the chapter gives away an average of 21 guns. This helps immensely in the attendance of kids at their banquets.

The Mississippi Flyway Chapter has a Shallow Water Wetland Grant and makes funds available to landowners who apply thru a local NRCS office to build wetland structures. Landowners use the chapter funding to help them pay their portion of the cost share when working with state agencies to build wetlands on their property


Our Goals

    • Protect local wetland habitat
    • Restore drained wetlands
    • Educate the public on the importance of wetlands and habitat areas
    • Provide controlled hunting opportunities on selected properties
    • Contribute to the purchase of greenspaces for wildlife protection


Accomplishments

  • 1994 Donate a marine radio and antenna and installation in the air boat that the Illinois DNR (Doug Dufford) uses in banding wood ducks.
  • Donated a TV/VCR to Iowa Biologist Bob Sheets for education
  • Active 8 Matt Hamill film crew. F&Wildlife biologist Debbie Dee, Tom Jones, Ron Kaufman filmed checking wood duck houses.
  • Donate a depth finder to IL DNR for use in its flat bottom boat.
  • 1994 Install wood duck houses at Elkhorn Creek, Sunfish Slough and the Rock River at Ophold Marine
  • Active 8 Matt Hamill filmed capturing wood duck's by airboat with biologist Doug Dufford, Ron Kaufman, and Ed Pannell
  • 1995 Install mallard nest at American Zyrofin in Thomson
  • Install nest at the holding pond on 4th street north of Fulton.
  • Experiment with mallard nest similar to the one that Delta Waterfowl uses
  • Join the Clinton Count Pheasants Forever in the purchases of the 40 acre Lawlor track at Goose Lake. It was project Iowa REAP funding and was instrumented by Bob Sheets IA DNR biologist and the Iowa PF state chairman.
  • 1994 Joined with E.I. Dupont's Habitat committee to install goose tubes and hen houses in DuPont's wetland. The mater cost was supported by DuPont
  • 1995 Approval to donated $500.00 for a seeder for Potters Marsh project when Larry Wargowski was US F&W refuge manager.
  • 1995 Donate $50.00 to Soaring Eagle Nature Society-Clinton
  • 1995 Donated to the Iowa Trumpeter Swan Fund
  • Duck banding - chapter members assisted IL DNR in banding woodies by air boat in the summer. The banding was at Potters Marsh and Blanding's landin.
  • Donated Materials to Richie Linville of Sterling troop 72 for his Eagle Scout merit and install duck nest at Lake Carlton
  • Green Island - build and install 25 mallard nest with the Iowa DNR site technician, Randy Robinson.
  • Cost share excavation work with the Natural Area Guardians at Agnew IL
  • Apply for IL State Duck stamps funding for Millroad Marsh
  • 1996 Use $28,000 IL stat duck stamp money, $10,000 chapter money and $1,000 from QCCA to purchase Millroad Marsh project
  • Eagle Scout - Help Tim Mertin from troop 642 in Clinton to achieve his Eagle Merit through building hen houses'
  • Install 11 hen houses at E.I. DuPont's wetland
  • 1996 Donate to Morrison's Sportsman's Club's Hunter Safety course.
  • Swan Restoration. Donate to the Clinton County Conservation Board toward its Swan Restoration Fund.
  • Donate to the Soaring Eagles Nature Center in Clinton for outdoor education
  • Erect hen houses at Agri King and Goose Lake
  • Spring Slough near Rock Falls. Installed hen houses with the Whiteside county NAGS
  • Install nest at Spring Slough south of Rock Falls
  • Fulton Project - Install duck and goose nest in the water retention area
  • Troop 642 - helped build hen houses at the National Guard Amory
  • Eagle Scout - Troop 305 - Alex Signery, taught to build hen houses. 29 nests were built
  • Adopt a Highway - chapter adopted one mile of US 30
  • Power Ice auger purchase for installation of hen houses - purchased with 100% raffle money from COM ED employees
  • J.T. Cullen partnered in a prairie grass seeding.
  • Gun Safety school - donated to a class held at the Morrison Gun Club
  • 1999 Banded wood ducks with IL DNR, 92 Ducks were banded at Blanding Landing
  • 1999 E.L. Stralow perform initial excavation at Milroad Marsh
  • 2000 Donated to gun safety class at Morrision Gun Club
  • 2000 Eagle Scout - Travis Birt made his merit through Waterfowl USA by helping build duck nest
  • Rock Creek Camanche, the chapter donated $2,000 to the IA DNR Bob Sheets to help cost share with many organizations to dam up Rock Creek
  • Native Grass drill. The chapter donated $2,000 to help buy John Deere drill with the IL DNR, Wild Turkey Federation, & Pheasants Forever
  • Shallow Water Funding program started
  • 2002 Joined Ducks Unlimited in it's Golf Outing 4 Man Scramble at Oakville
  • Install wood duck houses for Bob Black, Morrison
  • Waterfowl USA / DU conservation Day. Install wood duck houses at Potters and Frog Pond
  • 2004 Scull boat - the banquet featured the raffle of the last scull boat build by Ralph Thomson
  • 2007 Donate to Clinton County Conservation Board to help purchase hunting ground along the Wapsi river. This will join the Ben Martinsen Public Wildlife area near Follets IA
  • Cost share wetland projects with: Larry Brackenmeyer, Dan Hartman, Warren Lambert, Janette Young, Ron Smith, Joel Young, Luke Besse, Tom Kamper, Curt Eubanks, Larry Jepsen, W J Huginin, James Chamberlain, Alan Kaplan, Rob Palumbo
  • 2012 Donate 20 wood duck houses to Boy Scout troop 6420 fro use in Potters Marsh in cooperation of the Thomson Corps of Engeneers Rangers.
  • 2012 Phowler Boat's - Clinton & J T Cullen - Fulton donated material and labor for Phowler board built for WFUSA 2012 banquet
  • Purchase material for 40 wood duck houses. Houses built by West Carrol FFA
  • Donate cost of material for 10 goose floats for Duck Waters hunt club, Savanna
  • 2014 Gave 10 wood duck houses to Whiteside county NRCS for installation at Big Bend State Conservation area near Prophetstown, IL.
  • 2014 Donated $3,000 to the Iowa DNR for land acquisition near Green Island. The area will be open to public hunting.
  • West Carroll FFA cuts up material for the chapters goose floats.
  • 2015 - Hired Morris Blacktop to bring in excavator to remove trees from Millroad Marsh fall 2015











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