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Price County resident’s photo selected for Ducks Unlimited 2022 calendar

Blake Richard, a Park Falls resident who is attending Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin and majoring in Natural Resources, had the honor for a second consecutive year to have one of his duck photos selected for the highly competitive 2022 Ducks Unlimited calendar. Blake has had a long interest in wildlife photography and duck hunting.

The Mission of Ducks Unlimited is to “conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.” Ducks Unlimited will be celebrating 85 years of conservation work in 2022.

With the help of 52,000 passionate volunteers and supporters like Blake, over 15 million acres have been conserved through a science-based approach across North America. These protected habitats also benefit a host of other wildlife species besides waterfowl, and people too who recreate on these lands and waters.

What are wetlands and why are they important to wildlife and all of us?

According to Ducks Unlimited, wetlands include swamps, marshes and bogs that provide numerous beneficial services to people, fish and wildlife. Some of these services include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters, and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. In addition, wetlands filter drinking water, refill groundwater reservoirs, help prevent flooding, protect coasts from hurricanes, and provide recreational opportunities for birders, hunters, anglers and boaters.

If you are an outdoors person, who wouldn’t want to be part of an organization like that? Check out their website (ducks.org) to find out more, become a member, or order the 2022 calendar (click on ‘shop’) with Blake’s award-winning pair of ring-necked ducks along with many other spectacular duck pictures for the other months.

Blake’s duck photo graces the month of April that includes some important dates including April 8-10, 2022 Ducks Unlimited Expo; April 21, 1838 when conservationist John Muir was born; April 22, 2022 Earth Day that originated in Wisconsin, and April 26, 1785 when wildlife artist and conservationist John J. Audubon was born. April 14 also denotes the date the first wave of breeding mallards arrives in the U.S. and Canadian prairies. Interesting phenological information on other duck species is found throughout the calendar.

Please help Ducks Unlimited save and manage wetland habitats for all the wildlife that call nature’s wetlands their home by ordering a calendar today.

The private Nature Education Center in Fifield operated by Tom and Mary Lou Nicholls is open seasonally by appointment only.


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Wisconsin 4-H Foundation offers scholarships
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The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $15,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin members and alumni pursuing higher education in 2022. To be considered for financial support, applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via email between December 1, 2021 and March 15, 2022.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth through 4-H, development and leadership in 4-H, academic performance and future educational goals.

To be eligible for Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships students must have been a Wisconsin 4-H member for at least three years; have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and be enrolled or planning to enroll at a university, college or technical school during the 2022-2023 academic school year. Scholarship winners from previous years are not eligible to receive a second 4-H Foundation scholarship.

The application is a one-page cover letter and a one-page résumé, both of which give the 4-H youth a chance to share their 4-H achievements, as well as their future plans. Applicants are asked to treat this process as if applying for a job.

Cover letters and résumés must be submitted as one PDF document and emailed to scholarships@wis4hfoundation.org. For detailed information about what to include in and how to prepare the application documents, 4-H youth can visit www.Wis4HFoundation.org/scholarships.

Ag Day at the Capitol will be held Jan. 26 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. This event is the largest gathering of farmers from across the state representing a variety of farm groups to learn more about issues impacting Wisconsin agriculture and meet with their state legislators.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with the program starting at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served followed by issue briefings and time for attendees to visit their legislators in the Capitol. It is important that attendees call the offices of their legislators in advance to schedule an appointment between 3 and 5 p.m. for Wednesday, January 26.

Due to Dane County ordinances for COVID-19 mitigation, masks will be required for this event and other provisions may also be required and details are subject to change.

Register for Ag Day at the Capitol by visiting https://bit.ly/2022AgDayRegistration. The cost is $30 per person before Jan. 19. Registrations on or after Jan. 20 and at-the-door attendees will cost $60.


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Alice in Dairyland applications open
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Applications are now open for the next Alice in Dairyland, the 75th anniversary for the position that promotes Wisconsin agriculture and trade.

As one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture, Alice in Dairyland travels extensively throughout the state promoting Wisconsin’s agriculture industry and its impact on the state economy. In this highly visible and fast-paced position, Alice in Dairyland serves as a full-time spokesperson, cultivates relationships with television, radio, and print media outlets throughout the state, writes and delivers speeches at events, and utilizes social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture.

Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering classroom presentations, and networking with industry professionals. Alice must also learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information to educate both urban and rural audiences.

“My time as Alice in Dairyland has made my passion and appreciation for Wisconsin agriculture even stronger,” said 73rd and 74th Alice in Dairyland Julia Nunes. “As Alice, I have had the priceless opportunity to learn about Wisconsin’s diverse, vibrant agriculture industry and share that newfound knowledge with the citizens of Wisconsin. These experiences have given me skills that will help me in my career and beyond.”

Alice in Dairyland applicants should have an interest in Wisconsin agriculture, at least three years of experience, education, or training in communications, marketing, education, or public relations, and public speaking experience. Applicants must also be female, Wisconsin residents, and at least 21 years old.

This one-year, full-time contractual position starts July 5, 2022. The chosen candidate will travel extensively throughout the state and be required to have weekly in-person office time at DATCP’s Madison office. The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $45,000 and includes holiday, vacation, and sick leave and use of a vehicle while on official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month and professional travel expenses.

To apply, submit an application form, cover letter, resume, and three professional references to DATCPAlice@wisconsin.gov or PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911 by 4:30 p.m. on February 4, 2022. Application materials are available at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/BecomingAlice.aspx.

Qualified applicants will have a preliminary interview on February 26, 2022 at DATCP’s Madison office or via Zoom. Top candidates are required to attend a two-day program briefing and press announcement March 11-12, 2022 and the three-day final interview process May 19-21, 2022 in Dane County.

Questions about the position or application process can be directed to DATCP’s Alice in Dairyland Program Director Debbie Gegare at (608) 224-5116 or debbie.gegare@wisconsin.gov.


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