FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Expo and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Award Three Scholarships
Date: 10 August 2023 Contact Person: Taylor Finger, Mark Kakatsch
The Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunters Expo and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation are delighted to announce the recipients of two ($1500) and one ($1000) scholarship. These scholarships aim to provide support to students pursuing careers in managing and regulating waterfowl resources. Both organizations firmly believe that fostering communication, education, and engagement between the waterfowl hunting community and those entrusted with preserving and protecting waterfowl resources is crucial.
The first recipient is Jeffrey Edwards, a master’s student conducting research on Blue-winged teal movement, habitat selection, and survival during the non-breeding season at the University of Missouri. The second recipient is Amanda Griswold, currently working on her master’s degree at UW – Stevens Point, where she assesses waterfowl production across priority breeding habitats in Wisconsin using drone or UAV technology. Lastly, the third recipient is Logan Planer, who is wrapping up his bachelor’s degree at UW-Stevens Point and serves as the university president of the Ducks Unlimited Chapter. Logan’s future career goals revolve around influencing waterfowl management.
The scholarships were open to both graduate and undergraduate students who meet the criteria of attending a university, college, or vocational technical institute in Wisconsin or being a Wisconsin resident attending a university, college, or vocational technical institute out of state.
The Waterfowl Hunters Expo is an annual event coordinated by organizations that cherish Wisconsin’s unique waterfowling heritage in hopes of preserving it while raising awareness to protect the wildlife and habitat essential for a healthy future. A portion of each ticket sale is dedicated to funding the two $1,500 scholarships, providing waterfowl hunters and enthusiasts with an opportunity to contribute back to current and future waterfowl research and management.
The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is dedicated to the future of hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting sports. They achieve these goals through conservation education and the advancement of sound policies on state and federal levels.
The Waterfowl Hunters Expo and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation extend their heartfelt congratulations to Jeffrey Edwards, Amanda Griswold, and Logan Planer as recipients of these scholarships and look forward to the outstanding work and research these three individuals will undertake.
As a reminder, for those interested in waterfowl, the 3rd annual Waterfowl Hunters Expo is scheduled for Aug. 26, 2023, at the Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh.
The Waterfowl Expo offers a one-of-a-kind experience, open to waterfowl hunting enthusiasts of all ages. The expo will feature hands-on exhibits for attendees to try and buy the latest outdoor products and presentations from industry experts, habitat managers, and waterfowl scientists. The event is family- and dog-friendly, providing a platform for hunters to come together and experience everything related to waterfowl.
Additionally, the Waterfowl Hunters Expo will now host the state Waterfowl, Turkey, and Pheasant stamp competition, International Decoy Carving Contest, as well as the state duck and goose calling contests.
For more information about the event and tickets, please visit the Waterfowl Hunters Expo website.