Duck Mitigation and the Greenwing Program

November 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th Street North
Oshtemo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

“Mitigation – to moderate in force or intensity; alleviate.” Are we mitigating ducks? No, says Pete Wyckoff, who is a Biosystems and Agricultural Engineer who does wetland delineations, GPS surveys, and HydroCAD modeling to assist state or Federal road builders and land developers to meet the requirements for reducing the impact on or to create compensation for the loss of wetlands (duck) habitat. He is mitigating the loss of natural habitat to achieve a no net loss of wetlands habitat. What gets investigated? — Natural stream channel design, hydraulic engineering, and design of aquaponics systems. Pete will help us understand what that means. Because of the Federal Clean Water Act, development and construction projects that impact a wetland are required to mitigate the damage by creating a wetland of equal or greater functioning capacity. This is environmental habitat protection at the basics.

Pete’s work stretches through more states than Michigan, but he is a Michigan State graduate and works out of the Ducks Unlimited office in Ann Arbor, so he will have lots of Michigan stories to tell us.

Pete’s other passion is the Greenwing Program, an educational and hands-on program for children under 17 years old. Even infants can join! Building houses for wood ducks, exploring wetlands and other natural areas, and generally learning the importance of caring for and preserving our natural areas. The name “Greenwing”? Green-winged Teal are the smallest, and one of the fastest, ducks.

This looks like a chance for all of us to learn a lot.

Join us Monday, November 24, at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. The program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee cup.