Wetland habitat

Wetland habitat.Seek expert advice and help when considering wetland habitat enhancement and restoration. You'll be doing things right , following all regulations and significantly improving your chances for success.

All wetlands provide habitat for certain sets of wildlife species. Like the alteration of any habitat, changes are likely to improve the habitat for some species and degrade it for others.

Landowner assistance

  • Pheasants Forever's Farm Bill biologist program is designed to educate farmers and landowners about the benefits of conservation programs, as well as assist those landowners after programs have been implemented. We call it the ‘One Stop Shop’ for anything conservation and wildlife-related on private lands.
  • Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitat for North America''s waterfowl. All the organization's conservation activities involve private land to some degree. Please contact DU's biologist to inquire how they can help you.
    • Central Minnesota: John Lindstrom; c/o USFWS Litchfield Wetland Management District Office; 22274 615 Ave.; Litchfield, MN 55355; [email protected]
    • Southern Minnesota: Kassy Dumke; c/o USFWS Windom Wetland Management District Office; 49633 County Road 17; Windom, MN 56101; [email protected]
  • The Minnesota Waterfowl Association is dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of Minnesota's wetlands and related waterfowl habitat as well as outdoor education and legislative initiatives. Its goals align well with private landowners and MWA is willing to give technical assistance on restoring, enhancing and protecting our wetlands. Contact MWA biologist Cody Burke.

Resources

  • Delta: Good management is based on sound science. That philosophy has been the organization's foundation since Aldo Leopold first advised Delta’s early conservation leadership. Learn how wetlands can work for you.
  • Build a wood duck box: This cedar box, designed by Minnesota wood duck expert Don “The Duckman” Helmeke, has been found productive and safe for wood ducks throughout North America. You can use just about any type of wood to build your nest boxes but cedar and cypress are more weather-resistant and will last longer.
  • Hen houses: Delta Waterfowl hen houses are the most cost-effective tool to increase mallard production. Targeted to areas of the highest mallard breeding density, Hen houses consistently boost nest success to more than 60 percent and commonly to 80 percent — even in areas where ground-nesting mallards typically achieve nest success of less than 10 percent.