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Sunday, January 09, 2022 1:00 am


Waterfowl virtual workshop to be offered Jan. 25

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The 2022 Waterfowl Workshop for Waterfowl Control Operators will take place virtually from noon to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

The workshop is required for all contractors who want to become qualified as WCOs to conduct waterfowl trapping, transporting, relocation and/or euthanasia for hire in Indiana during 2022.

All first-time WCOs must attend the workshop to be eligible to work this year. Attendance is also encouraged for all WCOs, but those who have attended the workshop in previous years may opt to test out.

Those interested in taking the test should contact Debbie Walter at or 812-789-2724. The 2022 exam will be available Feb. 1.

Employees of WCO contractors are welcome to attend the workshop, but it is required only for individuals who will physically conduct waterfowl trapping, transporting, relocating, and/or euthanizing for hire.

Individuals pursuing qualifying status for goose euthanasia for the first time will also need to provide the division with a certificate of attendance to the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators Association goose management course or complete a Division of Fish and Wildlife-approved eight-hour equivalent goose course.

Before any waterfowl management activities can legally be conducted, WCOs must ensure that the DFW has received all necessary paperwork.

Registration by Jan. 17 is required to participate in this virtual workshop. Once registered, participants will be provided the webinar link and training materials.

To register, or for more information, contact Jessica Merkling, urban wildlife biologist, at or 260-244-6805.

Salamonie's 'We Love Nature' program set

Enhancing children's love for the outdoors is the goal of Salamonie Preschool's “We Love Nature!” program Feb. 13.

The class will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. as well as 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Each program is designed to improve the preschooler's basic education, including music, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

The program fee is $2 per child. Advance registration is appreciated. Register by calling Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 260-468-2127.

For more information on other UWIS programs, see or

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services ( is at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews.

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