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Ducks Unlimited banquet, auction set for Wednesday
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WHAT: Ducks Unlimited banquet

WHEN: Wednesday. Social hour at 5; dinner at 5:30; program 7 p.m.

WHERE: Ludlow Mansion, Monroe

ADMISSION: $55 per person; $85 per couple; Greenwings $25.

TICKETS: Tickets and more information available online at or by calling Armin Daubert at 608-558-2962

MONROE - The Monroe chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its 44th annual fundraising banquet and auction Wednesday at Ludlow Mansion in Monroe.

The event is open to the public and geared to conservationists, sportsmen and wetland supporters. Tickets cost $55 per person and $85 per couple. The ticket includes dinner and a Ducks Unlimited membership. Greenwing tickets, for those 17 and under, are $25.

There will be a silent auction as well as a live auction featuring an array of guns and other Ducks Unlimited merchandise including prints, sculptures and other items made and donated by local residents. Several items also will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event also by contacting Armin Daubert.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, organizers say. The organization got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America's drought-plagued waterfowl populations plunged to unprecedented lows.

Ducks Unlimited works with corporations and governmental partners as well as non-governmental organizations, landowners and private citizens to restore and manage areas that have been damaged, and to prevent further degradation of existing wetlands. DU also actively works with others to recommend sound government policies. The group says it spends 82 percent of money raised for waterfowl and wetland conservation and education. Ducks Unlimited works with biologists and ecologists to evaluate habitat needs and to monitor how birds respond to various environmental changes. Some of the methods to conserve habitats are restoring grassland; replanting forests, restoring watersheds, educating landowner, conservation easements and acquiring of land.