I attended my first DU event in Buffalo, during the spring of 1990 as a result of my neighbor asking me if I would like to attend. Previously I had not volunteered because I thought that I had no skills to offer, such as working in the marsh, restoring habitat, etc. I volunteered because I finally realized that the local chapter is a fund raising arm for DU and that I do not need to be directly involved in the physical restoration work.
|Dale Lusti enjoying healthy waters.|
I have served as the treasurer and area chair of my local chapter, zone chair, district chair and I am in my 2nd year as the MN DU Convention Chair. I provided assistance with the Treasurer function to 4 other chapters and have started two new chapters; each of which has earned “Top Flight” status.
Although I am not a hard-core water-fowler, I have been excited by the vision of wildlife in the air (particularly ducks and geese) since I was a little kid on the farm. My senses still get piqued to the faintest quack or honk in the air.
Since my involvement with DU, I have visited waters that have not been restored, and have noticed their dirt and lack of organisms in the water that wildlife like to feed upon, and can see why there are no waterfowl on those waters. I have also visited waters that DU restored and noticed the cleaner food producing waters that do hold waterfowl. I have also witnessed the great successes of nesting waterfowl in the North Dakota Prairie, where upwards of 100 nesting pairs of ducks per acre reside in the spring. DU does the physical work based upon scientific methods, with dollars that we supply.
To an effective DU volunteer you simply need to have the desire to want to make a difference for the ducks, clean water, and future generations. No matter your skill level or amount of time available, you can (and will) make a difference volunteering with your local committee. I did, still do, and couldn’t be happier with my DU involvement.
As a result of my involvement with DU, my wife (Julie) and daughter (Liz) are both actively involved with DU both on the local and state level. My son (Rich) and his family are all active on the Greenwing level.