Wisconsin Volunteers Share a Heart for Continental Conservation

Bob and Kim Spoerl are shining examples of the spirit of conservation

Bob and Kim Spoerl are longtime supporters of Ducks Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico.

Bob and Kim Spoerl are longtime supporters of Ducks Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico.

Bob and Kim Spoerl are shining examples of the spirit of conservation. Bob began working with Ducks Unlimited at theĀ grassroots level as a committee chairman for the Stevens Point, Wisconsin, chapter over 30 years ago. The Spoerl family's commitment and involvement has grown ever since.

Today, Bob sits on the boards of directors for Ducks Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC). He is also a John E. Walker III Society member and a Grand Slam Benefactor. The path to these amazing accomplishments began way back when Bob was a boy growing up outside Milwaukee.

"There were two small wetland ponds near the town I grew up in," Bob recalls. "They weren't very big, about an acre each. I would see diving ducks there every year, every diving species you can think of. Developers came in and drained the ponds. Everything was gone in a flash. That's when I knew I had to do my part to save that habitat in the future."

Bob is a strong believer in the work DUMAC carries out for wetlands conservation in Mexico. "Many species of North American waterfowl rely heavily on Mexico's wintering grounds for survival," he notes. "I am excited to be involved with DUMAC, helping this great organization increase crucial wetlands habitat, aiding not only waterfowl but, just as important, the people of Mexico."