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For Release: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DEC Will Hold Waterfowl Identification Certificate Class

A Waterfowl Identification Certificate class will be given at SUNY Plattsburgh by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The ability to correctly identify waterfowl is critical to being a successful and responsible waterfowl hunter. Some National Wildlife Refuges do require possession of a Waterfowl ID certificate before obtaining a hunting permit.

The class will be held on Thursday, October 9, from 6 pm to 10 pm, in Room 0026 of Hudson Hall at 31 Beekman Street in Plattsburgh, NY. Free parking is available nearby in the lot on the corner of Brinkerhoff and Beekman Streets or curbside on Brinkerhoff and Court Streets.

The class will be led by DEC Wildlife Biologist Michael Morgan who will cover these topics:

  • Key features when identifying birds in the field;
  • Waterfowl hunting rules and regulations;
  • Waterfowl hunter's responsibilities and ethics;
  • Waterfowl hunting safety and
  • Waterfowling ballistics

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Jake Straub, Assistant Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Straub is an expert on waterfowl biology, habitat and management, and is actively researching a variety of waterfowl and wetland topics in support of waterfowl conservation efforts.

Participants must pre-register by sending an e-mail to michael.morgan@dec.ny.gov or calling 315-705-5539.

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