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Welcome to the Lancaster Chapter of Delta Waterfowl

A Local Pennsylvania Chapter

The Lancaster Chapter was established in 2009 by a small group of water fowlers dedicated to the heritage of water fowling with a drive for education and conservation. They understood the importance of sharing this sport with the community. Today, the Lancaster Chapter is more dedicated than ever to making sure that we not only educate about ethical hunting practices, but work to improve the habitat that will ensure future generation have prime opportunities afield. Please check out our chapter at one of our monthly meetings or field events.

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Our Mission
Hunters and their families joining together to preserve the future of water fowling for all to enjoy for years to come - The Lancaster Chapter of Delta Waterfowl represents a new way of conservation, making a difference in our local community. Delta Waterfowl is a science-based organization focused on building better waterfowl production through nesting and habitat preservation. Twenty-five percent of all funds raised are returned to the community where we live and hunt. These funds are used for stream and river clean-up, wood duck boxes, hen houses, education of youth, and hunts for youth and veterans.
Chapter Activities

• River Cleanup Days • Youth and Community Education Events • Nesting Structure Construction and Installation • Youth and Veteran Hunts • Picnics and Social Events

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History Of Delta Waterfowl
Delta Waterfowl traces its roots to 1911. Under the leadership of James Ford Bell the founder of General Mills, began a journey of conservation which led to the modern Delta Waterfowl of today. Originally inspired to put 2 ducks back for each one shot by he and his colleagues on his property on the famed Delta Marsh, quickly learned stocking wasn’t going to sustain wild duck populations. Bell sought out conservation leaders as to how he could make a difference. Bell brought Aldo Leopold, the father of modern game management, to Delta and there was born the idea of waterfowl research facility. In 1938, Hans Albert (Al) Hochbaum arrived at Delta and became the organizations first scientific director. Hochbaum and his early Delta colleagues pioneered the study of breeding duck ecology, made seminal discoveries on habitat use and behavior. In the years since those early Delta pioneers, legions of graduate students laid the foundation of our understanding of waterfowl and their habitat. And those same researchers who pursued their Masters and Doctoral degrees in the wetlands of North America have gone on to impact waterfowl conservation in their professional lives serving in leadership positions in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian Wildlife Service, nongovernmental organizations like Ducks Unlimited and state and provincial agencies working for our waterfowl resource.