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  • 'Hen house' builders set fundraiser

  • The Southern Oregon chapter of Delta Waterfowl will hold its fifth annual fundraising banquet and auction Aug. 9 in Medford to raise money to build more "hen house" nesting structures and fund other programs it undertakes in the region.
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  • The Southern Oregon chapter of Delta Waterfowl will hold its fifth annual fundraising banquet and auction Aug. 9 in Medford to raise money to build more "hen house" nesting structures and fund other programs it undertakes in the region.
    The doors to the Ramada Convention Center near Food 4 Less will open at 5 p.m., with the dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by an evening of live and silent auctions, and raffles.
    The banquet is the major fundraiser for the chapter, and 25 percent of the money raised there will remain local for local projects. The rest goes to the parent Delta Waterfowl, which has main offices in North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.
    The main local Delta Waterfowl project is the ongoing construction and maintenance of wood duck "hen house" nesting structures at the Denman Wildlife Area.
    The local chapter began seven years ago and now sports 276 members within a 150-mile radius of Medford, says chapter President Steve DeBerry.
    Single tickets cost $60, and couples can get in for $85. Youth tickets are available for $45. An eight-person table can be bought for $480.
    All tickets come with a one-year membership to Delta Waterfowl.
    Tickets can be purchased online at www.deltawaterfowl.org or by calling DeBerry at 541-973-9250. Tickets also will be available at the door.
    The Medford chapter of Ducks Unlimited is taking reservations for its fundraising banquet and auctions set for Aug. 2 in Medford.
    The banquet will take place at the Inn at the Commons at 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.
    The fundraiser will include gun raffles, auctions and games targeted for adults, along with a new program that devotes an entire section of the banquet to kids.
    The dinner and auction is the chapter's main fundraiser to support habitat projects benefitting waterfowl. The national organization spends approximately $3 million annually on habitat projects in Oregon, according to the chapter.
    For more information about how to donate to the event or buy tickets, call Ed Santa Maria at 541-690-1520 or Matt O'Connor at 541-973-3152.
    Two campgrounds on the Wild Rivers Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are now closed while Forest Service officials grapple with how to handle hazard trees there.
    The Cave Creek and Big Pine campgrounds each contain several large trees in decaying state that could fall and pose a hazard to visitors. They include a 259-foot Ponderosa pine that was once the world's largest Ponderosa pine and the namesake for the Big Pine campground.
    A tree 9 feet taller has since been discovered elsewhere on the forest.
    The Cave Creek Campground is a higher elevation campground south of the Oregon Caves Highway. The Big Pine Campground is north of the Briggs Valley Road northwest of Grants Pass.
    A bipartisan bill to increase the federal duck stamp by $10 to get more buying power out of the fund is getting strong support from waterfowlers across the country.
    Ducks Unlimited wants to see the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 get through both chambers of Congress and increase the price of the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp from $15 to $25.
    Since its inception in 1934, the duck stamp price has been raised seven times, with the last increase coming 24 years ago, according to TU.
    The money is used to pay private landowners for waterfowl habitat protection, but the buying power of a single duck stamp is at its lowest in its history, according to DU.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.
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