Ducks Unlimited flocks back to Fort Frances banquet

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

After a two-year hiatus from fundraising events for environmental conservation with Ducks Unlimited are back.

Ducks Unlimited Fort Frances is hosting its 36th fundraising banquet and charity auction on May 13 at La Place RendezVous.

Ducks Unlimited is a registered charity that works to preserve wetlands. Charles Fisher is the head of the Fort Frances Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He says they play a vital role in the world.

“Wetlands are incredibly important to the environment,” Fisher said. “They are home to all kinds of different species of animals, particularly ducks and geese. Ducks obviously being the most linked to Ducks Unlimited. But everything from moose and muskrats and beavers to all kinds of birds rely on wetlands so it’s an important piece of the environment.”

Fisher says in the past a lot of wetlands have been destroyed to make space for agricultural land. Ducks Unlimited will work with landowners to do wetland projects on their property.

One local project that Ducks Unlimited has contributed to is the Cranberry Peatlands Interpretive Trail in Alberton.

The banquet will feature charity raffles and auctions of a variety of items Fisher says.

“We get a lot of Ducks Unlimited merchandise that you can take home,” Fisher said. “The prints, the paintings are very famous, barstools, recliners and all kinds of things. We also have really great support from the community in terms of donations of local art, we get a lot of donations from different businesses that you can take home. It’s a good event, it’s fun and it’s for a good cause.

Tickets for the banquet are $65 and they are available at the Fort Frances Times office by cash or cheque or can be bought online at There is a dropdown menu where you need to choose Fort Frances as the event you want tickets for. Tables of eight or 10 can also be purchased at the same cost. Fisher says ticket sales are going well so far, so if you’re interested you should act quickly.

“Get them while they’re hot, because they’re going quickly,” he said.