Ducks Unlimited banquet set for Saturday

Feb 20, 2014 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

The Riverton chapter of Ducks Unlimited is having its annual banquet Saturday at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

"It's for all wildlife enthusiasts, not just for ducks, because we try to do habitat projects that benefit all wildlife in the area," chapter chairman Jeremy Christensen said.

The event will feature a dinner, silent auction, live auction and raffles to raise money for habitat improvement projects. Awards will also be given to members for their service to Ducks Unlimited.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Fremont Center.

The Riverton chapter's current main project is to improve several ponds on the north side of Ocean Lake.

"We're redoing the habitat, cleaning it up so it's a little more beneficial for all wildlife," Christensen said. "The ponds are silted in, and we're going to go in and clean that out."

The group is conducting similar work on the Sand Mesa ponds on the east side of Boysen Reservoir.

Funds raised at Saturday's dinner will support those projects. About 80 cents of every dollar donated to Ducks Unlimited goes to projects on the ground, Christensen said.

Sales of tickets are strong so far, Christensen said, with about 160 people preregistered.

Tickets are on sale at Rocky Mountain Sports and at the Ducks Unlimited website. They also can be purchased by calling Christensen at 851-1425 or at the door.

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