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April 12, 2011

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Wildlife biologist Charlie Kilian with sunflower seed donated by Ducks Unlimited and Dow AgroScience. The $75,000 donation will be used over a two year span to attract mourning doves and benefit other species of Wisconsin wildlife.
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MADISON -A donation of 250 bags of sunflower seed will be planted at numerous small fields across Wisconsin to support populations of mourning doves and other wildlife species.

The state Natural Resources Board accepted the donation valued at $75,000 from Ducks Unlimited and Dow AgroSciences at its March 23 meeting in Madison.

Each bag is sufficient for planting roughly 6 acres for a total of 1,500 acres of sunflowers and represents a roughly two-year supply at current planting levels.

"Donations of this kind are invaluable and greatly enhance dove hunting opportunities," said Ricky Lien, Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist at Plymouth. "Sunflowers are attractive to mourning doves but also are beneficial for many other species of Wisconsin wildlife."

Mourning doves are one of the most common migratory birds found in Wisconsin. They are particularly numerous south of a line running from Green Bay to Eau Claire. Biologists estimate that between 3 and 4 million doves migrate through Wisconsin each fall.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ricky Lien - 920-892-8756 ext 3045

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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