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Norman Ducks Unlimited chapter makes top 100 list

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BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Published: April 13, 2013
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The Cleveland County chapter of Ducks Unlimited has been selected as one of the top 100 Ducks Unlimited chapters in the country.

The Norman group was named the 52nd best chapter in the country by Ducks Unlimited.

The chapter is holding a fundraising banquet May 18 at the Optimist Club gym in Norman.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. There will be a raffle with live and silent auctions for guns, duck calls and other gear.

For ticket information, call Damon Duck at 650-0091 or Tim Miller at 593-2657 or email okladucks@gmail.com.

Prairie chicken plan presented

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation along with wildlife agencies in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Colorado have submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the third draft of a range-wide plan to conserve the lesser prairie chicken.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to list the bird as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The multistate plan includes habitat management goals and voluntary conservation practices to be applied throughout the lesser prairie chicken's range, actions which could help keep the bird from being listed and federally protected.

The lesser prairie chicken is a grassland grouse species native to parts of the five states. It has been a candidate for listing since 1998.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the bird as threatened in December and is expected to issue a final rule in September.

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