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Next up: duck hunting?

Sometimes you just need a little something different. This isn’t about fishing and isn’t about north Louisiana. But it’s a great story and it points to one of the greatest habitat problems we’ve ever faced here in Louisiana. But the problem is hidden so far away in lower Plaquemines Parish that most people will never see it.

But now they can. And enjoy getting to know the self-appointed Duck Queen of the parish. Albertine Kimble, rugged and quirky, claims to be the best duck hunter in the parish. As former coastal plan manager for the parish she knows Plaquemines wetlands better than almost anyone. Watch as she explains how human engineering has prevented the Mississippi River from flowing its natural course and deprives the wetlands of needed nutrients and sediment. Albertine takes us to her favorite hunting spots and shares how the dying marsh is disrupting the Mississippi Flyway as witnessed through the intimate familiarity she has with over 40 years of avid hunting.

The new film about Louisiana waterfowl is available on the Smithsonian channel through one of SITKA Gear’s Ecosystem Grants.

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