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improvements made. Credit is also due to some of the members of the local Rural Council who have materially co-operated to get the . improvements.

As a result of some of the good work done by people interested in the welfare of the Beach, Eagle's Nest Creek Channel has been opened up again, and that part of the Beach is being used extensively by holidayers. This should tend to materially improve the value of the land in the vicinity of the Creek, which at the present time all belongs to the Association. The C.G.LT. erected a camp a short distance west of the Creek and have been enjoying free camping sessions for some time.

If the amount of snowfall is indicative of a high lake level we should be seeing it in the Spring of 19691


The Delta Marsh is the location of the most famous Waterfowl Research Station on the North American Continent. We are happy to say it is within close visiting range of Portage la Prairie - only 15 miles.

I t was through the courtesy of the

congenial Director of the Research Station H. Albert Hochbaum, M.Sc., LL.D., that an authentic history of the Marsh was obtained for our book. The realistic sketches are a part of his contribution too.

"The Delta Waterfowl Research Station is the outgrowth of an experiment un­ dertaken in the early 1930s by Mr. James Ford Bell. He set out to rear ducklings

from the eggs of wild birds, turning his production loose on the flyways each fall. In the large hatchery he built on the Delta Marsh, many problems connected with artificial hatching and rearing were solved, attracting wide attention among biologists. One was Dr. William Rowan, of the University of Alberta, who not only carried on his studies at the Station but, along with Dr. Miles D. Pirnie of Michigan State College, induced the great conservationist, AIda Leopold, "father" of modern game management, to visit Delta. Leopold, deeply aware of the need for basic waterfowl research, was impressed with the facilities at Delta, and persuaded the American Wildlife Institute to sponsor an exp­ panded program there.