I was fortunate to be one of 12 graduate students selected to attend a new Delta Waterfowl field course in the Prairie Pothole Region and Canadian Parklands Region. We toured ND and Manitoba to learn about duck-nesting ecology, conservation, and management. The entire course was free thanks to generous donors. We just had to get ourselves out to Bismark and back home at the end. Along the way, we learned from prominent researchers, managers, and policy influencers about the issues facing the region. I was very impressed that the course had a healthy balance of presentations from government, DU, Delta, and other personnel. It was interesting to hear the different viewpoints and also to see the regional differences in tactics. I must say that it was not what I expected. Sure, there were some partial sections of rolling prairie, but I saw more land in crops than in grassland or wetland. It definitely drove home the importance for conservation and management in the region. It really is a race against time to conserve while also working with the agriculture industry. Among the other highlights that I can think of right now (there were so many): Seeing tiny potholes with a mix of cans, scaup, redheads, mallards, teal, pintail, shovelers, etc Staying in historic places such as Delta Marsh and the Minedosa research station Spending 2 weeks with my "cohort" of graduate students from around the country. These are folks that I will likely work with throughout my career, so it was great to build friendships with them. Discussions about waterfowl, wetlands, hunting and other related topics in the van and into the nights. Learning techniques that I had not had the opportunity to learn in the past. I drove an ATV for the first time, did upland nest searching for dabblers, searched for diving ducks in the cattails, and candled eggs. Some prolific walleye fishing. I believe that we fell just a few fish short of the 75 fish limit (for our entire group) in under 4 hours. I have put many of my pictures up on FB. For those who are not on FB, you can still access them via this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100186485763205.1073741852.37401973&type=1&l=9c8af0edce Sorry, I do not have any good pictures of ducks. I have a little point-and-shoot and a cell phone. I would recommend keeping an eye on http://www.ryanaskren.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Ryan-Askren-Wildlife-and-Nature-Photography-157742900932511/ for close-ups of wildlife from the trip. I saw some of his raw images and they were worth checking out. Not sure when he'll get the finished images up.