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Here is the latest news and updates from the Washington Brant Foundation.


2013 Snow Geese & Other Wildlife Lecture


New Foam Decoy Category Added to the 2013 Carving Contest

We've added a new category for foam decoys to the 2013 carving competition. You can download the new rules and entry form from our Puget Sound Open carving contest page.


Edison Bird Festival Lecture


February 9-10, 2013

Maynard will give a lecture on Sunday Feb 10th from 1:00 to 2:00.

"An expert on the Western High Arctic “Gray Belly” Brant, Maynard Axelson is the founder of the Washington Brant Foundation. Recently, he has been involved in an international effort to monitor the migration of this local goose using radio transmitters and satellite technology." 

Support the Washington Brant Foundation and swing on by to listen to Maynard speak.


Carving Demo at Holiday Sports

Some of the Northwest’s premier decoy carvers gathered at Holiday Sports in Burlington on Sat Nov 9 to sharetheir knowledge with other admirers of wood and waterfowl. Tom Newell of LaConner showed some of the paintingskills that helped make him a two-time world champion.

Ben Welton visited with listeners about his many years of using this type of decoy as a guide on Puget Sound.

Kurt Benson and Doug Muldowney also displayed some of their methods that have made them so prolific at creating working decoys.

All three were involved in mentoring young carvers last spring in their quest to prepare entries for the Puget Sound Open decoy competition.This is an annual event sponsored by Washington Brant Foundation featuring several classes of competition for working decoys, usually drawing entries not only local but from across the U.S. Next year’s Open is planned for May 11th, check here for developing details, or phone Kurt Benson for info at 425-231-6497


Congratulations to 2012 WBF Scholarship Winner - Dakota Johnson

We are proud to present our 2012 scholarship award of $1,000 to Dakota Johnson. He is attending Feather River College in his home town, Quincy, CA.  After completing general ed. units, he plans on tranferring to the University of Idaho or the University of Montana-Western to obtain a degree in Wildlife management, with an emphasis on waterfowl management.  Upon obtaining a B.S. degree, he wants to work as a wildlife conservation officer or waterfowl biologist in either Montana, Idaho, or the Dakotas.  The inspiration for this is to follow in the footsteps of his Great-Grandfather who was game warden for the state of California. This picture shows him working on a senior project at mentor, Michael Nesbit's, carving shop. Dakota completed and then donated the Ruddy decoy to the Quincy Youth Shooting Sports Association to raise money for their youth trap shooting program.