Somerset student named a Wetland Hero

Kathryn Brewster
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Liam Kozera shows off a letter he received naming him a Wetland Hero by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Kozera donated his birthday money to the organization. - Submitted

For his seventh birthday, Liam Kozera only wanted one thing: money so he could donate it to Ducks Unlimited Canada.

The young conservationist donated a total of $50 to the organization, and Kozera’s good deed has not gone unnoticed. On April 26, Ducks Unlimited Canada presented him with the Wetland Hero award in recognition of his generosity. The award honours youth under 25 who protect wetlands.

Kozera comes by his passion for wetlands honestly. His father is a member of the Ducks Unlimited Valley Dinner Committee.

In addition to Kozera’s award, the school he attends, Somerset and District Elementary School (SDES), will receive the designation of Wetland Centre of Excellence from Ducks Unlimited Canada. The program partners schools with Ducks Unlimited Canada to provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn about and research Canada’s wetlands. The designation will mean that SDES will receive funding and resources from Ducks Unlimited for projects concerning wetland conservation.

Ducks Unlimited Canada is a registered charity that works in conjunction with government, industry, nonprofit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands and educate the public about the importance of protecting Canada’s wetlands, not just for waterfowl but for humans as well.

The organization has been in operation for 75 years and is active in communities all over North America, from Canada all the way down to Mexico.

Organizations: Ducks Unlimited, Somerset and District Elementary School, Ducks Unlimited Valley Dinner Committee

Geographic location: Canada, North America, Mexico

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  • masters coal
    May 08, 2014 - 07:28

    Volunteers are true conservation champions who share DUC’s vision of a future filled with abundant wildlife and beautiful landscapes. With their support this vision will be a reality for future generations.