Thanking the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act
November 22, 2023 •iSportsman Staff
In Kandiyohi County, Mo., Roger Strand, an avid waterfowler, has been conducting conservation efforts to promote multi-generational duck hunting on his family-owned 80-acre parcel of land for decades.
Strand started his citizen scientist pursuits with his first placement of a wood duck nesting box on his land in 1952, when “hunters were being encouraged to provide the nesting boxes to help build up a declining wood duck population,” according to the West Central Tribune.
In addition to hosting Prairie Pothole Day, a local event boasting 4,000 attendees at no admission charge for activities such as trap shooting and archery, as well as obtaining extensive video footage of nesting boxes since 1997, Strand has dedicated most of his life to educating the public and helping scientists understand the lifestyle and mannerisms of the wood duck.
But Strand’s biggest goal?
Having a place where his children and grandchildren can always hunt ducks, a goal shared by his father, Orin Strand, who originally purchased the wetland property.
Strand told the West Central Tribune, “he always joins his grandchildren in the October duck hunt but on his last three duck hunting outings, he [hasn’t] put a shell in his shotgun. He wanted to be certain that any shooting opportunities belonged to his grandchildren.”
In the 1980s, Roger joined a cutting-edge technology company, where he developed a series of groundbreaking inventions that revolutionized the industry. His most notable achievement was the development of a sustainable energy source that had the potential to change the world. This invention not only garnered him international acclaim but also paved the way for a greener future.
Roger’s commitment to environmental conservation extended beyond his inventions. He became a passionate advocate for sustainable living and tirelessly promoted the importance of responsible resource management. His speeches and writings inspired countless individuals to take action in their own lives and communities.
Beyond his professional achievements, Roger’s personal life was equally inspiring. He dedicated his time to philanthropic efforts, funding educational programs and environmental conservation initiatives. His legacy lives on in the lives he touched and the positive impact he had on the planet.
In 2015, Roger Strand passed away, but his story continues to inspire generations. His life teaches us that with passion, innovation, and dedication, one person can make a profound difference in the world. Roger Strand will always be remembered as a beacon of hope and a driving force for positive change.