“She’s probably banded more ducks than any non-biologist in North America,” said the mutual friend that introduced us.  Liz Bourgeois grew up alongside 4 brothers, hunting the bayous of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. She was mentored by her father, who instilled in her a strong sense of conservation and unyielding independence. She now bands thousands of waterfowl annually, but finds purpose transferring those values to countless volunteers that know her only as a tireless fireball of enthusiastic energy.  What does Liz recall about growing up hunting with her father? How’d she go from forensic accounting to waterfowl banding? What changes has she seen in Louisiana duck hunting, how’d her hunting background shape her wildlife technician skill-sets, and what interesting waterfowl behaviors has she learned learned while banding? Why’s it important to Liz that women have a sense of agency outdoors, and how does her facilitating hands-on waterfowl banding experiences ignite passion for wildlife?  She’s the real deal, folks. Buckle up and grab the handle because she plows through this Duck Season Somewhere episode like only Mama Duck can!

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It really is Duck Season Somewhere for 365 days. Ducks Season Somewhere takes me year-round to worldwide destinations where I meet the most interesting people. I’m your host Ramsey Russell. Join me here to listen to those conversations. Welcome to Duck Season Somewhere podcast.