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Blondie’s Habitat Fund

Who was Blondie?
BlondieFor four years Blondie, a feral Red Bourbon turkey, delighted visitors with her unusual tan and white coloration and became a favorite of many.  She was sometimes known as “the ghost turkey”.  Blondie chose the Reserve.  We like to think it’s due to our hard work to make the habitat just what she needed.  Blondie died in an accident on Plank Road in 2015.  We honor her memory with a fund to continue our work to make the Reserve’s habitat “just what the wildlife needs”.

Do you come to Heckrodt to enjoy the forest?  Does the wildlife intrigue you? Are you a birder?  Do you take photos here? Have you enjoyed the a program here?

It’s all about the habitat! Without our preservation and restoration efforts, none of these things would be possible. It’s the first arm of our mission and our responsibility to the wildlife that call the Reserve home.

You’ve heard the saying, “If you build it, they will come”.  All the wildlife at Heckrodt chooses to live here because we are doing something right.  We manage the habitat with them in mind.  Habitat management is expensive and doesn’t generate any revenue to support itself.  We rely on donors like you to make the difference.

Donate to Support Blondie’s Habitat Fund


Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are not a City of Menasha or Winnebago County facility, and receive no state or federal funding. We rely on donations from individuals and corporations for operations and programs. Donations are tax deductible. Please support us!

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