Ducks Unlimited’s current Chairman of the Board and former President Paul Bonderson was recently inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Sacramento, honoring his contributions to waterfowl hunting and wetlands conservation within the state.
“I work for Ducks Unlimited so I know a lot of conservationists, a lot of hunters, and a lot of philanthropists, and Paul Bonderson is truly in a league of his own,” said DU’s Western Region Director of Operations Mark Biddlecomb, who accepted the award on behalf of Bonderson. “He truly believes in conservation and putting his resources to work for the landscape and waterfowl. He does an incredible job of not only donating but actually getting out and doing the work himself. He will get on a tractor at his ranch and manage his own wetlands, he loves it that much.”
The California Outdoors Hall of Fame recognizes individuals with a profound scope of outdoor accomplishments that have impacted others and improved the lives of Californians. The ceremony takes place every January at the Sacramento International Sportsmens’s Expo and is hosted by noted outdoorsman and San Francisco Chronicle writer Tom Stienstra, who specifically spotlighted Bonderson’s work providing hunter education opportunities to young people who may not normally pick up the sport.
“Paul is one of the reasons I am a member of Ducks Unlimited,” Stienstra told the audience. “He represents the best of what we have in the waterfowl world and is truly one in a million.”