The next 25 years will be a crucial time for North America’s waterfowl. The threats facing the birds and their habitats are large and complex. Risks to wetlands and other habitats are increasing and losses have been dramatic and continue at alarming rates across the continent. Following thoughtful analysis by its senior conservation staff, DU has concluded that it can achieve its conservation vision, particularly on the prairies and in the boreal forest, only through large-scale conservation efforts. DU’s traditional focus on waterfowl biology and wetland management will remain essential, but DU will also have to develop effective strategies to address new threats such as climate change, alternative energy, and unplanned urban development.
“To fulfill our vision, Ducks Unlimited must continue to find ways to accelerate habitat conservation and decrease the rate of habitat loss in all our high priority regions,” Nelson says. “And more resources must be generated, and improved science-based policies developed and implemented, to reverse continuing declines of important waterfowl habitats.”
“Ducks Unlimited must continue to grow into a larger organization with more members, greater financial strength, and significantly more influence at the national and international levels,” Young adds. “With the strong support of our dedicated volunteers, members, and partners, I’m confident that we can meet these ambitious goals and continue to make major progress in our mission to provide a secure future for North America’s waterfowl and our waterfowl hunting traditions.”