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Banding Together for Waterfowl

DU and Missouri Department of Conservation celebrate $5 million milestone as partners

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For decades, Ducks Unlimited has been committed to conserving North American waterfowl habitat, regardless of the flyway or country. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has been a major partner in international wetlands conservation, and with its 2011 State Grants Program contribution of $275,000, it has reached the $5 million mark for donations to waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada. DU is proud to celebrate its partnership with the MDC, which has led to the restoration of 235,059 acres of prime breeding habitat and the positive influence of an additional 1.2 million acres on the Canadian prairies.

The MDC administers a state grants program to prioritize and finance on-the-ground conservation efforts. MDC Director Bob Ziehmer and other department leaders recently toured the Manitoba prairies where DU has been working to improve waterfowl nesting grounds. Each year, millions of ducks originate from this part of the Prairie Pothole Region, making their way through Missouri and other states along the Mississippi Flyway. 

"This international partnership is a great example of state agency professionals and American sportsmen recognizing the unique nature of waterfowl conservation," said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. "By partnering with DU Canada and Ducks Unlimited, Inc., to conserve habitat on the Canadian prairies, the Missouri Department of Conservation and so many other states are working to increase waterfowl populations for years to come."

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