The Bigger Bang Theory

Why DU memberships are the best value in conservation

For waterfowlers and the conservation-minded there is no bigger bang for the buck than a DU membership. Where else can you consistently expect to get 400% more of something than what you paid for?  (Hint: the key word is: "consistently.")

You're thinking, "I can't think of anything." And now you're asking, "How do you do it?" or maybe, "How does DU do it?"

We do it by consistently utilizing at least $.80 of every dollar for waterfowl conservation ($.81 in 2011). But really, that's less than half the story. In fact, it's more like 25% of the story…let's take a look at the math.

Often, DU membership dollars can be leveraged up to four times in matching public and private funds. The key word here is "often." Our ability to leverage membership dollars varies with the availability and level of matching funds. Fortunately, DU is very good at locating and securing matching funds – and very good at multiplication:

$.80 x 4 = $3.20. So, every dollar in membership fees has more than $3.00 worth of conservation potential -- a bigger bang for your buck and a bigger bang for the ducks than can be found anywhere else.

That means more marshes for waterfowl visiting our coasts, more potholes for breeding ducks on the prairies, and more wetlands to sustain migrating waterfowl in every flyway. Last year alone, DU permanently protected more than 50,000 acres with conservation easements and restored or enhanced nearly 215,000 acres for waterfowl and other wildlife. That brings DU's tally to more than 12.6 million acres conserved since 1937. All thanks to the combined efforts of our members, volunteers and supporters. There is true strength in numbers.

Inspired yet? Click here to get a membership, upgrade your current membership or gift a membership.

What's in it for me?

The Bigger Bang Theory can be applied to the benefits of membership as well. It's hard to put a dollar value on being a valued contributor to the world's leading waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization and helping to ensure that our skies and our grandchildren's skies are filled with waterfowl. But, we can put a value on some of the other membership benefits. Because of DU's size, notoriety and history of success, we have been able to provide extraordinary, limited edition, free gifts to members including clothing, sporting equipment, decals and collectibles of all kinds.

Right now there are special membership levels available in honor of our 75th Anniversary. You can become part of DU's history when you upgrade your membership. Receive special gifts, like vintage decoy coasters, a Case® knife, or a canvas and leather-trimmed duffle bag, that will be offered this year only. These membership upgrade levels include a commemorative 75th Anniversary member or sponsor pin as well.

These 75th anniversary gifts are proudly made in the USA. A variety of gifts are offered throughout each year and you can renew your membership as many times as you like, upgrade your membership, or give memberships as gifts here.

Add to that a subscription to Ducks Unlimited magazine—one of the most popular and well-read outdoor publications—members-only access to the DU website, a host of member-savings programs including an all-new auto and homeowners insurance program, and personalized invitations to regional DU events to ensure you never miss out on the action. Combined, you're talking a pretty big bang for your membership dollar.

In a nutshell, you will always get an incredible value from DU memberships, renewals and upgrades. And you can be confident that your dollars, while hard-earned, are working even harder on behalf of conservation. This undoubtedly makes a Ducks Unlimited membership the best value in conservation. Want a bigger piece of the action?

Your to-do list

Clicking here will enable you to become a member, upgrade your membership or gift a membership to friends and family members – the wetlands and waterfowl conservation and membership benefits make it a no-brainer. But what else can we all do to further the cause we all care for so passionately?

Here are a few ideas:

As a recipient of this newsletter – you already have exposure to the work we do here at DU. Why not also share this story with others who share your passion for the outdoors and conservation. Simply ‘Like' this article by clicking on the Facebook logo above. Or post your thoughts about the importance of wetlands and waterfowl conservation on your page and make others aware that regardless of their affinity for the outdoors – healthy wetlands benefits many plants, animals and all of humanity.

Attend an Event and Bring Friends
If you've never attended a local DU event, we encourage you to try it out. There are more than 4,000 DU events every year. These are well attended and there is no better way to gain an understanding of the many conservation projects underway across North America and how they impact your quality of life. Plus – the events are great fun.

Consider Volunteering
None of the regional events would be possible without volunteers. The best way to appreciate the impact DU has in your area is from the perspective of a volunteer. You'll see how the cumulative efforts of our regional chapters keep DU locally relevant and also make DU the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

Introduce a Child to Ducks Unlimited
When you explain the DU mission of conservation and the impact we've had on wetlands and waterfowl to a youngster or when you gift a Greenwing Youth membership to DU, you're helping to create the next generation of conservationists.  You are also creating your legacy by increasing awareness of environmental issues and their impact on our quality of life.

Most importantly, as we celebrate our 75th year, we hope everyone reading this article can find time to get outside and enjoy the fruits of our labor. The next time you see a flock of ducks or geese overhead, please take a moment to consider that DU members and volunteers have been making a difference for waterfowl since 1937. And because of their passion and dedication, we have been able to conserve more than 12 million acres of waterfowl habitat. We couldn't have done it without you.