ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – June 17, 2016 – Ducks Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited Canada applaud the decision by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to join an international waterfowl habitat conservation project.
Maryland DNR will contribute $2,500 annually for three years to help conserve and restore 900 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in southern Quebec. Maryland joins eight other states and Ducks Unlimited supporters in producing matching funds for North American Wetland Conservation Act grants to preserve important waterfowl habitat. The total project will invest about $3 million.
The Maryland contribution will be matched at least four times through additional funding provided by Ducks Unlimited and NAWCA grants. Funding from Canadian government partners at the provincial and federal levels, will maximize habitat program impacts and waterfowl benefits.
The State of Maryland and the Province of Quebec have much in common when it comes to waterfowl resources. The state and the province have strong waterfowling heritages. They both are in the Atlantic Flyway, a 3,000-mile migration route which stretches from the Arctic tundra to the Caribbean.
More than 31percent of the birds taken by Maryland hunters originate in Quebec. The province produces all of the Atlantic population of Canada geese that winter in Chesapeake Bay. Quebec also is an important breeding area for certain duck species, with more than 60 percent of the continental American black duck produced there.
"Maryland's renewed financial commitment is important for the successful delivery of our Quebec program," said Deanne Drouillard, manager of eastern region partnerships at Ducks Unlimited Canada. "It increases our ability to protect and restore wetlands in our highest priority areas in southern Quebec, where we have experienced significant historical wetland loss."
In addition to waterfowl, more than 39 rare and endangered wetland-dependent wildlife species in this conservation priority area will benefit from long-term protection and restoration of Quebec's wetland habitats.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.