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Ducks Unlimited's Background

The drought of the 1930s in North America coupled with inefficient agricultural practices resulted in greatly diminished waterfowl populations. In 1935, a small group of concerned sportsmen launched an effort to study the problem by conducting the first International Wild Duck Census. The census underscored that high-quality habitat was essential to healthy waterfowl populations. So in 1937, these conservation pioneers took an unprecedented step in creating Ducks Unlimited (DU), a private, non-profit organization dedicated to conserving habitat for waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited’s singleness of purpose emphasizes conserving, restoring, and managing wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.  DU’s staff includes experts in the areas of conservation, philanthropy, waterfowl management, communications and environmental engineering.  These experts carry out DU’s vital work all over North America.  DU has formed successful partnerships with government agencies, corporations, foundations, landowners, and countless individuals.  The organization has earned a reputation for working with their partners to find conservation solutions that benefit not only waterfowl, but everyone involved.  Through groundbreaking research and the development of innovative techniques for habitat protection and restoration, DU is widely recognized as the premiere waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization in the world. 

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