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Alabama Named One of Top States at Ducks Unlimited’s Annual Convention 

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 6, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteers from Alabama took home a Bronze State Award from DU’s annual convention in Phoenix, Ariz. DU’s State Awards recognize states whose volunteers excelled at growing and improving their fund-raising and conservation efforts on behalf of DU.

“It’s a real pleasure to recognize Alabama’s volunteers for their exceptional work last year,” said Jim West, executive secretary of Ducks Unlimited. “In 2005, Alabama increased their adult membership by more than 21 percent, enabling DU to conserve more habitat for waterfowl across North America.”

State Chairman Greg Gregerson from Gadsden was on hand to accept the award for Alabama’s DU volunteers.

Alabama was one of 12 states to take home the Bronze State Award. Only four states (Oklahoma, Kansas and Florida won the Silver award, and Washington won the Gold award) performed better than Alabama last year. “Clearly, we have some truly exceptional volunteers working for Ducks Unlimited in Alabama,” said West.

Contact: Laura Houseal
(901) 758-3764
lhouseal@ducks.org

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands – nature’s most productive ecosystems – and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.

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