Celebrate American Wetlands Month & National Migratory Bird Day by Helping DU Conserve Habitat
MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 13, 2005 - May marks the 15th Annual American Wetlands Month, a time to celebrate some of nature's most productive ecosystems. May 14 is set aside as National Migratory Bird Day, in honor of the waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds that rely so heavily on North America's wetlands.
Unfortunately, the United States alone continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year. "This is habitat we can't afford to lose," said Don Young, executive vice president of DU. "Wetlands are invaluable ecosystems, not only to waterfowl and hundreds of other wildlife species, but to the very quality of life on Earth."
Wetlands recharge and clean water and reduce the damaging effects of floods. Wetlands are also critical spawning grounds for many fish species and provide places for recreational activities like hunting, fishing, bird watching and canoeing.
You can make a difference during American Wetlands Month by joining Ducks Unlimited in our effort to conserve wetlands and waterfowl habitat. Since 1937, Ducks Unlimited has restored or protected more than 11.3 million acres of wetlands. To join Ducks Unlimited, call 1-800-45-DUCKS or visit our Web site at www.ducks.org
Contact: Laura Houseal
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands − nature's most productive ecosystem − and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.