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BUFFALO, N.Y. – April 29, 2010 – Conservationists from both sides of the border will converge upon the Buffalo area the weekend of May 1st. They gather to celebrate achievements and to raise funds for conservation in the United States and Canada. The gathering is a tribute to Buffalo native Hazard Campbell. Ducks Unlimited will dedicate a project and host a gala weekend in his honor.

"It's a pleasure to organize a tribute to someone like Hazard," said Matt Fenoff, Ducks Unlimited director of development. "He has such a long history of conservation leadership in our community; people can't wait to be involved."

Campbell became a member of Ducks Unlimited in 1956. Since then he has been involved in almost every aspect of the organization. He was Area Chair of Western New York and founded one of the first Canadian chapters of DU in 1974. Campbell eventually served as president of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., and is presently serving as an emeritus trustee of Wetlands America Trust, the DU, Inc. Emeritus Board, Ducks Unlimited Canada Board and the DU Canada Habitat and Conservation Committee. He also currently serves as a member of the board of the Waterfowl Research Foundation.

"I'm really pleased to see so many people coming out to support the ducks," said Campbell. "The money we raise this weekend will leave a lasting impact on the landscape. We're literally making a difference that will be seen for generations."

Tribute organizers expect to generate more than $1 million.

A cocktail reception will be held Friday, April 30. At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, the public is encouraged to attend the dedication of the Mohawk Pool at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Ducks Unlimited and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service partnered on that project to build a new dike that stretched nearly three miles across the marsh, enhance 24,000 feet of ditch, and install or improve 12 water control structures.

"Staff at the NWR have seen real benefits thanks to this project," said Doug Gorby, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited. "Habitat quality in the marshes has improved and waterfowl, eagles, shorebirds and dozens of other wetland species have taken advantage of the restoration and enhancement." A tribute dinner will follow the dedication on the evening of May 1.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 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 the Ducks Unlimited Hazard Campbell Tribute Weekend, including Saturday's project dedication, contact Matt Fenoff at mfenoff@ducks.org or 845-242-9407.

For more information on Ducks Unlimited and its programs, contact Kristin Schrader at kschrader@ducks.org or 734-623-2000.

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