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Duck symposium to convene in Memphis next week

Ducks Unlimited among integral contributors to international waterfowl conservation conference
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jan. 25, 2013 – Waterfowl experts will be flocking to Memphis from Jan. 27-31 for the Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl (ECNAW) international symposium. Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited is among the major contributors to this important conference, which aims to synthesize current knowledge of waterfowl and their habitats and help guide future science and conservation efforts.

"Ducks Unlimited is proud to be a science-based conservation organization, not only staying abreast of the latest information in waterfowl science, but also helping plan for the management and conservation of this great resource," said DU CEO Dale Hall, who will address ECNAW attendees on Monday morning. "DU scientists collaborated on more than 50 papers that will be presented at this important symposium, and we are proud to share this breadth of research findings with our respected peers."

Drs. Richard M. Kaminski and J. Brian Davis are serving as co-chairmen of the ECNAW symposium. Kaminski, a professor at Mississippi State University (MSU) and James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation, and Davis, MSU assistant professor of Waterfowl and Wetlands Ecology, will welcome waterfowl scientists and conservationists from governmental agencies, universities and private organizations throughout the United States, Canada and at least five European nations.

Among the highlights of the week's agenda will be a special session on Sunday, Jan. 27, outlining the revisions to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), a years-long project spearheaded by Dr. Jim Ringelman, director of conservation programs in DU's Great Plains Region. There will also be a ground-breaking session on the emerging role of the human dimensions of waterfowl management held on Monday.

"This symposium addresses the imperative within the waterfowl science community to expand our knowledge of the birds' basic biology and to build on this knowledge by opening new doors and planning for a strong future for waterfowl populations, their habitats and waterfowl supporters as well," said DU Chief Scientist Dale Humburg. "We're also pleased to provide an opportunity for future waterfowl professionals to gain important insights from their colleagues and develop working relationships that will be critical to their careers."

The ECNAW symposium will be held at Memphis' historic Peabody Hotel, home to the world-famous marching Peabody ducks—an appropriate setting for this important waterfowl conference.

"We look forward to having the world's foremost waterfowl scientists come together in our home city of Memphis for one of North America's largest and most comprehensive waterfowl conferences," Hall said. "An incredible amount of information will be shared for the benefit of not only waterfowl and wetlands, but also for the generations of hunters and outdoorsmen yet to come, and Ducks Unlimited is proud to help shape their future."

Find out more about ECNAW at www.NorthAmericanDuckSymposium.org.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. 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 nearly 13 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. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.

Emily Robinson
901-758-3851
erobinson@ducks.org

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