America's Wetland Foundation Chair R. King Milling of New Orleans (left) presents the organization's prestigious "Conservationist of the Year" award to Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited. (Photo by Bevil Knapp)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 19, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall was honored yesterday as "Conservationist of the Year" by the America's Wetland Foundation at the Inaugural World Delta Dialogues conference – a major international conference of more than 350 representatives from at least 15 countries who join to tackle the challenges and opportunities associated with sustaining deltaic regions worldwide, using the Mississippi River Delta as the focus.
AWF recognized Hall for his more than 30 years of service in conservation, and particularly for his efforts to restore the wetlands and marshes of the Louisiana coast, which provide crucial winter and migration habitat for waterfowl at the southern confluence of the Mississippi and Central flyways and provide valuable habitat for a variety of bird and fish species.
"I am humbled that the America's Wetland Foundation selected me for this high honor," Hall said. "The Gulf Coast wetlands are a high priority for Ducks Unlimited and for me personally."
At the conference yesterday, Hall gave a presentation titled, "The Future of Fish and Wildlife in the Mississippi Delta."
Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit 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.