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Kirk Mantay to Lead DU Conservation Work in NJ and DE

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Kirk Mantay to Lead Ducks Unlimited’s Conservation Work
in New Jersey and Delaware

Annapolis, MD – May 2, 2006 – Before joining Ducks Unlimited (DU) as a biologist, Mantay spent the last 8 years working as a wetland consultant for government and private projects in MD, VA, WV, and DE. He specializes in wetland habitat creation and enhancement, as well as dealing with invasive species
in wetlands and floodplains. Kirk is a registered Professional Wetland Scientist, and received two bachelor’s degrees in Wildlife Management and Geography from Virginia Tech; and later received a Master’s degree in Geography from Appalachian State University.


Kirk grew up in the salt marshes of the lower Chesapeake Bay, and continues to hunt and fish those marshes every year. He currently lives in Baltimore with his wife Amy and their black lab Roan. “Working for DU is a dream come true. It brings many of my professional and personal skills and interests together.”

In his role with DU, he oversees and delivers all wetland restoration projects on public and private lands, works directly with local, state and federal personnel, private landowners, and multiple funding agencies. Mantay was hired to build DU’s habitat restoration and land protection programs in order to deliver more efficient and effective projects for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the Mid-Atlantic region. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to continue and expand the wetland conservation program in New Jersey and Delaware for ducks and geese migrating and wintering on the Chesapeake Bay. As an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, I look forward to increasing habitat for ducks in states with such incredible waterfowling tradition.”

Kirk is based in DU’s Mid-Atlantic Field Office and can be reached at (410) 224-6620 or kmantay@ducks.org.

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 80,000 wetland acres each year.

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