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New DU Book Answers Age-Old Questions About Waterfowl and Wetlands

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 30, 2006 — Where are they going, and where have they been? When it comes to North America’s waterfowl, the answers to these questions can be found in Ducks Unlimited’s new book, Flyways: A Celebration of Waterfowl and Wetlands. This book tells the story of the comings and goings of ducks and geese during their spring and fall migrations along the travel routes in the sky that biologists call flyways. It also offers a glimpse of where the birds are going — that is, in terms of their future, which is inextricably linked to the preservation and perpetuation of the wetland habitat on which they depend for their survival.

“Within the vast geographical regions we call flyways are critical breeding, wintering and migration habitats,” said DU executive vice president Don Young. “The connections between waterfowl and these diverse habitats are at the heart of this book.”

According to Young, the most critical of these areas are highlighted in the book’s sidebars, which were written by Ducks Unlimited biologists. These short articles detail the specific initiatives that DU has launched to conserve, restore and manage important wetlands for North America’s waterfowl. Several of these same initiatives form the basis of DU’s urgent and ambitious Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign.

“The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and funds to conserve these vital habitats, now under siege, so that future generations can experience the splendors of winged migrations,” said Young.

Flyways was written and photographed by Gary Kramer, who spent a year traveling across the continent with a camera and a notebook to collect material for it. The book’s more than 200 color photographs capture the drama of migration and inspire awe and admiration for waterfowl and the wetlands that they call home.

Flyways is available by calling 800-45-DUCKS or by visiting www.ducks.org/bookstore. The retail price of this soft-cover book (10 x 8½, 136 pages) is $21.95.

Contact: Art DeLaurier
901-758-3814
E-mail: artdelaurier@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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