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  • Sunrise from the Duck Blind
  • DU National Convention
  • Anatomy of a DU Project
  • Gear Guide
  • Happy 75th Videos
  • ...and more

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Favorite Member Photos

Our favorite selections from the month of February

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Wood Duck Resources

DU Facebook Photo Contest

Are you planning to build or maintain a wood duck box this spring? You can win prizes for your local conservation efforts through DU's Facebook page. Just upload photos of a wood duck box, you building a wood duck box or you performing annual maintenance on an existing box by March 13 and tell your friends to "Like" it. DU will select 10 finalists and open public voting from March 15-19. The image with the most votes will win the grand prize! Visit the DU Facebook page for contest rules and prize info.

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Happy 75th!

Exclusive 75th Anniversary Content on

DU is marking its 75th anniversary with an entire year of celebrations! Visit the 75th section of the DU website to see exclusive content, including video messages from partners and friends, an interactive timeline of DU's history, conservation highlights from all 50 states, excerpts from the new DU book and a schedule of 75th anniversary events nationwide—including the 75th DU National Convention! Thank you to every single volunteer, supporter and partner who has made our success possible.

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Happy 75th!

Anniversary Video Message

Jim Killen, well-known wildlife artist and proud DU member, wishes Ducks Unlimited a Happy 75th Anniversary. To see more Happy 75th videos, visit

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Photo Essay: Sunrise from the Duck Blind

Witnessing the sunrise from the duck blind is something waterfowlers enjoy on a regular basis. Watching wetlands come to life as the sun filters through the cattails or creeps tree to tree in flooded timber provides a magnificent backdrop for a morning flight. In that spirit, the DU E-Newsletter editorial team has put together a collection of breathtaking sunrise images from the 2011-2012 waterfowl season for you to enjoy.

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DU National Convention | Celebrate the 75th

Join us for the 75th DU Convention in Nashville!

Gather with your DU family in Nashville, Tennessee, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited at the 2012 National Convention!

Where: Gaylord Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee
When: May 30 – June 3, 2012

Registration: Visit the DU National Convention website to register, book your room at the Gaylord Resort or get more details and tours/activities information.

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DU Magazine | Anatomy of a DU Project

A bird's-eye view of the wetland restoration process from beginning to end

The stars and stripes whipped in the southerly breeze, courting pintails performed impressive aerial maneuvers, and skeins of snow geese sailed northward against the prairie sky. The spectacle of the spring migration was in full display in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. In addition to saying goodbye to winter, there was another reason to celebrate—a new Ducks Unlimited wetland restoration project was being dedicated.

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DU News | Recent Headlines

Ducks Unlimited, partners brief Congress, urge coastal restoration

It's been nearly two years since the nation witnessed the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In that time, Congress still has not passed legislation to direct oil spill penalty funds to the Gulf Coast and its multi-billion-dollar natural-resources-based economy. DU and the National Wildlife Federation co-hosted a briefing Feb. 28 to inform congressional staff about ongoing conservation efforts and to urge passage of the RESTORE Act directing Clean Water penalty fines resulting from the oil spill to areas directly impacted by the disaster.


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Happy 75th! | Anniversary Video Message

Will Primos

View videoWill Primos wishes Ducks Unlimited a Happy 75th. Visit the DU 75th anniversary website to see more Happy 75th videos and anniversary content.

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Gear Up | March Gear Guide

There is no such thing as downtime for an avid waterfowler. March is a great time to work on gear, thoroughly clean guns, focus on dog training and begin sourcing new products for the 2012-2013 waterfowl season. The DU E-Newsletter editorial team has selected items specifically for these activities, and a couple extra that should get you excited for the coming season.

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Duck Calling Tips | Listen to the Caller

View videoJohn Stephens, president of RNT calls, explains why you should listen to the caller, rather than looking for the ducks. This will limit your movement. By listening to the caller's volume, you will have an idea where the ducks are located.

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Inspired Giving | DU Project Dedication

Doug Miller Dedication (Utah)

Read more In September, Ducks Unlimited formally dedicated a 370-acre wetland restoration project on Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, bordering Utah's Great Salt Lake, to the late Doug Miller, longtime outdoor television show host and devoted DU volunteer. Guests attending the dedication ceremony included Miller's wife, Marilyn; daughter, Karen Coleman; and members of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a key partner on this project.

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Recipe Spotlight | Prosciutto-Wrapped Duck & Oyster Appetizer

Submitted by Scott Leysath, The Sporting Chef

  • Skinless duck breast fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 12 raw oysters, well drained
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 12 thin slices prosciutto
  • 12 small wooden skewers

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