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2013 Spring Migration

Return to the breeding grounds

Waterfowl are beginning to trickle back into the northern breeding grounds as spring thaw offers the first available open water. While current habitat updates are showing fair to good conditions in most areas, the process from spring migration to brood rearing is as complex and dangerous as it is fascinating.

Waterfowl Mating Systems » The Incubation Period »
Nest Site Selection » Waterfowl Re-nesting »
Pintails & Spring Wetlands » Life in the Egg »

Wetlands Conservation

Help secure future wetlands conservation with NAWCA

Please show your support for one of the federal government's most cost-effective conservation programs by asking your member of Congress to sign onto the Dear Colleague letter encouraging funding for NAWCA in Fiscal Year 2014.

NAWCA is vital to wetlands protection and restoration and has conserved almost 27 million acres of wetlands and associated uplands.

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Habitat Conditions

2013 Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Stay in tune with current habitat conditions throughout the U.S. and Canada on the Ducks Unlimited Habitat Map. DU Biologists throughout North America will be posting current conditions on a regular basis.

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April Gear Guide

Dual-Season Gear

It's never too early to begin stockpiling typical hunting gear, but the goal in spring is to find gear that will serve a purpose in the off season. The DU E-News Editorial Team has selected several gear items to add before summer begins—and as a bonus, they are ideal for fall activities as well.

Gear Guide

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DU News: Recent Headlines

DU NewsDucks Unlimited names Top 100, President's Elite chapters

Ducks Unlimited announced the 175 volunteer chapters across the nation being honored with Top 100 and President's Elite standings this year.

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More Headlines

Q & A with Gary Taylor

Questions and answers with Gary Taylor, DU Director of Governmental Affairs. Photo: Chris Knight

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Great Rivers for Waterfowling

America's rivers are rich with waterfowling opportunities and traditions. Photo: Avery Outdoors

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DU Endowment Challenge

Your endowment gift keeps on giving, year after year, generation after generation. Photo:

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In this issue
  • 2013 Spring Migration
  • Gear Guide: Dual-Season Gear
  • 2013 Habitat Conditions
  • Action Alert: Wetlands Conservation
  • DU National Convention
  • ... and more

Favorite Member Photos

Member PhotosCheck out our editors' favorite selections from DU's Member Photos of the Day for the month of March.

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

Leading companies, corporations and brands recognize Ducks Unlimited as the leader in wetlands conservation and one of the largest and best membership organizations in the world.
DU Partners

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DU National Convention

Gather with your DU family in Portland, Oregon, as we celebrate the 76th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited at the 2013 National Convention. Get ready for the popular DU convention app, coming soon!

DU National Convention

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Duck Calling Tip

Stop calling

Duck Calling TipsJim Ronquest, RNT-V producer, explains that when calling ducks into range, it's important to know when to back off.

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Retriever Training

Inside, off-season

Retriever TrainingMike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels explains how to reinforce retriever training indoors during spring and summer.

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DU ConnectionPlus Toolbar

Support DU while you shop!

DU ConnectionPlus ToolbarFind out how to shop online and help DU at the same time.

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Waterfowl Recipe

Orange-Rosemary Grilled Duck, by Scott Leysath

Waterfowl Recipe

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Mission: Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Our vision is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.