Ducks Unlimited, partners improving Alabama habitat

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sept. 27, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited members and supporters understand the value of a dollar. When they put a dollar in DU's hands, they can count on two things: The majority – more than 80 percent – of that dollar is going directly to conservation, and that dollar will be matched and leveraged many times to increase its impact.

"As a biologist, Ducks Unlimited volunteer and life sponsor, I am very proud of the work that DU has done in Alabama," Shawn Battison, DU regional director, said. "Through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, and the generosity of our local supporters, DU has done more for the duck hunter than any other wetland or waterfowl organization in North America."

In Alabama, DU and partners have conserved more than 27,000 acres of wetland habitats important to waterfowl and other wildlife. DU has spent more than $1.7 million on conservation in Alabama, improving many public areas including projects on the Sipsey River, Demopolis Wildlife Management Area and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

"I don't think many duck hunters realize that if they are hunting on a public hunting area in Alabama, chances are good they are hunting on a Ducks Unlimited project," Battison said.

Through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, DU and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources continue to improve waterfowl habitat in Alabama with a project to enhance wetlands on the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area near Demopolis in Greene County.

"This project will improve 70 acres of wetland habitat, complementing the ongoing work by the DCNR in adjacent counties," Tim Willis, DU regional biologist, said. "Collectively, these projects bring us closer to our goals of providing quality wetland habitat, cleaner water in Alabama's watersheds and enhanced outdoor opportunities for the people in the region."

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit 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.

Attend one of these upcoming events and support wetlands conservation in your area:

Eutaw Ducks Unlimited Dinner
Oct. 1, 2010
Contact Colin McRae 205-792-9808

Tuscaloosa Ducks Unlimited Dinner
Oct. 7, 2010
Contact Westley Jones 205-361-4749

Marion Ducks Unlimited Dinner
Oct. 28, 2010
Contact Robert Hoggle 334-683-4004

Greensboro Ducks Unlimited Dinner
Nov. 16, 2010
Contact William Holmes 334-624-4001

Demopolis Ducks Unlimited Dinner
Nov. 18, 2010
Contact Brandon Smith 334-534-1764