Ducks Unlimited volunteers flock to Portland for annual convention

Portland, Ore. – May 17, 2013 – Flocks of ducks and geese may be commonplace during the winter months in and around Portland, Ore., but this week flocks of Ducks Unlimited volunteers will converge on The City of Roses for DU’s 76th annual convention.

“This year’s national convention will truly be a celebration of DU volunteers’ hard work and accomplishments,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “We’re looking forward to a great lineup of renowned speakers, and to recognizing those volunteers and partners who help fulfill DU’s conservation mission year-round.”

The one-day business session on Friday, May 24, will incorporate guest speakers, awards ceremonies and an election of new officers to DU’s board of directors. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Bass Pro Shops founder John L. Morris and Portland resident and Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle will all take center stage during Friday’s event.

The business session will be the culmination of a week full of festivities throughout the Portland area. Wine tastings, fishing excursions and Mt. Saint Helens tours are but a few of the fun events planned for attendees.

“The Ducks Unlimited national convention is a great opportunity to hear from some of the most influential people in the conservation arena – Secretary Jewell, John L. Morris and Tim Boyle to name just a few,” Hall said. “The convention also allows our hard-working volunteers from across the country an opportunity to visit with other DU members whom they may not see but once a year. It’s a magnificent time of camaraderie, and we’re looking forward to a great week.”

Additional information, including registration for the limited seating still available, can be found at

Ducks Unlimited Inc. 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 13 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. For more information on our work, visit Connect with us on our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at and watch DU videos at

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