Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region (GLAR) was recently honored with the National Blue-winged Teal Award during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) presented GLAR with the award for DU conservation work that benefits waterfowl and other wetland birds.
"Ducks Unlimited's work is always done with support from our partners, so it's a special honor to be recognized for the effective relationships we have fostered," said GLAR Director Becky Humphries. "That's how we get meaningful on-the-ground work done."
The National Blue-winged Teal Award recognizes USFWS partners whose activities at the national, regional, or local level result in substantial benefits to waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory bird populations, or wetlands habitats in support of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).
Ducks Unlimited's GLAR office was established in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1998 to conduct waterfowl research and conserve key wetlands and waterfowl habitat in the region. GLAR is also home to large numbers of DU volunteers and members, who provide key support for GLAR's conservation efforts.
GLAR was nominated for the National Blue-winged Teal Award by the Wisconsin and Michigan departments of natural resources. The nomination was reviewed by the USFWS NAWMP awards committee and plan committee members. NAWMP is implemented through long-term partnerships between government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals committed to the conservation of North America's waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory bird populations, and their habitats. NAWMP's success is the direct result of the contributions of these dedicated partners.