Cargill increases support for Montezuma Wetlands Complex

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – July 24, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded $40,000 of a three-year, $75,000 Global Partnership Fund grant from Cargill Inc. Project partners will use the funds to support ongoing restoration of the Montezuma Wetland Complex (MWC), Tonawanda-Iroquois-Oak Orchard Wetland Complex (TIOC), Catherine Creek Wildlife Management Area and other key wetland locations in New York.

“Cargill has been a committed partner to wetlands in New York and elsewhere in the Great Lakes region," said DU Regional Biologist Sarah Fleming. “As a result of this funding opportunity, we will be able to cooperatively protect and restore some of the Great Lakes’ most productive habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and other migratory birds."

Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, non-governmental organizations and local landowners to restore and protect valuable landscapes.

“Cargill understands the importance of wetlands and the complex services they provide to wildlife and to the communities that surround them," said Don Chutas, plant manager at Cargill Salt’s Watkins Glen plant. “We’re pleased to support Ducks Unlimited and their conservation partners in this important work."

The MWC historically contained more than 40,000 acres of contiguous wetland habitat, making it one of the largest wetland complexes in the northeastern United States, but now it retains only 30 percent of its historic wetland acreage. TIOC represents 20,000 acres of habitat, but now has less than 20 percent of its original wetland habitat. Wetlands in these complexes support neotropical migrants including cerulean warblers, and state-listed rare or declining species such as the northern harrier, black tern, sedge wren, bobolink, American bittern and pie-billed grebe.

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 www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at  www.youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.

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