Ducks Unlimited honors southern California staff member, volunteer leader

Derek Swindall of Laguna Niguel named regional director of the year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Aug. 21, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Senior Regional Director Derek Swindall a 2012-13 Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 1, an area that encompasses the West Coast and Alaska.

"It was an honor to have been selected to receive such a coveted award," Swindall said. "I was grateful for the opportunity to stand among such passionate and dedicated peers."

Swindall, a resident of Laguna Niguel, covers southern California and Arizona and works with DU volunteer committees hosting fundraising events for the 76-year-old wetlands conservation organization. The events in Swindall's region raised more than $420,000 for DU's conservation mission during the fiscal year ending June 30.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Ducks Unlimited, coordinating more than 4,000 local events that generate more than 400,000 memberships and more than $50 million annually.

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

Will Johnson
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