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Public Hunting on DU Projects in Alabama

Ducks Unlimited works across the country to ensure not only sufficient habitat for waterfowl, but also to ensure waterfowl hunters continue to have the opportunity to pursue their passion. Here are some of the DU projects in Alabama that are open to the public for duck hunting.

Auburn’s Dr. Gary Hepp honored at 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 13, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Omaha, Neb. This year’s recipient in the Research/Technical category is Dr. Gary Hepp, recently retired from Auburn University.

Alabama DU Calendar Gun Giveaway

Alabama DU Hosts Stan Huner Tribute Event

Friends and family of Ducks Unlimited volunteer Stan Huner gathered in Birmingham, Alabama, earlier this year to raise funds for a project in Huner's honor on the waterfowl breeding grounds of the Prairie Pothole Region. Nearly 90 people from as far north as Alberta, Canada, came together and raised more than $143,000 for DU's Preserve Our Prairies Initiative. The event was Alabama's fifth such tribute in as many years.

Alabama resident elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 22, 2014 – Steve Whatley, of Anniston, Alabama, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention in St. Louis.

Planning Under Way for Alabama's Swan Creek WMA Restoration

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis and engineer Billy Hill recently met with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) staff to discuss replacing the water-management infrastructure on Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Decatur, Alabama.

Doug Roberts: New National Development Committee Member Balances Stewardship and Industry

Benefactor Sponsor Doug Roberts of Spanish Fort, Alabama, recently joined DU's National Development Committee. He is a landowner well versed in establishing and maintaining conservation easements with the help of Ducks Unlimited. Stewardship of the land is foremost in Doug's mind, and his appointment to the committee will help foster stronger bonds between members of American industry - where Doug works in coal - and conservation groups like DU. Doug's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Southeast Wetlands Initiative

Supporting the rich outdoor heritage of the southeastern United States by conserving key habitats for Atlantic and eastern Mississippi Flyway waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited to hit 195 mph thanks to Bass Pro Shops partnership

Ducks Unlimited will visit the top two NASCAR superspeedways in the coming months thanks to a new partnership with Bass Pro Shops.

Portion of funds from $4.5 billion BP settlement to benefit Gulf Coast fish and wildlife

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 15, 2012 - BP announced today that it will plead guilty to several criminal charges under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice over its role in the 2010 disaster involving the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, in which an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the terms of the settlement, BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion in installments over a five-year period, with nearly $2.4 billion going to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), an independent non-profit conservation group chartered by Congress in 1984.

Hunting rights claim victory in state races

States across the nation voted to support hunting rights in the 2012 election in a resounding victory of sportsmen.

Ducks Unlimited named Alabama Conservation Organization of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Aug. 7, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has been named the 2012 Conservation Organization of the Year by the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Alabama DU 75th Anniversary Celebration & Outdoor Heritage Festival

Come join us on Saturday, Aug. 11, on the banks of the Tennessee River at the Ingalls Harbor Pavilion in Decatur, Ala., to celebrate of 75 years of Ducks Unlimited conservation!

Gulf Coast sportsmen urge passage of transportation bill with Land and Water Conservation Fund and RESTORE Act funding

BATON ROUGE, La. - June 6, 2012 - Key sportsmen's groups in the Gulf Coast region called on Congress today to maintain provisions for funding land conservation and Gulf Coast restoration in their negotiations on a final transportation authorization bill.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

Senate vote advances historic conservation funding for Gulf Coast, other key waterfowl habitats

WASHINGTON - March 9, 2012 - After months working side by side with legislators, Ducks Unlimited applauded the Senate's passage of an amendment that could impact not only restoration efforts along the oil-spill-stricken Gulf Coast, but also expand funding for land conservation nationwide.

Ducks Unlimited, partners brief Congress, urge coastal restoration

WASHINGTON - March 5, 2012 - It's been nearly two years since the nation witnessed the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In that time, Congress still has not passed legislation to direct oil spill penalty funds to the Gulf Coast and its multi-billion-dollar natural-resources-based economy.

Alabama: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks Unlimited and its partners established and enhanced moist-soil vegetation and hot-crop rotation areas within Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, as well as enhancing observation ponds.

DU Iron Bowl Challenge

Every November our great rivalry in the state commences for bragging rights.

DU Improves Waterfowl Habitat and Hunting in Alabama

Improving waterfowl habitat and hunting in Alabama

Ducks Unlimited supports "100 Miles, 1,000 Acres" Restore Coastal Alabama initiative

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 16, 2010 - To combat the decades-long downward trend in the amount of coastal marsh habitat and oyster reefs in Alabama's Mobile Bay, the nonprofit Restore Coastal Alabama project based out of Mobile, Ala., will rely on a "100 Miles, 1,000 Acres" initiative to restore and enhance these lost habitats on the northern Gulf Coast.

Ducks Unlimited, partners improving Alabama habitat

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.

DU to receive $2.5 million grant for Gulf Coast habitat work

Funds will restore, enhance habitat near Gulf Coast marshes MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 24, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited was notified today it will receive a $2.5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to provide additional habitat for waterfowl and other birds that will migrate to the Gulf Coast later this year.

DU scientist, member brief congressional committee on impact of oil spill to waterfowl

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2010 – This past Friday, more than 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate staffs, representatives from a variety of national news programs and other organizations attended a Ducks Unlimited briefing regarding the Gulf Coast oil spill and its potential impacts on waterfowl.

Gulf Coast marshes losing ability to support waterfowl, study says

GCJV study reveals significant waterfowl food deficits LAFAYETTE, La. - June 10, 2010 - Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) scientists recently completed analyses demonstrating that the massive losses of coastal wetlands during the past half-century have reduced the capacity of Gulf Coast marshes to support wintering waterfowl.

Local Ducks Unlimited Chapter Makes Top 100

Local Ducks Unlimited Chapter Makes Top 100

ALDCNR announces the winner of the 2009 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest

ALDCNR announces the winner of the 2009 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest

Alabama DU delivers conservation message to Congress

WASHINGTON – March 7, 2008 - Eufaula, Ala. resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer Grady Hartzog traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. Hartzog met individually with staff from the offices of Alabama Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and Rep. Terry Everett.

FFA Builds Nest Boxes for Wood Ducks on Fort Rucker

Fort Rucker Department of Natural Resources hosted a project involving students from G.W. Long High school Vocational Agriculture program in Skipperville, Alabama in the building and placement of duck nesting boxes. Ducks Unlimited volunteers led by Mitch Gilley presented the students with gifts and provided lunch in recognition of their efforts.

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

House Ag. Chair Moves to Fund Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation - AL

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2007 – U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson’s (MN) wants to make conservation a top priority in this year’s farm bill reauthorization. The chairman recently unveiled a new legislative approach that would save the Wetlands Reserve Program and protect native prairie.

Farm bill program reimburses wetland restoration costs - AL

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 12, 2007 – Every year, the Environmental Working Group, a public interest watchdog organization, releases a list of payments the U.S. Department of Agriculture makes for programs it administers through the farm bill. These payments are commonly referred to as “subsidy” payments. A subsidy is funds paid by the government to a private entity for the “good” of the public. The latest report was released Tuesday.

Conservation Project Complete at Eufaula NWR

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently restored 217 acres of wetlands on the Bradley Unit at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge managers can now manipulate water levels within each impoundment to produce abundant waterfowl foods and provide brood-rearing habitat for resident wood ducks.

DU Helps See Pensions Bill Through - AL

President Bush today signed into law the Pension Protection Act, which included an expanded tax incentives provision benefiting landowners donating conservation easements. Ducks Unlimited’s Governmental Affairs Office in Washington worked hard for four years with the administration, Congress and partners to shepherd this legislation into law.

Alabama Named One of Top States at Ducks Unlimited’s Annual Convention

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 6, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteers from Alabama took home a Bronze State Award from DU’s annual convention in Phoenix, Ariz. DU’s State Awards recognize states whose volunteers excelled at growing and improving their fund-raising and conservation efforts on behalf of DU.

Ducks Unlimited Honors State of Alabama for Conservation Efforts - AL

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Mar. 27, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) awarded the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (ADWFF) with the Gold State Grant Award at the 71st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, in Columbus, Ohio. This year the ADWFF’s contribution surpassed the $1,000,000 mark and punctuates a 25 year partnership with DU to conserve waterfowl and wetlands habitat in Canada.

Alabama's Sipsey River Swamp Area Increases by 153 Acres

The generosity of 10 Alabama Ducks Unlimited Life Sponsors resulted in the acquisition of 153 acres of pristine wetlands and bottomland hardwood forest near Tuscaloosa, AL. This section of Alabama natural habitat is located within the Forever Wild Sipsey River Tract in Tuscaloosa County.(

Upper Mississippi River

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Upper Mississippi River priority area

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Where Alabama's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Alabama waterfowl hunters. The vast majority of Alabama’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, we receive a significant number of mallards from the Great Lakes region every fall and winter.

Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area

Overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in Alabama's Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area

Alabama Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Alabama. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

The Atocas Bay Conservation Project

Overview of Ducks Unlimited's Atocas Bay Conservation Project in Alabama

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Wheeler NWR - White Springs Moist-Soil Units

Purpose: To restore 910 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Wheeler NWR through installation of six water control structures and construction of several interior and perimeter levees.

Wheeler NWR - Penney Bottoms

Purpose: To restore 100 acres of permanent wetlands and moist-soil habitat on Wheeler NWR through installation of two water control structures and construction of 650 feet of levee.

Wheeler NWR - Dinsmore Slough

Purpose: To restore 130 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Wheeler NWR through installation of a screw-gate type water control structure, refurbishment of existing levee, and installation of a pumping station.

W.L. Holland WMA - Forested Wetlands Acquisition

Purpose: To acquire and protect 12,630 acres of forested wetlands habitat adjacent to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta WMA. Ducks Unlimited helped its partners acquire 4 tracts of land, totaling 12,630 over the course of 5 years.

Alabama Wetlands Reserve Program

The partnership of Ducks Unlimited with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is a natural one.

Swan Creek WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

Sipsey River - Bottomland Hardwood Acquisition

Purpose: To acquire and protect 153 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat adjacent to the Forever Wild Sipsey River Tract (2,800 acres).

Raccoon Creek WMA - Wetlands Restoration Project

Purpose: To restore 910 acres of wetlands habitat on Raccoon Creek WMA through installation of several water control structures, construction of a water distribution system, rehabilitation of an electric pumping station, and construction of perimeter levees to increase waterfowl management capabilities on the area.

Key Cave NWR - Moist-Soil Restoration

Purpose: To restore 10 acres of moist-soil habitat on Key Cave NWR through development of 2 small impoundments.

Eufaula NWR

In continuation of our efforts to improve waterfowl habitat on Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently completed a project to restore 117 acres of wetlands within the Alabama portion of the refuge.

Demopolis WMA - Dead Lake Wetland Project

Purpose: To enhance 130 acres of wetlands habitat on Demopolis WMA through replacement of a water control structure and construction of a water distribution system to increase waterfowl management capability on the area.

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