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Alabama drivers have new way to support conservation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – April 20, 2016 – Alabama Ducks Unlimited supporters have a new way to show their pride – they can custom tag their ride with at DU license plate. Featuring the image of a wood duck and the DU duck head logo, these tags have only been available since Jan. 1.

DU to Continue Restoration of Alabama Wildlife Management Area

DU Regional Biologist Nick Biasini and Engineer Billy Hill recently met with Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division staff at Jackson County's Raccoon Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to discuss building a new impoundment.

Alabama Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

BIRMINGHAM – March 24, 2016 – DU’s President’s Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2015, three chapters in Alabama made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

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.

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!

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 Improves Waterfowl Habitat and Hunting in Alabama

Improving waterfowl habitat and hunting in Alabama

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.

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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