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Wetland Project Dedicated in California's Grasslands

More than 100 California outdoor enthusiasts recently welcomed the newest addition to the North Grasslands Wildlife Area in a special dedication ceremony. Recently completed by Ducks Unlimited and its partners, the Widell/Ramacciotti Wetland Restoration on the wildlife area's Gadwall Unit provides important wetland and associated habitat in the Grasslands Ecological Area, the largest wetland complex in the state.

California State Senior Volunteers


California resident elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 24, 2014 – Mark Low, of Susanville, California, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.’s national board of directors during the organization’s annual convention held recently in St. Louis.

California resident elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 24, 2014 – Al Montna, of Yuba City, California, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.’s national board of directors during the organization’s annual convention held recently in St. Louis.

California Wetland Restoration a Tribute to Partners and Volunteers

Ducks Unlimited, in partnership with the California Wildlife Conservation Board and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), have completed restoration work on 140 acres of historical wetland, upland, and riparian habitats in the heart of Merced County. The project was named the Widell-Ramacciotti Wetland Restoration after the former landowner, Ramona Ramacciotti, and the late David Widell, who spearheaded efforts to restore this property.

Ducks Unlimited and The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation Partner to better San Pablo Bay NWR

Ducks Unlimited (DU) was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation for planning and restoration of 5,400 acres of habitat within the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), specifically on Skaggs Island and Sears Point.

DU Receives $1 Million Grant for Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Project

California's Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) recently awarded Ducks Unlimited a $1,038,000 grant to improve the water supply and enhance wetland habitat on Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (WA) in the Sacramento Valley.

2014 Trends in Breeding Duck Populations Report

California state news.

Ducks Unlimited Standing Up for Duck Clubs in Orange County

Ducks Unlimited is celebrating the recent amendment of SB 26 (Correa) in the California Legislature, which would have strictly limited the ability of the Orange County Water District (OCWD) to lease its properties for non-district purposes, with the resulting impact potentially preventing duck clubs in the region from operating in the future, combined with a subsequent loss of habitat.

CDFW Completes 2014 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed its 2014 waterfowl breeding population survey. The resulting data indicate the total number of breeding ducks (all species combined) remains similar to last year.

$1 million grant ensures lasting conservation legacy in Central California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – April 30, 2014 – Thanks to a generous $1 million grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), which combined with $2 million previously received for this area in phases 1 & 2, Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners will be able to conserve more than 9,400 acres of wetland habitat in the Tulare Basin in California’s Central Valley.

Compromise in California

When the Lower Colorado River Authority started making drastic cutbacks in water delivery in Texas, DU board members Rogers Hoyt Jr. and Bill Ansell approached me about strengthening our advocacy for agricultural water, which is important not only to farmers but also to pintails and other wintering waterfowl. In response, DU hired Kirby Brown, a well-known professional biologist from Texas, to be our voice at the table during water-allocation discussions to ensure that farmers and waterfowl are given fair consideration.

Restoration Work Continues on California's Salton Sea Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited and a coalition of partners have completed wetland restoration and enhancement efforts on vital wetland habitat associated with the Salton Sea in Southern California. This project area is located in one of the most arid parts of North America, yet contains some of the continent's most important and threatened wetland habitats.

Working Landscapes Program Benefits California Farmers

Ducks Unlimited recently completed a Delta Working Landscapes program in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. As part of this program, 16 projects were completed, restoring 312 acres of seasonal and semipermanent wetlands.

DU receives $1 million grant for Lahontan Valley and Western Nevada wetland conservation work

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March 31, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) was recently awarded the first-ever North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant in the Lahontan Valley region, which will help conserve 8,780 acres of habitat in western Nevada. Approximately $2.3 million in partner funds will be paired with $1 million in NAWCA grant funds to underwrite wetlands restoration and enhancement activities.

California congressmen introduce bill to increase water storage

This month, the Waterfowl Advocate spoke to Reps. John Garamendi (CA-3) and Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) about the bipartisan Sacramento Valley Water Storage and Restoration Act of 2014 they introduced to help provide more water storage in the midst of California’s drought.

NAWCA co-sponsor donates decoys to Smithsonian

North American Wetlands Conservation Act co-sponsor Rep. Mike Thompson (CA) is a lifelong waterfowler, as well as a decoy carver. In March, he donated two canvasback decoys he carved in the early 1990s to the National Museum of American History, one of the 19 Smithsonian museums. He had used the decoys to hunt in the Klamath Basin and on the North Coast of California.

Six California chapters recognized nationally

The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, six California chapters made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Climate Change and Waterfowl

Climate Change and Waterfowl

Ag, refuges affected by California water shortage

Despite a recent series of storms in early March, California is still faced with a major water crisis thanks to three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall. Nearly 95 percent of the state is currently in drought conditions with 70 percent categorized as extreme or exceptional, while the Sierra snowpack, which acts as a natural water storage unit, is only at 33 percent of its normal conditions.

DU Completes Riverside Ranch Restoration in Northern California

Ducks Unlimited recently completed a wetland restoration project along the North Coast of California, improving habitat and providing other ecological benefits for waterfowl, the Eel River salmon fishery, and people. The Riverside Ranch Restoration Project is the first phase of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Artists Sought to Enter 2014-2015 California State Duck Stamp Art Contest

Artists Sought to Enter 2014-2015 California State Duck Stamp Art Contest

Youth Waterfowl Day Hunt Successful at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Youth Waterfowl Day Hunt Successful at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

2014 Farm Bill includes top sportsmen''s priorities

2014 Farm Bill includes top sportsmen''s priorities

Ducks Unlimited Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Ducks Unlimited Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Migration Alert: Opportunities Remain for California Waterfowlers

California waterfowlers are facing what has become the driest year on record, making habitat conditions less than ideal. Yet, waterfowl hunters throughout the state continue to be optimistic.

California DU Gun Raffle


Ducks Unlimited Continental Shoot announced for Las Vegas

Ducks Unlimited Continental Shoot announced for Las Vegas

Migration Alert: Drought Continues to Impact California Waterfowl

California hunters are hoping for the arrival of stormy and wet winter weather, which will hopefully result in more typical waterfowl distribution in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

CDFW Offers Draw for Junior Apprentice Waterfowl Hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

CDFW Offers Draw for Junior Apprentice Waterfowl Hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Al Montna: Plentiful Ducks for Rice and People

Al Montna of Yuba City, California, and his wife, Gail, are members of DU's President's Council and Benefactor Sponsors supporting DU's California Wetlands Initiative. This initiative aims to conserve the best waterfowl habitat in California, particularly in the critical wintering areas of the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Al's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

CDFW and California Game Wardens Foundation Offer Youth Essay Contest

CDFW and California Game Wardens Foundation Offer Youth Essay Contest

Fall and Winter Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available in Alameda County

Fall and Winter Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available in Alameda County

End of Federal Government Shutdown Restores Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities at National Wildlife Areas in California

End of Federal Government Shutdown Restores Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities at National Wildlife Areas in California

Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Some Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities in California

Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Some Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities in California

Migration Alert: State-by-state Pacific Flyway Breakdown

Early migrating waterfowl, feeling an early winter pinch, are filtering south throughout the Pacific Flyway states and finding variable habitat conditions upon arrival in the region.

Ducks Unlimited breaks new ground in San Pablo Bay

Ducks Unlimited breaks new ground in San Pablo Bay

DU and Partners Seek Solutions to Save California's Salton Sea

Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Chris Hildebrandt recently took part in a roundtable discussion focused on the plight of the Salton Sea, a 376-square-mile body of water about 40 miles south of Palm Springs, California.

Waterfowl, Upland Game and Turkey Hunts Offered in Merced and Yolo Counties

Waterfowl, Upland Game and Turkey Hunts Offered in Merced and Yolo Counties

Central Valley Joint Venture Partners Receive Conservation Awards

Two longtime members of California's Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) were recently honored for their contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). CVJV Coordinator Bob Shaffer received this year's National Blue-winged Teal Award and Eldridge "Red" Hunt was honored with the International Canvasback Award.

Ducks Unlimited honors southern California staff member, volunteer leader

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.

2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Upland Game Regulations Changes Adopted

2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Upland Game Regulations Changes Adopted

Bipartisan bill encourages protection of privately owned lands

Bipartisan bill encourages protection of privately owned lands

CDFW to Offer a One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Northern California

CDFW to Offer a One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Northern California

DU celebrates first sale of 2013-2014 federal duck stamps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 27, 2013 - The new 2013-2014 federal duck stamp goes on sale this Friday, June 28. The stamps, which cost $15, are valid through June 30, 2014. Purchased by millions of waterfowl hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and collectors every year, duck stamps help raise money to purchase and protect wetlands for ducks, geese and other wildlife species.

DU Volunteers Host Veterans on California Duck Hunt

Last November a group of eight American military personnel stepped onto unfamiliar ground. Dressed in full camouflage, they were far from any battlefield. They were in fact at beautiful Bird Haven Ranch in northern California for a weekend of duck hunting, courtesy of Paul Bonderson Jr. and Ducks Unlimited volunteers.

DU and Partners to Restore Habitat on Tule Lake Marsh

Ducks Unlimited has been invited by Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) management to partner in a multiphase, multi-million-dollar project to revitalize a portion of the 9,500-acre Tule Lake Marsh.

Ducks Unlimited among outdoor orgs opposing California Assembly Bill 711

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - June 13, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited is just one of dozens of conservation organizations opposing California Assembly Bill 711, legislation that would ban the use of traditional ammunition for hunting.

California native elected First Vice President of Ducks Unlimited

During Ducks Unlimited’s annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore., Sacramento native Paul R. Bonderson Jr. was elected first vice president of the country’s largest waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

California Wetlands Initiative

Restoring Golden State wetlands to healthy wintering habitats and helping provide water solutions for waterfowl, other wildlife, and Californians.

U.S. leaders meet with DU and partners to discuss Salton Sea solutions

Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Chris Hildebrandt recently took part in a prestigious panel discussion focused on the plight of the Salton Sea.

U.S. Representatives Garamendi and Peterson Meet Constituents

U.S. Representatives John Garamendi (CA) and Collin Peterson (MN) met with Sacramento Valley waterfowl hunters, rice growers, ranchers, and conservation groups last December at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.

Ducks Unlimited receives $1 million grant for conservation work in northeastern California

Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DU) was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve 6,460 acres of habitat in northeastern California.

Help get NAWCA reauthorized for Fiscal Year 2014!

Help get NAWCA reauthorized for Fiscal Year 2014!

Artists Sought to Enter 2013 California State Duck Stamp Art Contest

Artists Sought to Enter 2013 California State Duck Stamp Art Contest 3/25/2013

Napa Sonoma Marsh Wildlife Area Projects

Napa Sonoma Marsh Wildlife Area Projects

2013 Farm Bill: Using Social Media for Final Passage 2/27/2013

2013 Farm Bill: Using Social Media for Final Passage 2/27/2013

Guided Wetland Tours of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Guided Wetland Tours of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

2013 California State Pin Order Form


USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

Blackhawk DU Diamond Event

Highlights of the evening include a cocktail hour followed by a sumptuous dinner, a silent auction and a live auction featuring exotic hunting trips, vintage and classic guns, original artwork, Ducks Unlimited memorabilia and more.

California DU State Convention

This year’s state convention will be held April 19, 20 and 21 at the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and includes a Friday evening sportsman’s night out dinner party and hospitality central, Saturday business meeting, lunch and evening banquet, and Sunday morning board meeting.

New Hunter Check Station Opens in California Grasslands

This fall, the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) formally dedicated its new Salt Slough-San Luis Hunter Check Station in Los Banos, California.

Wildlife Officers Investigate Waterfowl Poachers for Gross Over-limits

Wildlife Officers Investigate Waterfowl Poachers for Gross Over-limits

Migration Alert: Northwest Duck Hunting Goes on Ice; California Has Hot Spots

Duck hunters will find nothing great about the Great Northwest as the season comes to a close this week, but the forecast continues to be fair in sunny California.

Wildlife Officers Seek Public’s Help in Waterfowl Case

Wildlife Officers Seek Public’s Help in Waterfowl Case

CDFW Launches Online Sales of 2013 Warden Stamp and Outdoor California to Raise Funds and Awareness for Wildlife Conservation

CDFW Launches Online Sales of 2013 Warden Stamp and Outdoor California to Raise Funds and Awareness for Wildlife Conservation

Silicon Valley Stewardship - John W. and Sandi Thompson

"Stick to Core Mission, Focus and Keep it Simple," was the title of John W. Thompson's speech. His words would inspire Ducks Unlimited supporters across the continent. His message would resonate for years as DU's story and mission passed down through generations. John's speech would rivet the conservation world by sharing DU's secrets to 75 years of conservation success.

Migration Alert: Hunters Toast New Year with Cold Duck

Hunters in the Columbia Basin and eastern Oregon managed to bag their birds this past week, but they had to put in their time, by either scouting in advance or hunting all day.

Migration Alert: Rain, wind not enough to push California waterfowl south

Waterfowl habitat overall is looking great in the Central Valley. Lots of water means an abundance of shallow flooded areas, even rice ground that was not intentionally flooded is now providing decent habitat.

Junior Duck Hunts at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Junior Duck Hunts at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Migration Alert: Cold weather may improve California waterfowl hunting

The mild weather pushed waterfowl into an easy lifestyle of resting on the closed areas. However, colder weather setting in should force the birds to get out and feed more often, putting them in front of more hunters.

Honey Lake Wildlife Area Tanner Weir Replacement Projects

Honey Lake Wildlife Area Tanner Weir Replacement Projects

The next phase of the Napa Marsh

A newly signed agreement between the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is paving the way for the final phase of a 20-year restoration effort on the Napa Marsh.

DU's Western Region celebrates conserving 100,000 acres in the Northwest

Ducks Unlimited's Western Regional Office is celebrating a major milestone in its history: surpassing 100,000 acres of waterfowl habitat conserved or protected in the Pacific Northwest portion of the region.

DFG Offers Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities in Alameda County

DFG Offers Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities in Alameda County

Migration Alert: Central Valley waterfowl habitat in great shape

The wetland habitat in the Grasslands of Merced County in the Central Valley of California is primed and ready for ducks.

Migration Alert: Early pintail arrivals indicate dry conditions in north Pacific Flyway

Pintails typically arrive like clockwork on August 10. Unfortunately, this likely reflects the dry conditions in the Klamath Basin, which is forcing waterfowl to fly over and travel farther south earlier than normal.

Ducks Unlimited projects displayed in California state capitol

Four of DU's premier California projects were on prominent display in the state capitol in September, in full view of state legislators, capitol staffers, lobbyists and the general public.

Ducks Unlimited applauds bipartisan Senate support of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012

Ducks Unlimited applauds bipartisan Senate support of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012

Lack of water dampens hunting season on Sutter NWR

Lack of water dampens hunting season on Sutter NWR

DFG Opens New Hunter Check Station in North Grasslands Wildlife Area

DFG Opens New Hunter Check Station in North Grasslands Wildlife Area

DU joins hundreds at Farm Bill rally

DU joins hundreds at Farm Bill rally

Fritz Reid Receives Holly Andre Award

The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture recently honored Dr. Fritz Reid with its Holly Andre Award for leadership. Reid is director of conservation programs at DU's Western Regional Office in Sacramento, California.

California Duck Validation sheet

California Duck Validation sheet

California's Honey Lake Wildlife Area Projects Completed

Ducks Unlimited recently completed another series of habitat enhancement projects on the California Department of Fish and Game's Honey Lake Wildlife Area (WA), located in the Great Basin region of California near Susanville.

California Waterfowl Seasons Approved

California Waterfowl Seasons Approved

Ducks Unlimited sponsors California State Championship Duck Calling Competition

COLUSA, Calif. – Aug. 17, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited is "calling" the public to come enjoy the 2012 California State Championship Duck Calling Competition on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Kittles Outdoor & Sport Co., in Colusa.

DU Project Update - Grasslands Wildlife Area

DU Project Update - Grasslands Wildlife Area

Ducks Unlimited Public Policy Update

Ducks Unlimited Public Policy Update

Support for Lower Klamath NWR geothermal project builds steam following meeting with California senator

A proposed geothermal energy project on California's Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was the topic of the day when Western Region Public Policy Director Chris Unkel and a team of energy experts met recently with key allies who have been promoting the project.

California legislators weigh in on recently proposed water plan

California legislators weigh in on recently proposed water plan

California 75th Celebration at Blackhawk Auto Museum

California celebrated Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary with a gala celebration at the renowned Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville. The black tie affair was an overwhelming success.

California legislators weigh in on recently proposed water plan

California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent announcement of his proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is being met with skepticism from more than one California legislator.

DU supports opening some CRP lands for drought-stricken ranchers

DU supports opening some CRP lands for drought-stricken ranchers

DU efforts to support critical NAWCA program underway - will you help?

DU efforts to support critical NAWCA program underway - will you help?

DU leaders push for NAWCA reauthorization in Washington

DU leaders push for NAWCA reauthorization in Washington

Registration Opens for DFG’s Annual Pre-Season Waterfowl Hunting Clinic

Registration Opens for DFG’s Annual Pre-Season Waterfowl Hunting Clinic

Lower Klamath NWR Refuge In Peril

Lower Klamath NWR Refuge In Peril

NAWCA is key to conserving California's Tulare Basin

As in other parts of California and the Pacific Flyway, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) has provided essential funding for the restoration of historical waterfowl habitat in the Tulare Basin.

San Francisco Artist Wins 2012 California Duck Stamp Contest

San Francisco Artist Wins 2012 California Duck Stamp Contest

2012 California Duck Stamp Art Contest scheduled June 28

2012 California Duck Stamp Art Contest scheduled June 28

DFG Completes 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

DFG Completes 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

DU applauds Senate passing 2012 Farm Bill

DU applauds Senate passing 2012 Farm Bill

DU Acquires First Conservation Easement in Northeast California

DU recently partnered with the Wood family to acquire its first conservation easement in northeast California, a 1,781-acre perpetual easement on the Leavitt Lake Ranch and the Wood Ranch.

California DU Event Breaks Fundraising Record

The final results are still being tallied but Ducks Unlimited's 75th Anniversary event at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, California, has netted at least $1.5 million, which is great news for the DU's wetlands conservation programs in the state and across the continent. To date, DU has protected, enhanced, or restored more than 700,000 acres across California.

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks Unlimited Membership Drive, Help DU add 35,000 members this month!

Ducks Unlimited Membership Drive Help DU add 35,000 members this month!

Interior Secretary renews commitment to waterfowl conservation at 75th DU National Convention

Interior Secretary renews commitment to waterfowl conservation at 75th DU National Convention

Interior Secretary Salazar to sign waterfowl management plan revision, hold Town Hall meeting during DU National Convention next week

Interior Secretary Salazar to sign waterfowl management plan revision, hold Town Hall meeting during DU National Convention next week

Ducks Unlimited joins other conservation, sportsmen''s groups in support of Sodsaver

Ducks Unlimited joins other conservation, sportsmen''s groups in support of Sodsaver

DU pursues additional cosponsors for NAWCA legislation in Senate, House

DU pursues additional cosponsors for NAWCA legislation in Senate, House

Longtime California DU volunteer earns top honors for conservation

California Ducks Unlimited volunteer Dennis Campini was recently presented a national award for his commitment to conservation by U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (CA). The North American Migratory Bird Joint Ventures Conservation Champion Award was given to Campini in early April at a ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

DU's western regional director honored by Intermountain West Joint Venture

Ducks Unlimited Western Regional Director Mark Biddlecomb recently received the John E. Nagel Award from the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) for his outstanding achievement and long-term commitment to avian conservation.

Adult and Youth Artists Sought to Enter 2012 California State Duck Stamp Contest

Adult and Youth Artists Sought to Enter 2012 California State Duck Stamp Contest

Unprecedented Pro-sportsmen Legislation Passed in the U.S. House of Representatives

Unprecedented Pro-sportsmen Legislation Passed in the U.S. House of Representatives

Firearms Industry Contributes Second Grant Installment to Supplement NAWCA

Firearms Industry Contributes Second Grant Installment to Supplement NAWCA - a release from the National Shooting Sports Foundation

NAWCA Project Will Restore California Waterfowl Habitat

Ducks Unlimited will soon begin work on a project that will restore or enhance more than 5,200 acres of vital waterfowl habitat in the northern Tulare and San Joaquin basins of California.

Palo Alto Chapter recognized nationally

Palo Alto, Calif. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Palo Alto Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Half Moon Bay Chapter recognized nationally

Half Moon Bay, Calif. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Half Moon Bay Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Habitat Improved on California's Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Ducks Unlimited recently partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Board and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) to enhance 135 acres of wetlands and restore eight acres of upland nesting habitat in Field 18 at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (WA) in California's Sacramento Valley.

Tri Valley Chapter recognized nationally


Placerville chapter recognized nationally


Palos Verdes chapter recognized nationally


Longview chapter recognized nationally


DU Receives Coastal America Partnership Honor for Nisqually Estuary Project

Ducks Unlimited received President Obama's prestigious Coastal America Partnership Award on December 10, 2011, for its pivotal role in the highly successful Nisqually Estuary Restoration Project.

Greater Redding chapter recognized nationally

The Greater Redding chapter earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide.

Antelope Valley chapter recognized nationally


UC Davis' Dr. John M. Eadie honored at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's winner in the Research/Technical category is Dr. John M. Eadie, professor at the University of California, Davis.

Wildlife habitat reaps big benefits at DU's 75th anniversary celebration in California

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - March 7, 2012 - The total is still being tallied, but Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary event at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, Calif., has netted at least $1.5 million, which is great news for wetlands conservation programs in California and across America. To date, DU has conserved and restored more than 700,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in California.

Twelve DU conservation projects receive NAWCA grant approval from MBCC, six more from NAWCC

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) met last week and approved more than $24.5 million in federal grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for partnership-based conservation projects that will protect, restore and enhance more than 146,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats across the United States and Mexico.

2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

ATLANTA - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta.

California state legislature honors DU's 75th anniversary

California Senator Lois Wolk presents the DU western region's director with a joint resolution honoring DU for its 75th Anniversary on February 23rd, 2012.

DU Levee Benefits California Commuters and Wildlife

Construction of a setback levee has already caught the attention of daily commuters on California State Route 37 north of San Francisco. But most drivers probably don't realize that the project, spearheaded by Ducks Unlimited, is keeping their tires out of the tides.

DU celebrates 75 years, 12 million acres of wetlands conservation

DANVILLE, Calif. – Feb.6, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited is inviting the public to celebrate its 75th anniversary at a grand gala at the renowned Blackhawk Auto Museum on Thursday, March 1. Upscale business attire is requested for the event which begins at 5:30 p.m.

DFG to Offer Three Late Season Goose Hunting Opportunities

DFG to Offer Three Late Season Goose Hunting Opportunities

Chapter Spotlight: Fort Bragg, California Chapter

Great things sometimes come in small packages. The Fort Bragg, California, DU chapter is a case in point.

California: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Water Distribution System Improvements

A major California wetland, the 9,200-acre Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is extremely important to Pacific Flyway waterfowl and hunters alike.

DU seeks Senate sponsor, House co-sponsors to reauthorize NAWCA

With an expiration date of Sept. 30 looming for NAWCA, DU is seeking additional House of Representatives co-sponsors to back H.R. 1960, a bill to reauthorize NAWCA through 2017.

Migration Alert: Sacramento Valley hunters need winter weather

The birds are here in the Sacramento Valley but hunter success for the remainder of the season is going to depend on weather, especially for rice field hunters.

Ducks Unlimited Continental Shoot announced in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Dec. 15, 2011 - Competitive sporting clay shooters are encouraged to register now for the 2012 Ducks Unlimited Las Vegas Continental Shoot. The annual event will take place Feb. 23-26, 2012, at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nev., formerly known as Desert Hills Shooting Club.

USA Rice Federation presents Ducks Unlimited with 2011 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award

The USA Rice Federation presented Ducks Unlimited with its second annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award on Dec. 8. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation that significantly benefit natural resources, wildlife and America's communities.

Wanted: Cal DFG Hunter Education Instructors for 2012

Wanted: Cal DFG Hunter Education Instructors for 2012

California wetlands and waterways receive support from key legislators

California wetlands and waterways receive support from key legislators

California wetlands and waterways receive support from key legislators

California State Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill recently met with Western Regional Office Director Mark Biddlecomb and Public Policy Director Chris Unkel to exchange views on conservation and waterfowl issues in Northern California.

North American Wetlands Conservation Council to meet despite funding uncertainty

North American Wetlands Conservation Council to meet despite funding uncertainty

Super Committee fails; future remains uncertain for conservation funding

Super Committee fails; future remains uncertain for conservation funding

Migration Alert: California reports indicate good numbers and habitat

Nov. 22, 2011: California waterfowlers have seen decent numbers of early migrators, and expectations are high as new cold fronts continue to push birds south.

Thank you PG&E and all of you who support us with your time, passion and funding.

Thank you PG&E and all of you who support us with your time, passion and funding.

Rice Farming and Ducks: A Winning Partnership

Rice Farming and Ducks: A Winning Partnership

Apprentice Waterfowl Hunts Open at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Apprentice Waterfowl Hunts Open at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

TAKE ACTION - Tell Congress to support conservation funding

TAKE ACTION - Tell Congress to support conservation funding

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available at Eden Landing

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available at Eden Landing

Hunting Season Approaches for California Waterfowl

Hunting Season Approaches for California Waterfowl

DFG 2011-2012 Hunting Digest Available Only Online

DFG 2011-2012 Hunting Digest Available Only Online

Ducks Unlimited Commends Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Connor

During an October 6 meeting with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Commissioner Mike Connor and other senior staff, Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James commended the agency for recent actions that will help the National Wildlife Refuge System maintain critical wetland habitat.

Turning the Tide: San Francisco Bay benefits from historic levee breach

Turning the Tide: San Francisco Bay benefits from historic levee breach

Turning the Tide: San Francisco Bay benefits from historic levee breach

The San Francisco Bay added substantial square footage on September 13, as the California Department of Fish and Game breached a levee that had held the sea back for more than a hundred years.

Latest NAWCA grants awarded; highlights program''s need for congressional support

Latest NAWCA grants awarded; highlights program''s need for congressional support

DU encourages waterfowl enthusiasts to "Double Up" for the ducks

DU encourages waterfowl enthusiasts to "Double Up" for the ducks

Correction Issued for 2011-12 California Waterfowl Hunter Pocket Guide

Correction Issued for 2011-12 California Waterfowl Hunter Pocket Guide

Waterfowl Hunting Delayed on Public Hunting Areas in the Sacramento Valley

Waterfowl Hunting Delayed on Public Hunting Areas in the Sacramento Valley

DU Finds Common Ground with Congressman Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi of California knows a great deal more about the mission of Ducks Unlimited now, after recently sitting down for a working lunch with Western Regional Office Director Mark Biddlecomb and WRO Public Policy Director Chris Unkel.

Passing of David L. Widell

The passing of David L. Widell, General Manager and Director of Governmental Affairs of Grassland Water District

DFG Offers One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Northern California - Oct. 29

DFG Offers One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Northern California - Oct 29

DFG Offers One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Southern California - Oct 1

DFG Offers One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Southern California - Oct 1

DU Education Efforts Applauded by California Member of Congress

Ducks Unlimited earned high praise from Congresswoman Doris Matsui of California recently, when she saluted Ducks Unlimited for its role as a founding partner in funding the Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Leaders from California Waterfowl Association visit DU''s Governmental Affairs Office in D.C.

Leaders from California Waterfowl Association visit DU''s Governmental Affairs Office in D.C.

DU Western Director Named to Wildlife Advisory Group

DU Western Director Named to Wildlife Advisory Group

DU Western Director Named to Wildlife Advisory Group

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Strategic Vision Committee recently confirmed the appointment of DU's Director of the Western Regional Office Mark Biddlecomb to its Stakeholders Advisory Group.

DFG to Offer One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in September

DFG to Offer One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in September

U.S. House of Representatives debating the future of NAWCA funding this week

U.S. House of Representatives debating the future of NAWCA funding this week

UPDATE ON NAWCA: House may vote on Interior Appropriations as early as next week

UPDATE ON NAWCA: House may vote on Interior Appropriations as early as next week

Proposed legislation could affect Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Proposed legislation could affect Migratory Bird Treaty Act

DU attends U.S. Fish & Wildlife's Vision Conference to offer insight on future conservation plans

DU attends U.S. Fish & Wildlife's Vision Conference to offer insight on future conservation plans

As Budget Talks Continue, the Future Remains Uncertain for Waterfowl

As Budget Talks Continue, the Future Remains Uncertain for Waterfowl

DU tells Congress Conservation Cuts are a Loss Americans Cannot Afford To Take

DU tells Congress: Conservation Cuts are a Loss Americans Cannot Afford To Take

DFG Completes 2011 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

DFG Completes 2011 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

California philanthropist named to DU Board of Directors

During its annual convention recently in Quebec City, Ducks Unlimited Inc., elected Eric Rudgers of Lake Almanor, Calif., to its national board of directors.

Conservation Easement Incentive Act introduced in House with strong support

Conservation Easement Incentive Act introduced in House with strong support

California Landowners Enroll 100,000 Acres in WRP

California Landowners Enroll 100,000 Acres in WRP

Salazar: Sportsmen Must Speak Up or Resource Will Suffer

Salazar: Sportsmen Must Speak Up or Resource Will Suffer

Oregon Wildlife Artist Wins 2011 California Duck Stamp Contest

Oregon Wildlife Artist Wins 2011 California Duck Stamp Contest

California Landowners Enroll 100,000 Acres in WRP

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently reported that California farmers and ranchers have now enrolled more than 100,000 acres in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

Less than 1 week left to sign: Last chance for your representative to support NAWCA!

Less than 1 week left to sign: Last chance for your representative to support NAWCA!

Check Station Operations to Change for 2011-2012 Waterfowl Hunting Season

Check Station Operations to Change for 2011-2012 Waterfowl Hunting Season

CA State 2011 Duck Stamp to be Chosen in Public Judging Event at State Capitol

CA State 2011 Duck Stamp to be Chosen in Public Judging Event at State Capitol

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS

Congress Poised to Restore Partial Funding to NAWCA

Congress Poised to Restore Partial Funding to NAWCA

Waterfowl Need Your Help! DU members urge Congress to support NAWCA funding

Waterfowl Need Your Help! DU members urge Congress to support NAWCA funding

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

Time is running out to register for the Calif DU State Convention April 15 - 16

California state news.

DU Western Region staff discuss impact of water shortages with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

DU Western Region staff discuss impact of water shortages with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

Policy News 3-12

Congress returns from recess to address FY2011 budget issues; DU Western Region staff discuss impact of water shortages with with Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; Nebraska Senator Addresses Ducks Unlimited state convention

Massive Coastal Restoration Project Completed in California

For the first time in more than 100 years, tidal waters returned in August to the former Napa Plant Site salt-production facility adjacent to the Napa River on the northern reaches of San Francisco Bay.

Jack Daniel''s "Single Barrel Dog of the Year" Contest

Jack Daniel''s "Single Barrel Dog of the Year" Contest

DU voices strong opposition to massive federal conservation spending cuts

DU voices strong opposition to massive federal conservation spending cuts

DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California

DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California

Policy News 3-5

DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

Artists Sought to Enter 2011 California State Duck Stamp Contest

Artists Sought to Enter 2011 California State Duck Stamp Contest

California State Ducks Unlimited 2011 Convention

California State Ducks Unlimited 2011 Convention

DU's Conservation Programs Committee meets to discuss 2012 Farm Bill, Clean Water and other policy issues

DU''s Conservation Programs Committee meets to discuss 2012 Farm Bill, Clean Water and other policy issues

DU to work with 112th Congress to gain support for conservation-driven programs

DU to work with 112th Congress to gain support for conservation-driven programs

Ducks Unlimited Firearms & Clubs Liability Insurance

Ducks Unlimited Firearms & Clubs Liability Insurance

Ducks Unlimited teams with USFWS to complete million dollar Nevada refuge habitat project

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 - One of the most significant wetland areas in Nevada, the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, recently received a $1.2 million wetland enhancement thanks to a partnership between Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Calif DFG Reminds Dog Owners to Protect Pets From Salmon Poisoning Disease

Calif DFG Reminds Dog Owners to Protect Pets From Salmon Poisoning Disease

California Young Hunters Invited to Participate in Youth Waterfowl Hunt, Feb 5-6 2011

California Young Hunters Invited to Participate in Youth Waterfowl Hunt, Feb 5-6 2011

Bill to reinstate enhanced easement incentive goes to President for signature

Bill to reinstate enhanced easement incentive goes to President for signature

DU Continues to Restore California's Largest Wetland

Ducks Unlimited has played an active role in wetland conservation activities in the Grasslands since 1986, when DU began making critical water conveyance enhancements in partnership with the Grassland Water District. To date, DU has helped to restore, enhance, or protect more than 132,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitat on 240 projects in this region.

Drawing to be Held for Apprentice Waterfowl Hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

Drawing to be Held for Apprentice Waterfowl Hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

DFG Completes Environmental Review Documents for Suisun Marsh Project


2010 Federal Duck Stamp winner selected

2010 Federal Duck Stamp winner selected

DU biologist honored by NRCS for contributing to 100,000-acre WRP enrollment in California

DU biologist honored by NRCS for contributing to 100,000-acre WRP enrollment in California

2010/2011 Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available Soon at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve

2010/2011 Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities Available Soon at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve

Open Letter to California Waterfowlers

Open Letter to California Waterfowlers

Ducks Unlimited teams with USFWS to present 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Oct. 18, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited, along with staff from a host of partnering organizations, served on the steering committee of the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest held this past weekend in Berkeley, Calif. The prestigious event was held in the David Brower Center near the University of California-Berkeley campus.

North Bay Wetlands Restoration Tour Oct 15th 1-3pm

North Bay Wetlands Restoration Tour Oct 15th 1-3pm

DFG to Offer Winter Swan Tours in Sacramento Valley

DFG to Offer Winter Swan Tours in Sacramento Valley

2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest coming up Oct. 15-16 in Berkeley, Calif.

2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest coming up Oct. 15-16 in Berkely, Calif.

One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic to be Offered at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic to be Offered at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Large Canada Goose Season to be Split for Most California Counties

Large Canada Goose Season to be Split for Most California Counties

EPA denies petition for lead ban in ammunition

EPA denies petition for lead ban in ammunition

Victory for Gun Owners in California

Victory for Gun Owners in California

One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic to be Offered at Gray Lodge

One-day Waterfowl Hunting Clinic to be Offered at Gray Lodge

2010-2011 WATERFOWL SEASON SET

2010-2011 WATERFOWL SEASON SET

Congressman Thompson, DU celebrate historic restoration project in California

Congressman Mike Thompson of California's 1st Congressional District joined more than 100 California conservation and political officials yesterday to celebrate a milestone in U.S. habitat restoration.

Environmental Report for Suisun Marsh Oil Spill Complete

Plans to help restore sensitive Suisun Marsh wetlands to compensate for a 124,000-gallon diesel spill in 2004 have gained final approval.

New Director of Ducks Unlimited WRO effective August 1

New Director of Ducks Unlimited’s Western Regional Office effective 1 August 2010

LWCF bill passes House, Senate action anticipated

LWCF bill passes House, Senate action anticipated

DU leader named chairman of national council on hunting, conservation

DU leader named chairman of national council on hunting, conservation

Interior Secretary unveils special-edition Duck Stamp cachet at DU National Headquarters

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 27, 2010 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled a special edition Federal Duck Stamp cachet during a press conference held at Ducks Unlimited national headquarters here today. Proceeds from the voluntary purchase of the cachet will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in national wildlife refuges along the Gulf Coast.

DU to deliver upgrade to Sacramento wildlife refuge thanks to NAWCA grant

DU to deliver upgrade to Sacramento wildlife refuge thanks to NAWCA grant

California 2010 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

California 2010 Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

Delta Gun Club Working Landscape and Habitat Project, San Joaquin County

Delta Gun Club Working Landscape and Habitat Project, San Joaquin County

NOAA administrator visits Ducks Unlimited restoration project in California

NOAA administrator visits Ducks Unlimited restoration project in California

Duck numbers hold steady across North America

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 2, 2010 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its preliminary report today on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May. The total duck population is nearly 41 million, which is similar to last year’s estimate and 21 percent above the long-term average.

Calif DU is developing a proposal to request funds through NAWCA

Calif DU is developing a proposal to request funds through NAWCA

Kern National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Pixley National Wildlife Refuge Projects

Kern National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Pixley National Wildlife Refuge Projects

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Projects

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Projects

WRO Receives Over $10 Million in Project Grants in One Day

WRO Receives Over $10 Million in Project Grants in One Day

Los Patos Bravos Wetland Restoration and Enhancement, Imperial County

Los Patos Bravos Wetland Restoration and Enhancement, Imperial County

WRO's Rudy Rosen is leaving Ducks Unlimited

WRO's Rudy Rosen is leaving Ducks Unlimited

NAWCA grant brings restoration, enhancement to California duck club wetlands

NAWCA grant brings restoration, enhancement to California duck club wetlands

DU celebrates Boreal wetlands protection announcement - CA

DU celebrates Boreal wetlands protection announcement

Ducks Unlimited named 2010 American Outdoor Organization of the Year - CA

Ducks Unlimited named 2010 American Outdoor Organization of the Year

Late Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Late Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

New California DU Projects

New CaliforniaDU Projects

New WRO Publication Now Available – Ducks and Rice Farming.

New WRO Publication Now Available – Ducks and Rice Farming.

DU official testifies before Congress in support of Internet sale of duck stamps

DU official testifies before Congress in support of Internet sale of duck stamps

New California DU project at Imperial Wildlife Area

Ducks Unlimited is working with Imperial Wildlife Area (IWA) staff to enhance wetlands and associated upland habitats to benefit wildlife and decrease maintenance needs.

Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Waterfowl have begun to arrive on the Canadian breeding grounds, and the conditions they find play a vital role in nest success. DU Canada produces habitat updates, which provide a glimpse of what Northern-traveling waterfowl might find upon arrival in 2010.

Members of Congress join with DU to learn more about national refuges

Members of Congress join with DU to learn more about national refuges

National forum explores ways to achieve clean water

National forum explores ways to achieve clean water

Duck Production in 2010

Duck Production in 2010

California Is Seeking Input From Pintail Hunters

California seeking input from pintail hunters

Refuge Gun Club Wetland Restoration

Refuge Gun Club Wetland Restoration

Ducks Unlimited welcomes new White House Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

Secretaries Salazar and Vilsack introduce new panel to focus on sporting traditions WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2010 - Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the reformation of a White House panel devoted to hunting and fishing traditions today.

WRO has a Regional Bioligist position opening

WRO has a Regional Bioligist position opening

New California Wetlands DU Project

New California Wetlands DU Project

Conservation takes hits in 2011 budget

Conservation takes hits in 2011 budget

California Fish and Game Funds at Risk

California Fish and Game funds at risk

Improvements to California Refuge to Help Hunter Access

Improvements to California refuge to help hunter access

New Options to Fund Conservation in California

New Options to Fund Conservation in California

Congress returns

Congress returns How will conservation fare in 2010?

Prospects dim for wetland protections in 2010

Prospects dim for wetland protections in 2010

New California DU Project - Circle 6 Ranch

New California DU Project -- Circle 6 Ranch Ponds 1-6 Water Conveyance System Improvements, Butte and Colusa Counties

Wetlands bill has day in Congress

Wetlands bill has day in Congress

Conservation tax incentives need your help

Conservation tax incentives need your help

Ducks Unlimited Annual Report 2009

Ducks Unlimited Annual Report 2009

Less conservation means less access for hunters

Less conservation means less access for hunters

Habitat losses mount in Prairie Pothole Region

Habitat losses mount in Prairie Pothole Region

Ducks Unlimited, business leaders come together to improve conservation

Ducks Unlimited, business leaders come together to improve conservation

Keep an Eye Out for Banded Tundra Swans

Keep an Eye Out for Banded Tundra Swans

$96 million tobacco settlement sends $800,000 to help California ducks

SACRAMENTO - Nov. 6, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited is among more than 100 non-profit groups to share $40 million in money left over from a $96 million class-action settlement with makers of chewing tobacco.

New DU Projects in California

New DU Projects in California

Migratory bird habitat bill up for vote

Migratory bird habitat bill up for vote

House approves wetlands enhancement bill

House approves wetlands enhancement bill

North America's ducks need Canada - CA

North America's ducks need Canada

DU offers new magazine options for Greenwings - CA

DU offers new magazine options for Greenwings

Majority of both parties supporting conservation easements

Majority of both parties supporting conservation easements

New partnership to restore water-starved San Joaquin River

New partnership to restore water-starved San Joaquin River

New California DU Project -- Rancho Rio Chico, 7-Mile Club Habitat Restoration and Enhancement.

New California Project -- Rancho Rio Chico - 7-Mile Club Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

DU Partners on Restoring San Joaquin River Wetlands and Riparian Areas

DU Partners on Restoring San Joaquin River Wetlands and Riparian Areas

Ducks Unlimited appears before Congress to urge expansion of historic wetlands conservation program

Ducks Unlimited appears before Congress to urge expansion of historic wetlands conservation program

Wetlands Conservation Reaches Milestone - CA

Wetlands Conservation Reaches Milestone

Statement from Ducks Unlimited in support of Sen. Lincoln as new Senate agriculture committee chair

WASHINGTON - Sept. 9, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Sutherland issued a statement today in response to the announcement that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) will be the new chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Proposals To Save DU Donors Money Gaining Steam

Proposals to save DU donors money gaining steam

FWS introduces new mapping standard to benefit wetlands

FWS introduces new mapping standard to benefit wetlands

USDA focusing on waterfowl breeding habitat

USDA focusing on waterfowl breeding habitat

Two New Calif DU Projects

Two New Calif DU Projects

Liberal Season Proposed for the Upcoming Waterfowl Season

Liberal Season Proposed For California With A Two Pintail Limit

Important conservation program expires soon

Congressional sportsmen renew call for conservation WASHINGTON - July 16, 2009 - A bipartisan group of lawmakers are calling for an extension of a popular habitat conservation program that saves taxpayer's money. Members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus held a briefing to promote conservation easements on private land.

Power line project cancelled in special meeting

Power line project cancelled in special meeting

Jean Hulbert News Release

Jean Hulbert News Release

Duck numbers up overall

Greatly improved habitat conditions increase duck populations for 2009 MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 2, 2009 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its preliminary report today on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total duck populations were estimated at 42 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 13-percent increase over last year's estimate of 37.3 million birds and is 25 percent above the 1955-2008 long-term average.

Power Line Proposal Loses Major Utility Partner

Central Valley Power Line Proposal Loses Major Utility Partner

Wetlands, waterfowl and jobs: DU projects support them all

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Feb. 17, 2009 – Now there's even more incentive to go green. Conservation groups like Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, say habitat restoration can save taxpayers money, stimulate the economy and create new jobs, all while conserving valuable habitat and improving water quality.

Ducks Unlimited receives $8.5-million grant for work in San Francisco Bay Area

Local environment, economy to benefit RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - June 30, 2009 - The San Francisco Bay area got a boost today with an $8.5-million grant to stimulate the economy while conserving critical wildlife habitat. The grant was awarded to Ducks Unlimited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

San Joaquin River Restoration

San Joaquin River Restoration

Record funding for North American Wetlands Conservation Act, refuges

Record funding for North American Wetlands Conservation Act, refuges

Congress recommends record wetlands restoration funding - CA

Strong support for wetlands, refuges from House subcommittee WASHINGTON – June 10, 2009 – A proposed record increase to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) moved a step closer to becoming reality today when the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved the President's request of more than $52 million for the popular wetlands conservation initiative.

Feather River Wildlife Area - Abbott Lake Unit Riparian Restoration, Sutter County

Feather River Wildlife Area - Abbott Lake Unit Riparian Restoration, Sutter County

Central Valley wetlands, hunting areas threatened by power lines

DU encourages sportsmen, -women to take action against proposed routes SACRAMENTO, Calif. - April 30, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association have alerted members to call or write letters to the Transmission Agency of Northern California Transmission Project to choose a more wildlife- and wetland-safe route with proposed power line construction.

DU makes conservation history in California

Some of California's top conservation and political officials will be in American Canyon, Calif., Aug. 25 to join DU and partners in celebrating the final phase of one of the largest tidal restoration projects in our nation's history.

Sonoran and Mohave Deserts / Sierra Madre Occidental

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts / Sierra Madre Occidental priority area

Sierra Nevada

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Sierra Nevada priority area

Baja California Desert

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Baja California Desert priority area.

Pacific Northwest

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Pacific Northwest priority area.

Great Basin

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's conservation efforts in its Great Basin priority area.

Central Valley / Coastal California

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Central Valley / Coastal California priority area.

California DU Member Newsletter

News from the Nest

California Bay Area Projects

Ducks Unlimited conservation projects in California's San Francisco Bay Area

Where California's Ducks Come From

The Western Boreal Forest is critical to California waterfowl hunters. The majority of ducks that winter in California originate in this important breeding area, including nearly all our green wing teal and wigeon.

Where California's Birds Come From?

The Western Boreal Forest is critical to California waterfowl hunters. The majority of ducks that winter in California originate in this important breeding area, including nearly all our green wing teal and wigeon.

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

The Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is in the heart of California’s Central Valley just south of Sacramento in the northern reaches of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Since the inception of the Refuge in 1994, staff and partners have been working to restore historic wetland communities and enhance existing habitats in the 6,000 acre complex of wetland, riparian and grassland habitats that comprises the Stone Lakes NWR.

Join the Team - Volunteer for DU

Ducks Unlimited is looking for dedicated California waterfowlers to become volunteers and bring the excitement of DU to their communities.

Running on Empty

Water management is a hot topic in California, affecting residents, waterfowl hunters and the birds.

North Grasslands Wildlife Area

Ducks Unlmited recently completed water delivery enhancement work on the North Grasslands Wildlife Area’s (WA) Salt Slough Unit. This effort was part of DU's Grasslands Ecological Area – Phase 3 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant activities, which improved habitat at the Salt Slough Unit of North Grasslands WA, Mendota WA, Los Banos WA and Volta WA, as well as at several ducks clubs in the Grasslands Water District.

Mendota Wildlife Area

Ducks Unlimited recently completed water delivery enhancement work on Mendota Wildlife Area’s (WA) Field 51. This effort was part of DU's Grasslands Ecological Area – Phase 3 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant activities, which improved habitat at the Salt Slough Unit of North Grasslands WA, Mendota WA, Los Banos WA and Volta WA, as well as at several ducks clubs in the Grasslands Water District.

Volta Wildlife Area Westside Canal

Ducks Unlimited recently completed water delivery enhancement work on Volta Wildlife Area’s (WA) Westside Canal. This effort was part of DU's Grasslands Ecological Area – Phase 3 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant activities, which improved habitat at the Salt Slough Unit of North Grasslands WA, Mendota WA, Los Banos WA and Volta WA, as well as at several ducks clubs in the Grasslands Water District.

Los Banos Wildlife Area

Ducks Unlimited has a long history of partnering with the Los Banos Wildlife Area, California’s first wildlife area, on waterfowl habitat conservation projects. As part of its Grasslands Ecological Area – Phase 3 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant activities, DU recently completed work on Fields 63, 65, 66 and 69a at Los Banos.

Honey Lake Wildlife Area

The Honey Lake Wildlife Area Upper Pond restoration project was achieved through a combination of funding from Ducks Unlimited and the California Department of Fish and Game’s Duck Stamp Program. The project began with a Ducks Unlimited overall topographic survey and engineering design scheme for the area. From this initial planning information, the Wildlife Area and Ducks Unlimited staff initiated site recontouring in favor of a diverse topography suitable for waterfowl habitat.

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

The East Bear Creek restoration project was a collaboration between the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Ducks Unlimited to restore more than 2,500 acres of waterfowl habitat. This project was one phase of a larger North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant-backed project.

Volta Wildlife Area

The Volta Wildlife Area plays an important role in supporting waterfowl in the San Joaquin Valley. Ducks Unlimited has recognized this and has completed seven habitat conservation projects at Volta, totaling more than 8,000 acres.

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This project is part of a wetland/cropland rotation program being implemented on Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to alleviate declines in both wildlife habitat values and agricultural productivity. The purpose of this program is to re-establish the ecological processes that historically created Tule Lake NWR’s productive wetlands, while maintaining and enhancing economically viable and sustainable agriculture.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge

Wetland water management at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge is complicated and difficult. Hot, dry summers, a limited water supply, deteriorating infrastructure and other factors all limit wetland water management.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge: Poso Creek-Goose Lake Canal

The Poso Creek-Goose Lake Canal is the main water supply for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The El Nino floods of 1998 severely damaged roads, levees and water control structures along this canal.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge: NWR Unit 2 Pump

Wetland water management at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge is complicated and difficult. Hot, dry summers, a limited water supply, deteriorating infrastructure and other factors all limit wetlands water management at the refuge.

Hollow Tree Land and Cattle Co., Phase 3

The Hollowtree Wetland Enhancement Project, Phase III is the third phase of a four-phase project to restore and enhance seasonal and semipermanent wetland habitat in the Grasslands Ecological Area of Merced County, Calif. This project enhanced water use efficiency and moist soil management, and it expanded wetland habitat diversity on this property.

Northeast California Region

The northeastern corner of California contains one of the most important spring waterfowl staging areas in North America. The Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge alone has recorded more than 5 million waterfowl staging during the spring. In addition, nearly the entire Pacific Flyway pintail population stages in this region before heading to northern breeding grounds.

The Grasslands Region

The San Joaquin Valley contains the largest remaining block of wetlands in California. The Grasslands Ecological Area, once famous for its waterfowl market hunting, encompasses more than 160,000 acres of private and public waterfowl areas.

Northern Coast, Central Coast and Eastern Sierra Regions

Ducks Unlimited's conservation projects in California are prioritized based on waterfowl use, wetland acreage and the role of a potential project in relation to the Pacific Flyway. The majority of projects in California are located where these variables are highest: the Central Valley, San Francisco Bay and northeastern California.

Southern California Region

The Sonoran Desert includes some of the most altered and imperiled, but nonetheless important, wetlands in the Pacific Flyway. The Colorado River delta was once a vast oasis for millions of wintering waterfowl.

Tulare Basin Region

The Tulare Basin is the driest portion of the Central Valley, but with an estimated wetland acreage of more than 560,000, it once was the single largest block of wetland habitat in California. The basin used to be flooded by numerous streams and rivers and was thus able to support several expansive, shallow lakes, such as Tulare, Goose, Kern and Buena Vista Lakes.

San Francisco Bay and Delta Region

The San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have always been vital areas for waterfowl. Historically, the delta was one of the most important waterfowl areas in California. This once expansive, permanently flooded wetland provided year-round waterfowl habitat. Now, agricultural ands have mostly reclaimed the delta.

Sacramento Valley Region

The northern Central Valley, defined by the Sacramento River watershed, contains some of the most important waterfowl habitat in the Pacific Flyway. Historically, much of the Sacramento River floodplain was a mixture of seasonally flooded basins surrounded by riparian areas and grasslands.

Orr Lake Restoration Project

The Klamath Basin is one of the most important waterfowl habitat areas in North America. However, it is also an area where over 75% of the historical wetlands have been lost.

Delta Rice Research Project

California’s growing population continues to stress water supplies, resulting in water quality and supply conflicts amongst end-users. More than 22 million people drink water that originates in the lower Sacramento River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where agricultural activities are thought to be decreasing water quality.

Huichica Creek Native Grassland Restoration Project

Native grassland restoration is difficult. After several years of intensive management, the Huichica Creek Native Grassland Restoration Project had finally transformed a majority of the project area into native grass species.

Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area (CDFG): Ringstrom Bay Unit

The Ringstrom Bay Unit subproject of the San Pablo Bay NAWCA Project enhanced 313 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands through grading and improved water control. This wetland enhancement project provides critical habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and other wildlife in the San Pablo Bay area.

Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area: Camp 2 Unit

This subproject of the San Pablo Bay NAWCA Project enhanced 608 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and associated uplands at the Camp 2 Unit. This area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) as part of the Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area.

San Pablo Bay Tidal Wetlands Habitat Restoration Project (overview)

Ducks Unlimited implemented and completed the San Pablo Bay Tidal Wetlands Habitat Restoration Project (San Pablo Bay NAWCA Project) in 2004. This Project was multi-faceted and conserved 14,225 acres throughout the San Pablo Bay area.

Suisun Marsh Waterfowl Production Program

Ducks Unlimited’s Suisun Marsh Waterfowl Production Program (completed in 2004) utilized public-private partnerships to enhance wetlands and associated uplands in the Suisun Marsh, located in Solano County. The Suisun Marsh is one of the most important production areas for mallards.

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge: Tract 2 Restoration

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Butte Basin NAWCA II: Wild Goose Enhancement

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Butte Basin NAWCA II: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Butte Basin NAWCA II: Butte Sink NWR Enhancement

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Butte Basin NAWCA II: Berry Patch I Enhancement

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Butte Basin NAWCA II: Winchester Gun Club

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Butte Basin NAWCA II: Live Oak Restoration

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Butte Basin NAWCA II: Rancho Esquon Restoration Project

This project is one of 10 individual project sites included in the Butte Basin and Colusa Trough Wetland Habitat Project. New work conducted by the overall project improved 2,573 acres of habitat in this region.

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge (Grandma's Field)

Grandma's Field is located along the northern border of Modoc National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), immediately adjacent to the Pit River and just southeast of Alturas. Modoc NWR, is managed primarily to provide habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

M & T - Llano Seco Fish Screen Project

Archives of several documents relating to the M & T - Llano Seco Fish Screen Project are located on this page.

Mud Slough Project

The Grasslands Ecological Area, or just the Grasslands, is the largest single block of wetlands remaining in California. Here, the many state, federal, and private land managers support over 1 million wintering waterfowl.

Shasta Valley Wildlife Area Project: A Klamath Basin NAWCA sub-project

In 2003, Ducks Unlimited completed delivery of the Klamath Basin Wetlands NAWCA Project. This project included work at eight sites, including the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area (WA). The

Kern NWR, Unit 1: Wetland Enhancements

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most heavily hunted federal refuges in California. In 2005, Ducks Unlimited improved not only habitat conditions in Kern’s Unit 1, but hunter access as well. Management of Unit 1 is complicated and is mandated to provide nesting habitat for tri-colored blackbirds (e.g., dense cattail marsh).

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Project

In mid-August 2005, Ducks Unlimited completed the California Department of Fish and Game (Department) Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area’s largest habitat improvement project to date, and the Department has it ready for the birds. Ducks Unlimited has provided funding to assist with restoring many of the acquired fallow farmlands located within the bypass.

Imperial Wildlife Area (Wister Unit ) Wetland Enhancements.

Planning efforts for an another Ducks Unlimited project at the Imperial Wildlife Area began in 2005 . Ducks Unlimited conservation staff performed a detailed topographic survey of several management units that will help in the development of a habitat improvement plan for those areas.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Phase V


Moss Landing Widlife Area Project

After three years of planning, Ducks Unlimited (DU) completed the 153 acre Moss Landing Salt Marsh Enhancement Project. This state Wildlife Area is situated on former commercial salt ponds that are intensely utilized by wintering waterfowl and nesting shorebirds.

California Conservation Projects

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

A Model for Private Lands Conservation

The Rancho Esquon property in California exemplifies Ducks Unlimited's idea of private lands conservation to the benefit of waterfowl populations.

Central Valley / Coastal California - More Information

More information on the Central Valley / Coastal California region and DU's habitat conservation work there.

Great Basin - More Information

Background information on DU's Great Basin habitat conservation priority area.
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