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VDGIF recognized for contribution to waterfowl habitat restoration

RICHMOND – March 18, 2016 – The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) was recently recognized for their cumulative $100,000 contributions supporting wetlands restoration on Canadian breeding grounds important to Virginia's waterfowl. The ceremony took place at the 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Canadian Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits Now Available Online

Environment Canada launched an improved e-Permitting system to allow the purchase of printable electronic Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) Permits online. This initiative, which delivers on the Government of Canada’s commitment to improve the availability and service standards for MGBH Permits, enables hunters to receive by email and print their permit from the comfort of their own home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Pass the Juju

Like much of eastern Canada, our crew area had its share of snow over the winter, but the spring has been dry, and the majority of the habitat is judged to be in variable, but fair, condition. See the accompanying photos of beaver ponds and string bogs for the visuals. Waterfowl numbers are mixed in our crew area, with some showing gains and others, losses, but bolstered as always by the permanent waters of the region.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Blocking High

The habitat so far looks a little drier this spring. But this is mostly permanent-water habitat and it is really only the very small wetlands that seem to be starved for moisture, and these are not used much by waterfowl anyway. The flip side, especially in regards to the previous two springs, is that the ice has gone out early, making an abundance of habitat available to arriving waterfowl.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Mechanical Issues

Generally, duck numbers on the southern air-ground comparison segments were slightly higher than last year, and although water conditions on some of the more northern grassland segments such as Loreburn, Tichfield, and Hanley seemed good, duck numbers appeared to be slightly lower.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Beautiful Weather

We survey crews can be an odd bunch sometimes. Everybody knows that beautiful weather means sunny skies, maybe a light breeze, say around 80 degrees, right? Nope. For us on surveys, there are two kinds of beautiful weather.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Back in the Saddle

We just completed surveying the small section of land just north of Lake Ontario (Toronto area). This area is mostly agriculture. I have seen all the fields, silos, and barns that I can possibly stand. However, waterfowl utilize ditches, cattle ponds, and an occasional creek or stream in these areas.

DU recognizes LWFC for 50 years of Canadian habitat conservation

BATON ROUGE – December 4, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited recognizes the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) for 50 years of supporting waterfowl habitat on the Canadian breeding grounds. LWFC has contributed more than $10 million through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' (AFWA) State Contribution Program to enhance and protect habitat where many of Louisiana's ducks are produced. Louisiana has been participating in the program since its inception in 1964, longer than any other state.

DU TV Migration Report: Ontario Weather May Benefit Waterfowlers

Field Hudnall, host of DU TV, details a significant weather system that may play a role in increased migration activity throughout the Great Lakes region.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Manitoba Ground Crew Reaches Half-way Point

This year we started the ground portion of the survey on May 10 and have been going ever since. We completed stratum 39 in southwestern Manitoba on May 12 and moved into stratum 34 in southeastern Saskatchewan on the 13th.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Who Moved My Calendar?

Calendars and clocks are artificial scorecards for humans. For the previous six years my old calendars have indicated that I have been in Canada on this date and yet today I am still at home in central Oregon.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Good Luck for the Saskatchewan Ground Crew in the South!

Although the air crew had to delay their start by a day due to weather, we have not had a weather delay since then. We traveled from Saskatoon to Swift Current, Saskatchewan, on May 8th to begin surveys in the southwest the next day.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Conditions Good in Southern Saskatchewan, But Drier Than Last Year

We started the survey on May 7th and have had six good flying days. So far, conditions look good across the southern grasslands; drier than last year but wetland conditions are still good.

Oran Richard: Four Decades of Support Celebrated with Tribute Weekend

Oran Richard of Lafayette, Louisiana, is a longtime DU supporter, Wetlands America Trust board member, and Diamond Benefactor and Grand Slam Sponsor. His nearly 40 years of giving to DU's conservation work in Canada and the United States was held in March 2013 and raised $950,000.

Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada support ecological separation of Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Sept. 9, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DUI) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) jointly released a statement this week on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. The conservation groups called on governmental and non-governmental organizations to move toward the ecological separation of the Great Lakes watershed as soon as possible, as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awards Ducks Unlimited $200,000

HOUSTON – June 28, 2013 – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded Ducks Unlimited $200,000 in state grants funding this year. This commitment brings Texas' cumulative contribution for habitat conservation on Canadian breeding grounds important to Texas' waterfowl to nearly $3 million.

10 Cool Canadian Biodiversity Hotspots

In this bulletin we highlight ten locations across Canada's boreal forest that provide more detail and insight into its special biodiversity and conservation values.

2013 Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Spring arrived one to two weeks late in most of Canada, which delayed some migrants, but early breeders are taking advantage of conditions.

Waste Management named 2012 Wings Over Wetlands winner

Ducks Unlimited and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) recognized Waste Management as the winner of the 2012 Wings Over Wetlands award today.

Migration Alert: Conditions look good in Saskatchewan for opener

Habitat in and around Wadena, Saskatchewan is decent as local birds begin to congregate. Sandhills are moving in, but only local ducks and geese are currently present.

2012 Late Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Overall summary and regional Canada habitat conditions for late spring 2012.

Ducks Unlimited voices support for water plan in Great Lakes

Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada recently submitted a joint letter to the International Joint Commission, expressing support for what is known as "Plan 2014," a water-level-management plan designed to more closely replicate natural hydrology on the St. Lawrence River and in Lake Ontario.

Former DU president inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

LAFAYETTE, La. - March 29, 2012 - Dr. L.J. Mayeux of Marksville, La., former national president and chairman of the board for Ducks Unlimited, is the 2012 recipient of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award presented by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Habitat Conditions Report for waterfowl habitat regions in Canada for late winter (March 2012).

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited focus funding to protect vital waterfowl habitat in Prairie Pothole Region

WASHINGTON - March 2, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited announced today they will work with the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to focus resources on wildlife habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of the northern plains, breeding grounds for a majority of the continent's ducks.

Manitoba Marsh Magic

A waterfowler's pilgrimage to the Canadian Duck Factory and the birthplace of DU's conservation work. By Wade Bourne. Photography By Rick Adair.

World Wetlands Day memorandum of cooperation kicks off DU's 75th anniversary celebration in NYC

NEW YORK - Feb. 2, 2012 - Every Feb. 2, people all over the globe celebrate World Wetlands Day, commemorating the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971, an intergovernmental treaty signed by 161 countries that recognizes the value and splendor of our wetland resources. This year's celebration was made all the more momentous earlier today as Ducks Unlimited and Ramsar signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in New York City.

Early Fall Habitat Conditions in Canada

Due to favorable habitat conditions throughout Canada, fall flight expectations remain high. Overall migration still depends heavily on timely weather patterns.

Waterfowl Migration Alert

DU-TV is currently filming for the 2012 season in Saskatchewan. Show host, Huntley Ritter, and DU Sr. Communications Specialist, Mike Checkett provide a glimpse of the hunting conditions they faced throughout the week.

WFT Accomplishments

Across the country, Canadians took a stand for wetlands.

Canadian Tradition

Ten million birds come out of Québec every year, and use the St. Lawrence River during the fall migration.

Early Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

A compilation of impressions, collected from Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) field staff, of environmental conditions relative to breeding waterfowl. These observations are not based on systematic surveys, and are not intended to describe hunting conditions.

Canada Habitat Conditions Report

Conditions are looking very good for waterfowl for spring 2011, particularly in the prairies

U.S. States Support Canadian Habitat Conservation

With the establishment of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) in 1986, the United States, Canada, and Mexico embarked on an unprecedented conservation journey. They set out to restore continental waterfowl populations to the levels of the 1970s through targeted conservation efforts in all three countries.

Cold front sends Saskatchewan's ducks south in numbers

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Manitoba - Nov. 3, 2010 - The "weather bomb" that recently wreaked havoc in numerous ways on much of North America also sent flight after flight of ducks south from Canada's Prairies.

Atlantic Canada

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Atlantic Canada priority area

British Columbia Intermountain

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the British Columbia Intermountain priority area.

Pacific Northwest

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

Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario conservation priority area.

Western Boreal Forest Initiative

Ducks Unlimited's Wetlands Boreal Forest Conservation Initiative, part of the Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign.

Western Boreal Forest - Canada

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Western Boreal Forest - Canada priority area, part of the Western Boreal Forest Initiative.

Prairie Sampler

A week of mixed-bag wingshooting in Saskatchewan reunites old friends and begins a new tradition.

Hunting Across Canada: Peace River Mixed Bag

The vastness of northern Alberta is home to a variety of up-close waterfowling.

Hunting Across Canada: Snow Geese A La Quebec

Greater snows provide some of eastern Canada’s most interesting waterfowling.

Hunting Across Canada: Manitoba's Classic Diver Hunt

Gunning diving ducks on Delta Marsh is a time-honored tradition

Hunting Across Canada: Ground Zero For Geese

Saskatchewan is unsurpassed in its abundance and diversity of geese.

Western Boreal Forest Canada - More Information

More information on the Western Boreal Forest - Canada region, one of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation priority areas and initiatives.

The Other Duck Factory

The Western Boreal Forest of Canada and Alaska serves as the most important breeding habitat for waterfowl in North America.

The Atocas Bay Conservation Project

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

Partners for the Forest

DU is working with a variety of partners to save the most productive waterfowl breeding habitats in the vast western boreal forest.

Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario - More Information

Details on DU's Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario priority area.

British Columbia Intermountain - More Information

Background information on DU's British Columbia Intermountain conservation priority area.

Pacific Northwest - More Information

More information on Ducks Unlimited's Pacific Northwest conservation priority area.

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