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DU Great Plains Region celebrating 30th anniversary

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 28, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region is celebrating its 30th anniversary at an open house on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brats, hot dogs and beverages will be served at the regional office at 2525 River Road, Bismarck. The event is open to the public.

Augmentation wetlands developed in Webster State Wildlife Area

One of Ducks Unlimited’s strategies for the Heartland Heritage and Habitat initiative area is to engineer wetlands to help balance the water needs of a thirsty landscape. DU recently completed five ponds on Webster State Wildlife Area near Greeley, Colo. These wetlands were developed to provide augmentation water to the South Platte River to offset water being used by a local industry. The 78 acres will also provide habitat for ducks and geese and areas for waterfowl hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

Great Plains Region

The Great Plains Region, headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., was established in 1984 to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands in the United States Great Plains. Today, the GPR carries out conservation programs in seven states that include some of the most important nesting and migration habitat on the continent.

Weld County chapter recognized nationally

GREELEY, CO – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $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 2013 the Weld County chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

The Originals chapter recognized nationally

DENVER, Colo. – April 3, 2014 – 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, The Originals chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Fort Collins chapter recognized nationally

FT. COLLINS, Colo. – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $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 2013 the Ft. Collins chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Southwest Metro chapter recognized nationally

LITTLETON, Colo. – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $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 2013 the Southwest Metro chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Highlands Ranch chapter recognized nationally

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – April 3, 2014 – 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, the Highlands Ranch chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Golden chapter recognized nationally

GOLDEN, Colo. – April 3, 2014 – 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, the Golden chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: Mid-Winter Thaw Benefits Colorado Waterfowlers

A mid-winter thaw is renewing hope for a strong end to the waterfowl season in Colorado. Canada geese arrived early along the Front Range north of Denver, says Avery pro-staffer Vance Stolz, but the bulk of the birds shifted to urban areas when the temperatures plummeted last month.

New Great Plains director of conservation programs

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Jan. 7, 2014 – Mike George is now leading Ducks Unlimited’s conservation work in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming as director of conservation programs for those states. George is located in DU’s field office in Grand Island, Neb.

Colorado DU 2014 Calendar Raffle


DU Colorado hunting property up for auction

Ducks Unlimited will be selling its 819-acre Winterhaven parcel via public auction on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

DU recognizes Colorado conservation partner

DENVER, Colo. – July 18, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited’s Colorado staff presented the 2013 Partner of the Year award to Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) and PFW State Coordinator, Bill Noonan. A celebratory luncheon was held in Denver with representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Water Conservation Board and DU volunteers, including board members and the state chairman.

Colorado volunteer elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 18, 2013 – Mikkel Anderson, of Aurora, Colo., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.’s national board of directors during the organization’s annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

Peaks to Prairies Initiative

Restoring wetlands in the shadow of America's iconic Rocky Mountains and conserving the Duck Factory for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy.

Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative

Providing innovative water solutions for ducks and people in the Southern Great Plains, one of America's most important waterfowl migration areas.

State Volunteer Leadership


DU selling Colorado property with prime hunting ground

Ducks Unlimited is selling a Colorado property with prime hunting ground through an internet auction now through April 30. The Trites Lake Parcel is approximately 160 acres and contains 30 acres of native grass and sagebrush uplands and 130 acres of seasonal wetlands.

DU Completes Rainwater Basin Project in Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited has completed a wetland restoration project on the 640-acre Hansen Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Clay County, Nebraska.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2013 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.

Migration Alert: Severe drought is a challenge for Colorado waterfowlers

Colorado waterfowl hunters are facing tough conditions this season due to low water levels. With more ducks and geese moving south with each cold front, some migrants may pass by traditional areas that are currently dry.

Colorado Project Conserves Water and Waterfowl Habitat

Ducks Unlimited and United Water and Sanitation District recently worked together to develop the 50-acre Haren Wetland Recharge Project near the South Platte River in southern Weld County.

Regulations for Hunting Ducks Unlimited Properties in Colorado

Your privilege to hunt on Ducks Unlimited properties will be revoked for violation of any of the foregoing regulations. Each hunter must read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and to those established by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and assume all liability while accessing this land.

Public hunting opportunities on DU properties in Colorado

Each hunter must read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife to hunt on DU properties in Colorado. Failure to abide these regulations will result in repealing of hunting privileges on DU properties.

South Platte project conserves water and waterfowl habitat

GREELEY, Colo. – June 4, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited wanted habitat for waterfowl in northern Colorado. United Water and Sanitation District wanted a facility to recharge water through the aquifer to the South Platte River. The two organizations came together to develop the 50-acre Haren Wetland Recharge Project, near the South Platte River in southern Weld County.

Original Initiative Chapter recognized nationally

DENVER, Colo. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Original Initiative Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Colorado Springs Chapter recognized nationally

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands. This past fall, the Colorado Springs chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Golden chapter recognized nationally

GOLDEN, Colo. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands. This past fall, the Golden chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Highlands Ranch chapter recognized nationally

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – March 27, 2012 – The President’s Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. This past fall, the Highlands Ranch chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

BISMARCK, N.D. – March 22, 2012 – As the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month’s milestone 9th Annual World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security.

DU recognizes Interior Secretary Salazar with achievement award

WASHINGTON - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has awarded one of its highest honors to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

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.

2014 Colorado Moose Tag


Colorado DU 75th Anniversary Event

Information about the Colorado DU 75th Anniversary event in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Colorado: Winterhaven

Covering more than 800 acres on the South Platte River in Sedgwick County, DU's Winterhaven project provides habitat for waterfowl and wildlife through a robust riparian community, seasonal and permanent wetland habitats, agricultural crops and uplands.

DU recognizes strong partner in Colorado Water Conservation Board

Ducks Unlimited staff in Colorado recently recognized the Colorado Water Conservation Board for its exceptional partnership.

Migration Alert: Colorado - Birds arriving on the Front Range

Nov. 15, 2011: Snowstorms along the Northern Front Range has pushed migrating ducks and geese into several new areas throughout Colorado.

Migration Alert: Hunting Heats Up in Colorado and Nebraska

Nov. 11, 2011: An influx of dabblers, divers, and geese has recently arrived along the northern Front Range.

Restoration Equals Better Waterfowling at San Luis Valley

Colorado waterfowlers and other outdoor recreationists will enjoy newly restored habitat in the San Luis Valley. Ducks Unlimited enhanced more than 2,000 acres of waterfowl breeding habitat at the Alamosa and Monte Vista national wildlife refuges.

Highlands Ranch DU teams up with Cub Scouts on Earth Day

DU, Cub scouts support community, waterfowl with wood duck nest building project

DU's Colorado Land Protection Program Receives State and National Accreditation

Securing a permanent easement on a property can involve a cumbersome process. Ducks Unlimited's Colorado land program now has a new designation that should reassure easement owners. The Colorado Division of Real Estate has certified that Ducks Unlimited and its affiliated land trust, Wetlands America Trust, can accept conservation easements where the landowner will be claiming a state tax credit.

SLV Enhanced Habitat Ready for Ducks and Outdoor Recreation

Colorado waterfowlers and other outdoor recreationists will enjoy newly-restored habitat Ducks Unlimited recently completed in the San Luis Valley. DU has enhanced more than 2,000 acres of breeding waterfowl habitat on two national wildlife refuges in the SLV.

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

Each year a select group of Ducks Unlimited chapters rises to the top of the ranks: the President's Elite chapters, which raise $100,000 or more annually for DU's habitat conservation work. This year, 43 DU chapters achieved President's Elite status.

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.

Duck Banding on the Prairies, Update 9/7/10

Much like the mailman DU’s duck banders in North Dakota continue to work through the intense summer heat, strong winds, torrential rainstorms and an occasional beautiful, delightful day. An update on banding at the three locations follows:

Platte River and Rainwater Basin Initiative

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Platte River and Rainwater Basin habitat conservation initiative in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.

Great start on nesting grounds may indicate good production year for waterfowl

MCCLUSKY, N.D. - May 25, 2010 - The hills are alive with breeding ducks. Conditions in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) are excellent for waterfowl production. And birds are taking full advantage of the food and nesting cover available to them.

Colorado wildlife, waters at risk

New report shows state's streams and wetlands endangered A new report highlights threats to Colorado's waters and wetlands under regulatory guidance resulting from two Supreme Court cases.

SD Goebel Ranch nesting research crew studies nearly 1200 nests

The duck nest research at Goebel Ranch in South Dakota is winding down and we’re looking forward to a busy season of duck banding that will begin next week. Wetland conditions are good at Goebel, with lots of brood water and plenty of broods occupying the wetlands. This is quite a refreshing change after 7 years of dry conditions in the area. There still are a hand full of birds sitting on nests, in fact we just flushed a pintail off her nest just yesterday – these late setters better hope for a late winter if they want their offspring to make the flight south!!

DU commends Congressional leadership for efforts to protect grassland

BISMARCK, N.D., July 23, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited commends House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Collin Peterson and Tom Harkin for their leadership to remove incentives from farm policy that encourage destruction of native grasslands. DU says this is a positive step to ensure grass remains on the landscape not only for waterfowl but also for ranching and combating global climate change.

Senate makes next step toward protecting America’s waters

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2009 – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 12 to 7 today to advance an amended Clean Water Restoration Act to the full Senate. Ducks Unlimited says this is a positive move to protect wetlands for waterfowl and clean water for America.

Clean Water Action Center

Get involved with DU's efforts for Clean Water Restoration Act

New bill would restore protections for wetlands

WASHINGTON – April 2, 2009 – America’s wetlands would have their Clean Water Act protections restored under a new bill introduced today by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (Wisc.) and 23 co-sponsors. The Clean Water Restoration Act, which is supported by Ducks Unlimited and other conservation/sportsmen’s groups, would restore protection to more than 20 million acres of geographically isolated wetlands at risk of pollution and destruction under current guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

Follow DU's nesting success research

Early May finds pairs of mallards and pintails defending their breeding territories and prospecting for nest sites across the Coteau region of North and South Dakota. Meanwhile the first passes are being made with ATVs towing chains as our research staff begins collecting valuable information about how the nests of those ducks will fare in landscapes of differing habitat quality.

June 2009 Habitat Conditions in North-Central U. S.

Spring precipitation has been spotty across the Northern Great Plains and , though wetland conditions continue to be generally good to excellent across a large part of the region, the grasslands are in need of moisture to stimulate lush growth.

Grassland conservation needed to combat birds’ climate change woes

BISMARCK, ND, March 2, 2009 – Grassland birds, whose populations are in a persistent decline, may be poorly positioned to adjust to a warming climate as a result of dwindling habitat. According to a recent analysis by Ducks Unlimited, the continued loss of grassland habitats could spell the same challenges for breeding waterfowl

DU and Rio Grande Initiative partners work to protect more than 200 acres

A broad-based, public- private effort to protect water and wildlife habitat along Colorado’s Rio Grande River secured the protection of more than 2,200 acres and six miles of river after the partners successfully negotiated a series of transactions in the past several weeks.

Got water? Colorado will, thanks to defeat of Amendment 52

Thanks to Colorado voters, Ducks Unlimited is moving forward with plans to conserve nearly 2,200 acres on land that will provide public hunting opportunities and secure a better future for wildlife. Dollars for the projects were slated to come from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which would have lost substantial funding under Amendment 52, defeated by voters last week. The amendment would have diverted $225 million in severance taxes from wildlife and water conservation and other important programs.

Whoopers visit DU property in Nebraska

A pair of adult whooping cranes and a young bird recently visited Ducks Unlimited's Hinz property in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. DU property manager David Hoferer snapped a picture of the three on the 160 acre property in Kearney County, about four miles southwest of Minden.

Amendment 52 will leave conservation water projects high and dry

DENVER, Oct. 23, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited says a proposed amendment to the Colorado constitution will rob Peter to pay Paul. Amendment 52 would take $225 million away from Colorado programs that need the dollars more today then ever.

Duck numbers at Goebel good, despite dry year

We wrapped up the banding season last week and had a pretty good year considering the very dry wetland conditions on DU's Goebel Ranch in South Dakota. Over the past five years we’ve averaged about 2,500 total ducks banded. This year we managed to band a little over 1,500, down 40 percent from the five-year average. The percent composition of bluewings this year compared to the five-year average at Goebel was a bit higher, (76 percent of total compared to 63 percent of total), however, percent composition of mallards was down appreciably from 20 percent over the 5-year average, to 8 percent this year.

Local Realtor donates $50K to Ducks Unlimited

ALAMOSA, Col. - Aug. 4, 2008 – The Rio Grande Headwaters Trust and Ducks Unlimited will advance their goal of protecting 25,000 acres with help from a donation by Chet Choman, president of Colorado Realty and Land Company. Ducks Unlimited is working with the Trust and other partners to use this contribution for a multi-phase conservation project. The project will protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat through conservation easements on private lands in the San Luis Valley.

Habitat Conditions in North-Central U. S. – June 3, 2008

Spring precipitation in the form of snow and rain improved habitat conditions for waterfowl production in many areas of the Northern Great Plains.

DU brings water to endangered species and ducks in San Luis Valley

SANFORD, CO, April 23, 2008 - Ducks Unlimited is bringing water back to wetlands that once served endangered species in one of Colorado’s most abundant bird areas. The newly restored wetlands on Bureau of Land Management land are part of the habitat-plentiful San Luis Valley that feeds thousands of ducks and almost all of the sandhill cranes that pass over the Rocky Mountains.

Early birds in Colorado get improved refueling stop

The first birds migrating through Colorado’s San Luis Valley once again have a reliable water source. Ducks Unlimited and partners recently restored irrigation infrastructure on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge near Creston, Colorado. The new structures will help refuge staff control water flow from Deadman Creek and improve valuable wetlands for wildlife.

DU creating new South Platte wetlands for migrating waterfowl

Ducks Unlimited is providing more habitat to attract migrating and wintering waterfowl to the South Platte River with the purchase of land in northeast Colorado. The property, located southeast of Ovid, boasts exceptional riverbottom habitat, with mature cottonwoods and a large warm-water slough.

Golden Eagle Ranch and DU protect 20 miles of South Platte River bottom

Through the conservation-minded generosity of a Proctor, Colorado hunting club, 20 miles of the South Platte River bottom are now protected with conservation easements. The Golden Eagle Ranch recently donated a 967-acre conservation easement to DU. This donation is in addition to the 1,100 acre easement the ranch gave DU in 2003.

One Lucky Duck, One Big Bull

Ducks Unlimited has a five-year contract with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to raffle off one of the division’s moose tags. This tag, sometimes referred to as a “Governor’s Tag,” is highly sought after because, not only can you use it in any open unit or season, it does not count as your once-in-a-lifetime draw. With this contract, Ducks Unlimited gets to keep some of the proceeds from the raffle.

The San Luis Valley – A Conservation Success Story

Conservation forces have combined to protect most of the critical waterfowl habitat in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Since 1997, Ducks Unlimited has helped to lead a focused conservation effort by a broad partnership to protect, restore and enhance the wetlands of the valley.

DU receives gifts of land; creates Coteau Ranch

Seeing is believing, and nothing compares with experiencing the Prairie Pothole Region firsthand. Whistling wings and courtship calls; sapphire wetlands nestled in a sea of endless grass. Now, thanks to the generosity of three donors, DU supporters and the public can revel in the sights and sounds of the prairie on Ducks Unlimited’s newest property.

Ducks Unlimited conservation heats up with “global warming” interest

“Global warming” is catching the attention of the public in a big way. Business people are striving to make their corporations “carbon neutral” as a way to appeal to customers

IRA gifts – a tax-friendly way to help the ducks

Provisions in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 have provided a tax-friendly way of making major gifts to Ducks Unlimited. You have until December 31, 2007 to gift an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charities without paying income tax and capital gains on the funds.

Farm bill program reimburses wetland restoration costs - CO

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

DU partners with BLM and Colorado family to protect San Luis Valley habitat

MONTE VISTA, Col. Nov. 8, 2006 – The Crowther family has a 60-year history of managing land for wildlife. When they wanted to ensure the land’s continued protection, Ducks Unlimited (DU) was their chosen easement holder. Last month, DU, the Crowthers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an instrumental partner in the project, celebrated the closing of a conservation easement on 420 acres of wetland and riparian habitat in Conejos County, Colo.

Wetland management a big success at Beebe Draw

Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) wetland management skills are paying off for several waterfowl species that are enjoying improved habitat on property owned by the Beebe Draw Gun Club. DU has been working for two years remove and control an overgrowth of cattail that had rendered the wetlands useless for waterfowl.

DU's Gustin to work in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming

FORT COLLINS, Col.- Ducks Unlimited (DU) is continuing its conservation work Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming with the hiring of Seth Gustin. Gustin will be located in Fort Collins and will add to DU’s engineering capacity, providing construction management, surveying and construction plan preparation.

Welch to continue DU's work in San Luis Valley

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is continuing its conservation work in the San Luis Valley with the hiring of Aaron Welch. Welch is working for both DU and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) through a fellowship with the Colorado Conservation Trust.

Protected acres in Rio Grande corridor grows

The number of protected acres in one of the largest blocks of contiguous wetland habitat in Colorado, the greater Rio Grande River corridor, is now larger, thanks to a conservation easement donated to Ducks Unlimited (DU) by Tim and Peg Walters. This 300-acre San Luis Valley easement is the Walters’ second with DU.

San Luis Valley ranchers honored with national conservation award

San Luis Valley ranchers Jim and Greg Higel received high praise and honores from Ducks Unlimited and the Environmental Law Institute.

Friends, family gather to honor DU volunteer

Over 50 friends and family of the late DU committee chair, Bob Ward, gathered to honor him recently on the banks of the South Platte River, one of DU’s highest priority areas.

DU honors Harley family contribution

Ducks Unlimited recently recognized the contribution made by Wayne and Joe Harley, father and son, to projects in the San Luis Valley.

DU and partners restore habitat along Rio Grande

Ducks Unlimited (DU) will join with private landowners and other conservation groups to enhance, restore and protect more than 13,000 acres of wetlands, riparian habitat and associated uplands along the Rio Grande River in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

DU accepts donated easement along South Plate River

The property, owned by Mark Vissering, is between the Riverside, Empire and Jackson Reservoirs on the eastern edge of the Golden Triangle priority area, one of three high priority areas along the river.

Protecting natural wet meadows in San Luis Valley

The McNeils recently donated a 230-acre conservation easement to DU on their ranch in the Rock Creek Corridor of the San Luis Valley.

Higels receive national wetland award

Ducks Unlimited recently completed the first of two conservation easements on the Higel family ranch along the Rio Grand River in San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau priority area.

Southern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southern Great Plains priority area.

All Colorado DU Chapters


Where Colorado's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Colorado waterfowl hunters. The vast majority of our annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

Lester Ranch

Rio Grand River Corridor landowners and Ducks Unlimited (DU) worked together in December 2005 to protect an additional 825 acres of wet meadow pasture that is a magnet for migrating waterfowl.

Colorado land conservation strategies

Ducks Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation of waterfowl, wetlands and other wildlife. DU uses a number of tools in Colorado to secure the best habitats, recognizing that most of the land will remain in private ownership.

Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area

Installation of 8 water control structures to improve water delivery along existing ditch network.

Monte Vista Unit 6

Description: Installated 4 water control structures and excavated over one mile of existing ditches to improve water delivery. Improvements allow refuge staff to manage wetland complex more efficiently.

Beebe Draw Survey & Design


Rio Grande SWA (CWI4)


Horsethief Canyon SWA II Survey & Design


Monte Vista Parma Tract


Higel State Wildlife Area Water Control II

Description: Installation of 10 water control structures to improve water delivery along existing ditch network.

Blanca Wells IV

Description: Drilled two artesian wells and installed associated plumbing to delivery water to seasonally flooded wetlands.

Medano Zapata Ranch Stream Restoration

Description: Installation of 2 water control structures to improve water delivery along existing ditch network.

TH Ranch Wetland Restoration

Description: Installation of 10 low head levees providing approximately 140 acres water surface area. Project included construction of various water control structures as well as 3.5 miles of ditch construction and rehabilitation.

Hamlin Tract of Elliott SWA

Description: Installation 9 low head levees providing approximately 150 acres water surface area. Project included construction of various water control structures as well as 3 miles of ditch construction and rehabilitation.

Centennial Valley Ranch - Pritchard Lower Meadow

Description: Installation of 3 low head levees with water control structures providing a total water surface area of approximately 32 acres.

Centennial Valley Ranch - Pritchard

Description: Installation of a 12” PVC and Steel Siphon under the Empire Intake Canal to deliver water to the Pritchard Lower Meadow Project (US-CO-84-5).

Centennial Valley Ranch SWA

Description: Installation of 24” pipeline to span the Empire Intake Canal.

Escalante SWA

Description: Construction of 1900’ of embankment. Rehabilitation of an existing water control structure. Installation of 350’ of 15” waterline for delivery capability to new pond.

Hebron Slough - Haworth Meadows

Description: Installation of 6 water control structures and associated ditch work. Project adds improvements for irrigated hay meadow that is approximately 60 acres in size and is adjacent to previous DU projects in the Hebron Slough area.

Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area

Description: Replacement/installation of 10 large water control structures in existing ponds. Water control structures were either non-functional or non-existent thus ponds were continually full. This created dense stands of cattail. New structures give CDOW capabilty of managing water levels and controlling vegetation.

DT Ranch

Ducks Unlimited has completed an 800-acre conservation easement on the DT Ranch along the South Platte River in Morgan County, Colorado.

Getz Ranch

Another piece of the Colorado conservation puzzle was set in place in 2005 when the Getz Ranch Inc., and Ducks Unlimited teamed with Wetlands America Trust, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust to complete the protection of 960 acres of critical habitat on the Getz Ranch in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

Silver Spur Ranch

Ducks Unlimited installed about 1,000 feet of embankments and two water control structures at Boettcher Lakes Meadows on the Silver Spur Ranch.

Meadow Ranch

During the fall of 2003, 5,440 acres of the 10,000-acre Meadow Ranch near Center, Colorado were protected via conservation easement, including water rights, making it the largest conservation easement held by Ducks Unlimited in Colorado.

Vissering Tract

DU recently accepted an 80-acre easement along the South Platte River in a critical habitat area in Morgan County, Colorado.

Rio Grande

Ducks Unlimited works with private landowners, partners to conserve wetlands in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

Higel Ranch

Ducks Unlimited recently completed the first of two conservation easements on the Higel family ranch along the Rio Grand River in San Luis Valley, Colorado.

McNeil Ranch

Protecting natural wet meadows in San Luis Valley.

Colorado Conservation Projects

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

Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau - More Information

Background information on DU's Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau conservation priority area
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