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Migration Alert: Delaware Nears Mallard Peak Despite Shifting Conditions

Late November's frigid cold seemed a distant memory over the weekend as record-breaking 70-degree temperatures swept the mid Atlantic states. In Delaware, the balmy weather had a significant impact on waterfowl behavior and hunting success.

DU Participates in Chesapeake Bay Partnership Meeting

Ducks Unlimited recently participated in a Chesapeake Bay partnership meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to discuss funding opportunities through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

DU and University of Delaware Partner in Waterfowl Research

Researchers at Ducks Unlimited and Dr. Chris Williams of the University of Delaware (UDEL) were recently awarded a generous grant from the Black Duck Joint Venture to assess the influence of wintering habitat quality on black duck populations.

Ducks Unlimited congratulates conservation partners on wetland designations

CANTON, Ill. - Aug. 8, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited congratulates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the designation of Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Emiquon Preserve as "Wetlands of International Importance" under criteria of the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty committing the United States and other governments to the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Senator Chris Coons tours DU projects in Delaware

Sen. Chris Coons (DE) met with Ducks Unlimited staff and volunteers last week to tour two Ducks Unlimited projects near Middletown, Del.

Appoquinimink Chapter recognized nationally

TOWNSEND, Del. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Appoquinimink chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Brandywine Chapter recognized nationally

BRANDYWINE, Del. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Brandywine chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Kent County Chapter recognized nationally

DOVER, Del. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Kent County chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Eastern Sussex chapter recognized nationally

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – March 15, 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. This past fall, the Eastern Sussex Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Central Delaware chapter recognized nationally

MILFORD, Del. – March 15, 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. This past fall, the Central Delaware Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

DU Joins Senator Coons in Honoring Refuge System

In October, DU staff and volunteers joined Senator Chris Coons of Delaware at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Senator Coons introduced a resolution celebrating the refuge system and recognizing refuge week, which was unanimously adopted by the U.S. Senate.

2012 Delaware Greenwing Registration


Delaware: Great Cypress Swamp Phases I-II

Ducks Unlimited and its partners effectively rewetted vast portions of Delaware's Great Cypress Swamp through intensive restoration on 767 wetland acres.

Bill D'Alonzo wins 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year award; DU to receive $50k prize

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 19, 2012 - Bill D'Alonzo, Ducks Unlimited volunteer and member of DU's board of directors, was named the 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year yesterday at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.

Ducks Unlimited board member, volunteer Bill D’Alonzo nominated for 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year

Bill D’Alonzo of Greenville, Del., has been named a finalist for the 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year. The annual Budweiser Conservationist of the Year program recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the outdoors and conservation.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Briefing Statement

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Prime Hook) in Sussex County, Delaware, was established in 1963 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act with the explicit purpose of providing habitat for migratory birds. It supports approximately 300 avian species and is a key stopover and wintering area for shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway.

DU joins Delaware senator in celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week

In honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Ducks Unlimited recently joined U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the important role federal refuges play in conserving wildlife and expanding hunting access.

2012 - 1st Annual DE DU Youth and Conservation Contest


Delaware native named to DU Board of Directors

During its annual convention held recently in Quebec City, Ducks Unlimited Inc. elected William "Bill" D'Alonzo, of Wilmington, Del., to its national board of directors.

DU and NWF take Sportsmen to Meet with Nation’s Leaders

Sportsmen have been calling for coastal marshlands and wetlands to be restored since last year’s oil spill, and to pay for the restoration efforts by ensuring penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act be directed back to the Gulf Coast region.

Floodplain Wetlands Restored in Delaware

The Nanticoke River in Delaware and Maryland is a major tributary of Chesapeake Bay. The Nanticoke watershed, which encompasses approximately 800 square miles, supports many unique biological communities, including many rare and endangered species, and is vital to migrating and wintering waterfowl.

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.

Nanticoke River Watershed Restoration Plan


First State Conservator: Volume 2, Issue 1

We are pleased to present the second edition of the First State Conservator, the official volunteer publication of Delaware Ducks Unlimited.

2012 Delaware Ducks Unlimited State Committee


Ducks Unlimited names new GLARO director

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nov. 2, 2010 - Rebecca Humphries, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, has accepted the position of director of the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office for Ducks Unlimited.

NAWCA grant will support conservation in Great Cypress Swamp

NAWCA grant will support conservation in Great Cypress Swamp Annapolis, Md. – April 16, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to restore approximately 343 acres in the largest block of contiguous forest on the Delmarva Peninsula, known as Delaware’s Great Cypress Swamp. This is the second phase of its long-term rehabilitation in which partners will restore wetlands that encourage the re-establishment of bald cypress and Atlantic white cedar trees in this unique environment. The improved hydrology will also provide breeding, migrating and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

2011 Greenwing Youth Conservation Day - April 2

The Greenwing Event has been a highly successful day of outdoor fun and wetlands conservation directed at educating the children that are the future of preserving and protecting the natural resources not only here in Delaware but the North American Continent.

First State Conservator: Volume 1, Issue 1

We are pleased to present the first edition of the First State Conservator, the official volunteer publication of Delaware Ducks Unlimited.

2010 GREENWING EVENT ONLINE REGISTRATION

Delaware Ducks Unlimited Presents 2010 Greenwing Conservation Festival - Saturday April 24th - Online pre-registration now open!

DE CHAPTERS RECOGNIZED - 2009 STATE AWARDS

The Delaware DU Chapters were recognized for their 2008 efforts at the State Awards event held annually at Sambos Tavern in Leipsic, DE

2009-2010 Delaware State Raffle **ANNOUNCED**

The New DU Delaware State Raffle has been set - keep an eye out for your chance to secure your spot in a 1:35 chance to win your choice of two fantastic prizes. Hand carved Butch Wagner teal decoy will also be given to each of the 35 finalists.

2nd Annual Greenwing Carving Contest - Signup Today

Don't wait...you have only a few weeks left to enter your carved decoy in the 2nd annual Greenwing decoy carving contest to be held at the Greenwing event on April 18th

Jack and Weezie Dukes Commemoration : To Help Rescue the Duck Factory

The Delaware State Campaign Committee of Ducks Unlimited has set a goal of raising $500,000 by this Spring to commemorate a property or a series of properties in Jack and Weezie’s Dukes honor.

NCCo DE DU recognizes William Veasey as decoy carver of the year

Newcastle County Chapter's Decoy Carver of the Year at their annual fall sportsmen's dinner

Delaware Waterfowl Hunter Parties announced

Get your tickets today for the Delware watefowl hunters party on Sunday November 23rd from 12noon - 3pm.

DE CHAPTERS RECOGNIZED - 2008 STATE AWARDS

The Delaware DU Chapters were recognized for their 2008 efforts at the State Awards event held annually at Sambos Tavern in Leipsic, DE

2009 Greenwing Event PreRegistration EXTENDED to April 12th

Reminder - Don't miss out on the annual Greenwing event - Saturday April 18th - Registration opens at 8am - See you there!!

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration

If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you. This month, Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office unveiled an updated version of its Black Duck Research Initiative Web site, including an all-new interactive mapping tool allowing users to “Follow the Ducks” using satellite and VHF radio tracking technology.

DU meets with Congressional leadership and Administration officials to discuss conservation

WASHINGTON – February 13, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice President Don Young was joined by other wildlife conservation organizations today to deliver a strong message on behalf of sportsmen and habitat: protect and expand habitat conservation and opportunities for sportsmen.

Ducks Unlimited’s Black Duck Research Initiative brought to life on Web

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 8, 2008 – If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you.

President’s Budget proposal mixed on waterfowl programs

FY’09 request maintains some programs, cuts others--including Bush priorities WASHINGTON, February 4, 2008 – Conservation programs that benefit waterfowl receive mixed support in the 2009 budget proposal, released today by the Bush administration.

Ducks Unlimited commemorates millionth acre of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Joins Secretary of Agriculture in marking the conservation milestone WASHINGTON – January 17, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited and the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency celebrated the enrollment of the one millionth acre into the popular Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) today.

DU says CRP losses astounding

National trend for habitat loss concerning BISMARCK, ND, January 4, 2008 – The conservation organization Ducks Unlimited says it’s as if someone plowed up a three-mile swath of wildlife habitat across North Dakota, from its southern border to Canada.

2008 Greenwing Event to Introduce Decoy Carving Contest

On April 12, 2008 there will be a new and exciting event for the Greenwings to participate in that day at Owens Station in Greenwood, Delaware. Delaware DU's first working bird decoy competition.

Ducks Unlimited Promotes “Farm the Best, Conserve the Rest,” to Assist Chesapeake Bay Landowners

Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a generous gift from the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment. The foundation “promotes action to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Coastal Bays, and the West Coast.”

Delaware Artist Wins 2006 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Wildlife artist Richard C. Clifton, 44, a duck hunter from Milford, Del., today won the 2006 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest in Memphis, Tennessee.

Save Wetlands Buy Duck Stamps:Delaware Duck Stamp Funds Habitat Conservation

As most duck hunters know, many of the ducks and geese harvested in Delaware come from outside the state. To ensure conservation takes on this continental perspective Ducks Unlimited (DU) has worked with individual states and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to establish the State Grant Program. The State Grant Program utilizes a partnership among the state wildlife agencies, Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited Canada and other Canadian partners.

Kirk Mantay to Lead DU Conservation Work in NJ and DE

Before joining Ducks Unlimited (DU) as a biologist, Mantay spent the last 8 years working as a wetland consultant for government and private projects in MD, VA, WV, and DE.

Delaware Volunteer Jack Dukes Deemed Conservationist of the Year!

On March 11, during a Ducks Unlimited annual event in Dover, DE, Ducks Unlimited volunteer, Jack Dukes was honored as Delaware’s Conservationist of the Year.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Takes the Gold - DE

During the 71st North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference in Columbus Ohio, Ducks Unlimited presented the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife with the Gold State Grant Award for surpassing the $1 million contribution level toward waterfowl habitat in Canada.

Delaware Ducks Unlimited Hosts Annual State Convention

Delaware Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) state convention will be held on March 11. Ducks Unlimited volunteers, staff and the public will gather at the Sheraton Hotel in Dover, Delaware to celebrate DU’s 2005 conservation and fundraising accomplishments in the state.

Great Cypress Swamp Restoration

The Great Cypress Swamp is located in the southernmost portion of Sussex County, Delaware.

Mid-Atlantic Coast

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Mid-Atlantic Coast priority area.

Where Delaware's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region, Great Lakes Region and St. Lawrence Plain are critical to Delaware waterfowl hunters. A significant amount of the mallards harvested in Delaware each year are produced in the St. Lawrence Plain and Great Lakes Region.

Responding to waterfowl needs

What makes a good DU project in Delaware?

Delaware Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)

This project would increase high-quality foraging and loafing habitat for migrating waterfowl in the fall and early winter, as well as provide top-quality foraging habitat for endangered shorebirds such as the red knot during spring migration.

Longwood Foundation looks to DU

In December 2006, the prestigious Longwood Foundation awarded DU a much-needed grant to implement DU’s Delaware Bay Initiative.

The Welfare Foundation

Known for funding high-priority, highly successful environmental and educational programs in Delaware, The Welfare Foundation awarded DU a generous grant to survey, design and restore marginal agricultural lands within the headwaters of the Chesapeake and Delaware bays’ tributaries.

Fairplay Foundation continues to contribute to DU

In December 2005 and 2006, the Fairplay Foundation again proved that they believe in DU’s conservation mission in Delaware by providing funding for restoration survey, design and construction for projects within the Delaware Bay watershed.

DU dollars produce winter forage for ducks

In 2001, Ducks Unlimited (DU) began working with biologists from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) on Muddy Neck Pond at Assawoman Wildlife Management Area in West Bethany.

Upper Chesapeake Bay Priority Area

The Upper Chesapeake watershed spans both the western shore of the upper Chesapeake Bay and the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware.

Delaware Conservation Projects

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

Blackbird Creek

Multiple Wetlands Restored on the Blackbird Creek With Delaware Costal Program Funds.

The Round Maple Project - Delaware

Ducks Unlimited has partnered with farmers in the Midwest to adapt a piece of equipment used to create waterway diversions on large agricultural fields to help reduce the costs of building dikes for wetland restoration in Delaware.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge


DU and Delaware Wild Lands, Inc.

DU and Delaware Wild Lands, Inc. Partner for Wetlands.
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