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2014 Fall and Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

The late fall and winter habitat conditions report is provided by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Early reports throughout Canada reflect the possibilities of favorable breeding conditions for waterfowl returning to their nesting grounds.

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.

Migration Alert: Hard Freeze in Prairie Canada Expected, Fall Flight Moves into U.S.

Marshes and potholes on the Canadian prairies are freezing up tight, and as an even stronger cold front pushes across the region this weekend, remaining waterfowl concentrated on deeper waters should also begin to move south.

Fueling the Duck Factory

For almost 50 years, states have worked with DU to conserve vital waterfowl habitat across Canada. By Scott C. Yaich, Ph.D.

Late Summer Canadian Habitat Conditions

Conditions remain favorable as late nesting success has been supported by spring precipitation. Some regions are now facing limited precipitation and fall flight is expected to be average.

Migration Alert: Saskatchewan - Late summer on the Canadian Prairies

Wetlands conditions remain very good with many shallow seasonal wetlands still holding water. Due to an unusually late spring across the prairies, we know that duck production was delayed this year, especially for early nesting species like mallards and pintails.

Spreading Our Wings in the Boreal

An innovative partnership will expand efforts to conserve vital habitat in this important waterfowl breeding area. By Kevin Smith and Fritz Reid, Ph.D.

Boreal Forest Initiative

Protect and sustain a billion acres on the vast and productive waterfowl breeding grounds of the Boreal through long-term international partnerships

Scientists Call For Boreal Forest Protections

The International Boreal Conservation Science Panel recommendations were announced today at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Baltimore.

Ducks Unlimited Canada - Revolving land program

Ducks Unlimited Canada's Revolving Habitat Conservation Program is another tool to ensure protection of natural and restored habitat across the Prairies.

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.

Nebraska GPC recognized for Canadian habitat work


2013 Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Late-winter habitat conditions across Canada has been average to above average so far this year. The Prairie Region, except for Southern Alberta has received decent precipitation.

Migration Alert: Freeze-up Approaches the Northern Prairies

Parts of north-central Alberta received more than 9 inches of snow earlier this week, which will quickly push birds out of that country as waste grain becomes inaccessible under the snow. Waterfowlers across the Midwest should be on the lookout for a push of new birds coming southward over the next week.

Alberta Conservationists Receive International Recognition

DU Major Sponsors from California, Alaska, and Canada recently gathered to honor Jay and Karen Bartsch of Alberta for their dedication to conserving waterfowl habitat.

Migration Alert: Migration on the Canadian Prairies continues on schedule

Throughout Saskatchewan very good numbers of ducks were scattered across most wetlands. Light geese were abundant with good numbers of Canada geese and a few white-fronted geese also present.

Tennessee Commissioners Tour DU Canada Projects

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has long recognized the importance of waterfowl production in Canada to its state's waterfowlers, contributing to waterfowl conservation on the Canadian prairies since 1992.

2012 Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

The following is a compilation of environmental conditions relative to breeding waterfowl submitted by DUC field staff. These observations are not based on systematic surveys or intended to describe hunting conditions.

Ducks Unlimited conservation leader receives international NAWMP award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 22, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt received the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's (NAWMP) International Canvasback Award last week for his significant long-term contributions to the implementation of NAWMP's conservation activities throughout North America.

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.

DU Canada Habitat Report - July 2011

According to 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service waterfowl surveys, total duck breeding population estimates have increased in most traditional survey areas in Canada.

Conservation in Canada

While great progress has been made in conserving Canadian waterfowl habitats, many challenges lie ahead for DU and its partners.

Prairie Sampler

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

Ducks Unlimited International Programs

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) has long recognized that maintaining North America's waterfowl populations requires conservation well beyond U.S. borders. Indeed, migratory birds present one of the greatest conservation challenges on Earth. Responsible stewardship of these species often requires conservation of habitats from the boreal forest of Canada to the tropical mangrove swamps of Venezuela and numerous points between and beyond.

The Atocas Bay Conservation Project

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