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DU Studies Oil Field Development Impacts on Waterfowl

Members of Ducks Unlimited's science staff in the Great Plains Region are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) to implement the first year of a three- to four-year study investigating the impacts of development on waterfowl productivity in the Prairie Pothole Region's Bakken Formation. This large geologic formation underlying parts of North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba has experienced intensive oil exploration and extraction since 2000.

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.

Potholes in Peril

New threats to prairie wetlands could mean big trouble for duck populations

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.

Sportsmen must speak up to make the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area a reality

DU strongly supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to formally establish the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area. However, if this jewel for America's wildlife is to be protected, sportsmen will need to tell Congress of its significance.

Sportsmen must speak up to make the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area a reality

DU is pleased with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to formally establish the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area. However, if this jewel for America's wildlife is to be protected, sportsmen will need to tell Congress of its significance.

Rescue the Duck Factory

Since its founding, DU has crossed international borders to conserve the prairies throughout Canada and the United States.

Salazar pushes protecting the Duck Factory during State of the Birds

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says easements on private land are an efficient way to provide conservation in critical habitat, while helping ranchers stay in business.

Photo Essay: Spring on the Prairies

A look at what breeding waterfowl will find as they return to the Duck Factory (by Chris Jennings)

Photo Essay: Nesting Habitat

Experience the images waterfowl face when they arrive on the prairies this year

The Moveable Feast

During spring migration, waterfowl need an abundance of food to return to the breeding grounds in good condition.

A Promising Way to Save the Duck Factory

Prairie conservation could figure prominently in future government climate policies.

Rescuing the Duck Factory

Ducks Unlimited needs your help now to save vital waterfowl breeding habitat on the prairies.

Using Science to Help Prairie Ducks

DU’s habitat investments in the Duck Factory are guided by extensive scientific research.

Plowing the Prairie

The duck factory is being plowed under at an alarming rate, but with your help, the next Farm Bill could bring relief

Special Report Prairies Under Siege: Part III


The Plain Truth About Prairie Ducks

Some things haven't changed. Weather and habitat conditions on the prairies remain the two most important factors influencing duck populations.
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