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Florida resident elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 23, 2014 – Connie Parker, of Longboat, Florida, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in St. Louis.

Florida Placemats

Download the Florida placemat in PDF format.

Five Florida Ducks Unlimited chapters make Top 100

ORLANDO, Fla. – 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 five Florida chapters made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Tampa Bay 100 Ducks Unlimited chapter No. 3 in the nation

Tampa, Fl. – 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 Tampa Bay 100 chapter came in third on the list of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: Florida Waterfowlers Poised for Strong Finish

Brisk weather conditions during the month of January resulted in major movements of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl, and Florida waterfowlers are among the beneficiaries.

DU Helps Identify Coastal Restoration Projects in Florida

Ducks Unlimited is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to identify potential projects for funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). This funding is part of the recent $2.4 billion settlement with BP stemming from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The funds received by NFWF will be directed toward coastal acquisition, restoration, and enhancement projects.

Ducks Unlimited to hit 195 mph thanks to Bass Pro Shops partnership

Ducks Unlimited will visit the top two NASCAR superspeedways in the coming months thanks to a new partnership with Bass Pro Shops.

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Silicon Valley Stewardship - John W. and Sandi Thompson

"Stick to Core Mission, Focus and Keep it Simple," was the title of John W. Thompson's speech. His words would inspire Ducks Unlimited supporters across the continent. His message would resonate for years as DU's story and mission passed down through generations. John's speech would rivet the conservation world by sharing DU's secrets to 75 years of conservation success.

Migration Alert: Strong Teal Flight Arrives in Florida

Despite a severe drought affecting northern Florida, Sunshine State biologists report strong numbers of staple species: blue- and green-winged teal, ringnecks, wigeon and scaup.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Florida Increases Funding for Conservation Work in Canada

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has committed an additional $10,000 to Ducks Unlimited through its state grant program, bringing the commission's total contribution to $35,000 for the current fiscal year.

Gulf Coast sportsmen urge passage of transportation bill with Land and Water Conservation Fund and RESTORE Act funding

BATON ROUGE, La. - June 6, 2012 - Key sportsmen's groups in the Gulf Coast region called on Congress today to maintain provisions for funding land conservation and Gulf Coast restoration in their negotiations on a final transportation authorization bill.

Florida Increases Funding for Conservation Work in Canada

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has committed an additional $10,000 to Ducks Unlimited through its state grant program, bringing the commission's total contribution to $35,000 for the current fiscal year.

Chapter Spotlight: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Chapter

Fort Lauderdale—home of pristine beaches, mega yachts, and some of the most exquisite resorts in Florida. Once a spring break mecca for college students, this popular tourist destination is now host to Florida's largest Ducks Unlimited Greenwing event.

Vero Beach chapter recognized nationally

VERO BEACH, Florida – March 15, 2012 – 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. This past fall, the Vero Beach chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Jacksonville Chapter recognized nationally

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – 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 Jacksonville Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Tallahassee Chapter recognized nationally

The Tallahassee Chapter earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide.

Tampa Bay 100 Chapter recognized nationally

The Tampa Bay 100 chapter earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide.

Florida's Lake Miccosukee Restoration Project Celebrated

Ducks Unlimited and partners from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Jefferson County gathered in December to install a new sign and rededicate a wetlands enhancement project on Florida's Lake Miccosukee in celebration of DU's 75th Anniversary.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 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.

Senate vote advances historic conservation funding for Gulf Coast, other key waterfowl habitats

WASHINGTON - March 9, 2012 - After months working side by side with legislators, Ducks Unlimited applauded the Senate's passage of an amendment that could impact not only restoration efforts along the oil-spill-stricken Gulf Coast, but also expand funding for land conservation nationwide.

Florida: Thomas M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area

Thomas M. Goodwin WMA is a popular hunting and bird-watching area, as well as the only area managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission exclusively for waterfowl.

Lake Miccosukee project celebrated

DU and partners from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Jefferson County recently gathered to install a new sign and rededicate a wetlands enhancement project at Lake Miccosukee in celebration of DU's 75th anniversary.

Department of Interior Announces Four New Conservation Areas

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited both Capitol Hill and the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida last week to celebrate the establishment of four new conservation areas and wildlife refuges.

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.

Former DU TV host among finalists for Budweiser Conservationist of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 26, 2010 - Jared Brown of Clearwater, Fla., host of Ducks Unlimited Television from 2002 to 2009, has been named a finalist for the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year.

DU Represented at Kissimmee AGO Session

Tye Anderson, regional biologist for DU's Southern Region, and Ralph Putnam, past Florida DU state chairman, recently attended a listening session in Kissimmee, Fla., for the America's Great Outdoors Initiative.

DU scientist, member brief congressional committee on impact of oil spill to waterfowl

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2010 – This past Friday, more than 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate staffs, representatives from a variety of national news programs and other organizations attended a Ducks Unlimited briefing regarding the Gulf Coast oil spill and its potential impacts on waterfowl.

Famous Buckingham gun to reside permanently at Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 30, 2010 - No longer will "Bo Whoop Two," once owned by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham, rest by itself on display at Ducks Unlimited's national headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. Its original counterpart, "Bo Whoop," Buckingham's prized 12-gauge HE Grade Super Fox shotgun, will be donated to DU by Hal B. Howard Jr. of Palm Beach, Fla., at DU's 73rd national convention in May in Dallas.

DU reaches conservation milestone in South Atlantic

Ducks Unlimited recently achieved another milestone by conserving its 250,000th acre in the South Atlantic Flyway. Public and private lands projects in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are providing crucial habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the region.

RESEARCH UNDERWAY ON FLORIDA MOTTLED DUCKS

Ducks Unlimited Provides $60,000 for Research Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) captured and radio-marked forty-seven Florida mottled duck females earlier this month. This marks the beginning of a three-year project funded in part by Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

DU honors Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for contributions to conservation

Phoenix, AZ – April 2, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited awarded the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with DU’s 2008 Bronze State Grant Award. DU presented the award to Ken Haddad

Florida DU delivers conservation message to Congress

WASHINGTON – February 28, 2008 - St. Petersburg, Fla. resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer Elliott Gassner traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. Gassner met individually with staff from the offices of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, and Reps. Adam Putnam and C.W. Bill Young.

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

Farm bill program reimburses wetland restoration costs - FL

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.

Progress Energy helps DU improve refuge wetlands

DELAND, Fla., April 4, 2007 - A new wetland conservation project on Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge is finished. Project partners, Ducks Unlimited (DU), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Progress Energy celebrated the milestone at a dedication held on the refuge near Deland, Florida.

Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement Complete at Hickory Mound

PERRY, Fla., October 30, 2006 – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) can now better manage water and salinity levels in the Hickory Mound Impoundment on Big Bend Wildlife Management Area. The Impoundment will provide 1,834 acres of essential habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and a variety of other wildlife.

Conservation Project Completed - Big Bend WMA

The purpose of this project was to restore management capabilities to the Hickory Mound impoundment on Big Bend WMA. Partners constructed two 1,000 foot spillways, replaced five water control structures and reshaped the existing levee between the impoundment and adjacent marshes associated with the Gulf of Mexico.

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Peninsular Florida

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Peninsular Florida priority area

Florida Mottled Duck Research Project - Methods

Methods and objectives of Ducks Unlimited's Florida Mottled Duck Research Project

Where Florida's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Florida waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of Florida’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

Big Bend WMA

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to restore management capabilities to the Hickory Mound impoundment on Big Bend WMA.

Florida Conservation Projects

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

Florida Mottled Duck Research Project

Overview of Ducks Unlimited's Florida Mottled Duck Research Project

Merritt Island NWR - Mosquito Lagoon

Purpose: To rehabilitate approximately 79,000 linear feet of existing dike and replace 9 water control structures on mosquito control impoundments within those dikes.

T.M. Goodwin WMA - Marsh Restoration

Purpose: To restore 3,870 acres of emergent marsh on T.M. Goodwin WMA through improvement of 2 miles of existing internal levees, installation of 10 water control structures, and construction of 2 permanent pumping stations.

Lake Miccosukee - Wetland Enhancement

Purpose: A fixed-crest weir with a screw gate exists on the south end of Lake Miccosukee. This water control structure was designed to maintain suitable lake levels and allow for periodic management drawdowns of the lake.

St. Marks NWR - Marsh Enhancement

Purpose: To replace an old water control structure between Stoney Bayou Pool and East River Diversion Canal on St. Marks NWR.

Guana WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

Purpose: To replace a water control structure on Lake Guana that had deteriorated, resulting in the expansion of dense cattail stands.

Broadmoor WRP Project - Wetlands Enhancement

Purpose: Approximately 2,400 acres of freshwater marsh have been restored through construction of internal levees (200,000 yds 3 ) and installation of 22 water control structures. In addition, a pumping station was installed to provide a dependable source of water during periods of drought.

Alligator Lake - Wetland Restoration

Purpose: To restore 350 acres of waterfowl habitat on Alligator Lake through installation of a water diversion structure, installation of 2 water control structures in existing levees, and plugging an existing drainage well.

St. Vincent Island NWR - Oyster Pond Restoration

Purpose: This project involves renovation and restoration of 113 acres of brackish marsh habitat on St. Vincent Island NWR through installation of water control structures to prevent encroachment of cattails.

Peninsular Florida - More Information

Background information on DU's Peninsular Florida conservation priority area
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