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Mississippi Refuge Enhancements Receive Grant Funding

Ducks Unlimited recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for enhancement projects on two refuges along the Mississippi River. The first project will take place on the St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Natchez, Mississippi, and the second on the Yazoo NWR near Greenville, Mississippi.

Two South Carolina Public Hunting Areas Improved

Ducks Unlimited and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently enhanced 387 acres of moist-soil and semi-permanent wetland habitat on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA) north of Charleston. Through the installation of seven water-control structures and repair of old embankments and existing canals, this public hunting area will provide improved habitat for waterfowl and hunting opportunities for waterfowlers.

Texas Prairie Wetlands Project Receives Oil Spill Settlement Funding

In late 2013, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced five projects to restore and enhance habitats for species impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster. The list included the Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Enhancement Project, which has made waterfowl one of the first beneficiaries of the oil spill settlement.

Freshwater Enhancements Projects to Benefit Coastal Louisiana Wildlife

Two freshwater flow enhancement projects are now under construction in coastal Louisiana to improve habitat for waterfowl. The St. Louis Canal and Liner's Canal projects will increase freshwater inputs into marsh areas that have been impacted by saltwater intrusion. Returning fresh water to this marsh system will increase the production of submerged aquatic vegetation, providing improved habitat for waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife. Additional benefits of this work include enhanced storm protection and better water quality in surrounding areas.

2013 Waterfowl Forecast

The following report provides an overview of the status of habitat conditions and waterfowl populations across key breeding areas in the United States and Canada.

Waterfowl Migration Flyways

Banding research helped waterfowl managers map the major migration corridors followed by ducks and geese, which are known today as flyways. For management purposes, North America is divided into four flyways—the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific.

Where Ducks Unlimited Works

Ducks Unlimited takes a continental, landscape approach to waterfowl conservation. While we work in all 50 states, we focus the majority of our efforts and resources on the habitats most beneficial to waterfowl. Learn more about our top priority areas, as well as what DU is doing in your state.

DU Projects: Pacific Flyway

The Pacific Flyway stretches 4,000 miles north-to-south and 1,000 miles east-to-west. From the Arctic to the west coast of Mexico and the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, this flyway encompasses the most varied waterfowl habitats in North America. DU and its partners have conserved more than 984,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S. portion of the Pacific Flyway alone.

DU Projects: Atlantic Flyway

Stretching from the Arctic tundra of Baffin Island to the Caribbean, the Atlantic Flyway spans more than 3,000 miles. DU and its partners have conserved almost 500,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in the Atlantic Flyway to date.

DU Projects: Central Flyway

The Central Flyway is massive, covering more than one million square miles across North America’s interior. From Canada’s boreal forest and parklands across the Great Plains down to the Texas Gulf Coast, this flyway is home to a large percentage of North America’s ducks and geese. In the U.S. portion of the Central Flyway, DU and its partners have conserved almost 1.2 million acres of waterfowl habitat.

DU Projects: Mississippi Flyway

More than 2,300 miles long with a watershed of more than 1.5 million square miles, the Mississippi River is North America’s greatest waterway and the most heavily used migration corridor for waterfowl and other birds. DU and its partners have conserved more than 1.6 million acres in the U.S. portion of this flyway.

2010 Waterfowl Forecast

Waterfowl populations remain at high levels overall thanks to favorable breeding habitat conditions

Where the Flyways Begin

High adventure awaits goose hunters in the land where the polar bears roam.

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