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Partners unite for Lake Michigan Wetlands

GREEN BAY, Wis. – June 23, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited and its partners gathered on Cat Island near Green Bay to announce three projects benefiting local Lake Michigan wetlands. The projects are part of a comprehensive, long-term strategy to restore and enhance wetland function in order to provide water quality improvements and other benefits for fish and wildlife.

Critical Conservation Areas overlap many DU priority areas

WASHINGTON – May 27, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) established in the 2014 Farm Bill, which overlap with many of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) priority regions.

Report Reveals Disturbing Trend of Increased Coastal Wetland Loss

An alarming national trend of increased loss of coastal wetlands was announced last November in a report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Great Lakes (reps) flood D.C.

Great Lakes Day recently took place in Washington D.C., and Ducks Unlimited was well represented by staff and volunteers. The annual event, hosted by the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, brings representatives from every Great Lakes state to lobby on behalf of the 30 million people who depend on the lakes for jobs, drinking water and their way of life.

DU attends National Assembly of Sportsmen Caucuses

Ashlee Ellis from DU’s Southern Region and Gildo Tori from the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region spent four days at the National Assembly of Sportsmen Caucuses (NASC) in Rend Lake, Ill., last month.

Great Lakes/Atlantic Region promotes economic benefits restoration to Congress

DU Director of Public Policy Gildo Tori brought company to meet with members of Congress on the economic benefits of Great Lakes restoration. In cooperation with and hosted by the Healing Our Waters Coalition, Tori; Jim Nichols of Carry Manufacturing in Caro, Mich.; and Michigan State University master’s student Ryan Boyer met with six Michigan congressional offices in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4.

Paula & Gary Pennington: A Big-picture Outlook in the Great Lakes

Paula and Gary Pennington of Clinton, Ohio, recently pledged to become Diamond Sponsors in Perpetuity of DU's Great Lakes Initiative. This initiative supports Great Lakes habitats in Ohio and in key breeding areas for waterfowl that spend part of their lives in the Great Lakes region. The Penningtons' story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Report reveals disturbing national trend of increased coastal wetland losses

WASHINGTON – Nov. 22, 2013 – An alarming national trend of increased loss of coastal wetlands was announced yesterday in a report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Grass carp discovery under review

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Oct. 29, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited is evaluating news that the U.S. Geological Survey has found evidence of breeding grass carp in Lake Erie's Sandusky River. This is the first evidence that this variety of Asian carp is capable of breeding in the waters of the Great Lakes.

Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada support ecological separation of Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Sept. 9, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DUI) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) jointly released a statement this week on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. The conservation groups called on governmental and non-governmental organizations to move toward the ecological separation of the Great Lakes watershed as soon as possible, as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.

Ducks Unlimited Asian Carp Agreement

A joint agreement between Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada regarding the introduction and proliferation of non-native Asian carp throughout the Great Lakes and their adverse impacts on waterfowl and wetland ecosystems

Ducks Unlimited applauds improvements in Great Lakes funding

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Aug. 2, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited appreciates the passage of an amendment to provide $210 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program. Previously a subcommittee had reduced funding for the successful program to $60 million.

Great Lakes Initiative

Protecting the pristine waters of the Great Lakes and conserving critical habitat for many species of waterfowl that utilize this vast watershed throughout their life cycle.

Ducks Unlimited region receives national award

Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region (GLAR) was recognized last week with the National Blue-winged Teal Award during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va.

Senate Agriculture Committee chair recognized with 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

WASHINGTON - March 29, 2013 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was presented last Friday with the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award, one of Ducks Unlimited's highest honors.

Michigan governor signs Ducks Unlimited license plate legislation

LANSING, Mich. - March 20, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited will realize a new source of conservation funding from sales of a specialty license plate. DU staff and volunteers joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed the legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Rep. Dale Zorn.

DU urges Congress to protect vital waterfowl habitat in Great Lakes region

DU released a letter recently urging Congress—particularly members of the Great Lakes states delegation—to take immediate action to prevent invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

DU to highlight key conservation initiatives during Great Lakes Week

Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office will participate in Great Lakes Week to discuss the conservation issues and challenges the region is facing. This year's event will take place in Detroit, Michigan, where representatives of the U.S. and Canadian governments meet with a broad coalition of public and private groups to discuss efforts to implement solutions for the lakes' most pressing problems.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Great Lakes Habitat Funding

Grants will go towards restoration efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania

DU Wins Fourth NAWCA Grant in Great Salt Lake Ecosystem

Ducks Unlimited awarded its fourth North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for conservation work in the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem.

Sen. Stabenow's Efforts in Great Lakes Will Aid Areas Critical to Waterfowl Migration

Ducks Unlimited expressed appreciation for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's (MI) Great Lakes conservation effort directed towards Saginaw Bay and the basin of western Lake Erie. The senator is chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Ducks Unlimited Recognized for Role in Acquisition, Donation

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission recently recognized Ducks Unlimited for its commitment to protect natural resources in Oakland County. The recognition took place during a commission meeting at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg.

A Duck's-Eye-View

Waterfowl winging their way across North America have a unique perspective that is hard to image - unless you're a small aircraft pilot. Ducks Unlimited biologists keep this perspective in mind as they plan and implement conservation projects for waterfowl, knowing that ducks, geese, and swans need a mix of habitat types in fairly close proximity to meet their biological needs.

Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario conservation priority area.

U.S. Great Lakes System

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's U.S. Great Lakes System priority area.

Saving Great Lakes Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited is working to protect vital wetlands in the Great Lakes watershed, a critical area for waterfowl in the Midwest.

Michigan Conservation Projects

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

Indiana Conservation Projects

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

Illinois Conservation Projects

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

Conserving the Chesapeake Bay

An intimate relationship between ducks and water quality restoring habitat in an historic waterfowling region

A Brighter Future for Great Lakes Mallards

Ducks Unlimited researchers explore the needs of mallards in the Great Lakes and the implications they have on DU's conservation strategy.

Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario - More Information

Details on DU's Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario priority area.
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