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Ducks Unlimited and The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation Partner to better San Pablo Bay NWR

Ducks Unlimited (DU) was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation for planning and restoration of 5,400 acres of habitat within the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), specifically on Skaggs Island and Sears Point.

Ducks Unlimited Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant in Northern Tulare and San Joaquin Basins

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) was recently awarded a $1 Million grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to restore and enhance wetlands in the Northern Tulare and San Joaquin Basins of California's Central Valley.

Working rice lands worth $3.5 billion of managed wetland habitat

WASHINGTON – May 6, 2014 – There’s no doubt that rice, waterfowl and wetland habitats work cohesively to form a perfect ecosystem, and a recently published report puts a monetary value on those existing rice lands. Authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, the study found that the cost of attempting to replace rice lands with natural wetland habitat would exceed $3.5 billion.

Rice Lands Provide Vital Waterfowl Habitat

Each fall, millions of waterfowl migrate from their northern breeding grounds to historical wintering sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) and along the Gulf Coast. Although the MAV once consisted largely of bottomland hardwood forests and the Gulf Coast was characterized by tall-grass prairie and shallow ponds, these regions have been transformed by agriculture and urbanization.

Water, Ducks and People

As demand for water intensifies, DU is working to ensure that waterfowl receive a fair share of this limited resource. By Scott C. Yaich, Ph.D., and Greg Kernohan.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Increases State Grant Contribution

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department increased its state grant allocation from $75,000 to $250,000 in 2013. This commitment brings Texas's cumulative contribution to $3 million for habitat conservation work on the Canadian breeding grounds.

September is National Rice Month

The USA Rice Federation has declared September to be National Rice Month.

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.

South Carolina Initiative Receives Third NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners received a third North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant last fall as part of South Carolina's Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative.

Preserving Our Prairies

If you live in or have visited the Prairie Pothole Region recently, you have no doubt witnessed how quickly the landscape is changing. And if you haven't visited the Duck Factory lately, well, there is reason for concern.

State of the Ducks

As we face daunting challenges for waterfowl across the North American landscape, Ducks Unlimited has a plan to ensure a strong future for ducks and geese and their wetland habitats, as well as the people who enjoy and depend on them. This year's State of the Ducks report and video highlights some of these challenges and DU's solutions.

10 Cool Canadian Biodiversity Hotspots

In this bulletin we highlight ten locations across Canada's boreal forest that provide more detail and insight into its special biodiversity and conservation values.

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.

Understanding Waterfowl: Seasonal Wetlands and Breeding Ducks

These small, shallow-flooded basins are vital to waterfowl production on the prairies

A Primer on Moist-Soil Management

Managing seasonal wetlands for seed-producing natural vegetation has many advantages over planting crops

Montana Recognized by DU for Natural Resources Conservation Service

DU presented the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with its Montana DU Conservation Partner of the Year award in August at the Montana DU state convention in Great Falls. The award is presented annually to agencies and individuals who make outstanding contributions to the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat in Montana.

DU Helps Landowners Protect Playa Wetlands on Nebraska Property

With the help of Ducks Unlimited, landowners Ralph and Beverly Holzfaster are protecting important playa wetlands on their 320-acre property near Paxton, Nebraska.

Dr. Byron "Ken" Williams honored at 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Arlington, Va., at the Crystal Gateway Hyatt. This year's recipient of the Federal Employee award is Dr. Byron "Ken" Williams.

Conservation: The Easement Advantage

Conservation easements are a powerful tool for protecting threatened waterfowl habitat on private lands

Understanding Waterfowl: Stopover Country

Wetlands and rivers in America's heartland provide vital migration habitat for millions of waterfowl

Ducks Unlimited reaches conservation milestone

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is proud to announce it has reached a conservation milestone with more than 13 million acres of habitat conserved in North America. The groundbreaking number is a cumulative accomplishment of the millions of DU members, as well as volunteers and partners, who have been a part of the organization over the past 76 years.

Wetlands and Watersheds

The 19th-century explorer and geographer John Wesley Powell defined a watershed as "a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community." Powell wisely recognized that all living things in a watershed, including waterfowl and people, are united by and dependent on its central element—water.

Ducks Unlimited, LDWF improve northern Louisiana waterfowl habitat

SHREVEPORT, La. – Nov. 15, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently completed a project to improve waterfowl habitat on Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 20 miles south of Shreveport.

DU and XTO Energy Conserve Pennsylvania Habitat

Ducks Unlimited and XTO Energy are building a partnership to conserve vital habitat for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in Pennsylvania.

DU Explores New Salt Marsh Restoration Technique

In early 2010, DU received a $75,000 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant and partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test experimental techniques to restore ditched tidal salt marshes on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Massachusetts and the Rachel Carson NWR in Maine.

Help DU conserve crucial waterfowl breeding grounds today

With a grant from SportDOG, Ducks Unlimited, working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will conserve 5,463 acres of wetland and wetland-associated grassland habitat using purchased perpetual easements along with fee-title (outright) purchase of important landscapes. Vote today!

Waterfowl, hunters to benefit from nearly $30 million federal investment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 12, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a landmark investment of nearly $30 million in the future of wetlands, waterfowl and public waterfowl hunting across the country through expanded refuges and hunting programs.

Partners celebrate conservation on Sauvie Island

During the past decade, DU and partners have completed more than a dozen projects—totaling approximately 2,000 acres of habitat—on Sauvie Island Wildlife Area in Portland, Oregon.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission awards Ducks Unlimited $1 million

BATON ROUGE, La. – July 9, 2012 – In a July 2 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission awarded Ducks Unlimited 100 percent of the available State Grants Program funding for the next three years.

Ducks Unlimited invited to speak to LCRA board

RICHMOND, Texas – June 19, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited was invited by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting to discuss waterfowl habitat impacts from this year's rice water curtailment and ways to collaboratively provide waterfowl habitat in the future.

Conservation: Nature's Multipurpose Habitats

Wetlands provide a host of benefits in addition to their waterfowl habitat value

Potholes in Peril

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

DU receives largest grant ever for Illinois wetlands conservation

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded Ducks Unlimited a $5 million grant to conserve, restore, and protect up to 3,000 acres of vital wetland habitat along the Illinois River. The grant is the largest gift DU has received to date for wetlands conservation in Illinois.

Mississippi Increases Funding for Canadian Habitat Work

Dr. Curtis Hopkins, director of operations at DU's Southern Regional Office, and DU regional biologist Tim Willis attended a meeting held by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Commission in Jackson.

High-Priority Habitats

Following are DU's five highest-priority landscapes, their importance to waterfowl and our efforts to conserve them for present and future generations.

Wetland Gobblers: Turkey Photo Essay

The spring transformation from waterfowl hunter to turkey hunter happens in a whirlwind of lightweight camouflage and bug spray.The tactics are significantly different, but waterfowl hunters may find themselves in familiar habitats.

DU receives Louisiana land conservation organization designation

LAFAYETTE, La. - March 29, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited and its landholding foundation, Wetlands America Trust (WAT), were jointly certified as a land conservation organization by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) this week. Only five other organizations have been granted this certification, and DU is the only one also accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (2011).

Research Seeks to Unravel Sea Duck Mystery

The 15 species of waterfowl known as sea ducks constitute 42 percent of all duck species breeding in North America. And yet sea ducks are the least understood of all waterfowl.

S.C. Gov. Haley proclaims Jan. 29 Ducks Unlimited Day

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed Jan. 29, 2012, as Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Day throughout the Palmetto State. She encouraged all South Carolinians to recognize and honor the organization for its outstanding leadership and significant achievement in restoring vital habitats in South Carolina and throughout North America, and for its work as a visionary pioneer in the world of conservation.

Coalition aims to direct oil, gas revenue toward conserving North Dakota's natural resources

DU has joined forces with other conservation organizations, business leaders and concerned citizens to seek dedicated funding for water, land and wildlife conservation in North Dakota.

DU hosts EPA, House Appropriations Committee staffer for coastal Louisiana tour

DU staff guided two Environmental Protection Agency employees and a House Appropriations Committee staff member on a tour of Louisiana coastal wetlands on Jan. 13.

New Wisconsin wetlands legislation needs modification to protect habitat, state economy

New legislation aims to improve and streamline the wetland permitting process in Wisconsin, but with the positive changes come certain aspects DU is asking Wisconsin legislators to address.

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.

A Banquet for Ducks

Hunters have long recognized the importance of rice to wintering and migrating waterfowl. Why is rice agriculture so important to dabbling duck populations?

DU Chairman Joins U.S. Secretary of the Interior and USFWS Director to Commemorate New National Wildlife Refuges

DU Chairman of the Board John Pope joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and USFWS Director Dan Ashe last week to install four new planks on the boardwalk at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

DU touts benefits of proposed habitat project in Minnesota

Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James testified in support of a Minnesota project that aims to enhance 5,000 acres of habitat and expand sportsmen's access.

Whiting Petroleum fuels conservation work in North Dakota

Whiting Petroleum Corporation recently contributed $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited for specific conservation action on the western edge of North Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region.

Latest NAWCA grants awarded

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently awarded 21 grants to conservation projects that will help conserve vital waterfowl habitat across the nation. The grants are being awarded through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), which is a cost-effective, bipartisan, match-based program that raises an average of 3.2 non-federal dollars for every federal dollar invested.

DU Talks Shop with Nation's Policy Leaders

On August 15, DU Director of Conservation Programs Ray Whittemore and past DU Vermont State Chairman Dennis Havey attended a meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Awarded NAWCA Grant in Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) praises DU's conservation efforts within the state

DU and Partners Awarded Second NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a second North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat at Meadow Valley Wildlife Area, directly adjacent to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin.

As Budget Talks Continue, the Future Remains Uncertain for Waterfowl

Two upcoming meetings will be key to the impact of the future of NAWCA

Waterfowl Feeding Adaptations

Ducks and geese are well equipped to find food in a variety of habitats

Wetlands and the Farm Bill

Your support will be needed to save key agricultural conservation programs in upcoming legislation

Private Marsh Management

Duck clubs and other private landowners provide vital habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife

DU Receives Pennington Foundation Gift

Ducks Unlimited awarded a generous grant of $1 million over five years from the Irene W. and C.B Pennington Foundation in support of DU's work in coastal Louisiana.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded the Natural Resources Conservation Service's highest conservation honor for its exceptional work with the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative. The initiative was created after last year's oil spill as a means to provide alternative habitat and foraging areas for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

DU Supports Process to Restore Protections, Shield Wetlands, Waters Critical to Waterfowl

Ducks Unlimited has long supported the needs of waterfowl and sportsmen, and therefore supports the initiation of an open, transparent process by which long-standing CWA protections can be restored to wetlands important to waterfowl. This process began with today's release of draft regulatory guidance. The draft guidance seeks to more clearly define which U.S. waters are subject to CWA protections. The guidance is open to comment from the public.

Understanding Waterfowl: Ways of the Wigeon

These fascinating ducks have many characteristics and behaviors that set them apart

Field Reports: Spring Habitat Conditions

Abundant winter precipitation has set the stage for improved wetland conditions on many key waterfowl breeding areas

Stewards of the Prairie

Cattle ranchers manage much of this continent's most important waterfowl breeding habitat

Saving America's Marsh

Coastal wetland loss and degradation are threatening Louisiana's rich hunting and fishing heritage

Photo Essay: Spring on the Prairies

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

11,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Protected in IL, MO

In just over three years, Ducks Unlimited and an impressive suite of partners permanently protected 11,135 acres of critical wildlife habitat in Illinois and Missouri with the support of a $2.5-million grant from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation using funds provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Photo Essay: Nesting Habitat

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

Massive Coastal Restoration Project Completed in California

For the first time in more than 100 years, tidal waters returned in August to the former Napa Plant Site salt-production facility adjacent to the Napa River on the northern reaches of San Francisco Bay.

DU Biologist to Expand New York Wetland Conservation Efforts

Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Sarah Fleming recently began work in New York to further DU's wetland restoration and conservation efforts in eastern Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River Valley. Fleming will be responsible for developing and implementing DU's conservation mission and goals in the state through protection, enhancement and restoration of wetlands and adjacent wetland habitat.

ConocoPhillips Alaska Helps Conserve Estuary in Anchorage

Partnership will improve Alaskan waterfowl habitat

Secrets to Success

DU has discovered a wealth of new information about what drives duck production on the prairies

DU Improves Waterfowl Habitat and Hunting in Alabama

Improving waterfowl habitat and hunting in Alabama

DU Celebrates Second Consecutive CRP Sign-up

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another general sign-up for CRP, which will begin March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011, marking the second year in a row that USDA has offered a general CRP sign-up.

Dunklin Uses Budweiser Award to Help Enhance Bayou Meto


U.S. States Support Canadian Habitat Conservation

With the establishment of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) in 1986, the United States, Canada, and Mexico embarked on an unprecedented conservation journey. They set out to restore continental waterfowl populations to the levels of the 1970s through targeted conservation efforts in all three countries.

Cleaning and Maintaining Wood Duck Boxes

Tips for keeping your wood duck nesting boxes in good condition season after season

Long Live the Canvasback

The future of the canvasback depends on conserving key wetland habitats, especially prairie potholes

A look at goose nesting habitat in 2010

Canada goose hunters who experienced their fair share of disappointment in the field last season can be more optimistic in 2010.

The Waters of the United States

The future of prairie potholes and many other wetlands depends on how this simple phrase is interpreted

Gulf Coast / Yucatan - Mexico

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Gulf Coast / Yucatan - Mexico priority area.

Conservation in Ricelands

Research on the present and future state of riceland conservation, from the Rice Foundation and Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Oaks and Prairies, Edwards Plateau, Tamaulipas Brushlands and Chihuahuan Desert

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Oaks and Prairies priority area

Sonoran and Mohave Deserts / Sierra Madre Occidental

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts / Sierra Madre Occidental priority area

Sierra Nevada

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Sierra Nevada priority area

Latin America and the Caribbean

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Latin America and the Caribbean priority area

Northeastern U.S. Forests

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northeastern U.S. Forests priority area

Interior Highlands of Mexico

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Interior Highlands of Mexico priority area

Atlantic Canada

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Atlantic Canada priority area

West Gulf Coastal Plain

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the West Gulf Coastal Plain priority area

West Coast of Mexico

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the West Coast of Mexico priority area

Upper Mississippi River

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Upper Mississippi River priority area

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

Northwestern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northwestern Great Plains priority area.

Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau priority area.

North Atlantic / New England Coast

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the North Atlantic / New England Coast priority area.

Hawaii

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in Hawaii.

British Columbia Intermountain

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the British Columbia Intermountain priority area.

Baja California Desert

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Baja California Desert priority area.

Southern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southern Great Plains priority area.

Pacific Northwest

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Pacific Northwest priority area.

Mid-Atlantic Coast

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Mid-Atlantic Coast priority area.

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.

Great Basin

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's conservation efforts in its Great Basin priority area.

U.S. Great Lakes System

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

Western Boreal Forest - Alaska

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Western Boreal Forest - Alaska priority area, part of the Western Boreal Forest Initiative.

Gulf Coastal Prairie

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coastal Prairie priority area.

Central Valley / Coastal California

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Central Valley / Coastal California priority area.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Mississippi Alluvial Valley priority area.

Western Boreal Forest Initiative

Ducks Unlimited's Wetlands Boreal Forest Conservation Initiative, part of the Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign.

Western Boreal Forest - Canada

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Western Boreal Forest - Canada priority area, part of the Western Boreal Forest Initiative.

Arctic Plains & Mountains - Alaska

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Arctic Plains and Mountains - Alaska priority area.

Western Alaska / Aleutian - Bering Sea Islands

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Western Alaska / Aleutian - Bering Sea Islands priority area.

Prairie Pothole Region

The Prairie Pothole Region, North America's Duck Factory, is at the heart of Ducks Unlimited's conservation mission. Read more about DU's PPR priority area.

Dr. Tom Moorman's Letter on the Gulf Coast

A letter from Dr. Tom Moorman, head of DU's Gulf Coast Response Team, on the state of Gulf Coast habitat before and after the oil spill

True North

Vast but fragile, arctic ecosystems are home to a variety of waterfowl/

Conservation in Canada

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

Ducks and Energy

Development of new energy sources could have significant impacts on North America’s waterfowl.

Waterfowl in the Last Frontier

Alaska has experienced a waterfowl population boom, but future development and climate change could threaten the birds and their habitat.

Notes from Duck Country

Expert advice for hunting ducks in a variety of classic habitats

Using Science to Help Prairie Ducks

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

Conserving Habitat for Ducks & Fish

DU’s groundbreaking fisheries research proves restored wetlands benefit both waterfowl and salmon.

The Positive Effects of Drought

Wetlands have to dry out occasionally to provide good habitat for waterfowl.

The Amazing Journey

Following one hen throughout its annual cycle reveals much about the key habitat challenges facing waterfowl.

Natural Assets

Wetlands and other waterfowl habitats provide many vital economic benefits.

Crisis for Americas Wetlands

Our nation’s wetlands face their greatest risk in 35 years, and federal legislation that would protect them needs your support.

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.

GIS Spatial Data Download

Ducks Unlimited Geographic Information Systems mapping data for habitat conservation efforts across North America, available for download.

Ducks 2050

What might the coming decades hold for waterfowl and duck hunters?

Northern Exposure

The boreal forest has always been a bastion for waterfowl, but dramatic changes in land use and climate now threaten this region’s fragile wetlands.

Winter Homes for Waterfowl

Farm Bill programs help ensure that wintering grounds across the continent continue to meet the needs of ducks and geese.

Running on Empty

Water management is a hot topic in California, affecting residents, waterfowl hunters and the birds.

New CRP Practice Emphasizes Ducks

New enrollment guidelines will provide valuable nesting habitat, but significant challenges remain.

Prairies Under Siege

Ducks Unlimited scientists provide an in-depth look at the conservation of the Prairie Pothole Region in a comprehensive four-part series.

Western Boreal Forest Canada - More Information

More information on the Western Boreal Forest - Canada region, one of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation priority areas and initiatives.

Project RECLAIM

A GIS-based management strategy to help eliminate this destructive encroachment of woody vegetation in Catahoula Lake.

Prairies Under Siege: The Future of the Prairie Pothole Region

Jim Ringelman explains the actions necessary to keep the Prairie Pothole Region functioning and producing waterfowl for future generations.

Prairies Under Siege: Science and Conservation

Science is the most important factor driving Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Prairie Pothole Region.

Prairies Under Siege: New Threats to Ducks & Waterfowling

The Prairie Pothole Region, an area critical to waterfowl, is currently under attack from several sides, putting nesting habitat at risk.

Prairies Under Siege: Ducks, Habitat Conservation & Predators

Ducks Unlimited scientists explain why DU's focus remains on habitat conservation rather than predator control.

Evaluation and Monitoring of Conservation


Tara's Treasures

The story of a Mississippi Alluvial Valley estate that's been transformed into a wildlife area.

Redhead Central

Record numbers of wintering redheads may be pushing the limits of their food supplies on the Laguna Madre of Texas and Mexico.

The Importance of Wintering Habitat

Food availability on the wintering grounds may have a significant impact on waterfowl populations.

The Other Duck Factory

The Western Boreal Forest of Canada and Alaska serves as the most important breeding habitat for waterfowl in North America.

Conservation Planning in the Playa Lakes

Using a Geographic Information System to facilitate conservation planning in the Playa Lakes region. Research done by DU in partnership with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture.

Freshwater Wetland Conservation for Redheads

Research done by DU's Geographic Information Systems department on freshwater wetlands along the Gulf Coast of Texas to benefit redheads.

Quantification of Surface Water

Geographic Information Systems research done by DU and the Gulf Coast Joint Venture to analyze surface water in Gulf Coast marshes.

Project SWAMP

The Siting Wetlands in the Alluvial Mississippi Plain (SWAMP) Decision Support System was created to aid in effective conservation planning in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Project STREAM

Interactive mapping research done on the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley by Ducks Unlimited's GIS department.

Historical Forest Cover

A GIS profile of forested lands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley in the 1940s.

The Cover Connection

Large areas of protected grasslands are essential for waterfowl populations nesting in the Prairie Pothole Region and across the Great Plains.

Winter Resort for Waterfowl

The wetlands of Mexico are the final migration stop for millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds from across North America.

Milk River Ridge

Habitat gem a part of pintail strategy

Ducks and Winter Wheat

Making the Landscape Productive for Ducks and people

Think Like a Duck!

Benefits of Managing for Native Vegetation

Ducks Unlimited - Not Just for Waterfowlers

DU's conservation work supports many fish and game species in addition to ducks and geese

Marsh Terraces as a Conservation Practice


CRP - Conservation Reserve Program

In 1985, spring surveys by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service placed waterfowl breeding populations at 25.6 million ducks and predicted a fall flight of 54.5 million. Mallards, pintails and blue-winged teal in particular were in trouble, with populations at or near their lowest in the 30-year history of the surveys.

Benefits of Wetlands & Grassland Habitat

Benefits of wetlands and grasslands for waterfowl, other wildlife and people.

Map Viewers

A list of online GIS map viewers created by Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Rice and Ducks in the Land of 10,000 Lakes


DU's Utah Wetlands Initiative

DU has positioned itself as a leader in conserving Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Ducks Out of Water


Partners for the Forest

DU is working with a variety of partners to save the most productive waterfowl breeding habitats in the vast western boreal forest.

Wild Rice & Mallards On the Kapuskasing

The James Bay frontier offers solitude and off-the-beaten-path waterfowling opportunities.

Habitat for Hunters

DU's habitat projects not only produce ducks but also provide important public-hunting opportunities.

Saving the Sprig

Ducks Unlimited is pursuing an ambitious habitat conservation strategy to help bring back the pintail to its former abundance.

Hurricane Impacts on Wetlands & Waterfowl

South Louisiana wetlands may suffer significant long-term damage from hurricanes.

Waterfowling in a New World

Hunted for both food and sport, waterfowl were crucial to the survival of North America's early colonists and pioneers.

What's a Duck Marsh Really Worth

What's a Duck Marsh Really Worth?

Geographic Information Systems

Information about DU's Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing program and how it furthers our conservation mission.

Grasslands for Tomorrow

Spanning the U.S. and Canadian border, the Prairie Pothole Region forms the core of what was formerly the largest expanse of grassland in the world. Glaciers receding at the end of the last Ice Age left behind millions of shallow wetlands-so-called prairie potholes-speckled in an endless sea of grass. Shallow wetlands teeming with aquatic plant and animal life are juxtaposed with grasslands communities lying atop deep, nutrient-rich soils. An impressive array of bird species is dependent on the productive and highly-diverse nature of the prairie.

Latin America and the Caribbean - More Information

Background information on DU's Latin America and the Caribbean conservation priority area

Hawaii - More Information

Background information on DU's Hawaii conservation priority area

Interior Highlands of Mexico - More Information

Background information on DU's Interior Highlands of Mexico conservation priority area

Gulf Coastal Prairie - More Information

More info on the Gulf Coastal Prairie of Texas and Louisiana and Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work there.

Sonoran and Mohave Deserts - More Information

Background information on DU's Sonoran and Mohave Deserts conservation priority area

Central Valley / Coastal California - More Information

More information on the Central Valley / Coastal California region and DU's habitat conservation work there.

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont - More Information

Background information on DU's Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont conservation priority area

Mississippi Alluvial Valley - More Information

More information about DU's Mississippi Alluvial Valley conservation priority area and the region's history.

West Gulf Coastal Plain - More Information

Background information on DU's West Gulf Coastal Plain conservation priority area

Upper Mississippi River - More Information

Background information on DU's Upper Mississippi River conservation priority area

Southern Great Plains - More Information

Background information on DU's Southern Great Plains region

Northwestern Great Plains - More Information

Background information on DU's Northwestern Great Plains conservation priority area

Sierra Nevada - More Information

Background information on DU's Sierra Nevada conservation priority area

North Atlantic / New England Coast - More Information

Background information on DU's North Atlantic / New England Coast conservation priority area

Northeastern U.S. Forests - More Information

Background information on DU's Northeastern U.S. Forests conservation priority area

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.

Prairie Pothole Region - More Information

The Prairie Pothole Region, North America's "Duck Factory," provides critical nesting habitat for migrating waterfowl. Read more about the area's history and how it benefits other wildlife species as well.

Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau - More Information

Background information on DU's Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau conservation priority area

British Columbia Intermountain - More Information

Background information on DU's British Columbia Intermountain conservation priority area.

Great Basin - More Information

Background information on DU's Great Basin habitat conservation priority area.

Atlantic Canada - More Information

Background information on DU's Atlantic Canada conservation priority area

Pacific Northwest - More Information

More information on Ducks Unlimited's Pacific Northwest conservation priority area.

Western Boreal Forest - Alaska - Region 3

More information on the Western Boreal Forest - Alaska priority area.

Arctic Plains & Mountains - More Information

More information on Ducks Unlimited's Arctic Plains & Mountains - Alaska priority area.

Western Alaska - More Information

Information about the Western Alaska/Aleutian - Bering Sea Islands area, one of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation initiatives.

Biodiversity in the Grassland Biome

Learn about biodiversity, biomes, grasslands and related ecosystems in this article about the declining diversity of grasslands habitats and the impact on waterfowl.

Grazing and Fire

Grassland habitat has been honed into a diverse, hearty ecosystem by centuries of controlled burning and grazing on the prairies.
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