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Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism honored

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – March 18, 2016 – Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KWPT) was recognized today for its cumulative $1 million in contributions supporting wetlands protection and restoration on the Canadian breeding grounds, which are important to Kansas’ waterfowl populations. The ceremony took place at the 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Habitat for Hunters

For most of us, the word "habitat" conjures up attractive mental images of the many natural places where wildlife live. Ducks Unlimited's mission statement makes this connection explicit by stating that DU "conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl." The statement goes on to say that "these habitats also benefit other wildlife and people." While that sentence recognizes the fact that many other wildlife species benefit from DU's efforts to conserve habitat for waterfowl, the last word highlights the most important beneficiaries of DU's work: people. Everyone who enjoys waterfowl and other wetland wildlife benefits from DU's conservation programs. But hunters, who make up about 85 percent of our current membership, have traditionally provided the greatest support for DU's mission.

DU Protects Habitat on South Dakota's Waubay Lake

In early December 2014, Ducks Unlimited secured a 296-acre property on the southwest corner of Waubay Lake, two miles northeast of Webster, South Dakota. Known as the Denholm property, this unique mix of wetlands and native grasslands was not protected with any conservation easements, making it a natural fit for DU's Revolving Habitat Program.

ConocoPhillips Partners with DU to Enhance Gulf Coast Wetlands

By working with ConocoPhillips, DU has the opportunity to put restored habitat on the ground at scales that truly matter to waterfowl, hunters, and everyone that depends on this important ecosystem.

Tom Peterson joins Ducks Unlimited's Team in Nebraska

Tom Peterson is Ducks Unlimited’s new regional biologist in the Grand Island, Nebraska office, focusing on habitat along the Platte River. Peterson provides biological input on habitat restoration and enhancement projects on public and private lands. He also assists landowners with implementing a variety of conservation programs on their properties.

Shell Oil Invests in North America's Wetlands and Grasslands

As one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas in North America, Shell Oil is committed to maintaining the health of the landscape and its ability to provide these vital natural resources. To accomplish this, Shell has partnered with Ducks Unlimited in the United States and Canada, as well as with many other organizations, to increase the impact of its investments in conservation.

Coastal Wetland Habitat Restored on Lake Erie

Michigan's 4,000-acre Pointe Mouillee State Game Area is located on the southwestern coast of Lake Erie in one of the Midwest's most productive waterfowland fish-spawning areas. The majority of the wetland habitat on Pointe Mouillee is managed in separate units via a system of dikes, water-control structures, and pumps. Over time, however, wetland infrastructure on some of these units has fallen into disrepair.

Conserving the West's most important waterfowl wintering area in the face of severe drought

California is a state blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. This diverse landscape is also home to millions of waterfowl that each fall make the journey down the Pacific Flyway from their northern breeding grounds to take advantage of California's temperate winter climate. Ducks Unlimited's California Wetlands Initiative focuses on conserving the state's prime waterfowl habitats through science, public policy, and outreach. (By Devin Blankenship)

Michigan governor celebrates successful conservation project

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined Ducks Unlimited and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to celebrate the completion of projects at the Maple River State Game Area.

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.

LDWF recognized for $10M contribution to waterfowl habitat restoration

LAFAYETTE, La. – April 2, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently received recognition for their cumulative $10 million contribution supporting wetlands restoration on Canadian breeding grounds important to Louisiana's waterfowl.

DU Acquires Unique Ranch in Idaho

DU recently acquired an Idaho ranch that is generating a lot of excitement because of its unique features. Most of the ranch consists of agricultural land, including more than 400 acres of wetland pasture, nearly 300 acres of irrigated farmland, and 35 acres of open-water ponds.

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