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Thomas Fork Unit in Bear Lake County Complete

Ducks Unlimited (DU) partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) to replace a water control structure on the Thomas Fork Unit of Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge enhancing more than 1,100 acres of wet meadow habitat. The project is now complete.

Migration Alert: Idaho Hunters Expect Numbers to Improve Soon

Many Idaho waterfowlers enjoyed a fair start to the season, and as cold weather finally settles in across Prairie Canada, hunters are expecting the next big push to happen soon.

Conservation: DU's Wings and Wetlands Initiative

The Pacific Northwest encompasses some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in North America, including vast forests, soaring mountains, broad river valleys, fertile farmland, and productive estuaries. This breathtaking region, spanning Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, supports millions of migrating and wintering ducks, geese, and swans that follow the Pacific Flyway.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Numbers, Conditions Look Good in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho

Waterfowl biologists report an early increase in duck and goose numbers across the Pacific Northwest, boding well for the start of waterfowl seasons in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

DU Completes First Phase of Important Idaho Wetland Project

The main purpose of the Clark Fork River Delta project is to eliminate the severe bank erosion that has been ongoing in the delta for several decades following the construction of Albeni Falls Dam in 1955.

Idaho Ducks Unlimited Sponsors

Idaho DU Calendar Gun Giveaway

Migration Alert: Optimism in the Forecast for Pacific Flyway Waterfowlers

Pacific Flyway waterfowlers have been impatiently waiting for weather to push ducks out of Prairie Canada and British Columbia. With extended weather forecasts calling for a hard freeze north of the border early next week, Idaho duck hunters may need to rethink their plans.

Twin Wetland Restoration Projects Completed in Southern Idaho

A unique conservation partnership recently restored 201 acres of wetland habitat on two projects in the Bruneau River floodplain of southern Idaho. Initially, a 100-acre project was developed on the Bruneau River Ranch as part of Ducks Unlimited's Middle Snake River North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Migration Alert: Idaho Hunting Improves, Migration Picks up Pace

With Pacific storm fronts approaching from the northwest, coupled with the onset of freezing temperatures in prairie Canada, hunting success should only improve throughout Idaho and much of the Pacific Flyway.

Migration Alert: State-by-state Pacific Flyway Breakdown

Early migrating waterfowl, feeling an early winter pinch, are filtering south throughout the Pacific Flyway states and finding variable habitat conditions upon arrival in the region.

Midway Knife Raffle Winner Announced

Chris Wilcox drew for the Midway knife raffle and the winner was Jason Puri.

Idaho: Clark Fork River Delta Restoration Project

Large ecosystem restoration

Wings and Wetlands Initiative

In Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, significant wetland habitats have been lost. As human populations soar, the demand for water increases, putting even more pressure on remaining wetlands.

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.

Hunting rights claim victory in state races

States across the nation voted to support hunting rights in the 2012 election in a resounding victory of sportsmen.

Senate staffers tour Idaho conservation easement

On Aug. 7, Ducks Unlimited met with two of Sen. Mike Crapo's (ID) key staff members; representatives of the Southern Idaho Land Trust (SILT); and John Shaw, owner of Hagerman Wings Farm (HWF), in Hagerman, Idaho, to discuss the merits of tax incentives associated with donated conservation easements.

Idaho: Boundary Creek Wetland Restoration Project/Smith Creek

The Boundary Creek Wetland Restoration Project was a collective effort to restore 620 acres of wetlands, riparian areas and upland habitat near Kootenai River.

Congressman Mike Simpson meets with constituents to discuss Idaho conservation accomplishments

Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho got a firsthand look last week at how a partnership of private and federal funding benefits wetlands conservation during a guided tour of the Chester Wetlands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near St. Anthony, Idaho.

Congressman Mike Simpson and Ducks Unlimited meet on common ground

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Nov. 10, 2011 - Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho got a firsthand look today at how a partnership of private and federal funding benefits wetlands conservation during a guided tour of the Chester Wetlands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near St. Anthony, Idaho.

Idaho State Website

Idaho State Leadership

Pilot Restoration Project Completed in Idaho Panhandle

The Pack River Delta Project involved utilizing a combination of traditional civil engineering and soil bioengineering techniques to restore unique wetland and upland habitats in the delta, the place where the Pack River and Lake Pend Oreille converge. This is the first known instance in Idaho where this restoration approach has been attempted and early indications suggest that it will be a success.

Idaho Project Reverses Wetland Loss and Improves Water Quality

An innovative wetland restoration project that combined efforts to conserve waterfowl habitat and improve water quality in the Snake River watershed was recently completed by DU and partners in Idaho.

Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest

2010-2011 Idaho Hunt Pictures

Idaho Legacy Greenwings

Idaho Ducks Need You!

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.

Great Basin

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

Bismark Meadows Restoration Project

Ducks Unlimited assisted the Natural Resources Conservation Service and several private landowners with the restoration of Bismark Meadows in the northern panhandle of Idaho. Slightly more than 1,000 acres of privately owned land have been enrolled in permanent conservation easements under the federal Wetlands Reseve Program, and in 2004, they were restored.

Camas NWR: Sand Hole Lake Project

The Camas National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is an important link in the chain of wetlands connecting the Great Basin to the Canadian Prairies, but it is plagued with water supply problems and associated habitat loss. Wetlands were once widespread across the refuge due to its historically elevated water table.

Ball Creek Ranch Restoration Project

The Ball Creek Ranch was a major match project of the Kootenai Valley Wetlands NAWCA project. Upon acquisition of the ranch, The Nature Conservancy of Idaho offered to its value to leverage NAWCA grant funds for other wetlands restoration and acquisition projects in the Kootenai Valley.

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge Project

The Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) project was a subproject of the Kootenai Valley Wetlands NAWCA project. Funded through a $1 million grant provided to Ducks Unlimited through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant program, this large scale project was a partnership effort to conserve nearly 6,000 acres in the Kootenai River watershed.

Boundary Creek WMA Restoration Project

The Boundary Creek Wetland Restoration project was a collective effort between the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Ducks Unlimited (DU), Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG), Intermountain West Joint Venture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to restore more than 1,200 acres of wetlands, riparian areas and upland habitats in the Kootenai River Valley. This property is enrolled in the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), which is a voluntary program for landowners who want to restore degraded wetlands on their property. In the late 1990s, the Boundary Creek property was sold to IDFG, in cooperation with the BPA, to be managed as a wildlife area.

Smith Creek Restoration Project

In the fall of 2003 Ducks Unlimited (DU) acquired the 620-acre Smith Creek tract in the floodplain of the Kootenai River—northwest of Bonners Ferry, Idaho—using funding from a North American Wetlands Conservation (NAWCA) grant. The owner of this tract had previously enrolled the land in a perpetual wetland protection easement under the federal Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

Idaho Conservation Projects

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

Great Basin - More Information

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

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