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DU Has Only One Enemy

In my last "Insights" column, we discussed the critical threats facing secure water supplies for both wildlife and humans, and the increasing demands on a finite supply. So does this mean that farmers, ranchers, municipalities, and industries are the enemies of conservation? Of course not. We know that all of these entities are essential partners with DU in accomplishing our mission. Maybe our enemy is found in radical animal rights groups that we have seen follow rules of engagement that we find despicable? We have observed distorting the truth or outright lying as acceptable tactics that these groups use to justify their emotional viewpoints. Yet none of them is our enemy. They simply play upon our real enemy to hide the truth and advance their agenda. So what is the enemy that we simply must find a way to defeat if we are to achieve our long-term objectives?

Will Water Be the Oil of the Future?

Mark Twain has been credited with coining the phrase "whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over." When I checked out a website dedicated to verifying quotes from Mark Twain, it stated there is no firm evidence that he made this statement, nor evidence to discredit it. Mark Twain died in 1910, and there is little record of this statement being used before the 1980s, when Warren (Bob) Neufeld, director of the South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources, was quoted as saying "whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting."

Some Years Are for the Ducks

As I write this, the 2015-2016 duck season is drawing to a close. It began with great promise for a fantastic season with a record 49.6 million nesting birds counted across the northern parts of the United States, into the prairies and Great Lakes of Canada, and up in the Boreal Forests. Then the September teal season in the south and the regular season in the north seemed to bode well for great harvests and healthy populations. Millions of migratory waterfowl rested on the Canadian prairies and in the northern United States awaiting the normal push of the Arctic blasts that would encourage them to move farther south for the winter. But the weather didn't follow the normal patterns this year, either with hard freezes in Canada or temperatures and rainfall in the United States.

The True Identity of America's Conservationists

The following open letter was signed by 37 of America's leading conservation organizations, including Ducks Unlimited. As a follow-up to my previous "Insights" column, "A Lion's Tale," I am sharing this to help spread the word on why we are able to enjoy our wildlife conservation heritage.

A Lion's Tale: Only Part of the Story

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Past Champions Deserve Our Gratitude

Ducks Unlimited is recognized across North America as one of the most, if not the most, significant creator of volunteer engagement in the conservation movement. Today, Ducks Unlimited Inc. has fewer than 500 paid (and very dedicated) employees that ensure the day-to-day work of the company gets done. However, we are blessed to have approximately 1 million supporters and more than 55,000 volunteers from 2,600 chapters who give their time and energy to put on more than 4,300 fundraising events each and every year. Those volunteers are, and always will be, the heart and soul of DU.

Who Are We?

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Friends Helping Friends

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Why the Duck Stamp Is Worth the Effort

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

The Changing World of the Wildlife Biologist

When I reported for duty as a field biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1978, I wasn't sure exactly what my life's work would entail. I had spent seven years in undergraduate and graduate school learning biology, chemistry, identification of plants and animals, and how researchers thought the ecosystem worked. My emphasis was in fisheries and wetlands science. I thought I knew a lot, but I had no idea how much I had yet to learn. The one field in which I had received no training whatsoever was in the management of people and the multiple viewpoints they represent.

Friends in Many Places

For 77 years, Ducks Unlimited has focused on a single-minded mission and a clear vision to have enough wetlands to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever. Our predecessors decided early in the process to focus on making a difference on the land by rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever they could to help nature help herself, and we continue to do the same. (Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall)

Looking Out for Our Interests

Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall

Habitat and Our Hunting Heritage

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Compromise in California

When the Lower Colorado River Authority started making drastic cutbacks in water delivery in Texas, DU board members Rogers Hoyt Jr. and Bill Ansell approached me about strengthening our advocacy for agricultural water, which is important not only to farmers but also to pintails and other wintering waterfowl. In response, DU hired Kirby Brown, a well-known professional biologist from Texas, to be our voice at the table during water-allocation discussions to ensure that farmers and waterfowl are given fair consideration.

Insights: Why We Do What We Do

Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall, from the March/April 2014 Issue of DU magazine

Let's support those who support Ducks Unlimited

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

The Untold Story of Today's Youth

Ducks Unlimited's college and high school chapters may be among our best-kept secrets, but we're about to change that.

Duck Numbers Remain Strong, But We Must Be Vigilant

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

A 75-Year Partnership with Canadian Friends

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Cliff or Launch Pad?

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall, published in the March/April 2013 issue of Ducks Unlimited Magazine.

A Great Year

In my last column we talked about the prospects of yet another phenomenal waterfowl season, based on the record 2012 count of 48.6 million breeding ducks in the traditionally surveyed area. This fall, we may have had 120 million to 160 million birds migrating down the flyways.

The Future Begins Right Now

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Our Time Capsule

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Our Work Is Never Done

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

The Big 75

Ducks Unlimited officially turned 75 on January 29, 2012. What a great story!

The Road to Success

Ducks Unlimited Inc. will be officially 75 years old on January 29, 2012, and we will be celebrating both our longevity and conservation successes throughout the year.

Stay the Course through Partnerships

Ducks Unlimited has joined forces with more than 640 conservation, recreation, and historic preservation organizations to demand that necessary spending reductions are done in an equitable and reasonable fashion.

A Good Year

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Pay Now, or Pay Later

As we go about setting long-term goals for habitat conservation, we must be realistic about what it will cost and understand that our commitment to conservation cannot outstrip our ability to find it.

Cut the Deficit, not Conservation

We at Ducks Unlimited are well known for fiscally conservative viewpoints. But we do not intend to sit idly by while programs that make a clear profit for the U.S. taxpayer are slashed under the pretense of getting spending under control.

Finding the Right Road

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

No Deposit, No Return

"When something extra is given in order to enjoy a pleasure in life, we tend to appreciate it more." Insights from DU CEO Dale Hall on giving and getting.

Let's Stand Up for the Duck Stamp

Insights on the Federal Duck Stamp from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

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