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ITC donates to enhance shallow-lake habitat

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a $10,000 donation from ITC Holdings Corp. to help protect and restore habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife on the shallow-lake-dotted landscape of Minnesota and Iowa.

Scheels All Sports growing conservation in five states

BISMARCK, N.D. – June 12, 2013 – Scheels All Sports is investing in conservation in five of the states where its stores are located. The company has pledged a five-year major gift to Ducks Unlimited to conserve habitat in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.

Living Lakes receive record funding through Iowa appropriation

Ducks Unlimited focuses its Living Lakes Initiative on conserving the shallow-lake habitats of Minnesota and Iowa. This high priority landscape got a big boost recently when both houses of the Iowa legislature approved $8.6 million for the Lake Restoration Fund.

Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes as vital stepping stones for waterfowl migrating between southern wintering and northern breeding grounds each year.

Big Rivers Initiative

Restoring feeding and resting areas along the river that make up the Mississippi River floodplain and the conserving habitat critical to the grand passage of migratory waterfowl.

Silicon Valley Stewardship - John W. and Sandi Thompson

"Stick to Core Mission, Focus and Keep it Simple," was the title of John W. Thompson's speech. His words would inspire Ducks Unlimited supporters across the continent. His message would resonate for years as DU's story and mission passed down through generations. John's speech would rivet the conservation world by sharing DU's secrets to 75 years of conservation success.

Migration Alert: Finished Up North; Fabulous Down South

My mother always said to start with the hardest task first because it makes the rest seem easy by comparison. So let's begin with ducks in the northernmost reaches of the Mississippi Flyway—the hardest thing to have to report. One word: Done.

Migration Alert: Northerners Turn To Geese; Southerners Await Ducks

I can hear the rather rotund lady either warming up or in full voice in the northern portion of the Mississippi Flyway. For many hunters in the Upper Midwest, it's time to start putting away the duck gear and begin thinking about geese, or ice fishing.

Conservation: Winning at the Ballot Box

Dedicated funding amendments have bolstered wetland and waterfowl conservation programs in Iowa and several other states

DU supports opening some CRP lands for drought-stricken ranchers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 3, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited supports opening certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to haying and grazing during the current drought affecting livestock feed supplies. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack opened nearly 4 million acres of CRP land this week for livestock producers dealing with shortages of hay and pastureland.

Capitol visit successful for Iowa, Minnesota farmers

Jim Goodman, a Crescent, Iowa, landowner, joined Toni and Philip Brink of Traverse County, Minn., in Washington, D.C., on July 24-26 as part of a Ducks Unlimited farmer fly-in. These fly-ins help educate and inform legislators of the importance of the 2012 Farm Bill conservation programs, specifically funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Ducks Unlimited joins other conservation, sportsmen's groups in support of Sodsaver

In a letter submitted this week, hunting and fishing and conservation groups urged House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK) and ranking member Collin Peterson (MN) to adopt the Farm Bill's Sodsaver provision to promote "responsible stewardship of agricultural land and direct program benefits to acreage that is most suited for crop production."

Mid-Iowa Chapter recognized nationally

JOHNSTON, Iowa – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Mid-Iowa chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

New DU Iowa State Chair

Iowa’s new Ducks Unlimited State Chairman Frank Mertz is sounding the DU battle cry for conservation: “Conservation for Generations.” Mertz, who hails from Webster, is asking DU volunteers to help get the word out about the value of wetlands conservation now and for years to come

Jones County Chapter recognized nationally

ANAMOSA, Iowa – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought- after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Jones County Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

North East Iowa Chapter recognized nationally

WATERLOO, Iowa – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought- after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the North East Iowa Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

BISMARCK, N.D. – March 22, 2012 – As the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month’s milestone 9th Annual World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security.

DU, Iowa DNR Thank Burr Oak Lake Project Partners

Few Ducks Unlimited projects happen without the involvement and support of many different partners. In Iowa, DU supporters and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gathered last fall to thank its many partners and individuals who helped make the Burr Oak Lake enhancement project a success.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited focus funding to protect vital waterfowl habitat in Prairie Pothole Region

WASHINGTON - March 2, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited announced today they will work with the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to focus resources on wildlife habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of the northern plains, breeding grounds for a majority of the continent's ducks.

Iowa governor attends state convention, recognizes 75th anniversary

Gov. Terry Branstad recognized Ducks Unlimited for its 75th anniversary by signing a proclamation at DU's Iowa state convention on Feb. 11. In his proclamation, Gov. Branstad commended DU for its conservation success.

Branstad recognizes DU's 75th at Iowa state convention

Gov. Terry Branstad recently recognized Ducks Unlimited for its 75th anniversary by signing a proclamation at DU’s Iowa state convention. The convention celebrated the DU members and volunteers in the state who help make the organization's conservation achievements possible.

DU staff among key speakers on wetlands protection, conservation funding at Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Last week, two members of Ducks Unlimited's conservation staff were among four key speakers during a plenary session at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita. This year's conference, with a theme of "Wetlands: The Jewels of Kansas," was attended by nearly 400 representatives from the state and regional conservation community.

Iowa: Dan Green Slough

Dan Green Slough is a 312-acre palustrine emergent marsh located in Clay County.

DU adds to engineering staff in Iowa

Ducks Unlimited has hired engineer Rick Verchota to assist with DU's efforts in Iowa and surrounding states.

Dan Green Slough Project

Like many other large marshes and shallow lakes in north-central Iowa, Dan Green Slough has experienced a significant decline in waterfowl use during the past several decades due to poor water quality, high water levels, and exploding rough fish populations.

Four Mile Lake Project

Four Mile Lake is a 215 acre marsh on a 691 acre State Wildlife Management Area. Monitoring of the lake by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources prior to restoration confirmed that the lake had little to no aquatic plant growth, exhibited extremely poor water quality, and was dominated by rough fish.

Kiowa Marsh Wildlife Management Area Restoration

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to restore the 45-acre Kiowa Marsh located just off of Highway 20 in Sac County. The marsh is located in the Indian Creek watershed, which flows directly into the North Raccoon River, a major water source for Iowa's largest and most populated city.

Diamond Lake Project

Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Area is a 1,099 acre property owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ducks Unlimited partnered with the DNR to improve infrastructure on the lake that will facilitate habitat management.

DU Recognizes Donors, Partners at Iowa's Eagle Flats Project Dedication

Ducks Unlimited supporters and partners gathered on a cold, blustery mid-April morning to celebrate the success of the recently completed Eagle Flats Marsh project in Hancock County, Iowa.

DU, Partners Secure $1 million Grant for Iowa's Portion of Prairie Pothole Region

Ducks Unlimited received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant earlier this year for projects in Iowa. NAWCA is a federal matching grants program that provides funding for wetland and migratory bird habitat conservation work across North America.

NRCS, DU Launch Wetland Conservation Partnership in Iowa

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited this spring signed a $1.5-million cooperative agreement to coordinate and deliver the Wetlands Reserve Program in Iowa.

Rep. King (IA) praises DU's NAWCA partnership

Rep. Steve King (IA) praised both Ducks Unlimited and NAWCA for the pivotal role this partnership plays in conserving precious waterfowl habitat. The praise came after last week's announcement that DU received a $1 million NAWCA grant for conservation projects in Iowa.

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Secure $1-million Grant for Iowa Portion of Prairie Pothole Region

Ducks Unlimited received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant for projects in Iowa last week. NAWCA is a federal matching grants program that provides funding for wetland and migratory bird habitat conservation work across North America.

NRCS and DU Launch $1.5-million Wetland Conservation Partnership in Iowa

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited signed a $1.5 million cooperative agreement recently to coordinate and deliver the Wetlands Reserve Program in Iowa. WRP is a voluntary incentive-based program that provides financial and technical assistance to landowners to restore wetlands and associated uplands on their property.

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

Each year a select group of Ducks Unlimited chapters rises to the top of the ranks: the President's Elite chapters, which raise $100,000 or more annually for DU's habitat conservation work. This year, 43 DU chapters achieved President's Elite status.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

DU Honors Iowa Conservation Leaders

Ducks Unlimited volunteers and staff in Iowa presented their 2011 conservation awards during the state convention.

Zirbel Slough Enhancement Project

Located approximately four miles south of Clear Lake, Zirbel Slough is a large restored wetland complex that is owned and managed by the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board.

Iowa: Burr Oak Lake Enhancement Project

Nestled among the rolling hills, fertile farmland and rustling burr oak trees of northwest Iowa, another shallow lake is beginning to show signs of life once again. Burr Oak Lake is a large 100-acre shallow lake located in southwest Emmet County.

Iowa: Eagle Flats Marsh Enhancement Project

Eagle Flats Marsh is part of a large 800-acre historic wetland complex in Hancock County, Iowa, that was drained in the early 1900's. This large wetland complex was once part of a long chain of wetlands that formed the natural headwaters of the Iowa River's West Branch.

Ducks Unlimited: Vote Sends Strong Message that Conservation is Top Priority for Iowans

Iowans overwhelmingly voted “Yes” to create a dedicated and constitutionally protected Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund yesterday with more than 662,000 voters, about 62 percent, approving the amendment to the state’s constitution. The trust fund will help improve the state’s water quality, protect agricultural soils, enhance critical fish and wildlife habitat, and provide additional public recreation areas.

Eagle Flats Marsh showing signs of success

FOREST CITY, Iowa, Oct. 19, 2010 – Construction activities are complete and the pump is running to flood Eagle Flats Marsh in Hancock County. Already managers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have witnessed several hundred ducks and geese as well as a pair of sandhill cranes on the property.

Duck Banding on the Prairies, Update 9/7/10

Much like the mailman DU’s duck banders in North Dakota continue to work through the intense summer heat, strong winds, torrential rainstorms and an occasional beautiful, delightful day. An update on banding at the three locations follows:

Support Iowa's Water and Land Legacy

DU is asking Iowans to vote "Yes" on Question #1 November 2

Iowa Print of the Year


Make a difference on the Mississippi

Cleanup for a cause on June 19 The Mississippi River watershed is a migration corridor for millions of waterfowl every year, as well as an American icon. The river's serenity and life-supporting capabilities go far beyond waterfowl, shorebirds and wildlife, however, stretching into the cities and to the people who live along its muddy banks. Now it's time to give something back to this great watershed.

Great start on nesting grounds may indicate good production year for waterfowl

MCCLUSKY, N.D. - May 25, 2010 - The hills are alive with breeding ducks. Conditions in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) are excellent for waterfowl production. And birds are taking full advantage of the food and nesting cover available to them.

DU applauds Iowa legislature and Governor Culver for supporting Iowa’s water and land legacy

The state of Iowa is one step closer to creating a permanent and dedicated Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. Governor Chet Culver has signed a bill that clearly defines which agencies and programs will receive funding if the voters approve the constitutional amendment in November and once the legislature provides revenue for the trust fund.

DU applauds legislature for passing natural resources and outdoor recreation act

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 24, 2010 – Following an important vote on Monday, Iowa moved one step closer to creating a permanent and dedicated Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. This legislation will protect and improve the state’s water quality, agricultural soils, natural areas and fish and wildlife habitat.

DU recognizes Iowa conservation leaders

DES MOINES, Iowa - March 11, 2010 - At its recent annual state convention, Ducks Unlimited recognized several individuals and organizations for their dedicated efforts to improve Iowa’s wetland and waterfowl resources by presenting them with 2010 Conservation Awards.

Iowa DNR and DU Pledge $2 million toward Iowa conservation

DES MOINES, Iowa, February 17, 2010 – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited have committed $2 million to conserving and protecting Iowa’s waterfowl and wetland resources.

Kiowa marsh project improves degraded Iowa drinking water source

EARLY, Iowa, Feb. 11, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently restored a marsh that will help improve downstream drinking water for Des Moines area residents. With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s 319 Program, Iowa DNR and DU restored a 45-acre wetland on the Kiowa Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Sac County. The marsh is located in the Indian Creek watershed, which flows directly into the North Raccoon River, a major water source for Iowa’s largest and most populated city.

Iowa DNR conserves critical habitat north of the border

DES MOINES, Iowa, February 8, 2010 – Since 1973, Iowa duck hunters have harvested 8.3 million ducks, most of which according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates originated from the Prairie Pothole Region. Throughout this 37-year period, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has contributed over $1.1 million to support the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, which provides vital funding for habitat conservation work in Canada, a primary source of Iowa’s ducks.

DU, partners secure $1 million grant for Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region

AMES, Iowa, February 03, 2010 – With support from a diverse group of conservation partners, Ducks Unlimited received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant in December, 2009. The grant will help protect, restore and enhance over 865 acres of critical wetland and upland habitat on public and private lands throughout the northern portion of Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region. All tracts restored, enhanced or protected under this grant will remain open to public assess.

Ducks Unlimited mourns death of World Champion Duck Caller

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 22, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is sad to acknowledge the death of Bernie Boyle of Danville, Iowa. Boyle was a two-time World Champion Duck Caller and winner of the 2005 Champion of Champions Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Boyle owned Mallard Mauler Duck Calls and was a member of the Drake Waterfowl Elite Team.

DU, Iowa DNR celebrate the Diamond Lake project

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Sept. 16, 2009 - Diamond Lake is returning to its former glory thanks to renovations conducted and supported by conservation partners in Iowa including area residents, Ducks Unlimited and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Located in Dickinson County, Diamond Lake is a 166-acre shallow lake in the heart of Iowa’s Great Lakes Region. Restoration activities included installing a new water control structure, outlet pipe and protective fish barrier.

DU presents innovation award to Des Moines firm

Ducks Unlimited staff recently had the chance to present a national DU award to the Des Moines legal and public affairs firm Brown Winick to honor their pro-bono work for conservation. Brown Winick, along with Ducks Unlimited volunteers and staff, won one of only four Wings of Innovation awards for government relations work in support of Iowa's initiative for sustainable natural resources funding.

SD Goebel Ranch nesting research crew studies nearly 1200 nests

The duck nest research at Goebel Ranch in South Dakota is winding down and we’re looking forward to a busy season of duck banding that will begin next week. Wetland conditions are good at Goebel, with lots of brood water and plenty of broods occupying the wetlands. This is quite a refreshing change after 7 years of dry conditions in the area. There still are a hand full of birds sitting on nests, in fact we just flushed a pintail off her nest just yesterday – these late setters better hope for a late winter if they want their offspring to make the flight south!!

DU commends Congressional leadership for efforts to protect grassland

BISMARCK, N.D., July 23, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited commends House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Collin Peterson and Tom Harkin for their leadership to remove incentives from farm policy that encourage destruction of native grasslands. DU says this is a positive step to ensure grass remains on the landscape not only for waterfowl but also for ranching and combating global climate change.

Iowa Web site revisions underway

As you review the Iowa DU Web site, you should begin to notice some changes. These changes are intended to ensure that the Iowa DU Web site is compliant with organizational guidelines, prominently displays our logo, provides current and accurate information and is responsive to our members and volunteers.

TEAM Iowa DU brings home awards

TEAM Iowa DU has adopted a “No Excuses” attitude about helping Ducks Unlimited achieve it’s vision of “Wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever.” The results of this commitment became apparent as TEAM Iowa DU was recognized recently at DU’s national convention for performance and innovation.

Iowa guardsman gives back to DU and.. gets back

It went from a unique gift to something wonderful for the gifter. Iowa Ducks Unlimited member Chris Sprott donated two flags flown in Iraq to raise money for DU at the Iowa state convention and his local chapter event. But the Iowa Air National Guard master sergeant from Woodward didn’t expect this act of generosity would inspire a group of DU volunteers to return the favor.

Young family increases commitment to the ducks

WATERLOO, Iowa, June 30, 2009 – The Young Family Foundation of Waterloo, Iowa, recently pledged $50,000 to help Ducks Unlimited complete the Zirbel Slough wetland enhancement project near Clear Lake. The Young family has been an ardent supporter of DU’s conservation efforts for over a decade and this recent contribution will help accelerate DU’s Living Lakes Initiative in Iowa.

Iowa marsh gets a makeover and improves downstream water quality

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa, June 22, 2009 – New structures and wetland management abilities will bring Jemmerson Slough Wildlife Management Area back to life. Ducks Unlimited and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have completed the second phase of a multi-phase project to enhance the degraded marsh and improve downstream water quality.

Senate makes next step toward protecting America’s waters

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2009 – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 12 to 7 today to advance an amended Clean Water Restoration Act to the full Senate. Ducks Unlimited says this is a positive move to protect wetlands for waterfowl and clean water for America.

Clean Water Action Center

Get involved with DU's efforts for Clean Water Restoration Act

New bill would restore protections for wetlands

WASHINGTON – April 2, 2009 – America’s wetlands would have their Clean Water Act protections restored under a new bill introduced today by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (Wisc.) and 23 co-sponsors. The Clean Water Restoration Act, which is supported by Ducks Unlimited and other conservation/sportsmen’s groups, would restore protection to more than 20 million acres of geographically isolated wetlands at risk of pollution and destruction under current guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

Follow DU's nesting success research

Early May finds pairs of mallards and pintails defending their breeding territories and prospecting for nest sites across the Coteau region of North and South Dakota. Meanwhile the first passes are being made with ATVs towing chains as our research staff begins collecting valuable information about how the nests of those ducks will fare in landscapes of differing habitat quality.

June 2009 Habitat Conditions in North-Central U. S.

Spring precipitation has been spotty across the Northern Great Plains and , though wetland conditions continue to be generally good to excellent across a large part of the region, the grasslands are in need of moisture to stimulate lush growth.

Iowa State chapter among DU's “Sweet 16”

As the collegiate world heads into “March Madness,” Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 college chapters throughout the U.S. These 16 college chapters were the top fundraisers among more than 70 college chapters.

Grassland conservation needed to combat birds’ climate change woes

BISMARCK, ND, March 2, 2009 – Grassland birds, whose populations are in a persistent decline, may be poorly positioned to adjust to a warming climate as a result of dwindling habitat. According to a recent analysis by Ducks Unlimited, the continued loss of grassland habitats could spell the same challenges for breeding waterfowl

Four Ducks Unlimited Chapters in Iowa Make Top 100

Four Iowa DU Chapters recognized nationally

DU Recognizes Iowa Conservation Award Recipients

Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 24, 2009 – At its annual Iowa State Convention on February 14, Ducks Unlimited recognized three conservation partners for their efforts to enhance and protect Iowa’s wetland and waterfowl resources. The 2009 conservation awards were presented to Partners of the Year Larry and Jean Braby, Professional of the Year Mark Gulick and Elected Official of the Year Late Senator Mary Lundby.

DU endorses sustainable funding legislation

DES MOINES, February 10, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited enthusiastically endorses the sustainable funding legislation currently gaining momentum during the 2009 Iowa legislative session. DU members and staff have been working with other individuals, groups and agencies for years planning this constitutional amendment to create a Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

Hunter Angler Summit scheduled for February 21

Rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court have left more than half of Iowa’s streams and more than 70 percent of Iowa’s prairie pothole wetlands vulnerable to losing Clean Water Act protections. Whether you are an angler who enjoys casting in your favorite stream or a hunter who counts on mallards and northern pintails, these decisions threaten the places you love.

Iowa Ducks Unlimited State Convention scheduled February 13-15

DES MOINES, Feb. 3, 2009 - The annual Iowa Ducks Unlimited State Convention will be held February 13-15, 2009 at the downtown Marriott in Des Moines. This three-day event will be filled with a variety of festivities including raffles, games, silent and live auctions, food, refreshments and a strong conservation message.

DU recognizes Bill and Wicker Van Orsdel for supporting the ducks

For the past 28 years Bill and Wicker Van Orsdel of Des Moines, Iowa, have been devoted members and long-time supporters of Ducks Unlimited. The Van Orsdels recently completed their Sponsor in Perpetuity pledge in support of DU’s habitat conservation mission. Bill is also a life member and supporter of Ducks Unlimited Canada.

DU and Corps of Engineers sign regional cooperation agreement

Memorandum of understanding will ensure future partnerships throughout Mississippi River Valley MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Nov. 25, 2008 - The Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) are cementing an enduring partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at 1:00 p.m. from Mud Island North boat ramp, Nov. 24, 2008.

Whoopers visit DU property in Nebraska

A pair of adult whooping cranes and a young bird recently visited Ducks Unlimited's Hinz property in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. DU property manager David Hoferer snapped a picture of the three on the 160 acre property in Kearney County, about four miles southwest of Minden.

Duck numbers at Goebel good, despite dry year

We wrapped up the banding season last week and had a pretty good year considering the very dry wetland conditions on DU's Goebel Ranch in South Dakota. Over the past five years we’ve averaged about 2,500 total ducks banded. This year we managed to band a little over 1,500, down 40 percent from the five-year average. The percent composition of bluewings this year compared to the five-year average at Goebel was a bit higher, (76 percent of total compared to 63 percent of total), however, percent composition of mallards was down appreciably from 20 percent over the 5-year average, to 8 percent this year.

OWEGO WILDLIFE AREA PROJECT CELEBRATES DU LEGACY GREENWINGS

Ducks Unlimited recently celebrated its more than 300 Legacy Greenwing members in Iowa by dedicating a Woodbury County wildlife area project in their honor. More than 50 Ducks Unlimited Greenwing youth joined members of the Woodbury County Conservation Board and DU volunteers and staff to place two cairns at the Owego Wildlife Area.

DU recognizes dedication of Iowa DNR biologist Bill Ohde

WAPELLO, Iowa, August 27, 2008 –Ducks Unlimited has named Bill Ohde its 2008 Iowa DU Professional of the Year for his outstanding dedication and commitment to waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Ohde serves as a wildlife management biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at the Odessa Wildlife Management Unit in southeast Iowa.

Ducks Unlimited Addresses Iowa Flooding

Long-term solutions best answer to extreme weather events MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 3, 2008 - In the weeks that follow a flooding event, authorities are providing immediate assistance to those suffering from the disaster, but they are also looking for answers to help provide residents with better protection in the future.

Habitat Conditions in North-Central U. S. – June 3, 2008

Spring precipitation in the form of snow and rain improved habitat conditions for waterfowl production in many areas of the Northern Great Plains.

Ducks Unlimited and the IOWA DNR partner for conservation license plate

AMES, Iowa, April 18, 2008 – Iowa Ducks Unlimited needs 500 applicants to initiate a license plate program dedicated to the ducks and other wildlife in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and DU have agreed to share the proceeds from the sale of DU license plates for habitat conservation in the state. The new plate design features the DU logo to the left of the identification numbers.

DU’s Living Lakes Initiative installs new pump station to benefit wildlife

TOLEDO, Iowa. Feb. 1, 2008 – After five years and close to a half a million dollars, Ducks Unlimited has completed work to enhance the wildlife habitat and aquatic ecology of the 3,600-acre Otter Creek Wildlife Area in southeastern Tama County.

Ducks Unlimited has new Iowa regional biologist

AMES, Iowa, Nov. 27, 2007 - Eric Lindstrom is Ducks Unlimited’s new regional biologist for Iowa. With funding from the McKnight Foundation, Lindstrom will be the first biologist to be physically stationed in Iowa. Living in Iowa will enable him to work more closely with DU’s dedicated partners and landowners to improve waterfowl habitat and water quality in the state’s large marshes and shallow lakes.

Waterfowl, water quality benefit from DU Sac County project

SAC CITY, Iowa. October 19, 2007 – Water quality in the North Raccoon River will improve when Ducks Unlimited and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources restore a new marsh in north central Sac County.

DU receives gifts of land; creates Coteau Ranch

Seeing is believing, and nothing compares with experiencing the Prairie Pothole Region firsthand. Whistling wings and courtship calls; sapphire wetlands nestled in a sea of endless grass. Now, thanks to the generosity of three donors, DU supporters and the public can revel in the sights and sounds of the prairie on Ducks Unlimited’s newest property.

Ducks Unlimited conservation heats up with “global warming” interest

“Global warming” is catching the attention of the public in a big way. Business people are striving to make their corporations “carbon neutral” as a way to appeal to customers

Foundations growing DU's Living Lakes

When the Living Lakes Initiative was launched three years ago, we knew additional staff would be needed to achieve such an ambitious landscape goal of conserving 400 shallow lakes and large marshes in 10 years.

IRA gifts – a tax-friendly way to help the ducks

Provisions in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 have provided a tax-friendly way of making major gifts to Ducks Unlimited. You have until December 31, 2007 to gift an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charities without paying income tax and capital gains on the funds.

DU and Pioneer Hi-Bred partner to expand wetland conservation in Iowa

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., waterfowl hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can look to find more wildlife on Living Lakes wetland projects being completed by Ducks Unlimited (DU) in Iowa. With this new financial assistance to Living Lakes, DU is pleased to partner with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. to expand and promote wetland conservation.

New outlet to benefit wildlife habitat at Dan Green Slough

SPENCER, Iowa. February 26, 2007 – After a year of collaboration, work is moving forward on efforts to enhance the wildlife habitat and improve the aquatic ecology of 490-acre Dan Green Slough in northeastern Clay County. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) are finalizing an outlet design that more closely approximates the historic run-out channel of the lake.

DU gears up for busy conservation project season in Iowa

IOWA, March 20, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) will have another busy upcoming conservation project season in Iowa. DU’s work in Iowa is part of the wetland conservation organization’s Living Lakes Initiative.

DU recognizes Tammi Kircher with conservation achievement award

DES MOINES, IA, Feb. 20, 2007 – At its annual Iowa state convention, Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognized Tammi Kircher with a conservation achievement award for her commitment to improve Iowa’s wetland and waterfowl resources.

2007 Print of the Year

Local Artist Wins 2007 Ducks Unlimited Print of the Year Iowa State Du Convention Des Moines, Iowa LeClaire – The Ducks Unlimited Print of the Year was awarded to a LeClaire man today. Kreig Jacque, a local wildlife artist who has painted professionally for five years, won the competition using an outdoor scene inspired by the Mississippi River.

Comments still welcome on sustainable funding for natural resources

Iowa, Nov. 10, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited’s representative on Iowa’s Sustainable Funding for Natural Resources Committee, Tammi Kircher, says Iowa citizens still have an opportunity to be heard on funding for natural resources. A series of meetings were held Thursday to gather comments on the process, and Kircher encourages those who couldn’t make it to the meeting to go to the committee’s website and register their opinions at http://www.iowadnr.com/sustainablefunding/index.html

Private duck clubs help pay for new pump on public land at Riverton Wildlife Area

RIVERTON, Iowa, Nov. 2, 2006 – Several Riverton private duck clubs helped pay for a new water control pump recently installed on the Jensen tract in the Riverton Wildlife Management Area. The newly developed 700-acre tract is open to hunting.

Ducks Unlimited impressed with habitat management at Lake Odessa

WAPELLO, Iowa, October, 11, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) officials came away from a recent visit to the 6,600 acre Lake Odessa Wildlife Area/Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge complex greatly impressed with the waterfowl habitat conditions being provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Bill Ohde, DNR wildlife biologist, gave several Ducks Unlimited conservation directors and managers a boat and auto tour of both the state-managed and federally managed wildlife units at Lake Odessa and the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks Unlimited Living Lakes projects nearing completion in North Central Iowa

Waterfowl hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to finding more wildlife on four large wetland projects being completed by Ducks Unlimited (DU) in Dickinson County, Iowa. Thanks to funds from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the McKnight Foundation and DU, wetland habitat will be significantly enhanced for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife at Jemmerson Slough, Sidel Marsh, Yaeger Slough and Diamond Lake.

New website up for sustainable natural resources funding group

A new website was established for the Sustainable Natural Resources Funding Advisory Committee. The new website can be accessed at http://www.iowadnr.com/sustainablefunding/index.html Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteer Tammi Kircher, Keokuk, was appointed to the committee by Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. The study committee began its work in August and is required to issue a final report by January 2007.

Kircher appointed by Governor Vilsack to natural resources funding advisory group

Ducks Unlimited volunteer Tammi Kircher, Keokuk, has been appointed to the Sustainable Natural Resources Funding Advisory Committee by Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. The study committee began work this week in Prairie City and is required to issue a final report by January 2007.

Iowa DU honors former DNR Director Wilson

Iowa Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently completed a very successful fundraising drive that allowed development of three habitat projects as a tribute to former Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Larry Wilson.

Iowa and Nebraska receive federal dollars to conserve wetlands

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners will restore floodplain wetland habitat in the Middle Missouri River Valley of Iowa and Nebraska, thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

DU and Iowa DNR sign $1 million agreement

A new cooperative agreement between the Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited (GPRO-DU) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will accelerate conservation work in Iowa.

Upper Mississippi River

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

Proposed Allocation Iowa

A chart displaying the proposed allocation for Iowa's Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund is given on this page.

Zirbel Slough Greenwing Legacy Project

Ducks Unlimited's Zirbel Slough Legacy Greenwing Project in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Jemmerson Slough Phase II

Slough Wildlife Management Area is 932 acres with 310 acres of wetland basins surrounded by restored native prairie. Once considered a healthy marsh interspersed with emergent vegetation and open water, this wetland complex has slowly deteriorated over time. High water levels and pervasive rough fish problems have diminished the water quality and aquatic plant community leading to reduced forage value for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species.

Iowa DU Conservation Contacts

Iowa Ducks Unlimited conservation contacts

Iowa DU State Chairman and Leadership

Contact information for Ducks Unlimited's state chairman and other leadership in Iowa

Iowa DU State Membership Committee

Iowa Ducks Unlimited State Membership Committee contacts

Iowa DU Major Donor Committee

Iowa DU Major Donor Committee members

Iowa DU State Convention Committee

Iowa DU State Convention Committee members

Iowa DU National Officers & Commitee Members

Iowa DU National Officers & Commitee Members

Iowa DU Regional Directors

Iowa DU Regional Directors

Iowa DU State Chairmen

Iowa Ducks Unlimited state chairmen

Iowa DU State Art Committee

Iowa Ducks Unlimited state art committee members

Northern Iowa DU District Chairmen

Northern Iowa Ducks Unlimited district chairmen

Eastern Iowa DU District Chairmen

Eastern Iowa Ducks Unlimited district chairmen

C/SW Iowa DU District Chairmen

Central Iowa Ducks Unlimited district chairmen

Iowa DU Print of The Year

Information for artists participating in the Iowa Print of the Year contest

DU's Living Lakes Initiative

DU's Living Lakes Initiative protects and manages shallow lake complexes in Iowa and Minnesota

Proof DU is Working for Iowa Hunters

Proof Ducks Unlimited is working for Iowa hunters

Iowa Waterfowl Band Return Map

Waterfowl band return maps for Iowa birds originating on the prairies

Volunteer Iowa

Volunteer with Ducks Unlimited in Iowa and support the future of waterfowl hunting

Iowa Greenwings


Iowa Greenwing Membership Form

Online printable Greenwing form

Iowa DU Major Donor Membership


Iowa DU State Contacts


Middle Missouri River Valley

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, April 26, 2006– Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners will restore floodplain wetland habitat in the Middle Missouri River Valley of Iowa and Nebraska, thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant. This grant is phase II of the Middle Missouri River Valley Project (MMRVP) to create larger complexes of managed wetland and grassland habitats that will provide “stepping stones” of habitat for migratory waterfowl in the spring and fall.

Mitchell County project

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has assisted in the acquisition of the 30-acre Burr Oak Wetland Area, along the Burr Oak Creek in Mitchell County, Iowa. DU contributed funds for the Mitchell County Conservation Board to purchase the land, The conservation board will own and manage the property.

Jensen Tract

Iowa Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently completed a very successful fundraising drive that allowed development of three habitat projects as a tribute to former Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Larry Wilson. Wilson, an appointee by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, completed a distinguished career with DNR that encompassed 21 years of service to the State of Iowa.

Iowa Conservation Projects

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