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2015 Kansas DU Weekly Calendar Winners

2015 Kansas DU Weekly Calendar Winners

Migration Alert: Kansas' Strong Mallard Numbers Dictated by Water Conditions

Kansas hunters can typically set their watches by a calendar migration of ducks and geese into the state near Halloween and Thanksgiving, and this year's first push of birds did arrive toward the end of October. But a cold front in early November sparked a migration well ahead of schedule – birds that are still providing quality opportunities for hunters.

Montana Ducks Unlimited Hosting Moose License Auction

HELENA, Mont. – Nov. 6, 2014 – Montana Ducks Unlimited is hosting the 2015 Shiras Moose License Auction. DU recently won the right to auction off the license for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP). The live auction will take place at the Helena DU banquet Friday, March 6. Phone bidding will be available.

DU Great Plains Region celebrating 30th anniversary

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 28, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region is celebrating its 30th anniversary at an open house on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brats, hot dogs and beverages will be served at the regional office at 2525 River Road, Bismarck. The event is open to the public.

Great Plains Region

The Great Plains Region, headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., was established in 1984 to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands in the United States Great Plains. Today, the GPR carries out conservation programs in seven states that include some of the most important nesting and migration habitat on the continent.

Casey Campbell joins DU engineering team in Nebraska

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – June 4, 2014 – Casey Campbell has joined the Great Plains Region staff in Nebraska as an engineer. Campbell will be a part of DU’s field office in Grand Island.

South Johnson County chapter recognized nationally

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – April 3, 2014 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2013, the South Johnson County chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Northwest Kansas chapter recognized nationally

GOODLAND, Kan. – April 3, 2014 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2013, the Northwest Kansas chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Wichita chapter recognized nationally

WICHITA, Kan. – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2013 the Wichita chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Swarming with Light Goose Hunting Opportunities

Sporadic reports of small flocks of light geese are trickling in from South Dakota, but a major surge in goose numbers in northwest Missouri and parts of Nebraska has hunters frantically rushing to the fields in these areas. Last week's polar vortex stalled the migration, but as the weather cleared and the winds shifted to the south, massive numbers of light geese moved north.

Mixed Bag: DU to Auction Exclusive Kansas Deer Permit

Online bidding will begin on March 2, 2014

Migration Alert: Cold Temperatures in Kansas Will Help Hunters Finish Strong

Temperatures are cooling off, and if you can find open water you can find some ducks. By Field Hudnall, DU-TV host.

Kansas has new Ducks Unlimited regional director

GARDNER, Kan., Jan. 7, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) has hired Chris Young as its newest Kansas regional director. The Kansas native will be working with DU volunteers in eastern Kansas to further DU’s conservation mission. Young takes over for Russ Hawley, who now works for DU in Texas.

New Great Plains director of conservation programs

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Jan. 7, 2014 – Mike George is now leading Ducks Unlimited’s conservation work in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming as director of conservation programs for those states. George is located in DU’s field office in Grand Island, Neb.

2014 Kansas DU Weekly Calendar Winners

2014 Winners

Migration Alert: Frigid Temps Change Waterfowl Behavior in Kansas

Ducks Unlimited Television co-host, Zac Pederson explains the hunting conditions in Kansas this week. Facing frigid temperatures, waterfowl have modified their feeding and resting behavior, making afternoon hunts the key to success.

2014 Kansas State Convention Registration

Here is the Registration form for the 2014 State Convention.Don't miss your chance to attend the 2014 State DU Convention, February 21-23, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 10100 College Blvd. in Overland Park!

Migration Alert: Winter Weather System Impacts Kansas Waterfowl Hunters

Dec. 11, 2013 - Central Flyway - Kansas

Carmen Miller is new Great Plains Region public policy director

BISMARCK, N.D. – Nov. 26, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited has chosen Carmen Miller as its new director of public policy for the Great Plains Region. In her new role, Miller will be working on federal and state policies that affect DU’s conservation work in the Great Plains. DU’s Great Plains Region is headquartered in Bismarck, and includes the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Ducks Unlimited and partners restoring Talmo Marsh

Ducks Unlimited is working to restore an historic Kansas marsh with the purchase of the Borchardt Tract. The 160-acre tract in northeast Kansas contains unique waterfowl habitat and is adjacent to the Talmo Marsh Wildlife Area, which is owned by the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT).

Migration Alert: Kansas Wildlife Area Has Best Waterfowl Habitat in Decades

Last year's drought limited waterfowling opportunities on the area, but this phenomenon allowed natural and planted vegetation to gain a foothold throughout the property. Late-summer rains pushed rain gauges to 10 inches the first week of August, creating superb waterfowl habitat conditions.

Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative

Providing innovative water solutions for ducks and people in the Southern Great Plains, one of America's most important waterfowl migration areas.

Jamestown NAWCA II Dedication Held

In March 2013, Ducks Unlimited and partners dedicated the Jamestown Wildlife Area Phase II project in Kansas, made possible through a North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant. Many partners, neighboring landowners, duck hunters and DU volunteers attended the event. DU will erect a cairn with a plaque honoring these partners and DU major sponsors who supported the project on the Buffalo Creek Marsh unit.

Migration Alert: Low water, limited food spreads birds thin

Dec. 14 - Central Flyway - Kansas: Most of Kansas is dry, just like much of the Central Flyway. But in this drought where can hunters find birds? The first place to look is in the north-central part of the state near Jamestown WMA.

Migration Alert: Snows, Whitefronts are winging it, but duck data differs

If Sandhill cranes were leading the charge south in the last couple of weeks, then specks and snows are hot on their tail in the eastern half of the Central Flyway.

Kansas DU License Plates

Show your support of Ducks Unlimited with pride by purchasing a Kansas DU License Plate!

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.

Kansas' Jamestown Wildlife Area Growing Strong

Ducks Unlimited and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks are in the final stages of completing Phase II of the Jamestown Wildlife Area Acquisition Project with funding provided in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant.

South Johnson County Chapter recognized nationally

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Original Wichita made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Wichita Chapter recognized nationally

WITCHITA, Kan. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Original Wichita made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts in 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

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.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 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.

Wildlife and Fisheries Chief Joe Kramer honored at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

GREAT BEND, Kan. - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's winner in the State/Provincial Agency category is Joe Kramer, chief of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Wildlife and Fisheries Division.

2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

ATLANTA - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta.

DU and Partners Enhance Wetlands at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

This year, with help from a $25,000 ConocoPhillips grant, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) embarked on a project to restore and enhance 760 acres of wetland habitat.

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.

Kansas: Jamestown Wildlife Area Enhancement

Jamestown Wildlife Area underwent an expansion during Phase I of this project thanks to the acquisition of more than 1,372 acres from willing landowners.

2012 Kansas Ducks Unlimited State Convention

State Convention will again be held in Hutchinson KS at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center. We will See YOU THERE!

Department of Interior Announces Four New Conservation Areas

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited both Capitol Hill and the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida last week to celebrate the establishment of four new conservation areas and wildlife refuges.

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.

2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 18, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 76th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Lafarge Kansas Plant Named 2010 Wings Over Wetlands Winner

Lafarge wins award for habitat conservation work being conducted at Kansas facility

2011 Kansas Ducks Unlimited State Convention

The Kansas Ducks Unlimited State Convention will be held In Hutchinson Kansas, February 17th-19th at the Ramada Convention Center We will see you there!

Chapter Spotlight: Kiowa County Chapter

The first Kiowa County DU dinner was one for the books. After a tornado rated EF5 ripped through the Kansas town in 2007, the community rallied together to rebuild the town and support DU, setting the new state record for best first-time event.

Migration Update: Dec. 25, 2010 - Kansas

Despite bitter cold temperatures, Tom Bidrowski, a migratory game bird biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, reports that his state is still holding plenty of mallards.

Statewide Raffle Winner

Congrats to Josh Wallace, Pratt, KS winner of this years Statewide Raffle Package

Statewide Sponsor Gun Drawing

Congrats to Statewide Sponsor Drawing Winner Ed Middleton

Jamestown Wildlife Area Dedicated

JAMESTOWN, Kan. September 25, 2009 - Partners gathered on last Saturday for a dedication and greenwing event on the Jamestown Wildlife Area. One of 12 expansive wetlands deeded by the U.S. Congress to the State of Kansas in 1859, Jamestown WA was once a waterfowl migration cornerstone made of fresh and saltwater marshes, riparian areas, and native grasslands of the Lower Republican River Basin.

Statewide Raffle Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Statewide Raffle Award Winners!

Statewide Sponsor Gun Drawing Announcement

Announcement of the 2008 Statewide Sponsor Gun Raffle Drawing

09 Kansas State Convention Plans Announced

What are you waiting on? Come help us Celebrate!!!!!

Fall 2008/Spring 2009 Statewide Raffle Announced

The Kansas Ducks Unlimited Statewide Raffle will be better than ever in Fall of 2008 and Spring of 2009.

Statewide Raffle Trip Awarded

Shawnee Mission Banquet Attendee wins Statewide Raffle Trip

Bass Pro Announces February as Ducks Unlimited Month

Bass Pro Shops announces that the month of February is Ducks Unlimited Month at its stores all across the nation.

2008 Kansas State Convention Plans Announced

2008 Kansas State Convention Plans Announced

Kansas DU congratulates Brady Stoppel on 2nd World Championship

Brady Stoppel won his 2nd World Championship recently in Stuttgart at the World Championship Duck Calling Contest.

Ducks Unlimited awarded grant to restore wetlands on Jamestown Wildlife Area

Jamestown Wildlife Area receives NAWCA grant.

Ducks Unlimited plays vital role in wildlife maintenance

Those who enjoy the McPherson Valley Wetlands do so largely to the efforts of Ducks Unlimited. Arguably America's top conservation group, the organization is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

Critical waterfowl migration habitat restored in Kansas

MCPHERSON, Kan., September 12, 2007 – Nearly 5,000 acres of restored wetlands and uplands will provide migration habitat for waterfowl in McPherson County, Kansas. Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and other partners have ensured protection and management of this area as wildlife habitat.

DU, Kansas Congressional Leaders Support Public Hunting Bill

DU, Kansas Congressional Leaders Support Public Hunting Bill

2007 Kansas State Convention Dates Set

2007 Kansas State Convention Dates Set

Ducks Unlimited praises Congress for reviewing Great Plains grassland losses - KS

Ducks Unlimited praises Congress for reviewing Great Plains grassland losses

South Johnson County Holds Record Breaking Event

South Johnson County Holds Record Breaking Event

Kansas Wildlife Federation Honors Ducks Unlimited

MANHATTAN, Kan., Feb. 26, 2007 – The Kansas Wildlife Federation (KWF) recognized Ducks Unlimited (DU) as the 2006 Conservation Organization of the Year. Throughout 2006, DU was involved in three major wetland projects and this award honored those accomplishments.

Winter Wheat delivers the green on Canada’s Prairies - KS

Winter Wheat delivers the green on Canada’s Prairies

Kansas DU Holds First Ever Team Roping Competition

Kansas DU Holds First Ever Team Roping Competition

DU & conservation partners protect critical block of South Dakota breeding grounds - KS

DU & conservation partners protect critical block of South Dakota breeding grounds

KANSAS RECEIVES HONOR AT DUCKS UNLIMITED NATIONAL CONVENTION

KANSAS RECEIVES HONOR AT DUCKS UNLIMITED NATIONAL CONVENTION

Kansas' Allen Awarded RD of the Year

Kansas' Allen Awarded RD of the Year

DU and Partners Granted NAWCA Funds for Wetland Restoration in Kansas

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners have been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve 1,397 acres on and around the Jamestown Wildlife Area in Cloud County, Kan. More than $2 million in partner funds will be matched with nearly $1 million in NAWCA grant funds to support wetland restoration, enhancement and acquisition activities.

Upper Mississippi River

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

Southern Great Plains

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

Leavenworth Chapter

The Leavenworth DU chapter is a unique chapter in that the committee consists of Armed Forces members, retirees and base employees from Fort Leavenworth. Pulling their military experience and backgrounds together for recruitment, event organization and committee camaraderie, the chapter became Kansas Chapter of the Year in 2008 and is hosting a number of events this year.

Johnson County Chapter

After putting on the largest conservation fundraising event ever held in their county last October, the Johnston County DU chapter is more than qualified to be this month's spotlight chapter.

Independence, Kansas, Chapter

"The Independence Chapter has committed itself to focusing on underwriting along with pushing hard for sponsors," said Barry Allen, DU regional director for Southern Kansas. "This continued push and focus is what drives this chapter and what sets the example for many others."

South Central Kansas Chapter

South Central Kansas Chapter committee members have led by example, pulling together to host six events in 2007, earning them the 2007 Presidential Citation award.

Where Kansas's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Kansas waterfowl hunters. The vast majority of Kansas’ annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

Kansas Conservation Projects

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

Cimarron National Grasslands

To enhance 30 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Cimarron National Grasslands in southwest Kansas through installation of a water control structure and construction of earthen levee. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl along the South Fork Cimarron River, primarily benefiting mallards, pintails, gadwall, green-winged teal, shovelers, and American wigeon.

Quivira NWR - Wetland Development and Management

To enhance 150 acres of wetlands habitat on Quivira NWR. The George Stumps Wildlife Trust was instrumental in providing funds for this project through Ducks Unlimited. These funds were used to enhance 150 acres of wetland units by re-contouring the areas to be more water efficient. The funding provided fuel, construction materials, erosion protection, and vegetative stock to meet the needs of migrating waterfowl.

Wild Turkey Playa - Habitat Protection

To protect 157 acres of playa wetlands habitat through fee title acquisition. Fifty acres of the 157-acre area are seasonal wetlands. The remainder is upland farmland. Most of the farmland is being replanted to native grass, and the remainder is planted to cereal grains to supply food for wildlife. Tree and shrub plantings supply woody cover.

Jamestown Wildlife Area

Improve wetlands and adjacent upland areas to promote growth of seed producing wetland plants and native grasses preferred by waterfowl. Goals are to improve watershed hydrology and restore stream flow to Marsh Creek and subsequently to the Republican River. This will ensure sufficient water is available to meet the demands of the municipal area, agriculture irrigation and wildlife and fish populations.

McPherson Valley Wildlife Area

To restore historic wetlands along the McPherson Valley stretching from the northwest side of the town of McPherson to Inman. The project will be accomplished by acquiring land from willing sellers and subsequently restoring hydrology to reflect the vast wetland system of the past. Pump stations will be installed to assure fall flooding.

Marais Des Cygnes Wildlife Area Unit B Restoration

To restore wetland plant communities and management capabilities of the primary sanctuary within the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area. The project will be accomplished by constructing a cross levee bisecting a remnant lake bed known as Unit B. Precision on water level control will be enhanced by replacing old structures.
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