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Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists

Among the most unforgettable moments of Ducks Unlimited's 77th annual convention this spring was a surprise Diamond Legacy Sponsor commitment to DU's youth and education programs by Susan "Susie" Konkel. DU Chairman of the Board John Newman and Youth and Education Committee Chairman Ronal Roberson welcomed Susie onstage during Saturday's business session to announce the gift.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Maine and Atlantic Canada Survey Area Completed

Overall, conditions across the survey area were good for breeding waterfowl, despite the late start to spring. With some more seasonal temperatures and drier conditions during the primary brood rearing period, the outlook could improve further.

Ducks Unlimited Supports Professional Wildlife Management

February 6, 2014 - Ducks Unlimited supports professional wildlife management practices as interpreted through the North American Model of Wildlife Management.

Grant Brees: Turning a Lifelong Love of the Land into an Everlasting Gift

Grant Brees of Benedicta, Maine, is a Feather Society planned gift member and was the first person in his state to set up a conservation easement with Ducks Unlimited on his property. He holds a Life Estate Reserve with DU, which allows Grant lifetime use of his farm and a charitable tax deduction. At Grant's passing, DU will receive his property. Grant's story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

Maine native elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 16, 2013 – James Konkel, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

Migration Alert: Warm, Wet Weather Spreads Ducks Thin

Record highs and wet weather across much of the East Coast has made for poor duck hunting north and south. With little cold weather in sight, it could be a challenging week for Atlantic flyway hunters.

DU volunteers discuss conservation with Sen. Collins

Bangor Ducks Unlimited Chapter Chairman David Poll and DU Regional Biologist Kurt Anderson met with Sen. Susan Collins (ME) via video conference in November to discuss the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), Farm Bill and Sportsmen’s Act of 2012.

Pine Tree State Chapter recognized nationally

DIXFIELD, Maine – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Pine Tree State chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Maine: Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

Moosehorn NWR is the easternmost national wildlife refuge in the Atlantic Flyway.

Ducks Unlimited names new GLARO director

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nov. 2, 2010 - Rebecca Humphries, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, has accepted the position of director of the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office for Ducks Unlimited.

Lost and found: Buckingham's beloved "Bo Whoop" sells for $175,000

FAIRFIELD, Maine - March 17, 2010 - Long considered a treasure lost forever, "Bo Whoop," the 12-gauge HE Grade Super Fox shotgun once owned by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham, was purchased for $175,000 during a March 15 auction in Fairfield, Maine.

Canadian & U.S. AHL All Stars face off in DU-sponsored skills competition

Through the generous support and efforts of Jim Konkel, DU major gifts chairman for Maine, Ducks Unlimited was able to sponsor the 2010 AHL All-Star Ducks Unlimited Skills Competition on Jan. 18.

Drinking Water for 452,000 in Maine at Risk

Congress Must Restore Clean Water Act Protections October 6, 2009 -- Analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that drinking water supplies for at least 452,000 Maine residents are at risk of contamination from industrial pollution – and federal agencies like EPA may not have authority to stop it.


Donations from Portland and around the country add up to more wetlands PORTLAND, Maine, Aug. 10, 2009 – A local Budweiser distributor is adding to the success of a major national campaign for conservation. National Distributors, Inc. made a $1,000 donation to the conservation organization Ducks Unlimited (DU). As part of their ongoing efforts to protect the environment and the world around us, Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch will match this donation and others like it around the country to contribute up to $2 million in support of DU’s “Wetlands for Tomorrow” campaign.

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration

If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you. This month, Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office unveiled an updated version of its Black Duck Research Initiative Web site, including an all-new interactive mapping tool allowing users to “Follow the Ducks” using satellite and VHF radio tracking technology.

President’s Budget proposal mixed on waterfowl programs

FY’09 request maintains some programs, cuts others--including Bush priorities WASHINGTON, February 4, 2008 – Conservation programs that benefit waterfowl receive mixed support in the 2009 budget proposal, released today by the Bush administration.

Ducks Unlimited commemorates millionth acre of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Joins Secretary of Agriculture in marking the conservation milestone WASHINGTON – January 17, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited and the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency celebrated the enrollment of the one millionth acre into the popular Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) today.

DU says CRP losses astounding

National trend for habitat loss concerning BISMARCK, ND, January 4, 2008 – The conservation organization Ducks Unlimited says it’s as if someone plowed up a three-mile swath of wildlife habitat across North Dakota, from its southern border to Canada.

Northeastern U.S. Forests

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northeastern U.S. Forests priority area

North Atlantic / New England Coast

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the North Atlantic / New England Coast priority area.

Where Maine's Ducks Come From

The North Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes Region and Prairie Pothole Region which includes Maine are important to New England waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of the Mallards harvested in New England each year are produced on local habitat and in areas around the Great Lakes.

Maine Conservation Projects

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

Patte Marsh-White Mountain National Forest

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the US Forest Service finished their second cooperative project on the White Mountain National Forest in the fall of 2002. After a one year delay in construction, the US Forests Service completed the restoration of an old stone and masonry dam built in the 1800’s on a 45 acre impoundment, known as Patte Marsh.

Howard Mill Marsh Restoration, Moosehorn NWR

One of DU's first engineering projects was completed on the Moosehorn NWR, located in Downeast Maine, close to the town of Calais. The refuge was established in 1937 for the protection and management of habitats important to migratory waterfowl, especially black ducks. It is also important to other wildlife such as woodcock, where much research has been conducted on their life habits.

Seavey Landing, Scarborough, ME

The majority of Scarborough Marsh, Maine’s largest saltwater marsh complex, has been negatively impacted by man-made ditches, which have drained the marsh, lowering the natural water table and reducing the number of permanent pools on the high marsh. In spring 2002, the re-creation of 46 acres of open water habitat by modifying existing ditches and re-creating pools was completed.

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