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Breeding Grounds Surveys: Wrapping up the Maine and Atlantic Crew Area

After frequent weather or equipment-related delays, we arrived in Labrador on the first of June to be greeted by a short window of forecasted favorable weather. We made the most of it, flying several long days in a row to finish off our survey area and ferry part way home prior to rain, snow, and ice shutting things down again in Labrador.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Finally to Newfoundland...

On May 15 we finished Nova Scotia and returned to Bangor, ME, for a required inspection on N769. We were down 5 days, and every day was beautiful flying weather. Naturally, the weather began to deteriorate on Thursday, May 21—the day we left to return to Canada and resume the survey.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: A Tale of Two Seasons...

Back in March, looking out the window of our Maine farmhouse at 8-foot snow piles in the dooryard and 4-foot ice pack on local lakes, I would have bet good money that in May we’d be worried about flooding and enjoying a prolonged mud and productive black fly season. I’m glad I’m not a betting man because nothing could be further from the truth.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Maine and Atlantic Canada Crew Contemplates Survey Start

A slow spring warm-up led to a fortuitous, gradual thaw across the area. While aggravating to sun- and warmth-starved souls up here, it meant that ice damming and flooding were kept to a minimum despite the ice and snow pack. Waterfowl arrived right on schedule in April, only to congregate in available open inland water and in coastal areas to wait on ice out.

Pine Tree State Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

PORTLAND, Maine – April 9, 2015 – 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 2014, the Pine Tree State chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

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.

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.

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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