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Capitol Hill Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 Capitol Hill chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

St. Mary’s County Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – 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 St. Mary’s County chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Dorchester County Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – April 8, 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 Dorchester County chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

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Welcome to Charles County Ducks Unlimited


Welcome to Cecil Co. Ducks Unlimited


Migration Alert: Chesapeake Bay Hunters Optimistic as Temps Drop

Chesapeake Bay duck hunters faced their share of challenges in the final weeks of 2014, but the arrival of bitter cold weather this week has many waterfowlers optimistic about their prospects in the days ahead.

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Migration Alert: Geese Increasing Steadily on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Even in an average year, Maryland's Eastern Shore offers some of the nation's best goose hunting. However, timely arrivals of Canada geese indicate this season could be exceptional.

Tribute to Dick Silk


DU Receives Grant to Restore Chesapeake Bay Area Wetlands

Last November, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) awarded Ducks Unlimited a $610,000 grant to restore 75 acres of wetlands in Maryland's Choptank River watershed. This grant was awarded to DU through the Maryland DNR's Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, which is dedicated to reducing nonpoint-source pollution in Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Wetland Project Benefits Chesapeake Bay

The 13,000-acre Deal Island Wildlife Management Area in Somerset County, Maryland, encompasses tidal marshes, forested wetlands, and a nearly 2,800-acre brackish impoundment. Historically, this impoundment was composed mostly of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and emergent marsh. Recently, however, large areas of the marsh have been replaced by open water, degrading habitat quality for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.

Maryland Ducks Unlimited State Volunteer Leadership


Migration Alert: DUTV Crew Reports From Maryland

DUTV host, Field Hudnall provides information on weather conditions along Maryland's Eastern Shore. Frigid temperatures have waterfowl on the move and late-season hunting may improve as temperatures begin to increase.

Migration Alert: Arctic Blast Sends Massive Push of Geese to Maryland's Eastern Shore

Waterfowl are on the move in the Atlantic Flyway, following an Arctic blast that has brought bitter cold temperatures to much of the region.

DU TV host wins World Championship Goose Calling Contest

Ducks Unlimited TV host Field Hudnall has again been recognized as one of the top goose callers in the world. Hudnall out-called 33 other contestants at the World Championship Goose Calling Contest last weekend in Easton, Maryland. This is Hudnall's second title - he also won in 2004.

DU Participates in Chesapeake Bay Partnership Meeting

Ducks Unlimited recently participated in a Chesapeake Bay partnership meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to discuss funding opportunities through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Wetlands Enhanced on Deal Island Wildlife Management Area

Ducks Unlimited and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Waterfowlers Association, Agri-Drain Corporation, and other partners are working to enhance wetland habitat on Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Ducks Unlimited honors Maryland staff member, volunteer leader

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Sept. 3, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Regional Director Josh Voelker a 2012-13 Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 6, an area that encompasses the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

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Welcome to Cecil Co. Ducks Unlimited


Maryland's Middle Chester River Partnership Moving Forward

Last year, Ducks Unlimited partnered with several governmental, educational, and private organizations to form the Middle Chester River Partnership (MCRP). The goal of the MCRP is to restore the Middle Chester River Watershed in Kent County, Maryland, by implementing a long-term plan to address various factors contributing to the degradation of the watershed.

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.

Habitat impacts from Hurricane Sandy difficult to assess

The East Coast is still struggling to get basic services back in place after Hurricane Sandy battered coastal communities and affected millions of residents, but, with the help of conservation partners, Ducks Unlimited is beginning to assess the long-term impact the storm will have on waterfowl habitat.

Two Ducks Unlimited members nominated for conservation awards

Thirty-three year DU member Eddie Bridges was announced Field & Stream's 2012 Hero of Conservation.

Greater Baltimore Chapter recognized nationally

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

Charles County Chapter recognized nationally

LA PLATA, Md. – 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 Charles County Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

St. Mary's County chapter recognized nationally

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – 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. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the St. Mary's County Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Annapolis chapter recognized nationally

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – 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. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the Annapolis Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

DU, Partners to Restore Chester River Watershed

DU has partnered with the Kent County government, Chester River Association, Natural Resources Conservation Service Kent County Soil and Water Conservation District, University of Maryland, Maryland Department of Agriculture and Washington College to form the Middle Chester River Partnership.

Maryland: Hail Cove

DU and its partners have impacted more than 200 acres of wetlands and other critical habitat inside Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge as part of the Hail Cove project and other related conservation work.

Restoration projects in Maryland good news for ducks in the Chesapeake Bay

Restoration projects in Dorchester and St. Mary's Counties in Maryland will help improve water quality in the Bay watershed while also providing critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Maryland Ducks Unlimited Contacts


Delaware native named to DU Board of Directors

During its annual convention held recently in Quebec City, Ducks Unlimited Inc. elected William "Bill" D'Alonzo, of Wilmington, Del., to its national board of directors.

Floodplain Wetlands Restored in Delaware

The Nanticoke River in Delaware and Maryland is a major tributary of Chesapeake Bay. The Nanticoke watershed, which encompasses approximately 800 square miles, supports many unique biological communities, including many rare and endangered species, and is vital to migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Nanticoke River Watershed Restoration Plan


Welcome to Harford County Ducks Unlimited


Constellation Energy Names Ducks Unlimited Signature Partner, Supports Local Conservation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Jan. 13, 2011 – Constellation Energy recently recognized Ducks Unlimited as a Signature Partner. The relationship includes a $30,000 grant for conservation efforts at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md.

Migration Update: Atlantic Flyway - Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic States

Bitter cold winter weather currently gripping the Atlantic Flyway has had a major impact on waterfowl movements in recent weeks. These conditions are what sea duck and diver hunters in northeastern states dream of, while waterfowlers in the Mid-Atlantic and south Atlantic states are enjoying recent influxes of waterfowl, especially dabbling ducks.

Hail the Champions

Hughes, Allen, Rickman capture calling titles

Hail Cove Living Shoreline Project

In 2009 Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Waterfowl Festival and numerous other partners joined together to restore this shoreline in order to protect the SAV beds.

Upper Mississippi River

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

Mid-Atlantic Coast

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Mid-Atlantic Coast priority area.

Where Maryland's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region, Great Lakes Region and St. Lawrence Plain are critical to Maryland waterfowl hunters. A significant amount of the mallards harvested in Maryland each year are produced in the St. Lawrence Plain and Great Lakes Region.

Upper Choptank Project

The eastern shore of Maryland is a vitally important migration corridor for the wintering and migrating waterfowl of North America. Ducks travel from as far as western Alaska to utilize the resources available on the Delmarva and Chesapeake Bay. The loss of freshwater wetland habitat along coastal areas of the Bay has mirrored the 70-80 percent historic decline in wintering and migrating waterfowl to the Mid-Atlantic.

Restoring wetlands in western Maryland

On a small farm just outside New Windsor, in Carroll County, a local farmer had a wet, marginal field that his livestock would travel through to get to an adjacent pasture. During rain events, the area, which naturally drained toward Little Pipe Creek, would become saturated and muddy, making it difficult for livestock to travel to adjacent pasture.

Using science and mapping

While Maryland is not one of the largest states in the United States, it offers a diversity of habitats from the mountainous, forested regions in western Maryland to the flat coastal salt marsh of the lower eastern shore. Within each region, there are multiple opposing challenges and issues that must be addressed in order to improve habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife species.

Fishing Bay WMA

The coastal salt marsh is the predominant estuarine wetland type in the Chesapeake Bay and serves as one of the most biologically significant and productive ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic region. Fishing Bay is the largest parcel of publicly owned tidal wetlands in Maryland, as well as the state’s largest wildlife management area.

Potomac Priority Area

The Potomac River watershed includes Washington, D.C., and counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. It drains more than 15,000 square miles, contributes 20% of the freshwater to the Chesapeake Bay, and is the second largest contributor of nutrients from agricultural runoff.

Maryland Conservation Projects

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

Catoctin Creek Project- Potomac Watershed, MD

A series or moist-soil impoundments and potholes totaling 8 acres were completed during the summer of 2005. Prior to wetland construction, the area was composed of poorly drained agricultural fields and marginal pasture. The new wetland complex now captures that run-off thus providing many water quality benefits to the Potomac and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

Trent Hall Farm - Pautuxent River Watershed

Trent Hall Farm is located on a unique peninsula along the Pautuxent River in St. Mary's County, Maryland.Trent Hall Farm is permanently protected through a conservation easement.

Coastal Wetland Restoration Project - Delmarva Pen

Ducks Unlimited in Partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, and the United State Fish and Wildlife Service was recently awarded $100,000 to restore 400 acres of coastal salt marsh habitat in Dorchester County Maryland. There are numerous challenges currently facing coastal wetlands habitats in the Bay.
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