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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 Recently, however, large areas of the marsh have been replaced by open water, degrading habitat quality for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.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 Contacts


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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Local Chapter Web Site Links


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.

Welcome to Maryland Ducks Unlimited


Two Ducks Unlimited members nominated for conservation awards

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

8th Annual CBEC - Auction Event


AFWA legislative director to lead DU Governmental Affairs Office

WASHINGTON - May 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today that Gary Taylor, current legislative director for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), will be joining the organization as DU's new director of governmental affairs in Washington, D.C., beginning in June.

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.

Renowned decoy carver joins DU's 75th anniversary celebration at Memphis headquarters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb. 2, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited will welcome renowned decoy carver Charles Jobes to its national headquarters in Memphis as part of the Wolf River chapter's annual sponsor dinner and 75th anniversary celebration on Friday, Feb. 10.

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


National Fishing & Hunting Day


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.

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.

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

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.

Ducks Unlimited marks 2010 Federal Duck Stamp "First Day of Sale"

DU encourages members, supporters to get their stamps, support wildlife refuges MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 25, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is excited for the Federal Duck Stamp "First Day of Sale" on Friday, June 25. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Bass Pro Shops, will hold the unveiling ceremony at the Arundel Mills Mall Bass Pro Shops located in Hanover, Md.

Ducks reach out to Whooping Cranes

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - December 2, 2008 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently began work on a six-acre habitat restoration project to benefit the endangered whooping crane at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md. The refuge is home to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s whooping crane rearing facility, where the endangered birds mate and produce offspring every year and then take part in a staged fall migration south to their native wintering grounds in southern Florida.

Blackwater Refuge Project Underway

Annapolis, MD December 2, 2008 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) has broken ground on an important project to rehabilitate and expand Wetland Pool number 1 at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to generous support from Maryland DNR, the Easton Waterfowl Festival, and the Friends of Blackwater, DU was able to survey, design, and coordinate this 50-acre project in one of Maryland’s most important areas for waterfowl and shorebirds.

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.

DU meets with Congressional leadership and Administration officials to discuss conservation

WASHINGTON – February 13, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice President Don Young was joined by other wildlife conservation organizations today to deliver a strong message on behalf of sportsmen and habitat: protect and expand habitat conservation and opportunities for sportsmen.

Ducks Unlimited’s Black Duck Research Initiative brought to life on Web

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 8, 2008 – If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you.

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.

Chesapeake Bay home to first Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program acre

Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency celebrated the enrollment of the one millionth acre in the popular Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) on Jan. 17. Ducks Unlimited has been a part of many of the acres of restoration work put on the ground through CREP. The first CREP acre was enrolled in the Chesapeake Bay area, one of DU’s highest priorities in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region.

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.

Ducks Unlimited names Donald Webster, MD Volunteer Conservationist of the Year

Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteer Donald Webster was honored as Maryland Volunteer Conservationist of the Year on March 3, during DU’s annual state convention in Queenstown.. Each year the award is presented by the DU Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office to recognize and show appreciation for exceptional conservation and fundraising efforts on the part of a Maryland volunteer.

U.S. Army and Ducks Unlimited Celebrate World Wetlands Day Together

The Department of the Army will join Ducks Unlimited on Friday, February 2, 2007, to celebrate World Wetlands Day. The open house event will be held at the Ducks Unlimited Mid-Atlantic field office in Annapolis, Maryland from 2pm-6pm. The media are encouraged to attend.

Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area: Providing Food for Ducks Through Habitat Conservation

Fishing Bay is the largest parcel of publicly owned tidal wetlands in Maryland, as well as the state's largest wildlife management area (WMA). The coastal salt marsh is the predominant estuarine wetland type in the Chesapeake Bay, and it serves as one of the most biologically significant and productive ecosystems in the Mid-Atlantic region. Waterfowl commonly seen at Fishing Bay include mallards, American black ducks, green-winged teals, gadwalls, Northern pintails, greater and lesser scaups, and Canada geese. Many species of shorebirds can be seen or heard, including the secretive black rail.

Ducks Unlimited Promotes “Farm the Best, Conserve the Rest,” to Assist Chesapeake Bay Landowners

Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a generous gift from the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment. The foundation “promotes action to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Coastal Bays, and the West Coast.”

Court Says States can Control Mute Swans

ANNAPOLIS, Md., December 19, 2006 — Waterfowl and wetland habitat conservation achieved a major victory recently when the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited (DU), Safari Club International (SCI), and the state of Maryland’s ability to manage mute swans.

Maryland Ducks Unlimited Hosts Annual State Convention

Maryland Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) state convention will be held on February 4, 2006.

Jonas Davis to Lead DU Conservation Work in Maryland

Before joining Ducks Unlimited (DU) as a biologist, Jonas Davis worked extensively with waterfowl and their habitats throughout the U. S. Jonas worked on habitat-use and food resource studies for brant staging on Humboldt Bay, California and black ducks wintering along the eastern shore of Maryland.

Maryland Volunteer Cliff Brown Deemed Conservationist of the Year

On February 23, during a Ducks Unlimited annual event in Hanover, MD, Ducks Unlimited volunteer, Cliff Brown was honored as Maryland Conservationist of the Year.

Ducks Unlimited is Doing its Part to Restore Wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay

“To conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats,”…This is part of the Ducks Unlimited (DU) mission statement and exactly what the organization has been doing in the Chesapeake Bay area.

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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