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Migration Alert: Michigan Hunting Slow; Cold Front Offers Hope

A strong cold front is expected to blow across Michigan late this week with brisk northwesterly winds and temperatures dropping into the 20s.

Ducks Unlimited license plate available for purchase

LANSING, Mich. – Sept 22, 2014 – From Ishpeming to Temperance, Bad Ax to Manistee; the Ducks Unlimited fundraising license plate is available now at Michigan Secretary of State Offices. Proceeds from the sale will support conservation and outreach activities highlighting the importance of wetlands in the state.

Michigan governor celebrates successful conservation project

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined Ducks Unlimited and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to celebrate the completion of projects at the Maple River State Game Area.

Michigan House Passes Pro-Hunting Legislation

LANSING, Mich. -August 27, 2014- Thanks to the efforts of many, including members of Ducks Unlimited, the Michigan legislature passed the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Details on the bi-partisan vote are available here.

2013 State Chairman Volunteer Awards


NAWCA Grant Secured for Michigan Conservation Work

The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council (UPRC&D), working in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve important unprotected coastal habitats in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The grant will also help improve management capabilities on two of the region's most productive wetland complexes.

Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management and the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

Keeping Wildlife Management in Michigan Professional, By Steve Wyckoff and Aaron Morehead

Duck Stamp Event Saturday, June 28

TOLEDO, Ohio – June 25, 2014 –Ducks Unlimited (DU) encourages everyone who enjoys migratory birds to attend the "second day of sale" event in Rossford, Ohio on Saturday, June 28.

Michigan DU License Plate Delayed

June 2, 2014 - The Ducks Unlimited license plate, planned to be available on June 1st, 2014 has been delayed. The State of Michigan anticipates that the plate will be available in mid-September, 2014. As new information becomes available this site will be updated.

DU recognizes Rep. Dingell’s lifelong commitment to conservation

Ducks Unlimited members gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to honor Rep. John Dingell (MI), the longest-serving member of Congress. During his nearly 60 years in office, Dingell has been an avid champion of conservation.

EUP Ducks Unlimited 2014 Regional Raffle


$1M NAWCA grant awarded for UP conservation

MARQUETTE, Mich. – April 16, 2014 – The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council (UPRCD), working in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited (DU), was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for work protecting habitat gaps in an otherwise well protected landscape. The grant will also fund work related to specific management limitations at two of the most productive and intensively managed wetland complexes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Protecting Grand River Wetlands – Koster Tract Acquisition

The river systems that form the southeast Lake Michigan watershed and their associated wetland complexes create a landscape that is vitally important to producing mallards and fueling spring-migrating waterfowl in Michigan.

DU Joins Manistee River State Game Area Project

Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to restore and enhance a portion of the Manistee River State Game Area near the town of Manistee in northern Michigan.

State Convention Report


farm bill in Michigan

ANN ARBOR – Jan. 28, 2014 – After months of intense negotiations, the farm bill conference committee released their report today on the 2014 Farm Bill. The bill now heads to the House and Senate for confirmation, and Ducks Unlimited is encouraged by the report and supportive of its passage in both houses

Michigan Congressional Wild Game Dinner

Ducks Unlimited representatives attended the Michigan Congressional Wild Game Dinner in December 2013.

MIDU Calendar Winners


2014 Sponsor Print


The Marsh Chatter


Great Lakes/Atlantic Region promotes economic benefits restoration to Congress

DU Director of Public Policy Gildo Tori brought company to meet with members of Congress on the economic benefits of Great Lakes restoration. In cooperation with and hosted by the Healing Our Waters Coalition, Tori; Jim Nichols of Carry Manufacturing in Caro, Mich.; and Michigan State University master’s student Ryan Boyer met with six Michigan congressional offices in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4.

Grass carp discovery under review

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Oct. 29, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited is evaluating news that the U.S. Geological Survey has found evidence of breeding grass carp in Lake Erie's Sandusky River. This is the first evidence that this variety of Asian carp is capable of breeding in the waters of the Great Lakes.

Migration Alert: Michigan Waterfowl Numbers Increasing

A surge of cold air blew through this state this past week, and new ducks and geese arrived with it. Hunting action is improving, and numbers of waterfowl should increase to peak in the next couple of weeks.

Michigan Boater Survey for Waterfowl Hunters

As part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project "Mapping cumulative risks to prioritize prevention effort," we are again inviting all boat owners in Michigan and the Toledo, Ohio, area to complete a short survey.

Dusseau Tract Restoration Completed in Michigan

Ducks Unlimited recently completed a project to restore the 66-acre Dusseau Tract on the Erie State Game Area in Monroe County, Michigan. Once drained for agriculture, the tract now comprises 38 acres of rare lake-plain wet prairie and 28 acres of coastal wetlands along southwestern Lake Erie, benefiting nesting, migrating, and wintering waterfowl.

Dedication ceremony held for newly restored Michigan habitat

The 66-acre Dusseau Tract of newly restored wetland and prairie grassland habitat was dedicated during a ceremony in mid-August. The tract is an incorporated part of the Erie State Game Area in Monroe County.

Kildee staffer tours Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects

Ducks Unlimited staff in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region took advantage of Congress’ August recess and gave a staffer of Rep. Dan Kildee (MI) a tour of Michigan restoration projects.

Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada support ecological separation of Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Sept. 9, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DUI) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) jointly released a statement this week on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. The conservation groups called on governmental and non-governmental organizations to move toward the ecological separation of the Great Lakes watershed as soon as possible, as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.

Ducks Unlimited applauds improvements in Great Lakes funding

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Aug. 2, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited appreciates the passage of an amendment to provide $210 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program. Previously a subcommittee had reduced funding for the successful program to $60 million.

Michigan passes sportsmen-friendly legislation

In the weeks leading up to the 2013 summer break, the Michigan state legislature was hard at work passing bills that will benefit sportsmen and Ducks Unlimited.

DU Receives National Conservation Award

Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region (GLAR) was recently honored with the National Blue-winged Teal Award during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Great Lakes Initiative

Protecting the pristine waters of the Great Lakes and conserving critical habitat for many species of waterfowl that utilize this vast watershed throughout their life cycle.

Gov. Snyder signs bills protecting hunting, fishing rights

LANSING, Mich. – May 8, 2013 – Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate bills 288 and 289 into law today. The bills allow the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to name game species, protect citizens' rights to hunt and fish and were supported by Michigan's conservation community.

Ducks Unlimited region receives national award

Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region (GLAR) was recognized last week with the National Blue-winged Teal Award during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va.

Senate Agriculture Committee chair recognized with 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

WASHINGTON - March 29, 2013 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was presented last Friday with the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award, one of Ducks Unlimited's highest honors.

Michigan governor signs Ducks Unlimited license plate legislation

LANSING, Mich. - March 20, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited will realize a new source of conservation funding from sales of a specialty license plate. DU staff and volunteers joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed the legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Rep. Dale Zorn.

Ducks Unlimited license plate legislation passes

LANSING, Mich. – March 15, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited is anticipating a new source of conservation funding thanks to the passage of bills in Michigan's House of Representatives and Senate supporting a state DU license plate.

Ducks Unlimited license plate legislation introduced

LANSING, Mich. – Feb. 28, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited applauds bill introductions by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Rep. Dale Zorn to create a DU specialty license plate, ensuring funding for conservation in Michigan. If enacted, funds generated by license plate sales will support wetland habitat conservation across the state.

Funding Secured to Complete Michigan State Game Area Project

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $161,589 grant through the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) to enhance 1,250 acres of vital emergent wetlands on Michigan's Crow Island State Game Area.

NAWCA Grant Supports Conservation in Western Michigan

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve key wetland habitat in western Michigan.

DU's John Tomke reappointed as chairman of federal conservation, hunting council

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 17, 2012 - John Tomke, former Ducks Unlimited Inc. president and current president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, has been reappointed chairman of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC) by President Obama. Tomke was first named chairman in July 2010.

Partners protect critical Saginaw Bay wetlands

In the spring of 2008, Ducks Unlimited applied for a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to protect, restore, and enhance more than 4,000 acres of vital upland and wetland habitat throughout Michigan's Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie watersheds.

DU recognizes Senate agricultural committee's progress on 2012 Farm Bill

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – April 23, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited compliments the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and its chairwoman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, on the April 20 introduction of the 2012 Farm Bill in the Senate.

Greater Grand Rapids Chapter recognized nationally

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

Midland Chapter recognized nationally

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

Greater Kalamazoo County chapter recognized nationally

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – 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 Greater Kalamazoo County Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Monroe chapter recognized nationally

MONROE, Mich. – 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 Monroe Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

North Oakland chapter recognized nationally

CLARKSTON, Mich. – 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 North Oakland Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Sunrise Side Ladies chapter recognized nationally

CLARKSTON, Mich. – 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 Sunrise Side Ladies Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area Project Completed

Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in Bay County, Michigan, consists of approximately 1,400 acres of Great Lakes coastal marsh and associated upland habitats along Michigan's Saginaw Bay.

Twelve DU conservation projects receive NAWCA grant approval from MBCC, six more from NAWCC

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) met last week and approved more than $24.5 million in federal grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for partnership-based conservation projects that will protect, restore and enhance more than 146,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats across the United States and Mexico.

NAWCA grant funds critical land protection in coastal west Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – March 12, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat in western Michigan. Project partners will protect a minimum of 1,687 acres of wetlands and grasslands in twelve counties. Efforts will also result in the restoration of 300 acres of wetlands and 100 acres of associated warm-season grasslands.

Michigan: Malan Waterfowl Production Area

Malan Waterfowl Production Area was acquired and established in 2006 as Michigan's fourth WPA.

DU urges Congress to protect vital waterfowl habitat in Great Lakes region

DU released a letter recently urging Congress—particularly members of the Great Lakes states' delegations—to take immediate action to prevent invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

Nyanquing Point State Wildlife Area Coastal Wetland Project

Michigan state news.

First Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project completed at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Stakeholders in the Saginaw Bay watershed are seeing positive environmental impacts this fall thanks to work completed by Ducks Unlimited and others.

Great Lakes Week a success for DU GLARO Outreach

During this year's Great Lakes Week in Detroit, Michigan, a variety of governments, agencies and organizations came together to work on the continued improvement of the Great Lakes region. Ducks Unlimited was well represented at the conference.

DU to highlight key conservation initiatives during Great Lakes Week

Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office will participate in Great Lakes Week to discuss the conservation issues and challenges the region is facing. This year's event will take place in Detroit, Michigan, where representatives of the U.S. and Canadian governments meet with a broad coalition of public and private groups to discuss efforts to implement solutions for the lakes' most pressing problems.

Michigan DU volunteers speak up for conservation during August recess

Ducks Unlimited volunteers in Michigan used August recess as an opportunity to highlight the importance of conservation programs with some of our nation's top leaders and policymakers.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Great Lakes Habitat Funding

Grants will go towards restoration efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Richard Clifton is the winner of the 2012 Sponsor Art Contest

At the recent MI DU State Convention, the winning Sponsor Art Winner was a Woodduck by Richard Clifton of Delaware.

Ducks Unlimited Receives $1.5 Million for Shiawassee

Funding received for restoration work in Saginaw Bay Watershed

DU joins Interior Secretary Salazar and Rep. Dingell to mark refuge progress

Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Director Becky Humphries joined U.S Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Congressman John Dingell recently to announce the acquisition of 28-acres for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Interior Secretary Salazar and Congressman Dingell Celebrate Refuge Acquisition

Ducks Unlimited joins partners in recognition

U.S. Senate Agricultural Leader Stresses the Importance of DU Members' Efforts to Educate Congress

While this year’s Michigan Ducks Unlimited State Convention in Muskegon provided an array of workshops, forums and events, one of the weekend’s highlights occurred when U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow addressed a crowd of 200 with some of the ideas, plans and challenges surrounding the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill. Sen. Stabenow is the Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which impacts many significant conservation programs of interest to DU. Michigan DU members gather annually to celebrate conservation successes and to plan for the coming year.

Senator Addresses Ducks Unlimited State Convention

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow addressed the Michigan Ducks Unlimited State Convention in Muskegon

Don''t Put More Fields into Production

Michigan DU state chair Terry Laymon responds to an article in the press regarding conservation programs in the Farm Bill.

Sen. Stabenow's Efforts in Great Lakes Will Aid Areas Critical to Waterfowl Migration

Ducks Unlimited expressed appreciation for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's (MI) Great Lakes conservation effort directed towards Saginaw Bay and the basin of western Lake Erie. The senator is chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Ducks Unlimited Recognized for Role in Acquisition, Donation

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission recently recognized Ducks Unlimited for its commitment to protect natural resources in Oakland County. The recognition took place during a commission meeting at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg.

Michigan Ducks Unlimited Specialty License Plate

Specialty license plates can raise significant funds for an organization that can be used to leverage and match additional federal and state dollars.

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.

Ducks Unlimited Sponsors Great Lakes Duck and Goose Calling Contest

Ducks Unlimited is sponsoring the 4th Annual Great Lakes Duck and Goose Calling Competition at the Ultimate Sport Show at Devos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich., this Saturday, March 19.

George Lockwood is the winner of the 2011 MI DU State Sponsor Art Contest

At the 2010 Michigan Ducks Unlimited State Convention, George Lockwood from California, won the honor of MI DU State Sponsor Artist of the Year.

A Duck's-Eye-View

Waterfowl winging their way across North America have a unique perspective that is hard to image - unless you're a small aircraft pilot. Ducks Unlimited biologists keep this perspective in mind as they plan and implement conservation projects for waterfowl, knowing that ducks, geese, and swans need a mix of habitat types in fairly close proximity to meet their biological needs.

DU applauds selection of Stabenow as chair of Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 19, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is pleased with the announcement that Sen. Debbie Stabenow has been selected to become the next chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The committee’s work is critical to the long-term conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat.

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.

DU and Partners Restore Wetlands at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

NEWPORT, Mich. Sept. 25, 2010 – Today, the conservation group Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and many partners dedicated a 67-acre coastal wetland restoration at the Brancheau Unit of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Such coastal wetlands are critically important for wildlife, water quality, and recreation.

Growing Up With Geese

Many Midwestern waterfowl hunters spend their lives in pursuit of the Canada goose.

Oil from Michigan spill could threaten important wetlands

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - July 30, 2010 - A sensitive area of important waterfowl habitat has been impacted by the Enbridge Lakehead oil spill. On July 26, a leak occurred in an Enbridge pipeline that released what the EPA estimates to be more than 1 million gallons of crude oil into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Ducks Unlimited is communicating with state and federal agencies working on the clean up. DU continues to monitor the progression and potential consequences of the spill.

Enbridge Oil Spill Information

A large oil spill has taken place in Calhoun County near Battle Creek Michigan. The release of oil occurred earlier this week, and the leak has since been repaired. Ducks Unlimited has offered assistance to state and federal agencies working in the area, and will continue to monitor the situation. Please find following a fact sheet per the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment regarding the spill and the status of assessment and recovery efforts in the area.

August is Ducks Unlimited Month at Bass Pro Shops

Come to Bass Pro Shops in Auburn Hills, MI August 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29 and check out the Ducks Unlimited booth.

Ducks Unlimited's Tomke named chairman of federal conservation, hunting council

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 23, 2010 – John Tomke, former DU president and current president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, has been named chairman of the new Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. Tomke was named to the council earlier today by U. S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. His position as chairman was confirmed by those federal departments this afternoon.

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel & Ducks Unlimited announce 2010 "Dog of the Year"

Owners to receive original painting of Innis by famed wildlife artist Jim Killen LYNCHBURG, Tenn. - Innis, a yellow Labrador retriever from Holland, Mich., has been selected as the 2010 Jack Daniel's Single Barrel-Ducks Unlimited "Dog of the Year." As part of the winning package, Innis will be featured in the Single Barrel gift tin package available this fall.

Ducks Unlimited projects advance in Great Lakes funding process

Multiple states to benefit from conservation projects ANN ARBOR, Mich. – June 8, 2010 – The Environmental Protection Agency recently invited Ducks Unlimited to submit seven final applications totaling $2.8 million for wetland habitat projects in the Great Lakes region. The grants will be awarded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a $475 million program designed to revitalize the region. Among the GLRI’s areas of concern are invasive species and habitat and wildlife protection and restoration.

Ducks Unlimited, partners awarded Great Lakes restoration grant

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – April 26, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited received one of the first Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants through the Sustain Our Great Lakes program this past week. DU and its partners will restore coastal streams and marshes in northern Michigan using the $783,823 grant.

DU announces 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - March 26, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 75th-annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., on Friday, March 26.

Ducks Unlimited urges partnership in carp solution

Conservation group releases position on invasive Asian carp WASHINGTON - Feb. 28, 2010 - This week, Ducks Unlimited released its position on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. DU called on both governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop an immediate short-term plan, followed by a comprehensive long-term strategy to deal with Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

David Bollman, 2010 Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist

At the 2009 Michigan State Convention, held in Midland last February, David Bollman's art, "New Horizons" was chosen as the 2010 Sponsor Print of the year.

Rebecca Humphries named head of Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Ducks Unlimited supports continued partnership with state Ann Arbor, Mich. – January 13, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) supports today’s appointment of Rebecca Humphries to head Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE). Humphries led the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which was recently combined with the Department of Environmental Quality by Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Your Ducks Unlimited Dollars Are Being Invested in Michigan

The DU MARSH Program, the foundation for wetlands restoration in Michigan, began in 1985.

Ducks talk green: Profit and habitat

Ducks Unlimited Ecopraxes: Ecoservices and Business Strategy Forum ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nov. 10, 2009 - We know effective conservation can happen in the field and in places of government. Now Ducks Unlimited is bringing together conservationists who make a difference in the boardroom. DU hosted the first Ecopraxes: Ecoservices and Business Strategy Forum on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Chicago.

President signs legislation in support of Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR, Michigan November 2, 2009 Historic legislation aimed at the restoring the Great Lakes was signed by President Obama Friday after the House and Senate approved the measure last week. According to Ducks Unlimited, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will provide $475 million for a comprehensive program to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Ducks Unlimited stands ready to turn this financial commitment into cleaner water and better habitat for waterfowl, wildlife and citizens of the Great Lakes and beyond.

Funds to fight invasives approved

Ducks Unlimited targets Phragmites Ann Arbor, Mich. –October 14, 2009– The conservation group Ducks Unlimited recently received funding to assist in the fight against invasive plant species which threaten the health of the Great Lakes. The Senate late last week approved $155,000 based on a request submitted by Senator Debbie Stabenow (Mich) earlier this year.

Conservation group pauses to recognize achievement

Partners and supporters credited with habitat improvement ANN ARBOR, Mich. – September 30, 2009 - The conservation group Ducks Unlimited recently dedicated Clark’s Marsh, a 65-acre emergent wetland complex. Sponsors and conservation partners recently joined with Ducks Unlimited staff and volunteers to celebrate at the site near Oscoda, Michigan.

Lake Erie Commission selects award recipient

Ducks Unlimited recognized as Great Lake conservation leader ANN ARBOR, Mich, September 29, 2009 - The conservation organization Ducks Unlimited received the 2009 Lake Erie Award for an outstanding organization at the fall meeting of the Lake Erie Commission in Oregon, Ohio. The award is given to an organization that made outstanding contributions to enhance Ohio’s Great Lake.

NAWCA grant funds Ducks Unlimited and partners in conservation activities - MI

Funding received for wetland restoration in Southwest Michigan ANN ARBOR, Mich. – September 14, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat in the SE Lake Michigan Watershed. DU and project partners will acquire, restore, or enhance approximately 2,000 acres of emergent, forested, and scrub-shrub wetlands and adjacent uplands within the project boundaries.

Wetlands conservation reaches milestone

Projects allocate one billionth dollar for wetlands conservation program WASHINGTON - Sept. 9, 2009 - Wetlands conservation reached a major milestone today. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) program has allocated more than $1 billion in federal grants.

Wildlife and people to benefit from wetland restoration

Shiawassee Refuge project receives support from conservation partners Ann Arbor, MI —July 20, 2009 — A project to restore critical wetland habitat on Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) took a big step forward recently when Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) received $30,000 in funding from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN). WIN joins a group of other funders including Shiawassee Flats Citizens and Hunters Association, Consumers Energy, DU, SNWR, and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, all working together to make this wetland restoration idea a reality.

Anniversary marks advances in conservation

Wetlands remain under threat despite legislation ANN ARBOR, Mich. – June 22, 2009 – Today Ducks Unlimited marked the 40th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River catching on fire on June 22, 1969 due to intense pollution. The monumental incident was instrumental in channeling Congress’s actions towards passing the Clean Water Act just three years later. Since the passing of the Clean Water Act, many of the nation’s waterways are now in much better shape – but not all is healthy with our nation’s waters.

Conservationists support investment in Great Lakes

Ann Arbor, Mich. – May 20, 2009 – Ducks, geese and swans in the Great Lakes could realize an increase in the size and quality of their habitat if President Obama’s proposed budget for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative comes to fruition. The budget for 2010 contains an additional $475 million for Great Lakes restoration and economic recovery.

Hot Off the Presses from Denver, CO

Michigan DU is again ranked in many Top Ten categories

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP RESTORATION

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Pittsfield Charter Township....

DU CONTINUES SUPPORT OF PRIVATE LANDS CONSERVATION

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has been supporting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services's (USFWS) Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) in Michigan for more than a decade.

FORT CUSTER TRAINING CENTER RESTORATION

Ducks Unlimited (DU) continues to embrace new conservation partners in its mission of wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

MCKINLEY ACQUISITION

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources...

OSENTOSKI ACQUISITION

The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.....

KEY PROJECTS COMPLETED UNDER SAGINAW BAY TO LAKE COASTAL HABITAT PROJECT PHASE I NAWCA GRANT

Harsen's Island is a portion of a complex of islands, marshes and bays at the mouth of the St. Clair River that are collectively known as St. Clair Wildlife Area (SCFWA).

SAGINAW BAY WETLANDS TOUR

In August 2008, DU hosted congressional staffers.....

SOUTHEAST LAKE MICHIGAN WATERSHED PRIORITY AREA EXPANDED

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is committed to ensuring that our conservation programs throughout North America are directed in the most important landscapes for conserving continental waterfowl populations.

Frey Foundation partners with Ducks Unlimited on local project

Ann Arbor, Mich. –April 6, 2009 – A major environmental effort in southwestern Michigan recently got a boost. The conservation organization Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a grant of $160,000 from the Frey Foundation. The grant will be used to protect and restore valuable habitat through DU’s Southeast Lake Michigan Watershed program. The three-year goal of the program is to protect, restore, or enhance 7,917 acres of vital Michigan habitat across the Muskegon, Grand, and Kalamazoo River watersheds.

Christopher Smith named 2009 Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist with "Redhead Respite"

Christopher Smith is a wildlife artist from Interlochen, MI, and specializes in wildlife scenes and dog portraits for clients across the country.

GRAND RIVER WATERSHED NAWCA PROJECT COMPLETED

In April 2008, Ducks Unlimited (DU) concluded a four-year North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to protect, restore and enhance wetlands and associated uplands throughout the Grand River Watershed.

MI DU 2009 Mini-State-Convention

We called it our "Mini-Convention" this year because we scaled it all down to basically 24 hours of information and fun, with heavy emphasis on the fun part. If you missed it, you really missed a good one. Here are some of the "hi-lites."

Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) Outdoor Education Partnership

Ducks Unlimited, Saginaw Bay WIN and the Fish and Wildlife Service come together to restore wetlands and native grasslands.

DU Makes Changes in Eastern Great Lakes Staff

New Director of Fundraising for Indiana, Michigan and Ohio Memphis, Tenn. – There has been a change in Ducks Unlimited staff for the eastern Great Lakes states of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

Ducks Unlimited, partners awarded NAWCA grant in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat in Big Marsh Lake in Calhoun County, Michigan. Project partners will enhance 200 acres of emergent wetlands in the project boundaries. The lake is surrounded by diverse habitat that includes marsh, upland grass and seasonal flooding areas that support thousands of Greater Sandhill Cranes, along with many other species.

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.

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.

Jackson County wetlands to benefit from $10,000 grant

Ducks Unlimited and Jackson County Community Foundation team up for restoration

Ducks Unlimited biologist Jason Hill wins national award.

Ann Arbor: Jason Hill, a Ducks Unlimited regional biologist, earned the 2006 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wetlands Group Assisted Individual Conservation Award for his outstanding work on behalf of Indiana wetlands. The National Wetlands Conservation Award program began in 1990 to honor Fish and Wildlife Service private sector partners for their efforts to restore and improve wetlands across the nation.

Ducks Unlimited Raises $95,000 to go to Monroe Area Wetlands

Local members of Ducks Unlimited (DU), along with Congressman John D. Dingell, Monroe Bank and Trust, DTE Energy, US Fish and Wildlife Service and other Partners, announce the commitment of $95,000 of new funding for conservation of Lake Erie wetlands, including those that are part of the recently established Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The refuge, located along the lower Detroit River and western shoreline of Lake Erie will protect and restore vital fish and wildlife habitats that facilitate and promote hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and wildlife interpretation.

Waterloo Recreation Area wetland memorializes Oakland County conservationist

GRASS LAKE, Mich. – June 26, 2007 – Approximately 100 gathered on Saturday, June 16, to celebrate the completion of the wetlands restoration project called Baldwin Flooding, part of the Waterloo Recreation Area in Jackson County. Among those assembled was a large contingent of the family of Edson Gallaudet II, a Ducks Unlimited sponsor in perpetuity and an advocate of conservation and hunting in Michigan. Gallaudet passed away in July, 2004, and this project was dedicated to his memory.

Ducks Unlimited to invest $1 million in Saginaw Bay conservation

Wildfowl Bay is the perfect name and the perfect place to remember the late William (Bill) Schlageter. He spent decades hunting waterfowl, enjoying nature and sharing special times outdoors with friends there. Loved ones gathered one more time at the bay’s North Island on Saturday, April 28, to remember him. There they placed a bronze plaque to pay their respects and usher in another chapter of Schlageter’s conservation legacy.

New Public Waterfowl Production Area Established in Jackson County

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has donated 138 acres of wetlands, forest and agricultural land northeast of the city of Jackson to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS has designated it as the Malan Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). The land lies adjacent to the Waterloo State Recreation Area and is Michigan’s fourth WPA. The land was purchased with funding from a Grand River Watershed North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant and help from the Washtenaw Land Trust.

MI Organizations Unite to Protect, Restore Wetlands

Have you ever heard a duck breathe a sigh of relief? Or quack for joy? Michigan’s waterfowl and other wetland wildlife have been given a chance to do just that with the support of the Michigan Wetland Working Group and their Wetlands Restoration Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Partners Sign MOU for Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Agriculture, USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service host a Ceremonial Signing and Celebration of a Wetland Restoration Memorandum of Understanding

Report Released Finds Wetlands Worth Protecting

A recently released report found the value of Saginaw Bay coastal marshes is worth $239 million dollars, which breaks down to $3,596 per acre. The report, Economic Values of Saginaw Bay Coastal Marshes With a Focus on Recreational Values, is the culmination of a study coordinated by Ducks Unlimited (DU) with support from the Coastal Management Program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office; Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. The study was designed to quantify the economic contribution to society of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.

Michigan Ducks Unlimited Receives Largest Private Donation in History

In July 2006, Ducks Unlimited (DU) received the largest private donation in Michigan DU history! The anonymous donor, a long-time supporter of Ducks Unlimited, avid hunter, fly fisherman and conservationist, pledged $1 million in support of Ducks Unlimited conservation work in west Michigan.

Ducks Unlimited and CropLife America Partnership

Monsanto Company, a CropLife America member company, recently donated more than $22,000 of AquaMaster® herbicide and Roundup Pro® herbicide to Ducks Unlimited (DU) to improve Michigan wetlands. DU will use the AquaMaster® to control invasive phragmites in coastal marshes associated with Saginaw Bay, Lake St. Clair and western Lake Erie. The Roundup Pro® will facilitate the establishment of native prairie on private lands in southeast Michigan.

DU Thanks Senators DeWine & Levin for Leading Efforts in Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act

Last week the full Senate passed the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA), sponsored by Ohio Senator, Mike DeWine and Michigan Senator, Carl Levin. The bill is now before the House of Representatives awaiting action. The GLFWRA, authorized in the Senate bill at $20 million annually, provides essential resources to state and tribal management agencies to conserve, enhance, and restore Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. According to Ducks Unlimited (DU), the GLFWRA has great potential to meet the objectives of several fish and wildlife restoration plans, including the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study, and the new National Fish Habitat Initiative.

DU & CropLife America Partnership Results in Enhancement of Wetlands & Native Prairie Habitat in MI

Monsanto Company, a CropLife America member company, recently donated more than $22,000 of AquaMaster® herbicide and Roundup Pro® herbicide to Ducks Unlimited (DU) to improve Michigan wetlands. DU will use the AquaMaster® to control invasive phragmites in coastal marshes associated with Saginaw Bay, Lake St. Clair and western Lake Erie. The Roundup Pro® will facilitate the establishment of native prairie on private lands in southeast Michigan.

Report Released Finds Great Lakes Wetlands Worth Protecting

A recently released report found the value of Saginaw Bay coastal marshes is worth $239 million dollars, which breaks down to $3,596 per acre. The report, Economic Values of Saginaw Bay Coastal Marshes With a Focus on Recreational Values, is the culmination of a study coordinated by Ducks Unlimited (DU) with support from the Coastal Management Program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office; Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. The study was designed to quantify the economic contribution to society of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.

DU and Partners Conserve 4,125 Acres of Wetlands and Grasslands in Saginaw Bay Watersh

Ducks Unlimited and a coalition of seventeen conservation partners have conserved 4,125 acres of wetland and associated grassland habitat on public and private lands across the 22-county Saginaw Bay Watershed.

DU Announces Plans to Support the New Great Lakes Restoration Strategy!

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced its intent to secure and invest $8 million in support of the short-term habitat restoration goals of the Great Lakes Restoration Strategy (Strategy) released by the Bush Administration today in Chicago. Ducks Unlimited will commit efforts to implement Strategy goals, especially those oriented towards wetland protection, restoration and public policy work. The Great Lakes Restoration Strategy was developed during 2005 by federal, state, and local governments, tribes, business, and other organizations under the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration

Ducks Unlimited Conserves its 50,000th acre in Michigan

Ducks Unlimited supporters and staff have yet another reason to celebrate. After 19 years of delivering on-the-ground waterfowl habitat conservation and more than 1,000 completed projects, DU has conserved its 50,000th acre in Michigan in 2005.

DU Partners with MI DNR, Waterfowl USA and NAWCC to Purchase Lake Erie Coastal Wetlands

On Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Ducks Unlimited along with its partners the State of Michigan, Waterfowl U.S.A. and North American Wetlands Conservation Council, purchased a 66-acre parcel of Lake Erie coastal wetlands in southeastern Monroe County, MI.

Bush Admin Asks Congress to Fully Fund the WRP

Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns announced today that the Bush Administration’s 2007 budget request to Congress requests full funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

30th Anniversary: Copper County Chapter Helps Carry Out DU Mission

The Copper Country Ducks Unlimited (DU) chapter is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Michigan Technological University Union.

U.S. Great Lakes System

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's U.S. Great Lakes System priority area.

Gaylord Michigan Chapter

The Gaylord, Mich., DU committee hosted a Sportsman's Night Out (SNO) on Sept. 23 in the hopes of rebuilding a chapter that has lost most of its members in the past few years. Area Chairman Rick Nash and Co-chairman Scott Johnston took charge of this event during the early planning stages and recruited younger volunteers from the area to assist.

Copper County Ladies Chapter

A can-do attitude is what you'll find in the Copper County, Michigan, DU Ladies Chapter. Under the direction of Area Chairman Judy Evert, these 13 ladies believe the sky is the limit year in and year out.

Where Michigan's Ducks Come From?

A significant portion of the ducks that travel through our state each year originate in this important breeding area. Michigan also supports a substantial mallard breeding population that directly impacts our annual waterfowl harvest rates.

Ada Township Roselle Park & Ridgepoint Church

DU partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program to restore wetland and grassland habitat on land owned by Ridgepoint Church in Ottawa County and Ada Township in Kent County. Combined, these projects resulted in the restoration of 23 wetland acres and 45 grassland acres that will provide quality production habitat for ducks and other wildlife.

Baldwin Flooding (Jackson County)

In 1957, the Michigan DNR impounded Trist Creek to create a 63-acre emergent marsh known as Baldwin Flooding. Over time, Baldwin became a key waterfowl migration and brood-rearing habitat and is one of the most heavily used public use areas at Waterloo Recreation Area.

Erie Marsh Preserve (Monroe County)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns the 2,200-acre Erie Marsh Preserve, a complex of impounded coastal wetlands, agricultural fields, and open water associated with North Maumee Bay on Lake Erie. TNC manages the property with the Erie Shooting and Fishing Club (ESFC), who retain a hunting lease on the property.

Croplife America & DU Partnership

CropLife America and DU are partnering on a national level in a Wildlife Conservation-Technology Initiative. Established in 1933, CropLife America represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States.

Dusseau Acquisition—Erie SGA (Monroe Co.)

DU provided $81,000 to the Michigan DNR to help acquire the 66-acre Dusseau tract. The parcel is located six miles north of the Ohio border in an area known for supporting large populations of waterfowl, particularly during migration.

Wigwam Bay State Wildlife Area Coastal Marsh

DU and the Michigan DNR are partnering to restore approximately 135 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Wigwam Bay State Wildlife Area. DU secured funding from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, Bay Area Community Foundation, and Dow Chemical Company and used these funds to match a $75,000 request to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council that was submitted in December.

Nayanquing Pt. Wildlife Area B & D Pumps(Bay Co.)

Nayanquing Point consists of 1,400 acres of coastal wetlands, managed wetland impoundments, and agricultural fields that are flooded for waterfowl hunting. The management of these wetlands is made possible via a complex of ditches, pumps, and water control structures.

Saganing Rod and Gun Club (Arenac County)

DU provided $132,383 from the Saginaw Bay to Lake Erie Coastal Habitat NAWCA grant to help the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy acquire and permanently protect this 38.4-acre tract of coastal wetlands and associated uplands. This property contains a combined 3,600 feet of frontage on Saginaw Bay and the Saganing River and provides migration and brood-rearing habitat for ducks and other wildlife.

Clark’s Marsh (Iosco County)

Clark’s Marsh is a complex of three emergent wetland basins totaling 65 acres that were developed decades ago by beaver. These wetlands are located in the floodplain of the Au Sable River, three miles from Lake Huron.

Saginaw Bay program receives foundation supoort

Ducks Unlimited has worked with a variety of conservation partners since the mid-1990s to conserve more than 20,000 acres of wetland and associated habitats in the Saginaw Bay watershed. DU’s conservation work in this important area received a big boost in late 2006, when the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation announced gifts to DU of $500,000 and $150,000 respectively, to fund conservation efforts over the next five years.

DU receives largest private donation ever in MI

In July 2006, Ducks Unlimited received the largest private donation in Michigan DU history! The anonymous donor, a long-time supporter of DU, avid hunter, fly fisherman, and conservationist, pledged $1 million in support of DU’s conservation work in west Michigan. DU will leverage this gift against funds from conservation partners, foundations, and public grants to conserve key wetland and grassland habitat, primarily in the Southeast Lake Michigan Watershed priority area.

DU has land for sale

In 2006, DU accepted a donation of 2.3 acres of land in Oakland County. The property includes frontage on Sashabaw Road in close proximity to Independence Oaks County Park and contains a stretch of the Clinton River. Accepting gifts of land (habitat or for development) and other items (e.g. a vehicle) is one of the many ways DU raises funds to further its conservation efforts.

DU & Michigan DNR host second MI Pride Dedication

On September 9, a dedication took place at Shiawassee River State Game Area (SGA) to commemorate the partnership between DU, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Shiawassee Flats Citizens and Hunters Association, and Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, which led to the restoration and enhancement of five wetlands totaling 342 acres at the SGA.

DU & Partners Complete 4,125 Acres in Saginaw Bay

Ducks Unlimited and a coalition of 17 conservation partners have conserved 4,125 acres of wetland and grassland habitat on public and private lands across the 22-county Saginaw Bay Watershed. Funding for Phase II of the Saginaw Bay Wetland Initiative came from a $1,000,000 federal grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, awarded to DU in 2001. DU accepted this grant on behalf of the partnership that together pledged $4.07 million in matching funds toward the grant.

DU Acquires Michigan's Fourth Public WPA

On September 1, 2006, Ducks Unlimited (DU) acquired 138 acres of wetlands, forest, and agricultural land from a private landowner in Jackson County and donated the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as Michigan’s fourth waterfowl production area (WPA). DU used more than $581,000 from the Grand River Watershed NAWCA grant, Washtenaw Land Trust, and other private sources to purchase the Malan Unit, the first new WPA in Michigan since the early 1980s.

Southeast Lake Michigan Priority Area

The lower portion of the Lake Michigan watershed is one of the fastest growing and most urbanized regions in the Great Lakes Basin. Agriculture and urban development dominate the landscape and have resulted in drained wetlands, fragmented forests, and increased sedimentation and nutrient-loading in lakes and streams.

Saginaw Bay Priority Area

The Saginaw Bay is one of largest remaining freshwater coastal systems in the nation, comprised of a 22-county watershed, and is the largest watershed in Michigan. Approximately 10% of the state drains to the bay via the Saginaw River. Major tributaries include the Titabawassee, Shiawassee, and Flint rivers. Settlement and intensive farming led to the loss and degradation of more than 50% of these wetlands.

Erie Marsh Preserve Phragmites Control

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns the Erie Marsh Preserve, a 2,200-acre complex of impounded coastal wetlands, agricultural fields and open water associated with North Maumee Bay on Lake Erie. TNC manages the property along with the Erie Shooting and Fishing Club, who retain a long-term waterfowl hunting lease on the property.

Michigan Conservation Projects

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

Baldwin Flooding at Waterloo Recreation Area

In 1957, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources impounded Trist Creek to create a 63-acre managed emergent marsh known as the Baldwin Flooding.This project was undertaken with a goal of providing a cornerstone waterfowl and recreational use area at Waterloo, a 20,782-acre Recreation Area located in Jackson County.
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