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Diverse duck population drawn to enhanced prairie pothole

Minnesota’s Delong Waterfowl Production Area in west-central Minnesota gets a lot of duck use and recent Ducks Unlimited habitat work will further enhance the site.

Ducks Unlimited to conserve 600 acres of Minnesota wetlands with Outdoor Heritage Fund support

Ducks Unlimited will conserve 600 acres or more of crucial prairie land and wetland habitat in southwest Minnesota with $5,801,000 in funding from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Minnesota Ducks Unlimited college chapters earn spots on Sweet 16 list

Bemidji State University and Gustavus Adolphus College Ducks Unlimited chapters named to Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

Poll shows Great Lakes restoration supported by large majority of voters

Great Lakes regional opinion survey finds overwhelming support for continuing the federal government’s efforts to improve the health of the Great Lakes.

Minnesota Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

In 2015 in Minnesota, five chapters made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

Minnesota Ducks Unlimited chapters earn spots on President’s Elite list

St. Paul, Minnesota – March 29, 2016 – 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 to $250,000 for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2015 in Minnesota, three chapters made the list. The winners were the Garrison chapter, the South Metro Flyway chapter from Lakeville and the Metro/St. Paul chapter from St. Paul.

Checkout Pictures from the 2016 MN State Convention

Pictures from the 2016 MN State Convention

2016 Minnesota Conservation Report

See the conservation projects done in 2015 by Ducks Unlimited staff and partners.

Record conservation work in 2015 for waterfowl, recreational access

In 2015 Ducks Unlimited changed the face of Minnesota landscape to benefit waterfowl, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. DU delivered a record number of conservation projects, affecting 33,641 acres of waterfowl habitat with an investment of more than $6 million.

Kudos to Army Corps’ $7.6 million Minnesota Marsh Lake restoration funding

Ducks Unlimited applauds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for providing $7.6 million to complete the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Project in western Minnesota.

Ducks Unlimited Minnesota ice fishing contest to draw thousands of participants

Ducks Unlimited in Garrison, Minnesota, will sponsor its 12th annual Fishing for Ducks ice fishing contest on Mille Lacs Lake from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

Ducks Unlimited welcomes new Minnesota biologist

Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest wetlands conservation organization, welcomes John Lindstrom as the new biologist for the state of Minnesota.

Ducks Unlimited boosts waterfowl food resources in Minnesota’s Mud Lake

Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are partnering to give waterfowl a buffet of aquatic food at Mud Lake.

Ducks Unlimited project helps improve flow, health of Upper Lightning Lake

Waterfowl in western Minnesota soon will have another quality spot for brood-rearing and migration stops thanks to an enhanced Upper Lightning Lake in Otter Tail County.

Unimin, students, partner to improve Minnesota waterfowl habitat

With more than 2,000 acres along the Minnesota River Valley at Unimin’s Ottawa, Minnesota, facility, land management for wildlife has been part of ongoing mining, reclamation, restoration and conservation activities on the property since the 1980s.

Enhancement Project Under Way on Minnesota's 50th Wildlife Management Lake

In September 2014, Ducks Unlimited joined the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other partners to celebrate the designation of 409-acre Eagle Lake as Minnesota's 50th wildlife management lake. This official action granted the state the authority to temporarily lower water levels and actively enhance wetland habitat.

Migration Alert: Strong North Winds Support Migration into Minnesota

This past Sunday, the high temperature here was close to 90 degrees. But on Monday, a cold swept down from Saskatchewan and Manitoba, dropping temperatures dramatically and bringing a steady 25 mph northwest wind that gusted to 40. Steady north winds are forecast for the next couple of days—perfect conditions for a migration.

DU names Adam DeHaan Director of Development of the Year

Adam DeHaan was named Ducks Unlimited’s 2014-15 Director of Development of the Year for his outstanding efforts as senior director of development for Iowa and Minnesota.

DU and Great Rivers Habitat Alliance Join Forces

Just north of St. Louis, Missouri, lies a unique 291,000-acre wetland system formed where the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers meet—an area known as the Confluence Floodplain. In addition to its importance for floodwater storage and agricultural production, this area has attracted migratory birds for centuries and boasts a rich waterfowl hunting tradition. Urban development is the greatest threat to this region. To address this concern, Ducks Unlimited and its conservation partners are teaming up with farmers, duck clubs, and other land stewards to protect land-use practices important to waterfowl and people.

Wild rice plentiful in northern Minnesota

The most abundant wild rice crop in more than 50 years is expected for harvesters and waterfowl hunters throughout northern Minnesota this season.

Minnesota DNR wildlife supervisor awarded for shallow lake enhancement projects

Ducks Unlimited (DU) awarded the 2015 Minnesota Conservation Partner of the Year Award to Jeanine Vorland, area wildlife supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Owatonna Area.

Ducks Unlimited and Minnesota DNR dedicate State Line Lake

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined with local partners Saturday, July 18, to celebrate the successful enhancement of 446-acre State Line Lake in Freeborn County, Minn.

PolyMet initiative restores, enhances rice lakes in Minnesota

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announces a partnership with PolyMet Mining that will support DU’s Living Lakes Initiative, a program that restores the health and functionality of Minnesota’s degraded shallow lakes and wetlands.

Conservation: Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes for breeding and migrating waterfowl

South Metro Flyway Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

LAKEVILLE, Minn. – April 16, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2014 the South Metro Flyway chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Frozen North Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

BEMIDJI, Minn. – April 16, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2014 the Frozen North chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

St. Croix Valley Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

STILLWATER, Minn. – April 16, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2014 the St. Croix Valley chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

The Making of the State Convention Logo

One of the first duties of the state chair is to create a new Minnesota Ducks Unlimited state convention logo. Recently elected chair, Brian Ross, was inspired by an October 2012 trip to Vinge Lake in western Minnesota.

Current MNDU Project at Eagle Lake

A current MNDU project going on at Eagle Lake in McLeod County, MN.

Legacy Act's Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Many at the Legacy Act’s belated fifth anniversary fete are optimistic of more progress in conservation.

Minnesota DU Calendar Gun Giveaway


Update on Lake Christina Progress

The History and Progress of Lake Christina as a duck lake.

Minnesota Wild - DU Friends and Family Discount

The Minnesota Wild is hosting the Anaheim Ducks and extending a special offer to all Ducks Unlimited friends and family!

Ken Zylla Wildlife Art Show

Ken Zylla, a wildlife artist that has donated numerous prints to Ducks Unlimited and has helped raise money, is having an Art Show and Sale on November 6th through 9th.

Save the Date! 2015 Minnesota State Convention - Registration Available Soon

The 2015 Minnesota State Convention is being held February 13th and 14th in Willmar, MN.

Migration Alert: Migration Stalls in Minnesota

Minnesota duck hunters are in need of a push of new birds! The early part of the season has been good overall, but now local ducks are getting stretched thin, and there have been few new arrivals from up north to take their places.

Congrats Tyler Vik and Deanna Kriedler!


Minnesota Ducks Unlimited Mentors Youth Hunters


$25 Million Dedicated to Living Lakes Initiative

In November 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, which added 3/8 of 1 percent to the state sales tax. One-third of the revenue generated by this amendment is placed in the state's Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) for competitive grants to state agencies and nonprofit conservation organizations such as Ducks Unlimited. This means that approximately $100 million can be used annually to protect, restore, and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife in Minnesota.

Minnesota Ducks Unlimited Volunteer Spotlight


MN Volunteer Spotlight Archive


farm bill Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – 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.

Unimin donates to enhance Minnesota shallow lakes

OTTAWA, Minn. – January 9, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the beneficiary of a $40,000 donation from Unimin Corporation to help protect, restore, and enhance habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota. The gift provides merchandise underwriting at select DU fundraising events and invests in shallow lake habitat through the Living Lakes Initiative.

ITC donates to enhance shallow-lake habitat

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a $10,000 donation from ITC Holdings Corp. to help protect and restore habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife on the shallow-lake-dotted landscape of Minnesota and Iowa.

Migration Alert: Prospects Good for Minnesota Waterfowlers

It's certainly not a flood of new ducks, but ringnecks and other early migrants are beginning to show up in northern and central Minnesota, augmenting local populations of wood ducks, teal and other species that have been targeted by this state's hunters since the Sept. 21 opening day.

Ducks Unlimited honors Minnesota staff member, volunteer leader

MINNEAPOLIS – Aug. 23, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Regional Director Terry Kostinec a 2012-13 Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 3, an area that encompasses Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Minnesota native elected to Ducks Unlimited national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 24, 2013 – David Flink, of Hutchinson, Minn., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

Scheels All Sports growing conservation in five states

BISMARCK, N.D. – June 12, 2013 – Scheels All Sports is investing in conservation in five of the states where its stores are located. The company has pledged a five-year major gift to Ducks Unlimited to conserve habitat in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.

Living Lakes receive record funding through Iowa appropriation

Ducks Unlimited focuses its Living Lakes Initiative on conserving the shallow-lake habitats of Minnesota and Iowa. This high priority landscape got a big boost recently when both houses of the Iowa legislature approved $8.6 million for the Lake Restoration Fund.

Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes as vital stepping stones for waterfowl migrating between southern wintering and northern breeding grounds each year.

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.

Big Rivers Initiative

Restoring feeding and resting areas along the river that make up the Mississippi River floodplain and the conserving habitat critical to the grand passage of migratory waterfowl.

John Lindquist is DU's 2012 Minnesota Volunteer Conservationist of the Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. – April 30, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recognized longtime supporter and Living Lakes Initiative advocate John Lindquist with its 2012 Minnesota Volunteer Conservationist of the Year award.

Flint Hills Resources donates to protect wildlife habitat

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – April 9, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a $75,000 donation from Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery to help protect and restore habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota. The gift is the latest commitment from Flint Hills in a 28-year partnership with DU.

Flint Hills Living Lakes Video Available

Minnesota state news.

Olivia Minnesota Woman Wins Chevy Truck at State Convention

Minnesota state news.

DU recognizes DNR Wildlife Manager Randy Markl

LAMBERTON, Minn. – Dec. 21, 2012 – Minnesota DNR wildlife professional Randy Markl was recognized recently for his many years of dedication to wetlands and waterfowl conservation with Ducks Unlimited's 2012 Minnesota Conservation Partner of the Year award. The award was presented to Markl at a DNR southern regional wildlife staff meeting by Jon Schneider, DU manager of conservation programs for Minnesota.

A Brush with Greatness

A wildlife painter by trade and a duck hunter at heart, David Maass has made a waterfowl-hunting pilgrimage to Manitoba's Delta Marsh during each of the past 35 years. The man has seen plenty of ducks, but in his eyes the good old days might be right now.

David Maass wins record-breaking fourth DU Artist of the Year award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dec. 3, 2012 - Wildlife artist David Maass of Long Lake, Minn., is Ducks Unlimited's 2013 Artist of the Year (AOY). His winning painting, "Pitching into Cypress," earned Maass his fourth AOY award, more than any other artist.

Outdoor Heritage Fund


Lake Christina in the News

The Star and Tribune recently highlighted a Ducks Unlimited’s project by having an article about the drawdown of Lake Christina.

Capitol visit successful for Iowa, Minnesota farmers

Jim Goodman, a Crescent, Iowa, landowner, joined Toni and Philip Brink of Traverse County, Minn., in Washington, D.C., on July 24-26 as part of a Ducks Unlimited farmer fly-in. These fly-ins help educate and inform legislators of the importance of the 2012 Farm Bill conservation programs, specifically funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Ducks Unlimited joins other conservation, sportsmen's groups in support of Sodsaver

In a letter submitted this week, hunting and fishing and conservation groups urged House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK) and ranking member Collin Peterson (MN) to adopt the Farm Bill's Sodsaver provision to promote "responsible stewardship of agricultural land and direct program benefits to acreage that is most suited for crop production."

DU applauds 2012 Farm Bill committee passage

WASHINGTON - April 26, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced its support and appreciation of the Senate Agricultural Committee today as it passed the 2012 Farm Bill out of committee.

Christina Lake Chapter recognized nationally

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

Garrison Chapter recognized nationally

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

West Hennepin Chapter recognized nationally

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the West Hennepin made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Fergus Falls Area chapter recognized nationally

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – 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 Fergus Falls Area Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Marsh Lake chapter recognized nationally

APPLETON, Minn. – 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 Marsh Lake Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Metro-St. Paul chapter recognized nationally

ST. PAUL, Minn. – 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 Metro-St. Paul Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Roseville chapter recognized nationally

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – 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 Roseville Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

DU discusses waterfowl issues with state house speaker

Ducks Unlimited volunteers and staff recently visited Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers to discuss DU's conservation initiatives and related public policy goals.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

BISMARCK, N.D. – March 22, 2012 – As the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month’s milestone 9th Annual World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security.

Aldinger Steps Up to be Twin City Metro Regional Vice Chair

Minnesota state news.

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.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited focus funding to protect vital waterfowl habitat in Prairie Pothole Region

WASHINGTON - March 2, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited announced today they will work with the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to focus resources on wildlife habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of the northern plains, breeding grounds for a majority of the continent's ducks.

DU staff among key speakers on wetlands protection, conservation funding at Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Last week, two members of Ducks Unlimited's conservation staff were among four key speakers during a plenary session at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita. This year's conference, with a theme of "Wetlands: The Jewels of Kansas," was attended by nearly 400 representatives from the state and regional conservation community.

Two new wildlife management lakes for Minnesota, funding pending for conservation work

At the end of 2011, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designated two new lakes for wildlife management. Teal Lake in Jackson County and Bolstad Slough in Cottonwood County are the 46th and 47th lakes of this type in the state. Ducks Unlimited has partnered with the DNR to complete conservation work on both lakes.

East-Central MN NWI Update

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s Resource Assessment Division (RA) have partnered to perform the NWI update for the east-central project area. DU has primary responsibility for developing the final updated NWI and RA has primary responsibility for the LiDAR and DEM processing as well as assisting with the field data collection.

Migration Alert: Minnesota - Above average temperatures expected as migration continues

Nov. 3, 2011: Hunting success has remained slow over the past week.

Migration Alert - Minnesota: Cooler temperatures improve waterfowl numbers

Oct. 14, 2011: Duck hunting success remained fair across the state over the past week despite the above average temperatures.

DU touts benefits of proposed habitat project in Minnesota

Last week, Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James testified in support of a Minnesota project that aims to enhance 5,000 acres of habitat and expand sportsmen's access. After DU highlighted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board the positive impact that enhancing Marsh Lake will have on waterfowl populations, sportsmen and the local economy, the project was approved and will now advance to the next stage of the review process.

DU touts benefits of proposed habitat project in Minnesota

Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James testified in support of a Minnesota project that aims to enhance 5,000 acres of habitat and expand sportsmen's access.

Pelican Lake Shoreline Protected with Legacy Amendment Acquisition

Senator Klobuchar and Congresswoman Bachmann praise DU's conservation efforts

Minnesota Congressional Representatives Meet with National Ducks Unlimited Leaders

Ducks Unlimited recently held its Conservation Programs Committee meeting in Bloomington, Minn., to discuss DU's conservation projects and initiatives. As a portion of the meeting, DU invited CPC members, along with members of the Minnesota congressional delegation and their staff, to attend breakfast meetings last Friday.

Minnesota Congressional Representatives Meet with National Ducks Unlimited Leaders

Ducks Unlimited recently held its Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) meeting in Bloomington, Minn. to discuss DU's conservation projects and initiatives.

Storms Make for Smaller, Later Wild Rice Harvest for Ducks and People


Pelican Lake WPA Dedication

Ducks Unlimited will this Saturday dedicate the 60-acre Pelican Lake Waterfowl Production Area and donate the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

DU Says DNR Realty Specialist went "Beyond the Call" of Duty

Ducks Unlimited recently recognized Benjamin J. Schaefer, realty specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Lands and Minerals, with a "Beyond the Call" award.

DU holds recognition events for Berg family

Ducks Unlimited is honoring the Berg family for significant accomplishments as DU volunteers. Bob and Rosemary Berg, Longville, and Rick and Pam Berg, Watertown, S.D., have played very active roles for DU locally and nationally for more than 35 years.

Minnesota DU Teams with DNR on Youth Hunt

Minnesota state news.

Habitat Enhancement Under Way at Minnesota's Smith Lake

A new water-control outlet structure on Smith Lake in Wright County allowed Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) managers to begin drawing down lake levels last December. This habitat-enhancement project is a partnership effort between Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota DNR to improve water-level-management capabilities and habitat conditions for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Flint Hills Resources Donates $65,000 to Protect Waterfowl Habitat

Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery recently gave a $65,000 grant to Ducks Unlimited to help protect and restore the habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota.

Chapter Spotlight: Northern Minnesota Chapters

The sum success of 30 northern Minnesota DU chapters is greater than the whole

Winter Wheat Option for Grain Growers Facing Wheat Midge Outbreaks this Season

North Dakota State University crop protection specialist Dan Waldstein warns of the potential wheat midge infestation for many counties in North Dakota during the 2011 growing season. For producers facing wheat midge problems this year, planting winter wheat for the 2012 season is an option worth considering.

DU Recognizes Minn. USFWS Manager for Wetland Conservation

Ducks Unlimited honored a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service district manager from Minnesota with a Wetland Conservation Achievement Award for his exceptional, long-term contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Kevin Brennan’s leadership during his 24 years as manager of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District resulted in the improvement and protection of more than 26,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat in a key portion of the Prairie Pothole Region of Minnesota.

Winter Wheat Duck Nesting Research Gears Up for Second Year

Researchers at Ducks Unlimited and Montana State University are making preparations for the second year of data collection of a three-year study evaluating duck nesting success in winter wheat fields compared to other habitats.

Fishing For Ducks Sets Attendance Record

Minnesota News

Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action Website Launches

Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action announces the launch of the initiative's new website, www.wintercereals.us. Here producers can find out why winter wheat is good for their land and good for their operations, as well as get answers to many of their questions about growing the crop.

North Mankato Women Wins Chevy Truck

Minnesota state news.

Minnesota DU Cattails Newsletters


Smith Lake enhancement drawdown begins

HOWARD LAKE, Minn. - Dec. 21, 2010 - Thanks to a new water control outlet structure on Smith Lake in Wright County, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources managers are currently drawing down lake levels as winter arrives.

Policy News 2-51

Minnesota DNR aims for more ducks in sky, celebrates signing of shallow lakes plan with DU; President signs bill outlawing importation of Asian carp; Bill to reinstate enhanced easement incentive goes to President for signature

2011 Federal Duck Stamp Competition winner Jim Hautman visits Ducks Unlimited headquarters

Waterfowl artist and Minnesota native Jim Hautman paid a visit on Dec. 18 to DU national headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., to view DU's complete collection of federal duck stamp prints.

DNR aims to boost waterfowl populations through new approaches

(from the Minnesota DNR) Dec. 15, 2010 - Two new tactics to add more ducks to Minnesota's skies were the focus of a signing ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 14, attended by leaders of Ducks Unlimited, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and other conservation organizations.

Chapter Spotlight: Garrison Wildlife Chapter

The Garrison Wildlife DU chapter of Minnesota began hosting their Fishing for the Ducks ice-fishing tournament on Lake Mille Lacs in 2005 and it's become a popular event drawing thousands each year.

Ducks Unlimited teams with USFWS to present 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Oct. 18, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited, along with staff from a host of partnering organizations, served on the steering committee of the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest held this past weekend in Berkeley, Calif. The prestigious event was held in the David Brower Center near the University of California-Berkeley campus.

DU presents "Beyond The Call" awards to Perch Lake partners

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Oct. 11, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited presented two key Minnesota partners with “Beyond The Call” awards for work above and beyond the call of duty to make the Perch Lake enhancement project possible. Deborah Loon of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, and Mike Malling of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service were recognized at the trust’s October board meeting by Ryan Heiniger, DU director of conservation programs for Minnesota and Jon Schneider, DU manager of Minnesota conservation programs.

Rice Lake enhancement underway

Water-level management is the goal as one of Minnesota's first designated wildlife lakes and a major waterfowl migration stopover gets a facelift. The project is funded by an Outdoor Heritage Fund grant to Ducks Unlimited as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and appropriated by the 2009 state legislature. Construction crews will complete the project on Rice Lake this fall.

Supporters kick off Lake Christina enhancement project

On an inspiringly beautiful afternoon, partners and supporters gathered Saturday at the Lake Christina public access area to mark the start of a long-awaited enhancement project. Local advocates for the project discussed the history of the lake and expressed their passion for improving water quality and seeing ducks return to this once vibrant waterfowl migration habitat.

DU volunteers tour Smith Lake enhancement project and learn about benefits

HOWARD LAKE, MINN., Aug. 31, 2010 – Volunteers with the Heart of the Lakes Ducks Unlimited (DU) chapter from Annandale/Maple Lake recently toured a new wetland enhancement project at Smith Lake and were excited to learn that the poor wetland conditions in the lake will soon change.

Alexandria Ducks Unlimited chapter tours new habitat project

With help from Ducks Unlimited (DU) and other funding partners, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun to enhance Jennie Lake south of Brandon. Using a pump structure designed, engineered and installed by DU, this large wetland rehabilitation project is finally underway.

Youth have until Aug. 16 to apply for September waterfowl hunt

Youth 12-15 who want to experience waterfowl hunting can apply to be one of 65 participants in this year’s youth waterfowl hunt on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Land Grant Universities Added to Winter Cereals Sustainability in Action Initiative

FARGO, July 26, 2010 - North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of Minnesota (U of M) join with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Bayer CropScience to enhance the Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action (WCSIA) research and education initiative. The land grant universities, along with South Dakota State University, will be working toward new winter wheat varieties with improved characteristics such as winter hardiness, high yield, disease resistance and good milling qualities.

DU completes water control structure on Perch

Ducks Unlimited recently completed work on a water control structure on what will be the Perch Waterfowl Production Area. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. completed the purchase and habitat restoration of 300 acres on Perch Lake, an important migratory waterfowl lake in Blue Earth County. The property will be donated to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for management as the Perch Lake Waterfowl Production Area.

Make a difference on the Mississippi

Cleanup for a cause on June 19 The Mississippi River watershed is a migration corridor for millions of waterfowl every year, as well as an American icon. The river's serenity and life-supporting capabilities go far beyond waterfowl, shorebirds and wildlife, however, stretching into the cities and to the people who live along its muddy banks. Now it's time to give something back to this great watershed.

DU adds Flint Hills Resources to Benefactor Roll of Honor

ROSEMOUNT, Minn., April 28, 2010 - Partnering with Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has allowed Ducks Unlimited to enhance Minnesota's rich waterfowl traditions by protecting, restoring and managing tens of thousands of wildlife habitat acres. DU recently recognized FHR with its Benefactor Roll of Honor award for its philanthropic contributions to DU's conservation work.

Jennie Lake enhancement will improve waterfowl habitat

ALEXANDRIA, Minn., April 26, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited has begun work enhancing Jennie Lake in Douglas County. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency declared Jennie Lake legally impaired in 2008 because of exceedingly high nutrient levels. A secondary benefit of the enhancement project will be to significantly improve water quality and decrease the nutrient load.

Minnesota state Sen. Pat Pariseau honored for service to DU

ST. PAUL, April 19, 2010 - Minnesota State Sen. Pat Pariseau was recognized recently by Ducks Unlimited and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty for her leadership in founding the DU Capitol Chapter, as well as her 19 years as the volunteer area chair of the chapter. With many of Pariseau’s legislative colleagues in attendance, Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau and DU Minnesota State Chair Lee Ness presented her with framed letters from Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DU President John Pope. Pariseau is retiring after 21 years of service as a state senator.

Curtis Lake enhancement begins

Another project made possible by the Outdoor Heritage Fund MARSHALL, Minn., March 31, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited began enhancement of another shallow lake project funded in part by the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The early warm weather melted snow and allowed crews get started on the Curtis Lake project near Marshall.

DU disappointed with wetlands funding veto

ST. PAUL, Minn. - March 16, 2010 - Funding for an important and landowner-friendly habitat conservation program was line-item vetoed this week by Governor Tim Pawlenty in the state’s bonding bill, a move Ducks Unlimited says may jeopardize millions in matching federal funds.

James Hautman named Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb. 24, 2010 - Wildlife artist James Hautman of Chaska, Minn., is the Ducks Unlimited 2011 Artist of the Year. His painting, "First Light - Canvasbacks," earned him the top honor.

DU recognizes Minnesota conservation partners

BRAINERD, Minn., Feb.13, 2010 –Ducks Unlimited presented conservation awards to recognize individuals and organizations for their commitment to improve Minnesota’s wetland and waterfowl resources at their annual Minnesota state convention in Brainerd this past weekend.

DU urges legislature to reinvest in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Feb. 4, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited says full funding for the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve program would be a good investment bringing positive economic benefits and leveraging millions in federal dollars.

DU & dedicated duck hunters protect shoreline

BELGRADE, Minn, December 14, 2009 – In a world full of change, a group of dedicated hunters in southwest Stearns County have taken action to assure their shoreline property on Fish Lake stays the same for future generations. The Kauller Partnership, made up of Don Kauth, his two sons, Tom and Paul, and friends, Mark Miller and Charlie Mueller, recently agreed to a 183-acre conservation easement with Ducks Unlimited that permanently protects over 2,300 feet of shoreline on Fish Lake and 80 acres of soon-to-expire Conservation Reserve Program acres.

DU seeks bids for three more OHF shallow lake projects

ALEXANDRIA, Minn., Dec. 5, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited has this week put three more large shallow lake enhancement projects in western and southern Minnesota out for competitive construction bids, bringing to six the total number of Outdoor Heritage Fund grant enhancement projects it now has underway.

Gislason Lake enhancement will improve waterfowl habitat

MARSHALL, Minn., Nov. 25, 2009 – Ducks and other wildlife will find a rejuvenated shallow lake when they visit Gislason Lake in Lincoln County next year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with Ducks Unlimited to install a water control structure that will allow managers to improve the water quality and vegetation conditions on the lake. The project is supported by a 2009 grant to DU from the Minnesota Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

DU breaks ground on Outdoors Heritage projects

Ducks Unlimited has broken ground for three western Minnesota shallow lake enhancement projects supported in part by a grant from the newly created Outdoor Heritage Fund, as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. With November’s warm weather, DU was able to move forward with the projects before freeze-up.

Sharing the tradition

On September 19 2009, Ducks Unlimited, the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up to host a youth-mentored waterfowl hunt at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota.

Buffalo Lake face-lift taking shape

One of southern Minnesota’s best shallow waterfowl migration lakes is in the middle of a face-lift that will attract and hold more ducks.

Wild rice crop apparently thinner, but still abundant for ducks in Minnesota

BRAINERD, Minn., August 13, 2009 – Summer stands of wild rice in northern Minnesota’s shallow lakes and marshes appear to be slightly shorter and thinner this year than in the recent past. However, wild rice should still be relatively widespread and abundant for migrating waterfowl and hunters this fall, according to preliminary field reports.

Ducks Unlimited to oversee projects on newest designated wildlife management lakes

Jennie Lake in Douglas County and Smith Lake in Wright County have become Minnesota’s newest Designated Wildlife Management Lakes, boosting the number of designated lakes to 42.

DNR, DU, FWS Hamden Slough team up for Youth Waterfowl Day hunt

DETROIT LAKES, Minn., July 20, 2009 - Youth who have an interest in becoming waterfowl hunters are eligible to participate in a mentored hunt on Saturday, Sept. 19, on the 3,170-acre Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes. Application deadline is Monday, Aug. 17. Participants will be selected by lottery.

Long-awaited cooperative project improves Geneva Lake

The water in Geneva Lake was turbid and pea green for years, but now the water is clear and the shallow lake is rejuvenated.

Prinsco gift to DU brings sustainable material to sustain duck habitat

WILLMAR, Minn., April. 29, 2009 - Restoring wetland habitat does not come cheaply. That’s why Ducks Unlimited appreciates Prinsco, Inc.’s donation of $10,000 worth of pipe materials to help DU install a water control structure on Olson Lake, east of Raymond, Minn. DU recently recognized Prinsco Vice President of Sales Jamie Duininck with a “Bronze Teal” award for his company’s generous donation, which will allow federal wildlife managers to manage the lake for optimal waterfowl habitat.

Congressman Oberstar honored by DU

ARLINGTON, Va. – March 20, 2009 – Congressman James Oberstar was honored today by Ducks Unlimited with the 2009 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference for his work to restore Clean Water Act protections to isolated wetlands.

Minnesota Waterfowl Symposium April 18

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. March. 5, 2009 - The 12th Annual Waterfowl Symposium will be held April 17-19 at the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Prairie Wetland Learning Center in Fergus Falls, Minn. The theme of the symposium is “Collaboration and Conservation.”

Sixth annual Shallow Lakes Forum in Chaska, Minn.

The Shallow Lakes Forum will be March 30, 2009 at the Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center in Chaska, Minnesota. The theme of this year’s forum is “Development and Implementation of Shallow Lake Management Plans.”

DU thanks Minnesota conservation partners

LAKEVILLE, Minn., Feb.26, 2008 –Ducks Unlimited announced recently conservation awards to recognize individuals for their commitment to improve Minnesota’s wetland and waterfowl resources.

Fourth Annual Wetlands Summit Announced

Normandale Community College Bloomington, Minnesota February 21, 2009, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM The fourth annual Wetlands Summit continues a succession of summits that have arisen from the Rally for Ducks, Wetlands and Clean Water held on two occasions on the State Capitol grounds in April of 2005 and 2006. The Rally called for holding an annual wetlands summit to review current programs and problems, identify corrective measures and develop funding support.

DU and Bayer CropScience team up to increase winter wheat

Bayer CropScience and Ducks Unlimited believe winter wheat has an important role to play in sustainable agriculture on the prairies and have joined forces to launch a North American project called “Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action.”

DU and Corps of Engineers sign regional cooperation agreement

Memorandum of understanding will ensure future partnerships throughout Mississippi River Valley MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Nov. 25, 2008 - The Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) are cementing an enduring partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at 1:00 p.m. from Mud Island North boat ramp, Nov. 24, 2008.

Partnerships get the work done for ducks in Minnesota

Many funding sources make light work. Ducks Unlimited is improving five more key shallow lakes in west-central Minnesota because local, state and federal partners joined forces to financially support these wetland projects.

Better days ahead for Minnesota ducks and wetlands

In a historic vote a decade in the making, Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment to provide new funding for wetlands and waterfowl. The amendment will remain in effect for 25 years starting July 1, 2009 and will annually generate approximately $91 million for clean water, $91 million for fish and wildlife habitat, $37 million for parks and trails and $54 million for arts.

DU and DNR IMPROVING MANAGEMENT OF SIX SHALLOW LAKES IN SW MINNESOTA

As the ducks make their annual fall migration, six large wetlands and shallow lakes on southwestern Minnesota’s “prairie coteau” are undergoing major improvements that will help keep them attractive to ducks for years to come.

MN enrolls nearly 10,000 ac. in Wetlands Reserve Program

ST PAUL, MINNESOTA Oct. 29, 2008—Minnesota has enrolled 9,776 new acres in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) since August 1, 2008 helping exceed the Federal government’s 3-year goal of increasing the number and size of America’s wetlands. Nationwide more than two million acres have now been enrolled in WRP.

Minnesota wild rice lakes benefit from Georgia generosity

Minnesota’s Big Rice Lake was the backdrop recently for an event to honor a big-time conservationist. Ducks Unlimited volunteers and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources gathered to honor the contributions of Georgia DU supporter Tommy L. Williams III with a permanent bronze plaque unveiled next to this magnificent lake.

Open Letter to Minnesota Waterfowlers about Voting Yes

Open letter from Minnesota DU State Chariman and Director of Conservaiton Programs about voting yes for the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

MORE DOLLARS FOR DUCKS AND DUCK HUNTERS

To get the most out of the celebration of the Federal Duck Stamp contest coming to Minnesota in October, you may have to go from walking shoes to hunting boots to dress shoes. A number of events, including a walk and a gala banquet, are planned to commemorate the success of the Federal Duck Stamp program, which has raised more than $700 million to purchase and protect more than 5.2 million acres of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge system.

Minnesota wild rice crop abundant

BRAINERD, Minn., August 25, 2008 – Summer stands of wild rice in northern Minnesota’s shallow lakes and marshes are surprisingly widespread and abundant, although they won’t reach the level of last year’s bumper crop, according to preliminary field reports. The size of the crop is great news for both human rice harvesters and waterfowl. Improved duck migration habitat is one of the main purposes of the cooperative wild rice lake management program conducted by Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The program is an integral part of DU’s Living Lakes Initiative and supports the shallow lake habitat goals of DNR’s “Duck Recovery Plan.”

DU and DNR restoring premier southern Minnesota waterfowl lake

JANESVILLE, Minn., August 19, 2008 - One of southern Minnesota’s best shallow waterfowl migration lakes is being prepped for a face-lift that will attract and hold more ducks. Buffalo Lake in Waseca County is being temporarily drawn-down in preparation for Ducks Unlimited to reconstruct the water control outlet structure and outlet channel this fall.

DU and partners improve five more wildlife lakes in southern Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn., April 17, 2008 – Actively managing fish and water levels can turn shallow lakes from a turbid to clear water state and improve habitat for wildlife. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited added water control structures and fish barriers to five southern Minnesota shallow lakes this past year, which will improve each lake’s ability this spring to produce the plants and invertebrates that attract ducks and other waterfowl.

Minnesota DU delivers conservation message to Congress

Minnetonka resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer Mel Bois traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. Bois met with staff members from the offices of Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Norm Coleman and Reps. Tim Walz and Jim Ramstad.

DU Recognizes Conservation Partners in Minnesota

BRAINERD, Minn., Feb. 18, 2008 – At its annual Minnesota state convention this weekend, Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognized two conservation partners for their commitment to improve Minnesota’s wetland and waterfowl resources. The 2008 Minnesota DU conservation awards were presented to: • Matt Holland – Professional of the Year • Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources – Partner of the Year

DU congratulates Minnesota Legislature for passing dedicated funding

In a historic vote a decade in the making, the Minnesota Legislature today passed legislation giving voters the opportunity to amend the state’s constitution next November. If approved by the citizens next fall, the amendment will provide approximately $300 million annually to improve the state’s natural and cultural resources for the next 25 years. The new funding would be generated by increasing the sales tax by 3/8 of one percent, which amounts to about eight cents on a twenty dollar purchase.

Foundations growing DU's Living Lakes

When the Living Lakes Initiative was launched three years ago, we knew additional staff would be needed to achieve such an ambitious landscape goal of conserving 400 shallow lakes and large marshes in 10 years.

100,000 Acres and Counting

A group of 50 supporters gathered recently to celebrate a milestone conservation accomplishment by Minnesota’s Habitat Conservation Partnership, an Environmental Trust Fund-supported effort. The Henry Lake restoration project in Wright County represents the 100,000th acre conserved by the partnership whose goals are to restore, manage and protect Minnesota’s wildlife habitats.

U.S. senators, DU staff member rally for protection of migratory birds in wake of oil spill

Ryan Heiniger, DU director of conservation programs for Minnesota and Iowa, met with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) and others to discuss repercussions of the Gulf oil spill on North America's migratory birds.

Upper Mississippi River

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

U.S. Great Lakes System

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

Prairie Pothole Region

The Prairie Pothole Region, North America's Duck Factory, is at the heart of Ducks Unlimited's conservation mission. Read more about DU's PPR priority area.

St. Croix (Stillwater, MN) Chapter

With such a dedicated and well organized group as the Stillwater Chapter it's no coincidence that they are named the spotlight chapter this month. Originally formed in 1976 with eight members, the Stillwater Chapter, now 25 members strong, thrives on their experience, teamwork and their ability to raise money for the ducks.

Where Minnesota's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Minnesota waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of our annual duck harvest is produced in the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, we grown our own share of ducks right here on our wetlands in Minnesota.

Minnesota Conservation Projects

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