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Migration Alert: Mild Temps Hold Peak Numbers in Missouri

In Missouri, it's been a "crazy" duck hunting season with a lot of "goofy" weather, according to Andy Raedeke, waterfowl biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Raedeke reports that warmer-than-normal weather has stalled the migration, and some Show Me State hunters are struggling because of this while others are benefiting from it.

Migration Alert: Mallard Numbers Build in Iowa and Missouri

Duck seasons will come to a close in much of Iowa and northern Missouri in the next three weeks, and with mallard numbers continuing to build in those states, hunters are optimistic for a strong finish.

New program for Missouri rice growers improves water use, waterfowl habitat

Rice farmers in nine Missouri counties can apply for financial assistance to make on-farm improvements through Nov. 20, thanks to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership Project, sponsored by USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited.

Schell Osage Conservation Area – Last of five Missouri Golden Anniversary Wetland Initiative projects

Schell Osage Conservation Area is the final of five Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative projects aimed at rehabilitating Missouri Department of Conservation’s oldest wetland conservation areas.

Missouri agriculture wetlands: Partners demonstrating conservation

Today agriculture plays a vital role in sustaining Missouri’s social and economic well-being. If Missouri is to be successful in restoring wetland functions and values to our great floodplains we will need to do so in partnership with the Missouri Agriculture Wetland Initiative.

America's Floodplain: DU's dedication to the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers

At the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers is North America’s greatest floodplain. Acknowledging the importance of this area to our mission, in 2003 Ducks Unlimited established the “Confluence Focus Area” (CFA) as one of DU’s priority Conservation Regions.

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.

DU Awarded $1 Million Grant for Conservation Project on Missouri Refuge

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for a wetland conservation project on Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in north-central Missouri. With the help of this funding and a group of dedicated partners, DU will be able to protect and restore some of the region's most productive habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Columbia Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

COLUMBIA, Mo. – 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 Columbia chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

St. Louis Mid County Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – April 9, 2015 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2014, St. Louis Mid County chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

St. Louis Sponsors Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

ST. LOUIS, Mo.– April 9, 2015 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2014, St. Louis Sponsors chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: Nebraska's Rainwater Basin Light Goose Numbers Fluctuate Daily

Skeins of light geese streamed north out of northern Kansas and Nebraska's Rainwater Basin on Monday, taking advantage of southern winds and 70-degree temperatures on their journey to the Arctic. Hunters along this corridor are taking advantage of the fantastic weather and remain optimistic about the potential as geese continue to funnel through the region.

Migration Alert: Kansas and Missouri LGCO Hunters Prepare for Fast-Paced Migration

A winter storm is predicted during the next few days in Missouri and Kansas, but shortly thereafter milder temperatures and southerly breezes will take over. If this forecast holds, peak numbers of white geese should be moving northward next week.

Golden Anniversary Wetland Restoration Dedicated in Southeast Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited recently gathered with supporters to dedicate and celebrate the renovations completed on the Duck Creek Conservation Area in Stoddard, Bollinger, and Wayne Counties. The conservation area contains 2,400 acres of wetlands, as well as forest and cropland, and was purchased by the MDC to provide waterfowl hunting opportunities adjacent to the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.

Snow Goose Destinations

The Light Goose Conservation Order (LGCO) is an excellent opportunity to extend the waterfowl season, but pinpointing this fast-paced migration can be a daunting task. Ice, snow, and food supplies dictate when and where millions of light geese will migrate north in the spring, and knowing where these conditions collide should lead you to the birds. Whether freelancing or planning a guided trip, the following destinations should be at the top of any LGCO hunter's list.

Migration Alert: Mid-South Ducks Numbers Increase for Final Weekend

For hunters in the mid-Mississippi Alluvial Valley, the 2014–2015 duck season is set to go out with a bang, or lots of them! Hunting in this region ends at sunset on Jan. 25. According to reports from several mid-south areas, ducks are plentiful, and hunter success has increased significantly since warm southerly winds thawed out frozen waters in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri's Bootheel. Ducks have responded to this thaw by showing up in large numbers.

Missouri DU Calendar Gun Giveaway

Migration Alert: Missouri's Odd Migration Patterns May Change Soon

Weird! That's been the word used by biologists, management area personnel, and hunters to describe this year's duck migration and hunting season in Missouri. With the season nearly over in the north zone (ends December 23) and with ample hunting left in the middle zone (ends December 30) and the southern zone (ends January 25), there's a lot of head-scratching going on over how such a promising season has become so stagnant.

Migration Alert: Northern Plains Still Holding Large Numbers of Waterfowl

The good news coming out of the northern reaches of the Central Flyway this week is that there are still massive numbers of ducks and geese waiting to migrate south. Although there isn't significant snowfall in the current forecast, the next strong front may recharge hunting opportunities to the south.

Migration Alert: Cold Front Should Improve Missouri Teal Season

The majority of Missouri teal hunters enjoyed decent gunning to kick off the 2014–2015 waterfowl season. Hunters in Missouri's Bootheel are experiencing more consistency than other areas, but with a strong front bearing down on the Show Me State, most are predicting that more teal are on the way.

Sen. Blunt (MO) welcomes DU to Missouri for convention

Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) welcomes Ducks Unlimited to Missouri for the 2014 National Convention and talks about public policies affecting waterfowl.

Migration Alert: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Swarming with Light Goose Hunting Opportunities

Sporadic reports of small flocks of light geese are trickling in from South Dakota, but a major surge in goose numbers in northwest Missouri and parts of Nebraska has hunters frantically rushing to the fields in these areas. Last week's polar vortex stalled the migration, but as the weather cleared and the winds shifted to the south, massive numbers of light geese moved north.

Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall has been named Bass Pro Shops' 2013 Conservation Partner of the Year. Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro, recently presented Hall with the prestigious award during a special ceremony at Bass Pro's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Migration Alert: Ice, Snow Put a Clamp on Missouri Duck Hunting

Just a week ago, many Missouri waterfowlers were enjoying stellar duck hunting, with straps of greenheads being the rule rather than the exception. By all measures, the season was going great.

Migration Alert: Weather Changes Impact Missouri Bootheel Hunting

Wade Bourne, co-host of DUTV explains how drastic weather shifts have impacted waterfowl hunting in the Missouri Bootheel.

Barbara & Ralph Fisher III: Building an Endowment for the Ducks

Barbara and Ralph Fisher III of Fairdealing, Missouri, are Diamond Sponsors in Perpetuity and Diamond Feather Society members. They are also proud supporters of Ducks Unlimited's Endowment Challenge, which aims to raise $75 million toward DU's long-term financial stability and conservation efforts in honor of the organization's 75th anniversary in 2012.

Johnny Belz: Beloved Member of the DU Family Leaves His Mark

Johnny Belz was a dedicated DU volunteer, staff member, and Major Sponsor for more than 40 years, sharing his passion for conservation and the outdoors with thousands before his passing in 2013. Johnny's story was featured in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Migration Alert: Mallards Funnel into Missouri

The mallards are in Missouri! That's the late word from waterfowl biologists and hunters. Harsh wintry weather to the north and powerful cold fronts have pushed peak numbers of mallards into this state.

Ducks Unlimited to hit 195 mph thanks to Bass Pro Shops partnership

Ducks Unlimited will visit the top two NASCAR superspeedways in the coming months thanks to a new partnership with Bass Pro Shops.

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.

Ducks Unlimited announces 2013 Wetlands for Kids Day

ST. LOUIS - March 15, 2013 - Did you know wetlands support more than 900 species of wildlife, many of them threatened or endangered, in addition to providing us with clean water and flood protection? Join Ducks Unlimited for the upcoming 14th Annual Wetlands for Kids Day and you and your children can learn even more about wetlands through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations.

USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

Migration Alert: Late-Season Opportunities Remain in Oklahoma and Missouri

Scouting will be the key to success during the last weekend of the duck season in Oklahoma. Next door in northwestern Missouri, waterfowlers are also focusing on geese.

Missouri: NAWCA grant funds next phase of confluence project

ST. LOUIS - Jan. 22, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to implement the third phase of an ongoing conservation effort within the Confluence Region of the Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Migration Alert: Missouri Waterfowlers Hope for Warmer Weather and New Birds

With Missouri’s north and middle zones now closed to duck hunting, most of the state’s waterfowlers are now hunting geese – if they can find them. At Grand Pass Conservation Area east of Kansas City, the most recent count estimated 100,000 mallards, a good sign for hunters in the southern part of the state still hoping for new ducks to arrive.

Migration Alert: Northerners Turn To Geese; Southerners Await Ducks

I can hear the rather rotund lady either warming up or in full voice in the northern portion of the Mississippi Flyway. For many hunters in the Upper Midwest, it's time to start putting away the duck gear and begin thinking about geese, or ice fishing.

Migration Alert: Snows, Whitefronts are winging it, but duck data differs

If Sandhill cranes were leading the charge south in the last couple of weeks, then specks and snows are hot on their tail in the eastern half of the Central Flyway.

Media Advisory: Ducks Unlimited to host The Big River Thrives Leadership Forum in Memphis

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at Ducks Unlimited national headquarters, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 - The Big River Thrives brings together leaders and experts from diverse Mississippi River interests to identify critical habitat and ecosystems issues to be discussed within the context of comprehensive river management.

Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 21, 2012 - As the air turns cool and hunting seasons hover on the horizon in many states, it's an ideal time to come together and celebrate America's outdoor traditions. On Saturday, Sept. 22, National Hunting and Fishing Day events commemorating hunters, anglers and conservation will be taking place across the country to bring together sportsmen and honor the heritage they share. Ducks Unlimited is proud to be one of the sponsors of NHF Day 2012.

Waterfowl, hunters to benefit from nearly $30 million federal investment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 12, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a landmark investment of nearly $30 million in the future of wetlands, waterfowl and public waterfowl hunting across the country through expanded refuges and hunting programs.

Ducks Unlimited to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Aug. 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has been announced as a new sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the official federal commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation. NHF Day 2012 is set to take place Sept. 22.

Kansas City Chiefs offer DU Member Appreciation Discount

Missouri Ducks Unlimited and the Kansas City Chiefs have arranged for an exclusive Ducks Unlimited Member Appreciation Discount for the 2013 season home games.

St. Louis Mid County Chapter recognized nationally

ST. LOUIS – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the St. Louis Mid County made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Columbia chapter recognized nationally

COLUMBIA, Mo. – 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 Columbia Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 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.

DU, conservation partners oppose changes to successful conservation system in Missouri

While Ducks Unlimited looks forward to its 75th anniversary later this month, another organization with 75 years of conservation success is facing some major structural changes that could negatively influence its effectiveness: the Missouri Conservation Commission.

Migration Alert: Missouri waterfowlers face stalled migration

Strong cold fronts have yet to push waterfowl through northern Central and Missippi Flyway states forcing Missouri hunters to use creative strategies.

USA Rice Federation presents Ducks Unlimited with 2011 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award

The USA Rice Federation presented Ducks Unlimited with its second annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award on Dec. 8. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation that significantly benefit natural resources, wildlife and America's communities.

Migration Alert: Recent rain and cold have dispersed waterfowl in Missouri

Dec. 7, 2011: An abundance of new water in southern Missouri and ice in the north has shuffled the deck for hunters in this state.

DU and Missouri Department of Conservation celebrate $5 million milestone as partners

DU is proud to celebrate its partnership with the MDC, which has led to the restoration of 235,059 acres of prime breeding habitat and the positive influence of an additional 1.2 million acres on the Canadian prairies.

Waterfowl QA with Mark Reed

Recently named "Conservation Officer of the Year" by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the "Mississippi Flyway Officer of the Year" by the Mississippi Flyway Council for his exemplary dedication to protecting and preserving wildlife.

Missouri DU Ranks in Top Ten Fundraising States

Each Year Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognizes the Top Ten states around the country for their efforts through the National State Awards Program. In 2010, under the leadership of Tom Shryock, Missouri Ducks Unlimited received the Bronze Level Comprehensive State Award.

Missouri Department of Conservation Contributes to Waterfowl Conservation

With this year's state grant program contribution of $275,000, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reached the $5 million mark for donations to waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada.

Missouri native named to DU Board of Directors

During its annual convention held recently in Quebec City, Ducks Unlimited Inc. elected James R. "Jim" Talbert, of Jefferson City, to its national board of directors.

11,000 Acres of Critical Habitat Protected in IL, MO

In just over three years, Ducks Unlimited and an impressive suite of partners permanently protected 11,135 acres of critical wildlife habitat in Illinois and Missouri with the support of a $2.5-million grant from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation using funds provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Wetlands for Kids Day a Record Success

The Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited hosted the 13th Annual Wetlands for Kids Day event at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on Saturday April 2. More than 4,500 attendees came out to enjoy the beautiful day and learn more about wildlife and wetlands.

Missouri State Officers

MDC Contributes $5 Million to Waterfowl Conservation

With this year's state grant program contribution of $250,000, the Missouri Department of Conservation reached the $5 million mark for donations to waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada. With the support of MDC during the past five years, Ducks Unlimited conserved, enhanced and restored 235,059 acres of prime breeding habitat and positively influenced an additional 1.2 million acres.

Annual Wetlands for Kids Day Set for April 2

The 2011 Annual Wetlands for Kids Day, hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited and supported by grants from the Dana Brown Foundation and U.S. Bank, will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, Missouri.

Chapter Spotlight: Columbia, Missouri Chapter

Ask anyone on the Columbia, Mo., DU Chapter committee and they all say the same thing: this chapter knows how to have fun.

Crestliner and Lewis Boats Donate Boat Package for St. Charles Ducks Unlimited Dinner

Missouri state news.

Missouri State Convention 2011

Check out the agenda for the 2011 Missouri State Convention!

Migration Update: Dec. 21, 2010 - Missouri

Recent cold weather has frozen wetlands across much of Missouri, pushing large numbers of waterfowl farther down the flyway.

Migration Update: Missouri

Nov. 30, 2010 - Missouri showing huge duck numbers

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.

Missouri Ducks Unlimited volunteer meets with congressional leaders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - May 17, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited volunteer Jim Talbert traveled from Jefferson City, Mo., to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with congressional leaders and discuss wetlands conservation issues. Talbert and DU staff members sat down with representatives and their staffs in an effort to explain the benefits of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants for Missouri and the North American waterfowl population.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley waterfowl hunters search for answers

Waterfowl seasons throughout the country are now officially closed. Die-hard waterfowl hunters are starting to feel the first symptoms of post-season regret. "Could I have hunted more? Could I have hunted in better places? Were my decoys wrong? Do I need a new gun?" Most importantly, this season many hunters are asking, "Where were the ducks?" Here are a few answers that might help solve the puzzling riddle many hunters faced in the Mid-South.

Missouri State Convention 2010 March 26-28

Come join us for the 2010 Missouri State Convention at the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake Ozarks! Everyone is welcome!

Former DU board member Jim Range receives conservation award posthumously

ST. LOUIS - Jan. 25, 2010 - To honor a life spent championing the outdoors, Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have named the late James D. "Jim" Range of Washington, D.C., the 2010 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year. This is the fifteenth consecutive year the award has been presented to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the outdoors and wildlife conservation.

2009 State Convention Awards

2009 State Convention Awards

DU Announces Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

DU’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. The awards are presented in six categories. This year’s recipient for the Research/Technical award is Missouri’s own David Graber.

Ducks Unlimited, Partners to Restore Wetlands in Missouri Confluence

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to support wetland restoration projects on Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge, B.K. Leach Conservation Area, and private lands in the Missouri confluence. DU and partners provided over $3.4 million to match the nearly $1 million grant.

2009 State Convention March 20 - 22

Missouri State Convention March 20 - 22

MO DU Chapters Fill Halls at February Events

We have all been wondering "will people attend MO DU events, spend some money, and have some fun in 2009"? Kearney, Jefferson City, Palmyra, Montgomery City, Perryville and the Albany, MO DU committess have provided us with the answer, a resounding YES.

Ducks Unlimited Addresses Missouri Flooding

Long-term solutions best answer to extreme weather events MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 3, 2008 - In the weeks that follow a flooding event, authorities are providing immediate assistance to those suffering from the disaster, but they are also looking for answers to help provide residents with better protection in the future.


PARTNERS GATHER TO CELBRATE CONFLUENCE CONSERVATION Momentum Builds for Conservation in the Missouri Confluence ST. LOUIS, MO - May 16, 2008 – Seven St. Louis area duck hunting clubs and their members were honored Thursday for their efforts in protecting, restoring and enhancing wetland habitat within the Missouri Confluence Conservation Area near here. The event hosted by Ducks Unlimited and the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance (GRHA) also highlighted the importance of the Confluence Area and provided a setting for conservation partners and landowners to discuss opportunities for the future.


Record attendance at Missouri's 10th annual Wetlands For Kids Day. Held by Ducks Unlimited and Missori Department of Conservation and funded by Monsanto Fund.

Annual Wetlands For Kids Day Set For April 5

Annual Wetlands for Kids Day Set for April 5 ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 27, 2008 – The annual Wetlands for Kids Day hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited and supported by a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, Missouri. Each child who registers will receive a free Ducks Unlimited Greenwing membership, which includes a one-year subscription to the Puddler magazine, courtesy of the Monsanto Fund.

Missouri DU delivers conservation message to Congress

WASHINGTON – March 7, 2008 - Senior Ducks Unlimited volunteers Jeff Churan of Chillicothe, Mo. and T.R. Potter of St. Louis, Mo. traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities.

2008 Missouri State Convention set for March 28-30

The 2008 Missouri State Ducks Unlimited Convention is set for March 28-30, 2008, at the Lodge of Four Seasons.

MDC Salutes DU Major Donors At Fountain Grove

Nineteen Ducks Unlimited major donors were honored at Missouri's Fountain Grove Conservation Area in a special ceremony conducted by the Missouri Department of Conservation on October 6, 2007.

Wetlands for Kids Day Set for April 14

ST. LOUIS, Mo., Feb. 26, 2007 – The annual Wetlands for Kids Day hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, Missouri. Each child who registers will receive a free DU Greenwing membership, which includes a one-year subscription to the Puddler magazine, courtesy of the Monsanto Fund.

Truman Lake Wetlands Restoration Complete

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 16, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and partners completed restoring 1,008 acres of wetlands and native wet prairie in Henry and St. Clair Counties, Missouri. This restoration project was made possible by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) small grant and generous contributions from 13 partners.

Young Missouri Artist Wins the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 24, 2006 – Rebekah Nastav’s painting of a redhead duck (Aythya Americana) taking a morning swim won the 2006-2007 Junior Duck Stamp art contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Nastav’s stamp will be available for $5 on June 1, 2006.

Wetlands for Kids Day is a Success - MO

ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 6, 2006 – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) hosted the annual Wetlands for Kids Day event at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on Saturday April 1. Nearly 2,000 children and adults attended to learn more about wildlife and wetlands. “This is our most successful year yet,” said Patti Redel, outreach and education regional supervisor for the MDC. “This event is a great opportunity to introduce and educate kids about nature and excite them about the outdoors.”

Missouri Department of Conservation Renews Commitment to Waterfowl Conservation - MO

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo., March 28, 2006 – At the Missouri Ducks Unlimited convention last weekend, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced its new 5-year commitment of $1.25 million in support of wetland and waterfowl conservation in Prairie Canada. The MDC has increased its contribution to $250,000 annually for five years beginning in 2007. This contribution is significant and exemplifies its longtime support of DU’s waterfowl and wetland conservation activities in Canada.

Ducks Unlimited Helps Protect Key Duck Habitat in St. Louis Area

Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently completed two conservation projects along the Mississippi River in St. Charles County, Missouri. Thanks to conservation easements donated by Mallard Point Duck Club and Thousand Oaks Duck Club, approximately 370 acres of waterfowl habitat are now permanently protected near where the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers converge. "This area, which lies within the greater Middle Mississippi region, is at the heart of one of the most important migration corridors for waterfowl in North America," said Ken Babcock, director of operations for DU's Southern Regional Office.h

DU's Babcock Receives Prestigious Wildlife Award

Ducks Unlimited's Ken Babcock received the prestigious C.W. Watson Award from the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to wildlife management. The award was presented Tuesday evening in St. Louis, Mo. at the group's annual meeting. Babcock is director of operations for DU's Southern Regional Office in Jackson, Miss.

Upper Mississippi River

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

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Mississippi Alluvial Valley priority area.

Where Missouri's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Missouri waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of Missouri’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, we receive a substantial number of mallards from the Great Lakes region every fall and winter.

Fountain Grove Conservation Area - Missouri Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative

Fountain Grove is a 50-year old Conservation Area (CA) with ageing infrastructure (levees, water control structures, canals and pumps) that is no longer sufficient to effectively manage the area’s wetlands.

Truman Lake Wetlands

To restore wetlands in the upper Osage River drainage basin. Partners conducted restoration on nine sites within the flood basin of the Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir. Wetlands on several sites were restored using a technique that created gradual contours on the land by scouring shallow areas and forming raised mounds throughout the marsh.

Missouri Conservation Projects

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

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