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Ducks Unlimited reaches conservation milestone

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is proud to announce it has reached a conservation milestone with more than 13 million acres of habitat conserved in North America. The groundbreaking number is a cumulative accomplishment of the millions of DU members, as well as volunteers and partners, who have been a part of the organization over the past 76 years.

President Obama recognizes 75th anniversary milestone for Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 30, 2012 - Just in time for Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary on Sunday, President Barack Obama issued a special message to DU and its supporters.

Ducks Unlimited Applauds Dan Ashe's Nomination as Director of Fish & Wildlife Service

Dan Ashe, a senior manager with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for more than 15 years, was today nominated to become director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Former DU TV host among finalists for Budweiser Conservationist of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 26, 2010 - Jared Brown of Clearwater, Fla., host of Ducks Unlimited Television from 2002 to 2009, has been named a finalist for the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year.

Ducks Unlimited CEO joins NFWF, NRCS on tour of MBHI sites along Louisiana coast

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Oct. 27, 2010 – DU CEO Dale Hall, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Executive Director Jeff Trandahl and Kevin Norton, Louisiana state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, visited sites in the Vermilion and Cameron parishes in southwest Louisiana that were recently flooded under the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.

Ducks Unlimited supports South Carolina right to hunt and fish amendment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Oct. 22, 2010 – On Nov. 2, South Carolinians will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make the 12th state to protect hunting and fishing as constitutional rights.

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.

Ducks Unlimited CEO named "Conservationist of the Year" by America's Wetland Foundation

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall was honored today as "Conservationist of the Year" by the America's Wetland Foundation at the Inaugural World Delta Dialogues conference; a major international conference of more than 350 representatives from at least 15 countries who join to tackle the challenges and opportunities associated with sustaining deltaic regions worldwide, using the Mississippi River Delta as the focus.

DU CEO named to governor's coastal advisory board

Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed Ducks Unlimited CEO H. Dale Hall to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation. Hall will serve as one of two representatives from the conservation community.

Ducks Unlimited supports Tennessee right to hunt and fish amendment

On Nov. 2, Tennessee voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would make Tennessee the 11th state to protect both hunting and fishing as state constitutional rights.

DU's AGO initiatives stress protection of important breeding waterfowl habitat

In a letter applauding the Obama administration for its America's Great Outdoors initiative, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall also included the organization's recommendations for the initiative going forward.

U.S. Rep. Cohen says "DU mission easy to support" during visit to group's national headquarters

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee's 9th Congressional District paid a visit to DU headquarters yesterday to better acquaint himself with the world's leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation. Before taking a tour of DU headquarters, Rep. Cohen spent time discussing his support of DU's conservation mission with top DU officials, including CEO Dale Hall.

Congressman Thompson, DU celebrate historic restoration project in California

Congressman Mike Thompson of California's 1st Congressional District joined more than 100 California conservation and political officials yesterday to celebrate a milestone in U.S. habitat restoration.

Ducks Unlimited Statement on the Death of Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens

Ducks Unlimited issued the following statement regarding former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, who died in a plane crash Monday night near Dillingham, Alaska.

House Passes Full Funding For Public Lands Program, Adopts Amendment to Improve Recreational Access

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2010 – Thanks to action in the U.S. House of Representatives, sportsmen-conservationists across the country received good news late last week. Late Friday, the House passed legislation, H.R. 3534, that includes 30 years of full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The House also adopted an amendment sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (WI) that will utilize $13.5 million of annual authorized LWCF funding for projects to secure recreational public access from willing sellers on federal lands using easements, rights-of-way or fee title acquisitions.

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.

Ducks Unlimited: CRP sign-up comes at critical time for ducks

BISMARCK, N.D. - July 28, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up comes at a critical time for duck populations, with nesting grounds continuing to disappear. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the agency will allow new enrollments in CRP in 2010, the first time since 2006.

Interior Secretary unveils special-edition Duck Stamp cachet at DU National Headquarters

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 27, 2010 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled a special edition Federal Duck Stamp cachet during a press conference held at Ducks Unlimited national headquarters here today. Proceeds from the voluntary purchase of the cachet will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in national wildlife refuges along the Gulf Coast.

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 says Open Fields will maintain hunting traditions

BISMARCK, N.D. - July 9, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited's support of a new federal program is starting to pay off with more opportunities for hunters, which will help maintain the nation's hunting traditions. Under a recently launched U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative called Open Fields, landowners can receive a financial incentive in exchange for opening lands to the public for outdoor recreation.

Ducks Unlimited Canada launches waterfowling website

New site aspires to be gateway for information about waterfowling in Canada Ducks Unlimited Canada recently launched waterfowling.com, a new website for North American waterfowl hunters who are interested in waterfowling and conservation in Canada.

Duck numbers hold steady across North America

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 2, 2010 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its preliminary report today on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May. The total duck population is nearly 41 million, which is similar to last year’s estimate and 21 percent above the long-term average.

DU staff member testifies before congressional committee regarding successes of 2008 Farm Bill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 1, 2010 - Dr. Scott Manley, director of conservation programs in Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region, testified today before the Conservation Subcommittee of the House Agricultural Committee regarding the conservation successes of the 2008 Farm Bill. Dr. Manley leads the delivery of DU's conservation programs in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.

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

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

DU to receive $2.5 million grant for Gulf Coast habitat work

Funds will restore, enhance habitat near Gulf Coast marshes MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 24, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited was notified today it will receive a $2.5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to provide additional habitat for waterfowl and other birds that will migrate to the Gulf Coast later this year.

DU Urges President to Accelerate Funding, Implementation of Existing Gulf Coast Restoration Plans

Ducks Unlimited urges President Obama and his Administration to accelerate implementation and funding of existing Gulf Coast restoration plans. In his speech to the nation from The Oval Office last night, the President declared, “…it’s clear we need a long-term plan to restore the unique beauty and bounty of this region…that’s why we must make a commitment to the Gulf Coast that goes beyond responding to the crisis of the moment.”

DU scientist, member brief congressional committee on impact of oil spill to waterfowl

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2010 – This past Friday, more than 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate staffs, representatives from a variety of national news programs and other organizations attended a Ducks Unlimited briefing regarding the Gulf Coast oil spill and its potential impacts on waterfowl.

DU member to testify before congressional committee on impact of oil spill to sportsmen

WASHINGTON - June 9, 2010 - The voice of America's sportsmen and women will be shared with Congress regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's impact on the Gulf Coast. Thursday, the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife, led by De. Madeleine Z. Bordallo of Guam, will hold an oversight hearing on "Our Natural Resources at Risk: The Short and Long Term Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill."

Gulf Coast marshes losing ability to support waterfowl, study says

GCJV study reveals significant waterfowl food deficits LAFAYETTE, La. - June 10, 2010 - Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) scientists recently completed analyses demonstrating that the massive losses of coastal wetlands during the past half-century have reduced the capacity of Gulf Coast marshes to support wintering waterfowl.

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.

Ducks Unlimited board of directors passes Gulf oil spill resolution

DALLAS - May 28, 2010 - As part of Ducks Unlimited's ongoing response to the Gulf oil spill tragedy, its board of directors passed a resolution yesterday that further emphasized the organization's commitment to restoring wetlands along the Gulf Coast.

Ducks Unlimited issues statement on Gulf oil spill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - May 25, 2010 - In a statement released today, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall emphasized that the organization has reached out to both federal and state agencies and offered its assistance and technical expertise in the damage assessment and habitat restoration phases of the 36-day-old Gulf disaster.

Texas Ducks Unlimited volunteer meets with congressional leaders

HOUSTON, Texas - May 18, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited volunteer Sam Smolik traveled from Houston, Texas, to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with congressional leaders and discuss wetlands conservation issues. Smolik and DU staff members sat down with Texas representatives and their staffs to explain the benefits of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants for Texas and the North American waterfowl population.

Illinois Ducks Unlimited volunteer meets with congressional leaders

CHICAGO - May 18, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited volunteer Barbara Johnson traveled from Chicago to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with congressional leaders and discuss wetlands conservation issues. Johnson and DU staff members sat down with Illinois representatives and their staffs to explain the benefits of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants for Illinois and the North American waterfowl population.

Massachusetts Ducks Unlimited volunteer meets with congressional leaders

HARWICH PORT, Mass. - May 18, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited volunteer Fran Rich traveled from Harwich Port, Mass., to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with congressional leaders and discuss wetlands conservation issues. Rich and DU staff members sat down with their representatives and their staffs in an effort to explain the benefits of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants for Massachusetts and the North American waterfowl population.

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.

DU celebrates Boreal wetlands protection announcement

Vital wetland systems in Canada's Boreal Forest conserved After years of turmoil between industry and conservation organizations, 170 million acres of Canada's Boreal Forest are being protected through the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, which was signed May 18 and organized by the Pew Environment Group.

Ducks Unlimited - Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response

First and foremost, Ducks Unlimited's thoughts and prayers go out to the oil rig workers and their families who have been affected by this accident. As oil from the Louisiana spill moves ashore and into the wetland ecosystems along the Gulf Coast, DU wants to remind volunteers, members and supporters of the region's fragility and its importance to North America's waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited named 2010 American Outdoor Organization of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - April 29, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is being recognized as the 2010 American Outdoor Organization of the Year by the "Legends of the Outdoors" National Hall of Fame. The announcement is a tribute to DU volunteers, members and supporters who have earned this award by making wetlands conservation a priority since 1937.

Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Waterfowl have begun to arrive on the Canadian breeding grounds, and the conditions they find play a vital role in nest success. DU Canada produces habitat updates, which provide a glimpse of what Northern-traveling waterfowl might find upon arrival in 2010.

DU presents Louisiana Gulf Coast science-based solutions on Earth Day

DU members are encouraged to recognize habitat conservation solutions on Earth Day As the world's leader in wetlands conservation, Ducks Unlimited is working every day to improve habitat conditions to benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people in North America. Earth Day is no different. But today, DU wants to remind its members and supporters that there are effective, science-based conservation solutions available.

Ducks Unlimited names Dale Hall new CEO

Former U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service director to lead conservation organization MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 14, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited Inc., America's leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group, announced today that H. Dale Hall has been named the organization’s new chief executive officer.

Famous Buckingham gun to reside permanently at Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 30, 2010 - No longer will "Bo Whoop Two," once owned by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham, rest by itself on display at Ducks Unlimited's national headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. Its original counterpart, "Bo Whoop," Buckingham's prized 12-gauge HE Grade Super Fox shotgun, will be donated to DU by Hal B. Howard Jr. of Palm Beach, Fla., at DU's 73rd national convention in May in Dallas.

Enhancement bill signifies milestone

Canadian funding to go toward wetlands conservation projects MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 30, 2010 - For the first time since its inception more than 20 years ago, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) can allow Canadian funding sources to count toward the dollar-for-dollar match required by the U.S. government.

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.

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.

Lost and found: Buckingham's beloved "Bo Whoop" sells for $175,000

FAIRFIELD, Maine - March 17, 2010 - Long considered a treasure lost forever, "Bo Whoop," the 12-gauge HE Grade Super Fox shotgun once owned by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham, was purchased for $175,000 during a March 15 auction in Fairfield, Maine.

Wetlands enhancement measure passes U.S. Senate

Bill will improve wetlands restoration projects across North America WASHINGTON - March 10, 2010 - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill to enhance the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and improve continental conservation efforts. Ducks Unlimited supports the measure, which would allow more Canadian investment in the NAWCA program. NAWCA conserves habitat in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Seattle Ducks Unlimited gets national recognition

Seattle remains top conservation fundraising chapter in nation; not one, not two, not three, but four years in a row SEATTLE - March 4, 2010 - The President's Top 100 are among Ducks Unlimited's elite chapters in the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the 100 chapters that raise the most grassroots dollars for DU's habitat conservation work. The Seattle DU Chapter tops that list for the fourth year in a row, raising over $200,000 for wetlands and associated habitat conservation.

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.

Sixteen Texas DU chapters make Top 100

Texas DU volunteers leading the conservation mission MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 1, 2010 - The President's Top 100 are among Ducks Unlimited's elite chapters in the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the 100 chapters that raise the most grassroots dollars for DU's habitat conservation work. Sixteen Texas DU chapters have made the list, and Texas DU volunteers are leading the charge for wetlands conservation.

DU mourns loss of two conservation giants in waterfowl community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb. 22, 2010 - This weekend the wildlife community, and waterfowl in particular, lost two of its strongest leaders in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam Hamilton and Harvey Nelson, one of the nation's most respected wetland and waterfowl managers.

New park guidelines improve hunter access

Statement from Ducks Unlimited supporting clarifications for firearms in parks WASHINGTON - Feb. 19, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James issued a statement regarding the announcement by the National Park Service enacting new rules about carrying firearms on lands regulated by the Service.

Colorado wildlife, waters at risk

New report shows state's streams and wetlands endangered A new report highlights threats to Colorado's waters and wetlands under regulatory guidance resulting from two Supreme Court cases.

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.

Ducks Unlimited welcomes new White House Hunting Heritage Conservation Council

Secretaries Salazar and Vilsack introduce new panel to focus on sporting traditions WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2010 - Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the reformation of a White House panel devoted to hunting and fishing traditions today.

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.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates World Wetlands Day

DU encourages members and supporters to acknowledge wetlands conservation issues today MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb. 2, 2010 - Conservationists across the globe are celebrating World Wetlands Day, recognizing the importance of these valuable ecosystems for humans and wildlife alike. DU strives to raise public awareness about the benefits of wetlands as waterfowl habitat and a key to water quality, and World Wetlands Day focuses on conservation solutions worldwide.

Hopkins named Conservationist of the Year

RIDGELAND, Miss. - Jan. 25, 2010 - The Mississippi Wildlife Federation has selected Curtis Hopkins, Ph.D., as their 2009 Conservationist of the Year. Hopkins, director of Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region, has been contributing to conservation for nearly 40 years.

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.

Ducks Unlimited mourns death of World Champion Duck Caller

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 22, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited is sad to acknowledge the death of Bernie Boyle of Danville, Iowa. Boyle was a two-time World Champion Duck Caller and winner of the 2005 Champion of Champions Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. Boyle owned Mallard Mauler Duck Calls and was a member of the Drake Waterfowl Elite Team.

What's good for the landowner can also be good for the ducks

BISMARCK, N.D. - Jan. 21, 2010 - It's all about win-win solutions, say North Dakota's two new Ducks Unlimited conservation program biologists. Krista Reiser and Heather Shaw are working with landowners in the state's Missouri Coteau area to find conservation solutions that protect and/or restore natural resources while improving a landowner's operation.

President Obama nominates Ducks Unlimited board member for ambassador post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 21, 2010 - Tod Sedgwick has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Sedgwick is a board trustee for Wetlands America Trust (WAT), Ducks Unlimited's supporting foundation that raises significant philanthropic gifts and manages DU's endowments and land holdings.

Canadian & U.S. AHL All Stars face off in DU-sponsored skills competition

Through the generous support and efforts of Jim Konkel, DU major gifts chairman for Maine, Ducks Unlimited was able to sponsor the 2010 AHL All-Star Ducks Unlimited Skills Competition on Jan. 18.

Sports South LLC challenges SHOT attendees to Rescue the Duck Factory

LAS VEGAS - Jan. 20, 2010 - Skipper Dickson, owner of Sports South LLC, announced a challenge to SHOT Show attendees that he would match up to $500,000 in donations to Ducks Unlimited's Rescue the Duck Factory (RDF) campaign. Challenging other distributors, retailers and show attendees, Sports South's commitment to RDF comes with the understanding that by conserving critical habitat, they are conserving the future of the outdoor recreational industry, especially waterfowl hunting.

Official Ducks Unlimited statement regarding U.S. Fish and Wildlife airplane crash

Dr. Alan Wentz, Ducks Unlimited senior group manager for conservation and communications, issued an official statement regarding the news that two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl biologists, Vernon (Ray) Bentley and David (Dave) Pitkin, were killed when their survey aircraft crashed in western Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 17. Please click the link to read the full statement.

Top resolution for waterfowlers: Protect wetlands

WASHINGTON - Jan. 7, 2010 - As the new year begins, waterfowlers are pursuing a top resolution for 2010: restore Clean Water Act protection to wetlands that are vital to keeping the skies filled with waterfowl.

Deke tweets his training and hunting experiences

Have you been looking for updates on Deke the DU Dog? What about training tips from Mike Stewart and Wildrose Kennels? Deke now has his very own Twitter page, so you'll be able to get both.

DU's highest point ever

Ducks Unlimited has reached many high conservation milestones since 1937, but recently the DU flag was fluttering at its highest point ever: the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Tide returns to Nisqually estuary

Partners celebrate largest estuary restoration in Pacific Northwest OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 12, 2009 - Diked and dammed for more than 100 years, the tide is returning to the Nisqually estuary. After spending 12 years and nearly $10 million, experts have reconnected some 762 acres of estuary with the tides of Puget Sound.

CRP losses in Prairie Pothole Region add up

DU says losses will affect duck numbers in the future BISMARCK, N.D. - Nov. 10, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited cautions that the Duck Factory is on the verge of losing even more of its capacity. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Conservation Reserve Program contracts on more than 500,000 acres expired and were not renewed in the Prairie Pothole Region states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in 2009.

DU Migration Map tops more than 1.5 million page views

Opening Day site built for waterfowl hunters, by waterfowl hunters MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 2, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited members and waterfowl hunters throughout the U.S. are utilizing DU's Migration Map in unprecedented numbers. Surpassing more than 1.5 million page views within the site's first two months is allowing waterfowl hunters to utilize the migration map to improve their success in the field.

USDA pushing for full Wetlands Reserve Program enrollment

Ducks Unlimited supports efforts to boost conservation WASHINGTON - Oct. 26, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture aims to have the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) enrolled to its fully authorized acreage by 2012, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Ducks Unlimited has a history of working with landowners to put WRP projects on their land, including more than 250,000 acres in the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Jim Kennedy named Distinguished Conservationist of the Year by Georgia Conservancy

DU leader honored at sold-out gala event ATLANTA - Oct. 19, 2009 - Jim Kennedy, past president of Ducks Unlimited's Wetlands America Trust (WAT) and former chairman of the Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign, received the Distinguished Conservationist of the Year Award from the Georgia Conservancy on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Ducks Unlimited Canada unveils tribute to North American conservation leadership

First inductee is "true friend of the ducks" OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Manitoba - Sept. 30, 2009 - With waterfowl migration at Oak Hammock Marsh as the picture-perfect backdrop, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) officially unveiled the North American Waterfowl Conservation Honour Roll and recognized Gary Myers, former Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, as the first inductee.

DU offers new magazine options for Greenwings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Oct. 19, 2009 - Printed copies of Puddler magazine will be arriving in the mail soon to the homes of DU Greenwings age 11 and under. A new enhanced, interactive issue of Puddler with embedded video clips, audio files and other features will be available on the DU Web site at www.ducks.org/puddler.

Ducks Unlimited senior official discusses coastal restoration with administration

NEW ORLEANS - Oct. 15, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited First Vice President John Newman met with a senior Obama administration official today to discuss coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast.

Clean water critical for sportsmen as hunting seasons open across the country

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2009 - As hunting seasons across the country begin to open, clean water is again on the forefront of sportsmen's minds. An investigation into the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee attracted praise from sportsmen's groups including Ducks Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League of America, the National Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited.

North America's ducks need Canada

Canadian habitats critical to meeting continental population goals OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Manitoba, Sept. 30, 2009 - North America is blessed with the greatest populations of waterfowl anywhere on the planet, and North Americans share the heritage and responsibility of being their stewards. That is why Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is genuinely pleased when reports circulate about high duck numbers this year on the United States side of the Prairie Pothole Region.

Wetlands enhancement measure passes House of Representatives

Ducks Unlimited: "Bill will improve North American wetlands restoration program" WASHINGTON - Oct. 13, 2009 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to enhance the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and improve continental conservation efforts. Ducks Unlimited supports the measure, which would allow more Canadian investment in the program. The program conserves important habitat in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Ohio Lake Erie Commission honors Ducks Unlimited as Lake Erie advocate

TOLEDO, Ohio - Sept. 30, 2009 - The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has announced the winners of the 2009 Ohio Lake Erie Awards, which annually recognizes an individual and an organization that have made outstanding contributions to enhance Ohio's Great Lake. Ducks Unlimited received the 2009 Lake Erie Award for its wetland conservation efforts in Ohio.

House committee passes wetlands enhancement bill

Ducks Unlimited applauds House Natural Resources Committee for approving improvements to North American Wetlands Conservation Act WASHINGTON - Sept. 30, 2009 - Scott Sutherland, director of Ducks Unlimited's Governmental Affairs Office, issued a statement today in response to the House Natural Resources Committee passing H.R. 3433, a bill to enhance the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

DU's Wentz recognized by outdoor writer organization

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 28, 2009 - The Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers awarded Dr. Alan Wentz, Ducks Unlimited group manager of conservation, communications and marketing, with the group's Golden Glow Individual Award at the association's annual conference this past week.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates hunters' contributions on National Hunting and Fishing Day

Threats to habitat jeopardize economic powerhouse WASHINGTON – September 25, 2009 – Waterfowlers across the country are gearing up for the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day, preparing to celebrate the best way they know: in the duck blind.

Statement from Ducks Unlimited on Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

WASHINGTON - Sept. 24, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Dan Wrinn issued a statement today in response to the Department of Agriculture's announcement of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Waters Initiative.

Ducks Unlimited calls on Congress to enhance successful wetlands conservation program

WASHINGTON - Sept. 22, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited testified before a congressional subcommittee today to urge the expansion of the popular North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Statement from Ducks Unlimited in support of Sen. Lincoln as new Senate agriculture committee chair

WASHINGTON - Sept. 9, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Sutherland issued a statement today in response to the announcement that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) will be the new chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

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.

Expo to Highlight 73rd DU Convention in Texas

MEMPHIS, TN – September 8, 2009 – Corporate sponsors and exhibitors will have the opportunity to be part of the 73rd Ducks Unlimited annual convention as never before when DU’s annual gathering comes to Central Texas with its Ducks Unlimited Sporting Expo in May 2010.

Opening Day has Arrived!

September has arrived and waterfowl hunters have a smile on their faces. Duck numbers are up and opening day is drawing ever closer. But at Ducks Unlimited, we can't wait any longer. Our "Opening Day" has arrived, and we want to celebrate it with you!

Duck Stamp receives conservation boost from House

Ducks Unlimited supports increasing value of stamp Waterfowl habitat conservation is moving closer to keeping pace with the skyrocketing land values of the past several years today, as the House Natural Resources Committee passed the Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act, sending the bill to the House floor.

Summer habitat conditions in Canada

Despite variable spring conditions, some results from the 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife Services' Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are encouraging. The greatest increase in total duck breeding populations in Canada was observed in the Alaska-Yukon Territory-Old Crow Flats area, where estimates were 19% above the long-term average this year.

Important conservation program expires soon

Congressional sportsmen renew call for conservation WASHINGTON - July 16, 2009 - A bipartisan group of lawmakers are calling for an extension of a popular habitat conservation program that saves taxpayer's money. Members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus held a briefing to promote conservation easements on private land.

DU Executive Vice President Don Young resigns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 10, 2009 - After 10 years as Ducks Unlimited's top-ranking official, Don Young said today he is resigning as executive vice president. The resignation is effective Aug. 1, 2009.

Duck numbers up overall

Greatly improved habitat conditions increase duck populations for 2009 MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 2, 2009 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its preliminary report today on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total duck populations were estimated at 42 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 13-percent increase over last year's estimate of 37.3 million birds and is 25 percent above the 1955-2008 long-term average.

Ducks Unlimited receives $8.5-million grant for work in San Francisco Bay Area

Local environment, economy to benefit RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - June 30, 2009 - The San Francisco Bay area got a boost today with an $8.5-million grant to stimulate the economy while conserving critical wildlife habitat. The grant was awarded to Ducks Unlimited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Ducks Unlimited supports bill to benefit hunters

Act makes hunting opportunity on public lands top priority WASHINGTON - June 29, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited applauds the introduction of two bills aimed at ensuring the next generation of waterfowl hunters has access to the duck blind, and protecting America's rich hunting heritage.

House passes record wetlands conservation funding

Ducks Unlimited members make the difference WASHINGTON - June 25, 2009 - The House of Representatives is making a record investment in wetlands conservation by approving more than $52 million for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

DU celebrates Federal Duck Stamp's 'First Day of Sale'

Stamp has provided critical habitat funding for 75 years MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 25, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited urges supporters and conservationists to purchase the 75th Federal Duck Stamp tomorrow, the 'First Day of Sale.' In conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bass Pro Shops, the 'First Day of Sale' will be celebrated by wetland and associated habitat conservationists in more than 20 Bass Pro locations across the country.

Goose Researchers Report Late Nesting Year

Delayed nesting on goose breeding areas on West Hudson Bay was apparent in early June when biologists began 2009 field investigations. Nest searching and surveys since have only served to confirm that 2009 will be among the latest on record.

Senate makes next step toward protecting America's waters

Environment and Public Works Committee passes CWRA WASHINGTON - June 18, 2009 - The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 12 to 7 today to advance an amended Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) to the full Senate. Ducks Unlimited says this is a positive move to protect wetlands for waterfowl and clean water for America.

Ducks Unlimited welcomes new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director appointee

Hamilton highly regarded by DU Ducks Unlimited's more than 1 million supporters should be elated to hear that President Obama intends to nominate Sam D. Hamilton to be the next director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hamilton, a career senior biologist and manager with the Service, currently serves as director of the agency's Southeast Region. The nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Congress recommends record wetlands restoration funding

Strong support for wetlands, refuges from House subcommittee WASHINGTON - June 10, 2009 - A proposed record increase to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) moved a step closer to becoming reality today when the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved the President's request of more than $52 million for the popular wetlands conservation initiative.

Delayed Goose Production in 2009

From a duck perspective, the record snow cover in portions of the prairies in 2009 signaled an optimistic outlook for production. Resulting wet conditions in the U.S. prairies and into portions of southern Canada should be favorable for ducks that have arrived already to begin the 2009 nesting season. The same is not true, however, from the standpoint of geese arriving on northern breeding grounds.

John Pope elected Ducks Unlimited president

DENVER, Colo. – May 23, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited ushered in a new era at its National Convention in Denver this week as delegates elected longtime volunteer John R. Pope of Jacksonville, Fla., as DU's 40th president. Pope will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Lewis, who is now chairman of the board.

Statement from Ducks Unlimited on administration support for Clean Water Restoration Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 22, 2009 - The following is a statement Ducks Unlimited Director of Conservation Operations, Dr. Scott Yaich, issued in response to a letter sent by key legislators on Capitol Hill supporting restoration of Clean Water Act protection to more than 20 million acres of wetlands across the United States.

Ducks Unlimited Calls on Congress to Protect Sportsmen's Investment

Chief Biologist supports increasing value of Duck Stamp, allowing more investment in conservation WASHINGTON – May 13, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited Chief Biologist Dale Humburg recommended a change to a popular and effective conservation initiative to the House Natural Resources Committee: increase the value of the Federal Duck Stamp.

Federal budget contains mixed news for sportsmen

Conservation leaders meet with Obama administration to discuss wildlife needs WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 7, 2009 - The president's budget contains both positive and potentially dubious news for sportsmen, according to Ducks Unlimited. Today's budget request calls for increased funding for wetlands and waterfowl habitat programs, but also limits funding for incentives to allow public hunting and fishing access on private lands.

Central Valley wetlands, hunting areas threatened by power lines

DU encourages sportsmen, -women to take action against proposed routes SACRAMENTO, Calif. - April 30, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association have alerted members to call or write letters to the Transmission Agency of Northern California Transmission Project to choose a more wildlife- and wetland-safe route with proposed power line construction.

Saving the Great Plains on Earth Day

Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice President Don Young met with senior Senate leaders on Capitol Hill today to highlight the need to incorporate wildlife concerns into climate change legislation, especially in the endangered prairie ecosystem.

Congress introduces bill to increase waterfowl habitat

Migratory Bird Conservation Commission members Congressman John Dingell (Mich.) and Robert Wittman (Va.) introduced legislation in Congress to increase the availability and buying power of the Federal Duck Stamp, a move designed to continue the success the stamp has had in conserving waterfowl habitat across the United States.

New bill would restore protections for wetlands - Conservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 2, 2009 – America's wetlands would have their Clean Water Act protections restored under a new bill introduced today by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (Wisc.) and 23 co-sponsors. The Clean Water Restoration Act, which is supported by Ducks Unlimited and other conservation/sportsmen's groups, would restore protection to more than 20 million acres of geographically isolated wetlands at risk of pollution and destruction under current guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

Saving the Louisiana Coast

In the last 70 years, the Louisiana coast has lost more than 1.5 million acres of vital wetland habitat - that's roughly a football field every 30 minutes. Ducks Unlimited, in conjunction with private landowners and various agencies, is committed to making a difference in this key area for migrating waterfowl.

DU announces 2009 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

ARLINGTON, Va., March 20, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2009 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 74th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va. DU’s Wetland Achievement Awards are presented in six categories and recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited receives $285,200 from National Shooting Sports Foundation

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 19, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited received a check for $285,200 from the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the 74th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference today in Arlington, Va. The money will go directly towards the “Rescue the Duck Factory” campaign to conserve critical waterfowl breeding habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region, helping to ensure the future of waterfowl hunting and waterfowl populations in North America.

Dennis Minor named DU International Artist of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mar. 6, 2009 - Wildlife artist Dennis Minor of Lacey's Spring, Ala., is the Ducks Unlimited 2010 International Artist of the Year. His painting, "Beam's Creek" earned him the top honor.

Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to Consider 32 Wetlands Conservation Proposals

Washington – March 10, 2009 – The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission will consider a slate of wetlands conservation proposals tomorrow. The panel, which authorizes wetlands restoration and conservation projects for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will consider 32 funding proposals for grants under NAWCA, as well welcome its newest member, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA), who was appointed to the Commission on Friday.

Ducks Unlimited Praises Record Expansion to Wetlands Conservation Program

North American Wetlands Conservation Act recommended for 25% increase WASHINGTON – February 26, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited commends President Obama’s proposed increase of $10 million to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), one of the most successful conservation programs in history.

Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Snow accumulation has been variable in the western region, including the Western Boreal Forest. More precipitation will be required in portions of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to improve prospects for a good spring runoff, while recent precipitation events will have a positive effect on spring habitat conditions in Manitoba.

Sodsaver represents missed opportunity to save tax dollars, protect native prairie

Washington, D.C. – Feb. 16, 2009 – This past weekend symbolized a missed opportunity for waterfowl, wildlife and taxpayers when the deadline to opt in to Sodsaver passed. Governors of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota and Iowa declined to participate in the provision of the 2008 Farm Bill, which would remove incentives to cultivate native prairie.

Ducks Unlimited says North Dakota ignoring private property rights

Ducks Unlimited says the decision of North Dakota’s governor to turn down the conservation organization’s request to buy property in Kidder County does not respect basic private property rights. Governor John Hoeven has refused DU’s application to buy an almost 600-acre piece of land from a private owner.

Sportsmen have stake in stimulus bill

Washington, D.C. – Feb. 5, 2009 – The economic stimulus bill being considered in Congress is focusing on bridges and highways; yet there are potential opportunities for hunters and anglers to see improvements in the habitats they use. Ducks Unlimited is supporting stimulus money to be designated for conservation efforts which will conserve waterfowl and wildlife habitat and create thousands of badly needed jobs.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates 12th-annual World Wetlands Day

Millions of acres of wetlands unprotected from pollutionWASHINGTON, D.C. - Feb. 2, 2009 - Conservationists across the globe are celebrating World Wetlands Day, recognizing the importance of these valuable ecosystems for humans and wildlife alike.

Happy Birthday Ducks Unlimited!

After 72 years, DU remains world's leader in wetlands conservationMemphis, Tenn. – Jan. 29, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited hatched from the minds of waterfowl hunters 72 years ago today and continues to conserve habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announces plan to restore marsh habitat in southwest Louisiana

Plan will restore 2,500 acres of coastal marsh Lake Charles, LA, January 28, 2009 – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday, announced that Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is signing a cooperative agreement with Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, to restore and protect nearly 2,500 acres of coastal marshland in Southwest Louisiana.

DU volunteers build blinds for wounded warriors

Duck Unlimited members understand the passion that defines waterfowl hunters, and DU volunteers in Virginia recently raised money and volunteered time to build some unusual duck blinds. These blinds were designed and constructed to offer wounded soldiers a wheelchair-accessible location to pursue their favorite pastime.

Yamaha Reaches $1 Million in Overall Contributions to Ducks Unlimited

Memphis, Tenn. – Yamaha recently reached the $1-million milestone in total contributions to Ducks Unlimited and was recognized at the 2009 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Orlando, Fla. The corporate partnership has led to continued efforts in wetland and associated habitat conservation throughout the continent.

Ducks Unlimited Mourns the Loss of a Conservation Leader

The Ducks Unlimited family mourns the untimely passing of a paragon of conservation, and our friend, Jim Range Jim Range was a strong and accomplished proponent of countless conservation initiatives especially, but not exclusively focusing on public policy work. His commitment to wetlands and waterfowl habitat was legendary. He served as Secretary on the Ducks Unlimited Board of Directors, was a major donor, and a charter member of the Ducks Unlimited Feather Society.

Dunklin Awarded Conservationist of the Year at SHOT Show

DU board member recognized at SHOT Show by Budweiser Memphis, Tenn. – Jan. 17, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited Life Sponsor, George Dunklin Jr., was presented with Budweiser’s Conservationist of the Year award at the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando, Fla. Dunklin has been a member of Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetlands conservation, for 30 years and is a member of the president’s council.

DU & Bayer CropScience team up to increase Winter Wheat in North America

Project aims to benefit wildlife habitat and take action on sustainable agriculture. Research Triangle Park, NC; Memphis, TN; Calgary, Alberta; Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba: (Jan. 13, 2009) – 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.”

New Army Corps/EPA Wetlands Guidance Highlights Need for Congressional Action

Washington – December 4, 2008 – The guidance released yesterday from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on wetlands jurisdiction does not address a delayed permitting process, and highlights the need for a legislative solution to the regulatory quagmire that has followed in the wake of the Rapanos v. United States Supreme Court decision.

Memorandum of understanding will ensure future partnerships throughout Mississippi River Valley

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Nov. 25, 2008 - Ducks Unlimited and the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cemented an enduring partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding on Nov. 24, 2008.

Ducks Unlimited Mourns the Loss of Tony Dean

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2008 – Tony Dean, a Pierre, S.D. native and lifelong outdoor communicator passed away on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 from complications stemming from an appendectomy.

White House Meeting Announces Enhanced Conservation Measures

RENO, NV – October 3, 2008 – Waterfowlers and conservationists received good news from Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today, as he announced new incentives for wetlands conservation on private land in a speech given to the attendees of the White House Conference on North American Wildlife Conservation Policy.

Ducks Unlimited Acknowledges National Hunting and Fishing Day as a Celebration

DU recognizes hunters and fishermen as backbone of habitat conservation MEMPHIS, Tenn. Sept. 26, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 and encourages others to join. DU was founded by waterfowl hunters in 1937 and has become the leader in wetland habitat conservation.

Early Fall Habitat Conditions in Canada

September 23, 2008 The prospects for the fall flight are generally good across Canada this fall. Wetland conditions have improved or remained stable in many areas with recent rains, and are providing adequate habitat for migrating waterfowl.

As America's Children go Back to School, DU Supports 'No Child Left Inside' Bill

Washington – September 8, 2008 - In keeping to the commitment that Ducks Unlimited has for skies full of waterfowl now and forever, DU has joined a coalition supporting the “No Child Left Inside” bill to improve outdoor and environmental education for school children of all ages.

Critical Wetlands Protected

EPA vetoes plan to drain wetlands WASHINGTON – September 2, 2008 – In a decision that will protect the natural flood capacity of thousands of acres of wetlands important to the region’s fish and wildlife, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will veto a plan that would have drained nearly 200,000 acres of floodplain wetlands in the Yazoo River Basin.

USDA: No Early Outs Without Penalties For CRP

Program still faces challenges and uncertain future WASHINGTON – July 29, 2008 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said today there would be no early releases of acres from the popular Conservation Reserve Program to be put into production without repayment.

Budweiser, DU Team Up to Preserve North American Wetlands

Anheuser-Busch donation to DU’s “Wetlands for Tomorrow” could reach $2 Million MEMPHIS, Tenn. July 29, 2008 – In a continuing effort to protect the environment, Anheuser-Busch has committed to contribute $2 million to support Duck’s Unlimited’s wetland habitat conservation mission.

Conservation Reserve Program land opened to grazing in flood stricken counties

Ducks Unlimited supports flexibility for ranchers affected by extreme weather WASHINGTON - JULY 7, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in counties affected by flooding will be opened for grazing. This action will provide feed and forage for livestock while maintaining the conservation benefits to waterfowl habitat.

Ducks Unlimited advises Congress on bird populations

Chief Biologist recommends water protection to benefit people and ducks WASHINGTON – July 10, 2008 – Testifying before a Congressional committee today, Ducks Unlimited Chief Biologist, Dale Humburg identified several key factors in declining bird populations across North America: Loss of grassland nesting habitat, deterioration of coastal wetlands and loss of protected wetlands in all parts of the country.

Conservation Reserve Program land opened to grazing in flood stricken counties - Conservation

Ducks Unlimited supports flexibility for ranchers affected by extreme weather WASHINGTON - JULY 7, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in counties affected by flooding will be opened for grazing. This action will provide feed and forage for livestock while maintaining the conservation benefits to waterfowl habitat.

Declining Habitat Impacts Breeding Ducks for 2008

Duck numbers down, but similar to last year The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its preliminary report today on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total duck populations were estimated at 37.3 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 9 percent decline over last year's estimate of 41.2 million birds, but remains 11 percent above the 1955-2007 long-term average.

Ducks Unlimited Marks the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp's First Day of Sale

Federal ducks stamp sales support wetland habitat conservation Memphis, Tenn. – June 27, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited is excited for the Federal Duck Stamp "First Day of Sale." U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Bass Pro Shops will hold the unveiling ceremony in Hanover, Md., followed by similar events at all of Bass Pro Shops' 44 retail stores throughout the country today.

Ducks Unlimited Applauds Florida For Everglades Purchase

The state of Florida plans to purchase 187,000 acres of Everglades MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 25, 2008 - Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetland habitat conservation, acknowledges the purchase of 187,000 acres of Everglades by the state of Florida as a significant milestone in conservation.

John W. Childs Named Wetlands America Trust President

Childs takes reins of "Wetlands for Tomorrow" campaign MEMPHIS, Tenn. – May 29, 2008 - John W. Childs, chairman and CEO, J.W. Childs & Associates, L.P. and Vero Beach, Fla., resident was named new Wetlands America Trust president at the 2008 DU Annual Convention in Baltimore, Md.

America's Duck Factory to also serve as Beef Factory

Ducks Unlimited supports opening land to haying and grazing WASHINGTON – May 27, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited applauds the Department of Agriculture for their commitment to the viability of the Conservation Reserve Program, by allowing haying and grazing on qualifying CRP lands.

Secretary Kempthorne reappoints Ducks Unlimited to North American Wetlands Conservation Council

BALTIMORE, Md. – May 23 – In a first for the world leader in wetlands conservation, a senior Cabinet official addressed the Ducks Unlimited National Convention, being held in Baltimore, Md.

Attendees impressed with business session

The chatter throughout Friday afternoon was about the morning’s business session. Attendees were vocal about how much they enjoyed the entire meeting. From the fireside chat to the Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne’s speech, to Dr. Scott Yaich’s presentation, the overall consensus was in – impressive.

Convention attendees visit the "halls of power"

Ducks Unlimited volunteers, members and staff visited the "halls of power" for a pre-convention tour on May 21, 2008. Those who made the short trip from Baltimore, Md., were pleased with the attitudes and warm welcome they received by their representatives.

Watch Streaming Video from the DU National Convention

Ducks Unlimited will blaze a new technological trail May 23 and 24 when it features live video streaming from its national convention floor. The entire business sessions on those days will be broadcast live and the public can view them on the DU website.

Ducks Unlimited member and dog assist with rescue effort

It was a different kind of bird, but a bird nonetheless. Feathers on her mind, Zoe, a six-year-old black lab plunged into a small pond after an American avocet on her owner’s command. The injured avocet dove like a scaup several times, but Zoe’s experience in the field chasing downed waterfowl was too much. Retrieving the bird to hand without even a feather ruffled, Zoe had done what most waterfowl hunting labs never have – she rescued an injured shorebird.

Find out what’s going on during International Migratory Bird Day

As Ducks Unlimited recognizes International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on May 10, 2008 ducks and geese have left their wintering areas for the breeding grounds, some have arrived while others are still strenuously traveling North in search of prime breeding habitat. Where are your favorite birds going in Spring?

Farm Bill Proposal Contains Mixed Results for Waterfowl Needs

With a Farm Bill being readied for a final floor vote in the House and Senate, agricultural conservation initiatives are being treated differently than they were in earlier versions of this year’s bill and in previous Farm Bills.

Talk waterfowl hunting…all year long

It used to be that as the trees began to bud, those who congregated around outdoor stores and coffee shops discussing waterfowl hunting began discussing more seasonally-appropriate outdoor activities such as fishing and boating. Fortunately, for those who live and breathe the thought of ducks and decoys, there is a 24-hour-a-day sanctuary where they can find other hunters talking about waterfowl hunting. Welcome to the world of online forums.

As Farm Bill debate drags on, conservation programs flounder

Losses mount for native prairie and other conservation lands WASHINGTON – April 25, 2008 – As extension after extension to the Farm Bill come and go, wetland conservation programs and native grasslands suffer the consequences.

Nebraska receives fourth NAWCA grant for Rainwater Basin critical to migrating waterfowl

More than 2,600 acres of waterfowl habitat in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska will be conserved thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant. Ducks Unlimited and its partners received the grant totaling more than $736,000. Project partners provided an additional $736,000 in matching funds.

On Earth Day, Endangered Ecosystem still lacks protection

Native Prairie vanishing at record rates Washington DC – April 21 2008 – One of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet continues to vanish at record rates due to lack of protection. Native prairie losses continue to mount as grain prices and demands for biofuels make the expensive conversion to cropland profitable, despite the costs to waterfowl, wildlife, and the American taxpayer.

Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada 2008

In British Columbia habitat conditions have remained stable or improved slightly in most regions in the past month. Overall spring habitat conditions in Alberta are below average with the best conditions in the boreal transition zone (BTZ) and north Peace Parkland. In Saskatchewan habitat conditions are good in the parklands and poor to fair in the prairies with very little runoff.

Sodsaver Supporters Unite!

It’s a showdown for conservation. The Farm Bill is in conference, and Members of the House and Senate are negotiating what could be the final bill, so when threats to Sodsaver emerged, the conservation community united with resounding support for this top conservation priority.

Ducks Unlimited reminds Congress to protect waterfowl conservation

WASHINGTON – April 14, 2008 – After months of behind-closed-door debate and negotiation, the U.S. House of Representatives has named its members chosen to take part in the House-Senate conference to negotiate a final version of the Farm Bill with the U.S. Senate.

Supermajority of Senate supports wetland restoration program

WASHINGTON – April 4, 2008 – Despite a tight fiscal climate that led to proposed budget cuts in many areas, a bipartisan majority of the Senate and nearly a third of the House of Representatives signed on to letters supporting funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Ducks Unlimited Announces Winners of 2008 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Outstanding contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation recognized Phoenix, AZ, March 31, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2008 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 73rd annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

2008 Ducks Unlimited National Convention

The countdown to the 71st annual Ducks Unlimited National Convention has begun! We invite you to join us for this fun-filled event May 21-25, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Early Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Habitat conditions are good along the British Columbia coast and in the central Interior, with conditions ranging from fair to good in the southern and southeast Interior.

Adair named director of DUs Great Plains Regional Office

BISMARCK, ND, March 12, 2008 - Dr. Steve Adair has been appointed the director of Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck. Adair will oversee conservation programs across the office’s eight states

Ducks Unlimited Recognizes Top 100 Fund-raising Chapters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. February 27, 2008 – The President’s Top 100 are among Ducks Unlimited’s elite chapters throughout the nation. Every year, this list is reserved for the 100 chapters that raise the most grassroots dollars for DU's habitat conservation work.

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.

Ducks Unlimited on hand to welcome new U.S. Agriculture Secretary

Sec. Schafer to meet with DU Executive Vice President Don Young WASHINGTON – February 6, 2008 – Several members of Ducks Unlimited’s staff from Washington, D.C. and the Great Plains region helped welcome Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Schafer to his new post today.

Ducks Unlimited names new director of communications

Tony Dolle to lead DU Communications and Public Relations efforts MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 6 – Ducks Unlimited named Tony Dolle of Nashville, Tenn., as its new director of communications.

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.

February 2 Marks 11th Annual World Wetlands Day

“Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People” is message spread worldwide MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 1, 2008 – Waterfowl hunters and other conservationists around the globe will observe the 11th annual World Wetlands Day this year on February 2. Each year, government agencies and conservation groups worldwide set aside February 2 as a day to raise public awareness about wetlands. This year, the theme for World Wetlands Day is “Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People.”

Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada 2008

January 23, 2008 Mid-winter snowfall has generally been average in British Columbia and habitat conditions remain good in the province. Levels of accumulated snow are variable throughout the Western Boreal Forest at present.

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.

Senate repairs nation’s most popular wetlands program

Sen. Kohl amends Farm Bill for the Wetlands Reserve Program MADISON, Wis. – January 14, 2008 – The Wetlands Reserve Program, the nation’s leading wetlands restoration program, received much-needed leadership in the Senate recently. Sen. Herb Kohl (Wis.) took the lead to amend language in the Farm Bill, correcting an administrative issue that undercut WRP’s appeal to farmers and ranchers.

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.

Early Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

December 2007 Habitat conditions are good across much of British Columbia. The Western Boreal Forest has received average to below average snowfall so far, and conditions are generally good-fair in the region.

Waterfowl impacted by Senate’s farm bill

Critical conservation needs are one step closer to being met WASHINGTON, December 14, 2007 – The United States Senate has passed the 2007 Farm Bill. DU supporters were instrumental in shaping the Senate’s version of the farm bill.

New data shows grassland losses mount

BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 13, 2007 - More evidence is surfacing this week that nesting ducks will find it harder to find a room at the inn next spring. Additional U.S. Department of Agriculture data released this week shows that more than 50,000 acres of native grass in the nation’s primary nesting ground have been destroyed this year.

Ducks Unlimited advises U.S. Senate on wetland protection

Restoring Clean Water Act protections critical to saving duck habitat WASHINGTON, D.C. December 13, 2007 – A senior scientist from Ducks Unlimited testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today to support restoration of Clean Water Act protections for wetlands.

Late Fall Habitat Conditions in Canada

Fall has been warm, dry and protracted across much of Canada this year. As freeze-up approaches habitat conditions are generally good in British Columbia and eastern Canada.

Prime wetland area in the heart of the Mackenzie Valley on the road to permanent protection

Fort Good Hope, NWT., November 21, 2007—A vast wetland-dominated expanse of Northwest Territory wilderness is on the road to permanent protection following the Federal Government's announcement of interim protection for Ts'ude niline Tu'eyeta (pronounced Tsoo-den-i-len Too-yuh-ta).

Carbon Credits Finance New Approach to Large-Scale Conservation

Unprecedented Partnership Conserves Prairie Habitat Through Direct Payments to Landowners MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 20, 2007 – It pays to conserve habitat these days. Literally. In an unprecedented conservation agreement, Ducks Unlimited, Equator Environmental, LLC and New Forests Inc. are helping landowners conserve grasslands and store carbon on their property – and make money doing it.

30 Helpful Hints for Duck Hunters this Season

by Keith Sutton Would you like to improve your waterfowling success and make each trip a bit safer and more enjoyable? These 30 tips could help!

Administration pushes for grassland protection

Ducks Unlimited applauds efforts to protect the “duck factory” WASHINGTON, November 8, 2007 – In a statement released earlier this week, the Administration spelled out its concerns regarding the Senate’s version of the 2007 Farm Bill. The statement specifically outlines the Administration’s desire for the inclusion of a strong “sodsaver” provision. Ducks Unlimited continues to be a proponent of sodsaver in the Farm Bill.

3,000 Scaup found dead on Minnesota Lake

MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 7, 2007 – An estimated 3,000 scaup and several hundred coot were found dead on Minnesota’s lake Winnibigoshish. Waterfowl hunters and officials from the Minnesota DNR first spotted the dead and dying birds on the west shore of the lake on October 28. Initial reports indicate the birds died of a trematode, or small intestinal parasite. The parasite is not a threat to humans, but experts recommend that hunters do not consume sick waterfowl.

Native Prairie: A disappearing national treasure

By Don Young, Executive Vice President, Ducks Unlimited A national treasure is disappearing with little more than a shrug from the American public. Our 10-thousand-year-old native grasslands are being lost at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, it seems very few people recognize and appreciate their value and beauty.

Ducks Unlimited commitment to conservation nets results from the Senate

Increases to conservation a positive step, but more work remains WASHINGTON, October 24, 2007 – Conservationists raised their voices for conservation in the farm bill, and the Senate Agriculture Committee listened, allocating more than $3 billion for agriculture conservation in the 2007 Farm Bill.

Native prairie destruction up 40 percent

Sodsaver Needed BISMARCK, ND, October 23, 2007 – The amount of native prairie destroyed in the Prairie Pothole Region has skyrocketed by at least 40 percent in the last year. Ducks Unlimited says this increase validates concerns that duck populations and the viability of ranching operations are threatened.

Clean Water Act threatened

35th Anniversary sees reversal in federal wetland protection WASHINGTON, DC, October 18, 2007 – Waterfowl and other wildlife have enjoyed habitat protection under the Clean Water Act for more than three decades. October 18th marks the Act’s 35th Anniversary, but celebration will be tempered.

Secretary of the Interior Shows Support for Federal Duck Stamp Competition

Joe Hautman wins for third time, continuing family tradition Sanibel, Fla., October 16, 2007 – The 75th Annual Federal Duck Stamp Competition made a splash last weekend in Sanibel Island, Florida. Some of the nation’s most dedicated conservationists turned out in force to support the duck stamp program.

Farm Bill at a Critical Juncture

Hunter Harvest Expected to Drop If Programs Lose Funding Funding for conservation programs is under attack as the Senate continues their work on the Farm Bill. Programs that are critical to waterfowl population success, like the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program and Grassland Reserve Program are in jeopardy. These programs are vital to keeping more habitat on the ground and more ducks in the sky.

Duck of the Month - Green-winged teal

(Anas crecca) The smallest of North American ducks, the green-winged teal is also one of the hardiest. It often stays in the North until the last water freezes. It is the third-most common breeding dabbling duck in the Arctic, behind the pintail and wigeon.

No early outs for Conservation Reserve Program contracts is good news

USDA decision protects vital waterfowl habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region WASHINGTON, October 1, 2007 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Secretary Chuck Conner announced last Friday that there would be no penalty-free early releases from Conservation Reserve Program contracts. The decision will help maintain critical waterfowl, upland bird and other wildlife habitat.

Shortcuts to Duck ID

Hunters must observe several things when trying to identify ducks. Differences in size, shape, plumage patterns, colors, wingbeat, flocking behavior, voice and habitat all help separate one species from another. Learn more about these differences and increase your Waterfowl IQ for your next trip to the field.

DU WaterDog and Mack’s Prairie Wings partner

TV show’s new season begins soon Little Rock, Ark., September 24, 2007 - Mack’s Prairie Wings, “America’s Premier Waterfowl Outfitter,” is now the exclusive retailer of the Ducks Unlimited WaterDog TV show. Mack’s Prairie Wings is located in Stuttgart, Arkansas, the proclaimed “Duck hunting capital of the world.”

Happy National Hunting & Fishing Day

Step outside and celebrate MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 21, 2007 – Saturday is National Hunting & Fishing Day. It’s certainly a day to celebrate great outdoors pastimes. The best way to celebrate this weekend is to participate.

Congressional report shows need for farm bill Sodsaver provision

Report links farm payments and grassland loss BISMARCK, ND, Sept. 18, 2007 – U.S. taxpayers are paying for the destruction of native prairie grasslands. A Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday links farm program payments to the loss of prairie grasslands.

N.D. Sens. Conrad and Dorgan support protecting native prairie

Ducks Unlimited hopeful Senate farm bill will contain strong Sodsaver provision BISMARCK, N.D. September 13, 2007 – U.S. Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota want native prairie protected in the farm bill. In a recent Bismarck Tribune article, both senators said they expect the Senate’s version of the farm bill to contain a Sodsaver provision designed to slow conversion of native grasslands to cropland.

School starts with Sportsman’s Warehouse supporting Project Webfoot

Ducks Unlimited wetlands education program will be in 1,000 classes this year MEMPHIS, Tenn. September 12, 2007 — “Education is a debt due from present to future generations.” So the saying goes. Sportsman’s Warehouse of Midvale, Utah, is making sure to do its part by sponsoring 18 classrooms with Ducks Unlimited’s Project Webfoot program.

Ducks Unlimited launches online migration map

You can follow the ducks this season Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 10, 2007 – As the fall hunting season approaches, there’s one question on the mind of every duck hunter: Where are the ducks? Ducks Unlimited is now helping answer that question. This week, Ducks Unlimited launched the most comprehensive migration map on the Web today.

Teal, we meet again

If you haven’t tried teal hunting yet, you should. Duck hunting often reminds us of numb toes, frozen fingers and rosy cheeks. You won’t be cold, however, during a September teal hunt. An early-season foray for blue-winged, green-winged and/or cinnamon teal usually is a shirtsleeve affair where sweat runs freely and mosquitoes substitute for snowflakes.

Drake the DU Dog is already hunting

What are you doing? Back from the Alaskan adventure! The ducks there were pretty thin as were the geese. We shot around the Cook Inlet Arm at Seeley Lake. Jim Seeley was our host. Jim and the area are almost as famed as our Nash Buckingham.

Funding needed now or popular wetlands program dies

Goose Pond example of Wetlands Reserve Program success ELKHART, Ind., August 30, 2007 – It’s a wetlands oasis that draws waterfowl, other wildlife and people from miles around. For decades, it frustrated Greene County, Indiana farmers who struggled to get a crop from its swampy bottoms. Now, Goose Pond is one of the nation’s largest Wetlands Reserve Program easements. Its nearly 7,200 acres make it a model of success for the popular farm bill conservation program.

Prairie conditions good, but help from hunters needed

Farm bill Sodsaver provision needed to protect grasslands BISMARCK, N.D. August 27, 2007 - News in the Dakotas is mixed for waterfowl hunters. Late-summer habitat conditions look good in many breeding areas in the Dakotas. The bad news is many areas face imminent destruction. Ducks Unlimited is asking duck hunters across the country for help.

Double your dollar for the ducks

Bank of America will match online donations to Ducks Unlimited MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 21 – If habitat conservation is important to you, now is the time to act. For a limited time, Bank of America will double your donation to wetland conservation. From August 24 to September 15, Bank of America is matching every online donation to Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation group.

President Bush wants more hunting on public lands

Executive Order emphasizes habitat management WASHINGTON, August 22, 2007 – Finding a place to hunt might get easier. Last week, President Bush used the bully pulpit to direct federal agencies to expand and enhance hunting on public lands.

E-asy way to buy a duck stamp

Traditional paper duck stamp and art contest will continue MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 16, 2007 – Get ready. Buying a federal duck stamp is about to get easier. On September 1, you can buy an electronic federal duck stamp.

Duck of the month - Redhead

Memphis, Tenn., August 13, 2007 - The redhead is a swift flier that always appears to be in a hurry. It’s a large diving duck only slightly smaller than a mallard. Redheads sometimes drop from great heights at great speeds, creating a loud ripping roar as air escapes their wings.

Youth dog training camp a success Aug 7th 2007

Greenwings attend second annual DU “Camp WaterDog Daze” ROSHOLT, S.D., August 8, 2007 – Two girls and nine boys along with their retrieving dogs enjoyed attending the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Camp WaterDog Daze. The camp was held August 2-5 at Firewater Lodge near Rosholt, S.D.

New wetlands/waterfowl award

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2007— Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the Wildlife Habitat Council to create the Wings Over Wetlands award. The new award will recognize companies that protect and manage wetlands for waterfowl across North America. The United States alone loses more than 80,000 acres of wetland habitat annually.

DU supporters help strengthen conservation in 2007 farm bill

WASHINGTON, August 3, 2007 – The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the 2007 farm bill (H.R. 2419). Ducks Unlimited supported the bill throughout its debate and passage. The strong voices of DU supporters for conservation were certainly heard during the crafting of the bill.

Ducks Unlimited Television: VERSUS season opener is August 2

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 31, 2007 – A new season of Ducks Unlimited Television begins Thursday on the VERSUS network. Hosts Wade Bourne, Jared Brown and Marc Pierce hunt with passionate waterfowlers and conservationists throughout North America. They all share valuable waterfowling tips and tactics that even seasoned waterfowlers can use.

Farm bill passes House

Senate is next hurdle July 27, 2007, 4:45 PM EDT - Great news! Thanks to the collective efforts of you, our DU supporters, a strong voice from conservation was heard in Congress. The amendments that potentially would have hurt conservation were pulled back without being offered. This is a wonderful outcome.

ALERT: Ducks Unlimited needs your help NOW!

Ducks Unlimited needs your action today to protect conservation in the 2007 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is being debated on the floor of the House of Representatives today, July 26, 2007, and there are two amendments that threaten waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited.

Ducks Unlimited and United Country Real Estate collaborate for conservation

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 26, 2007 – In a unique partnership focused on conservation, Ducks Unlimited announced today that United Country Real Estate is joining DU’s ranks as a proud sponsor.

Summer Habitat Conditions in Canada 2007

With a few exceptions, brood-rearing habitat is good or better across Canada, and waterfowl production should be very good this year. The 2007 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey showed a 14 percent increase in breeding duck numbers over last year’s survey, and a 24 per cent increase over the survey’s long term average.

Ducks Unlimited provides advice to Congress on wetland protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 19, 2007 – A senior scientist from Ducks Unlimited testified on Capitol Hill today to promote reinstatement of original Clean Water Act protections for wetlands. The organization provided scientific support for congressional action to re-establish Clean Water Act protections lost as a result of two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Duck of the Month - Northern Shoveler

Memphis, Tenn., July 16, 2007 - A medium-sized duck, the northern shoveler is a swift flyer that often twists and turns like a teal. Because one-third of their diet is animal matter (invertebrates), shovelers are not considered particularly good to eat. However, in many areas, such as the rice prairies of east-central Arkansas, Texas and California, shoveler diets include waste rice, making its eating quality on par with other dabbling ducks.

Duck numbers up slightly overall

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 11, 2007 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today released its preliminary report on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May. Overall, duck populations increased 14 percent since last year with an estimated 41.2 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area.

Deadbeat ducks

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 6, 2007 - Most waterfowl species hens are devoted mothers. However, sometimes a hen leaves her brood before the ducklings fledge. She does this to have enough time to molt and replenish fat reserves before fall migration. And some hens skip the parenting program altogether.

House Ag. Chair moves to fund wetlands and waterfowl conservation

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2007 – U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson’s (MN) wants to make conservation a top priority in this year’s farm bill reauthorization. The chairman recently unveiled a new legislative approach that would save the Wetlands Reserve Program and protect native prairie.

Volunteer Celebration Day August 4, 2007

Fifteen thousand Ducks Unlimited volunteers at over 100 locations across the country are anticipating Volunteer Celebration Day on August 4, 2007. The event is designed to thank Ducks Unlimited volunteers and celebrate 70 years of wetlands conservation.

Nesting activities peak in June

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 26, 2007 - As June comes to a close, the breeding grounds are a flurry of activity for waterfowl. Many species are now experiencing peak nesting activity.

Super Retriever Series Crown Championship airs Sunday on Versus

Yellow Lab and mixed breed win Ducks Unlimited Super Fly and Super V championships MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 23, 2007 – Watch dogs fly this Sunday on the Versus network as the Ducks Unlimited Super V and Ducks Unlimited Super Fly competitions of the Super Retriever Series Crown Championship air on TV. The event was held earlier this month at Oak Lawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Duck stamp is on sale today

The new federal Duck Stamp is on sale today at Bass Pro Shops nationwide. Whether you hunt or not, purchasing the $15 stamp is the easiest way to support wetlands and wildlife habitat conservation.

Duck Stamps go on sale in unprecedented event

Memphis, Tenn., June 18, 2007 - In an unprecedented agreement, the Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with Bass Pro Shops to unveil this year’s Federal Duck Stamp. The unveiling will occur at 9:00 a.m. (CST) on June 22nd at Bass Pro Shops’ Springfield, Mo., flagship store, followed by similar events at Bass Pro Shops’ 42 other stores across the country. Ducks Unlimited leaders are scheduled to speak at several venues, so anyone interested in waterfowl, conservation or stamp collecting should make plans to participate in this exciting event.

Wetlands Loan Act is Reintroduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2007 – In an effort to have wetland conservation keep pace with soaring land prices, Congressman Mike Thompson (CA) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Wetlands Loan Act Friday.

House recommends $3 million increase for NAWCA

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2007 – The efforts of Ducks Unlimited supporters and volunteers who contacted their members of Congress led to the House Appropriations Committee recommending a more than $3 million increase to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for fiscal year 2008.

New officers and directors to the DU Board elected

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 13, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited’s Council of State Trustees and National Delegates recently voted in a new slate of officers and directors for the organization’s Board of Directors. The elections took place at DU’s 70th Annual Convention in Anchorage, Alaska, May 25-26.

Farm bill program reimburses wetland restoration costs

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 12, 2007 – Every year, the Environmental Working Group, a public interest watchdog organization, releases a list of payments the U.S. Department of Agriculture makes for programs it administers through the farm bill. These payments are commonly referred to as “subsidy” payments. A subsidy is funds paid by the government to a private entity for the “good” of the public. The latest report was released Tuesday.

Prairie Pothole Region not protected by Clean Water Act

MEMPHIS, Tenn. June 5, 2007 - Most wetlands remain in jeopardy today. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, geographically isolated wetlands are not protected under the Clean Water Act. The two federal agencies issued a joint guidance Tuesday for how their field offices should interpret and implement the Rapanos-Carabell Supreme Court decision of 2006.

Duck of the Month: Mallard

With a distribution that spans the northern regions of the world, the mallard is most likely the best-known duck, as well as the most numerous. In North America, in years of good water and production, mallards number about 9 million birds.

Ducks Unlimited supports bill for additional hunting lands

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2007 – U.S. Sens. Kent Conrad (ND) and Pat Roberts (KS), along with Reps. Earl Pomeroy (ND) and Jerry Moran (KS) recently reintroduced their “Open Fields” legislation in Congress. With hunting and fishing opportunities declining, this bi-partisan bill provides incentives for landowners to voluntarily open their land to the public.

Super Retriever Series boasts largest purse in retriever history!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 2, 2007 — On Sunday June 10, the champion of the 2007 Super Retriever Series Crown Championship will walk away with $55,000 in cash and prizes. Included in the top prize is a check for $30,000 and a Mountaintop Custom Kennels dog trailer worth $25,000. The purse is the largest ever given at a retriever competition.

Bruce Lewis elected Ducks Unlimited President

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 4, 2007 - Longtime Ducks Unlimited volunteer and national officer Bruce Lewis of Natchez, Mississippi, was elected president of Ducks Unlimited at the 70th Annual Ducks Unlimited Convention in Anchorage, Alaska. Lewis succeeds Dr. Jim Hulbert, who is now the wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization’s chairman of the board.

BP America $2 million donation helps DU secure wetlands grant

LAFAYETTE, La., June 2, 2007 – A new North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant awarded to Ducks Unlimited will fund conservation activities on 11,024 acres in southwest Louisiana. Ducks Unlimited used a $2 million donation by BP America to match federal dollars to earn the grant.

Ducks Unlimited praises Congress for addressing grassland loss

BISMARCK, ND, June 1, 2007 – A briefing from a new report the Governmental Accounting Office will release this summer says conversion of native prairie grasslands is a growing problem. Ducks Unlimited believes this report and others will help Congress focus on solutions to prairie losses as it writes the new 2007 federal farm bill.

Biofuels innovation proposal mixes habitat protection with energy independence

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited applauds a new cellulosic fuels proposal introduced by two members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Sens. John Thune (SD) and Ben Nelson (NE) are pushing for the Biofuels Innovation Program and for incorporation into the energy title of the 2007 Farm Bill.

In Living Color

Spring is when waterfowl dress their very best. Physical features, such as color and quality, help hens determine the fitness of prospective mates.

Legislation to restore protection to wetlands introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON. May 23, 2007 — Congressman Jim Oberstar (MN) was joined by 157 other Congressmen as he introduced bipartisan legislation to restore protection to important wetlands. Ducks Unlimited supports this bill because over half of the nation’s wetlands, and the majority of wetlands that are most important to waterfowl, are currently vulnerable to loss.

Protecting Canada's Boreal Forest

Few spectacles of nature capture our imagination as do the ribbons of waterfowl filling the sky as they fly north. This spring, there was something both amazing and reassuring as the birds headed to their breeding grounds.

Ducks Unlimited gives hunting land to ND Game and Fish

BISMARCK, ND, May 22, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited gave two parcels of land totaling 400 acres to the state of North Dakota last week. DU turned over the Wells County properties to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department this week.

DU wetlands work restores black bear habitat

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 21, 2007 - A mother black bear gave birth to twin cubs in Mississippi earlier this year on land restored by Ducks Unlimited through the Wetlands Reserve Program. It was the first time in more than 30 years that black bear cubs were born in Mississippi.

House takes major step to protect waterfowl habitat in North Carolina

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2007 – The U.S. House of Representatives said no, Thursday, to funding a new U.S. Navy landing field in eastern North Carolina. Since 2002, Ducks Unlimited has urged the Navy to find a different location for its Outlying Landing Field because of possible negative effects to waterfowl and pilot safety. The proposed site is close to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is an important area for waterfowl populations.

Ducks Unlimited supports more hunting and fishing lands bill

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited supports new legislation in Congress to expand public access to private lands for hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts. U.S. senators Kent Conrad (ND) and Pat Roberts (KS) are introducing the “Open Fields” bill today.

Super Fly record set at Dyersburg Super Retriever Series

DYERSBURG, Tenn., May 15, 2007 — Ever wonder how far a dog can jump? How does 27 feet 10 inches sound? That is how far a yellow Labrador named “Jag” jumped to win the Ducks Unlimited Super Fly event last Saturday at the Dyer County Fairgrounds in Dyersburg, Tenn. The jump set a Super Retriever Series record. The world record is 28 feet 10 inches. “Jag” was handled by Rande Murphy.

Check it out, dog. Ducks Unlimited wants you and your dog!

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 11, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited WaterDog TV show is looking for a few good youngsters . . . and their dogs. The second annual Camp WaterDog Daze is set for August 2-5 at Firewater lodge near Victor, S.D.

Dyersburg going to the dogs

DYERSBURG, Tennessee, May 10, 2007 - See how far and how high dogs can jump during the Ducks Unlimited Super Fly and Super V events as some of the best sporting dogs in the country compete in this week’s Super Retriever Series in Dyersburg, Tennessee, at the Dyer County Fairgrounds.

Agreement will lead to more wetlands conservation

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies signed an agreement Tuesday that will benefit wetlands and waterfowl. The groups will collaborate to promote the conservation, restoration and management of wetlands of value to waterfowl and other wildlife.

The need for speed

A duck’s flight speed depends on two factors: its ability to fly through air using its own energy, and the helping or hindering influence of wind. Ordinary flight is around 40-55 mph for most ducks. (Add an additional 10-12 mph when chased.) Canvasbacks, when chased, have reached 72 mph. Thus, a frightened canvasback with a 28-mph tailwind is capable of reaching 100-mph ground speed.

Duck of the Month - Northern Pintail

One of the world’s most elegant ducks, the northern pintail is also one of the most numerous. In North America, pintails have a larger breeding distribution than any other duck except the mallard. No dabbling duck frequents the Arctic regions more often than this slender bird.

Join Ducks Unlimited in Anchorage

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 30, 2007 - May is National Wetlands Month. What better way to celebrate than with Ducks Unlimited at its 70th Annual Convention in Anchorage, Alaska, May 23-27. The event is both a celebration of DU’s first 70 years in habitat conservation, and a planning forum for its future wetlands and waterfowl conservation work.

Future of National Wildlife Refuges in jeopardy

Ducks Unlimited, along with a diverse group of conservation partners, released a report on Wednesday about the ailing National Wildlife Refuges. The report details the short and long-term effects of shrinking budgets and seeks basic funding for day-to-day operations and maintenance for the refuges.

Spring habitat conditions in Canada 2007

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Manitoba, April 27, 2007 - The spring waterfowl migration should peak in many parts of Canada in the coming week. Habitat conditions are generally good for returning waterfowl. Conditions are particularly good in coastal British Columbia, the Saskatchewan parklands and parts of eastern Canada. Additional precipitation is needed in much of the prairies to ensure good conditions this waterfowl breeding season.

Bayer Animal Health and K9 Advantix® support conservation with Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 25, 2007 – Sporting dogs and wetlands and waterfowl conservationists are getting a show of support from Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures K9 Advantix, a topical flea, tick and mosquito control product. In its ongoing commitment to the outdoor community, Bayer recently joined Ducks Unlimited as a corporate sponsor.

Conservation Reserve Program good for farmers, wildlife and nation

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2007 – A new government report released last week clearly shows that the Conservation Reserve Program provides major benefits to Americans. The report estimates that land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program “. . . virtually eliminates soil and nutrient loss . . .” among other benefits.

DU-Project WET partnership celebrates Earth Day

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 20, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited recently hired Rab Cummings of Bozeman, Mont. as its new youth and education coordinator. Cummings is now leading DU’s efforts to bring its wetlands education program, Project Webfoot, to 4th-6th grade classes nationwide.

Million dollar grant to protect key Prairie Pothole grasslands and wetlands

BISMARCK, ND, April 19, 2007 – Thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant, Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue conserving habitat with ranchers and other landowners in South Dakota. This grant will help protect grasslands and wetlands in some of the highest density waterfowl breeding areas in the Prairie Pothole Region.

DU celebrates first Living Lakes project in Iowa

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa, April 18, 2007 – Waterfowl hunters and other conservationists will soon see more wildlife on Diamond Lake, just north of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant and partner funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the McKnight Foundation and Ducks Unlimited (DU), a new water control structure will significantly improve the wildlife habitat and wetland ecology of the lake.

April showers bring May flowers . . . and ducks!

Spring migration is in full swing for all waterfowl during April. Events happen fast this time of year. There is a limited opportunity to get nesting, brood rearing and molting done before its time to head south again. In fact, ducks spend less than 40 percent of the year on their breeding grounds.

Ducks Unlimited praises Congress for reviewing Great Plains grassland losses

BISMARCK, North Dakota, April 12, 2007 – Home, home on the range where the deer, antelope and ducks play may become a thing of the past if the rapid loss of America’s prairie grasslands isn’t stopped. Ducks Unlimited (DU) believes a new Congressional report will help Congress focus on solutions to the loss as it writes the new 2007 federal farm bill.

DU in D.C.

Two momentous public policy events took place recently for DU, one at headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., and the other in Washington, D.C.

Decision to curtail early releases of CRP in 2007 praised by conservationists

BISMARCK, ND April 4, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) reacted positively to news of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns’ decision to let landowners determine the use of their lands based on market demands rather than eliminating investments made with taxpayer funds under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres.

Duck of the Month - Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged teal begin returning to many states as they head north in April. Out of the country since their early fall passage in September, the drakes are now dressed for success sporting their sharp breeding plumage.

New USDA initiative will help ducks in the Prairie Pothole Region

BISMARCK, North Dakota, April 2, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiative will help restore critical duck habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region. The region is known as the nation’s “duck factory.”

Ducks Unlimited announces new licensee, Artisans, Inc.

Clothing manufacturer helps support waterfowl habitat conservation Memphis, Tenn., March 29, 2007 – Thanks to a new partnership, Ducks Unlimited’s name and logo will now be featured on sportswear apparel made by Artisans, Inc., a screen printing and embroidery company based in Glen Flora, Wisconsin.

Early Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada - March 2007

Early spring habitat conditions now range from good to excellent in British Columbia with some ponds in the central Interior likely to fill for the first time in a few years. Conditions in the parklands of the Prairie Provinces are generally very good while dry conditions persist in the prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Western Boreal Forest is expected to provide returning waterfowl with good habitat this spring as is the majority of Eastern Canada. Early migrant waterfowl have begun to return to many parts of the country.

Ducks Unlimited Tabs Winners of 2007 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Outstanding contributions for wetlands and waterfowl conservation highlighted PORTLAND, Oregon, March 23, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced the winners of its 2007 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 72nd annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Portland, Oregon Friday.

Louisburg Going to the Dogs

Attend the Super Retriever Series this weekend LOUISBURG, North Carolina, March 22, 2007 — See how far and how high dogs can jump during the Ducks Unlimited (DU) Super Fly and Super V events as some of the best sporting dogs in the country compete in the Super Retriever Series (SRS).

Ducks Unlimited Meets with Senior Agriculture and White House Officials

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2007 - Representatives of Ducks Unlimited (DU), a leading international wildlife group, met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns, Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner and later with officials at the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality yesterday to discuss challenges faced by agricultural conservation programs.

Ducks Unlimited and Agriculture Secretary to Discuss CRP

USDA requests meeting with DU on key farm bill and waterfowl conservation programs WASHINGTON, March 14, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) will meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns and Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner on Thursday, March 15 to discuss the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the farm bill. USDA requested the meeting.

Duck of the Month: Wood Duck

This month's featured duck is the wood duck. Learn more about this species, including it's nesting and mating habits, as well as information on how you can build wood duck nesting boxes to help boost wood duck populations in your area.

Ducks Unlimited and Winchester Celebrate 20-year Partnership for Conservation

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 7, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Winchester are celebrating 20 years of working together to raise funds for DU’s conservation mission. Hosting continental shooting events for conservation, Winchester and DU have raised more than $3.5 million since the first event in Colorado Springs in 1987.

Duck Breeding Grounds in Trouble - Again

The future of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is in jeopardy and needs your help! CRP is vital to conserving waterfowl breeding grounds in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Dakotas, Iowa, Montana and Minnesota, as well as other areas in the U.S. This farm bill conservation program pays farmers and ranchers to restore poor cropland back into grasslands that are vital to nesting ducks. In return, landowners are paid to keep these highly erodible lands in grass for 10 or 15 years.

Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Habitat conditions are good throughout much of British Columbia at this time and the coastal region continues to experience excellent conditions. Conditions in the parklands of the Prairie Provinces are also are good or better and are especially good in Saskatchewan. Dry conditions persist in the prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan and the potential for spring runoff in these areas is limited.

Conservation Order Means More Snow Goose Hunting

Goose’s Overpopulation is Still a Threat to Arctic Ecosystem February 26, 2007 - Waterfowl hunters can still get in some hunting though duck season is over until next fall. In many mid-continent and Northeastern states, the special light goose - greater and lesser snow geese - conservation-hunting season is now open.

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Louisiana Coast Restoration

Lafayette, La., February 23, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited will restore critical wintering waterfowl habitat in Coastal Louisiana with the help of a $100,000 gift from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. Louisiana’s coastal marshes host up to 20 percent of the nation’s wintering waterfowl. Each year, more than 10 million ducks and geese winter on Louisiana’s coast.

Help Save Critical Duck Breeding Grounds - Take Action!

The future of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is in jeopardy and needs your help! A recent proposal by the USDA would eliminate enrollments into CRP for the next two years. This comes at a time when over 4 million acres of CRP will be expiring. This program has been vital to conserving waterfowl breeding grounds in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Dakotas, Iowa, Montana, and Minnesota by allowing farmers to convert marginal cropland into grasslands vital as nesting habitat in return for rental payments.

Hunter Survey Gives Insight into 2006 Duck Production

Preliminary results from an annual survey of Mississippi Flyway duck hunters on the just completed season became available this week. The survey indicates that the preliminary age ratio (immature to adult ducks killed by hunters) was 1.38 for mallards and 1.92 for the 11 duck species combined.

Wetlands important to climate change solution

Oak Hammock Marsh, Man., February 15, 2007 - One of Canada’s foremost experts on the role of wetlands in carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas cycling is urging Canadian governments and policy makers to not overlook the natural abilities of wetlands when seeking to solve the climate change puzzle.

Youth Duck Hunt Inspires Young Hunters

RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 14, 2007 – Young hunters, ages 7 to 15, recently enjoyed a weekend of winter outdoor fun while attending Ducks Unlimited sponsored youth hunts in Mississippi and Kentucky. State regulated youth-only waterfowl hunting seasons provide opportunities for adults to introduce kids to the joy of duck hunting.

Restoring Habitat in the Heartland

NOBLE COUNTY, Ind., February 12, 2007 - For nearly a century, farmers and the government have fought to keep water off of one low-lying, 20-acre wetland basin in northeastern Indiana. That is, until Gary Franklin, a farmer from Noble County decided to restore his land back to what it used to be – a thriving wetland near the Elkhart River.

Farm Bill Program Reimburses Wetland Restoration Costs - Conservation

Ducks Unlimited fronts funds to help farmers achieve conservation goals MEMPHIS, Tenn., February 7, 2007 – Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a list of payments it makes for the dozens of programs it administers through the farm bill. Most of those payments are known as “subsidy” payments, which are funds paid by the government to a private entity for the good of the public. Ducks Unlimited (DU) typically ranks high on the list for receiving millions of farm bill dollars. However, these payments to DU are not subsidies, they are reimbursements for on-the-ground wetland restoration projects DU conducts, mostly through the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

Duck of the Month - Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis Considerably more numerous in North America than greater scaup, and with a much larger breeding range, lesser scaup are the most numerous of our diving ducks.

President and Key Congressional Members Support Tax Incentives for Land Conservation

Proposed bipartisan legislation in Congress would help Washington, D.C. – February 2, 2007 - President Bush recently announced his proposed 2008 budget would include funding for tax incentives that promote voluntary land conservation. Last August, he signed into law a provision that expanded federal tax incentives for landowners to conserve their land.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day by Joining Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – February 1, 2007 – This year, wetland conservation organizations and communities across the globe will celebrate the 10th annual World Wetlands Day. February 2 is a day set aside to recognize some of our most important and productive ecosystems, vital to the environments of many countries.

DU Talks Farm Bill with House Ag. Chairman Peterson

Waterfowl conservation group advocates “Farm the Best, Conserve the Rest” philosophy MEMPHIS, Tenn., January 31, 2007 – House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (Minn.) recently visited Ducks Unlimited’s headquarters to discuss DU’s priorities for the next federal farm bill in working with America’s farmers and ranchers. Peterson, an avid waterfowl hunter, was in the area for a farm bill town hall meeting in Arkansas.

Ducks Unlimited Turns 70

DU celebrates seven decades of conserving North America’s wetlands and waterfowl MEMPHIS, Tenn. - January 25, 2007 - This is a big year for Ducks Unlimited (DU). On top of its usual conservation work, field research and fund-raising events, DU commemorates its 70th anniversary on Monday, January 29, 2007.

Hunting Pressured Ducks

Many times, ducks respond to heavy hunting pressure by shifting to hard-to-reach places: the deepest swamps, thickest cover and other hard to reach places. They seek out such sanctuaries, so they can feed and rest without being harassed.

Decoy Brings Record Price

NEW YORK, January 23, 2007 – A rare red-breasted merganser hen decoy set a world auction record for an American waterfowl decoy during a sale at Christie’s auction house in New York City on Jan. 18. The decoy carved by 19th century Massachusetts carver Lothrop Holmes sold for $856,000 to an American buyer.

Duck of the Month - Gadwall

Like mallards, pintails, and shovelers, gadwall are Holarctic in distribution, found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere. Today, the gadwall is flourishing.

Late Season Waterfowl Hunting

Late season waterfowl hunting is either the best of times or the worst of times. It can be when bird numbers are high and frigid temperatures are causing them to move and work better as they search for food. It’s also a time when waterfowl are the most educated from months of hunting pressure making them tough to fool with decoy or call.

Rare Decoys to Sell at Christie’s

NEW YORK, January 18, 2007 – Several rare waterfowl decoys are part of an auction being offered by Guyette & Schmidt and Christie’s auction house in New York City on Friday. Some of the most sought after decoys will come from the collection of Dr. Alvin Friedman-Kien. The group includes several examples from the greatest decoy makers, including Elmer Crowell and Lothrop Holmes among others.

Wetlands Loan Act is Reintroduced in Congress Jan 2007

WASHINGTON, January 17, 2007 – Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman reintroduced the Wetlands Loan Act last week to strengthen long-term protection of wetlands in the United States that are vital to waterfowl, other wildlife and people. The Wetlands Loan Act would provide a $400 million advance of federal duck stamp money during the next 10 years for wetlands conservation.

Duck Band "Jewelry" from DU’s Goebel Ranch

Duck hunters love getting a banded duck. Shouts of joy and playful claims of “That’s my duck” come from every hunter in the duck blind once a banded duck is downed. Duck hunters proudly display their “jewelry” from duck call lanyards that become duck band necklaces. Ducks Unlimited’s recent research work at its Goebel Ranch complex in the Prairie Pothole Region of South Dakota is helping provide thousands of banded ducks for hunters this season.

Tips for Hunting-shy Ducks

Changing your tactics becomes a necessity when hunting conditions are poor. When the wind is slack, the sky overcast and the temperature warm, hunters must adjust. These conditions make the birds spooky, and they take more convincing to lure into range. The following are proven tips in pulling in ducks made wary by poor hunting conditions and heavy gunning pressure.

Duck Hunting Flooded Timber

Hunting ducks in flooded timber is one of duck hunting's greatest experiences. When winter rains saturate bottomland forests, runoff quickly fills creeks and rivers. Excess water starts backing out into adjacent lowlands, many of which are covered in lush hardwood forests that trap the water for up to weeks at a time. This is nature's ageless system of flood control.

Think Like a Duck

The biological needs of ducks change as the seasons progress. Here’s how to adapt your hunting strategies to match these shifts in the birds’ behavior.

MSU Waterfowl Scholarship Available

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University (MSU) is accepting applications for the Scenic Homes “Dr. Richard M. Kaminski” scholarship in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. This is an $8,000 annually renewable scholarship available to high school seniors and undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in waterfowl and wetlands science and conservation at MSU.

Reelfoot Duck Calling: A Style for the Ages

Mallards were thick over the northern Missouri public hunting area, and my brother and I were in heaven. We’d drawn a good blind for the day. The morning was breaking cold and windy on the heels of a strong nor’wester. Our decoys bobbed convincingly on the thin-water chop. If ever there was a duck day, this was it. We knew bagging our limits of greenheads wasn’t a matter of if, but how long.

Hunters and Anglers Key to Saskatchewan Economy

Hunters and anglers are a key component to Saskatchewan’s tourist and local economy. Saskatchewan Environment reports that of the $1.4 billion spent annually by tourists in the province, some $307 million is spent by people engaged in hunting and fishing. Waterfowlers are a major part of the hunting community.

Early Winter Duck Habitat Conditions in Canada

CANADA, December 20, 2006 - Serious duck hunters always look to Canada to find out what the weather is doing to waterfowl habitat conditions. Here’s the latest duck dope (December 18, 2006) from our DU eyes in the field.

Court Says States can Control Mute Swans

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

10 Waterfowling Secrets

Avid duck hunters - regardless of skill level - are always looking for that extra edge. Take a look at these ten quick tips that will hopefully make your next trip to the field more successful.

Duck of the Month: Canvasback

About the same size as mallards, canvasback are chunkier and swifter in flight, and in fact are one of the swiftest of all waterfowl, having been clocked reliably at 74 miles per hour. Their wingbeat is rapid and noisy, and their flight is direct, with little weaving or up-and-down movement of flocks. In migration, they often fly in precise V formations.

New IRA Rules Help You Duck Taxes

There is a window of opportunity for people who are age 70½ or older that allows them to make a gift of up to $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited from their individual retirement account (IRA). The result is more wetlands for ducks and fewer taxes for you.

Wildlife Disease Protection

There is no known case of the highly pathogenic Asian H5N1 strain of bird flu in the Americas now. However, even apparently healthy wild birds and other wild game can be infected with other wildlife diseases that could pose a threat to hunters and others out enjoying the outdoors. You can protect yourself from these diseases by following the recommendations listed below from the National Wildlife Health Center.

Waterfowl on the Move

It’s that time of year when changes in climactic conditions and daylight have migratory birds experiencing Zuginruhe, the German term for premigratory restlessness exhibited by birds, which could easily describe the restlessness shared by waterfowl hunters anticipating the next major flight of ducks and geese into their state. Here are a few migration facts while you fight off Zuginruhe.

Meadows Foundation Contributes to Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Along Texas Gulf Coast

Richmond, Texas, November 16, 2006 – A proposed 14,500 acres of Texas Gulf Coast wetlands and associated uplands will be positively impacted with help from the Meadows Foundation. Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a $225,000 contribution from the Foundation and will use this money toward the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project. DU will also combine these funds with other partner funds to help earn a federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement Complete at Hickory Mound

PERRY, Fla., October 30, 2006 – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) can now better manage water and salinity levels in the Hickory Mound Impoundment on Big Bend Wildlife Management Area. The Impoundment will provide 1,834 acres of essential habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and a variety of other wildlife.

Habitat Restoration Project Complete at Roanoke River Refuge

Waterfowl and other migratory birds will benefit from the 411 acres of flooded bottomland hardwood forest that were restored on Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Wetland managers can now control water levels that mimic natural hydrology regimes which were altered when an upstream dam was constructed.

Popular Wetlands Program Extended

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 16, 2006 – Congress and the president showed support for waterfowl and wetlands recently, when they reauthorized the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for an additional five years.

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week

Ducks Unlimited TV shows feature two of America’s wonderful refuges MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 12, 2006 – America’s incredible national wildlife refuge system is the focus this week as DU-TV and Ducks Unlimited WaterDog feature a duck hunt on Cache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Arkansas and a goose hunt on Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. This week the nation is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week. The shows will air Saturday (DU-TV, 7:30 AM-EST) and Sunday mornings (DU WaterDog, 11:00 AM-EST), respectively, on the Versus network.

DU Makes Education Key Component of Capital Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 2 —Ducks Unlimited feels so strongly about wetlands education that it has made it a key component of the organization’s five-year, $1.7 billion Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign.

Delaware Artist Wins 2006 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Wildlife artist Richard C. Clifton, 44, a duck hunter from Milford, Del., today won the 2006 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest in Memphis, Tennessee.

Early Fall Habitat Conditions in Canada - Oct 2006

With the exception of central and northern areas of British Columbia and Alberta, habitat conditions are good or better across the country. This years’ fall flight is shaping up to be quite good and numbers of birds are beginning to build in southern areas. Harvest was early throughout the prairies this year and is largely completed.

"Eleventh Hour" Gains for Wetlands Conservation

Congress Extends Key Habitat Programs to Benefit Waterfowl Washington DC - October 2, 2006 – Last minute action proved to be beneficial to waterfowl and wildlife as Congress acted to continue three popular conservation programs. In the waning hours before the electoral recess, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to extend the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act and the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act. The conservation bills now await signature by President Bush.

Leading Energy Company Focuses on Wetland Conservation

XTO Energy donates $50,000 to Ducks Unlimited for waterfowl habitat improvement in Arkansas

DU and Partners to Enhance Malmaison WMA in Mississippi

DU has been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to enhance 1,030 acres of forested wetlands habitat on Malmaison WMA in Grenada Co., MS.

Ducks Unlimited Shows Support for Reauthorization of Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

Executive Vice President, Don Young Testifies on Behalf WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sept. 14, 2006 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) Executive Vice President Don Young today provided testimony in support of reauthorizing the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) before the U.S. House of Representatives. The GLFWRA has great potential to expand restoration efforts outlined by the Restoration Strategy that was released by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration in December of 2005.

Conservation Programs Celebrate 20-year Success Story

Landowners, hunters and wildlife reap the benefits of conservation legislation WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2006 – Two decades of successful cooperative conservation is being celebrated on Capitol Hill, as Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever join members of Congress and federal officials in an event commemorating the 20th anniversaries of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The two programs have improved habitat on more than 24 million acres nationwide.

House Moves to Extend Critical Wetlands Program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2006 – In a year when wetland conservation experienced setbacks in the Supreme Court, the U.S. House of Representatives lent a helping hand to conservation by acting to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). Since 1989, NAWCA has successfully fostered over 3,000 partnerships, both public and private, and have implemented more than 1,500 projects to conserve more than 22 million acres of wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, other migratory birds and wildlife.

Late Summer Habitat Conditions in Canada

Habitat conditions have remained fairly stable over the past month. Conditions in eastern Canada remain very good while conditions are more varied in western Canada where the warm, dry weather continues. With few exceptions, waterfowl production was average or better throughout the country this year.

Ducks Unlimited says new CRP practice will benefit breeding ducks in the Prairie Pothole Region

BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 25, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited says a new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) initiative will benefit breeding ducks across the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).

DU Cheers Arlen Lancaster Appointment to NRCS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited commends Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns’s appointment of Arlen Lancaster to chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Sportsman's Warehouse Recognized for Contributions to Wetlands Conservation

Ducks Unlimited partner is the only company on record to receive Platinum Teal Award MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 24, 2006 - In the race against time to preserve continental wetlands, one of Ducks Unlimited’s dedicated corporate sponsors has reached an impressive philanthropic milestone. The Sportsman’s Warehouse, a DU partner since 1997, recently received a Platinum Teal award for its support and generosity.

DU Helps See Pensions Bill Through

Conservation Scores Big WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2006 – President Bush today signed into law the Pension Protection Act, which included an expanded tax incentives provision benefiting landowners donating conservation easements. Ducks Unlimited’s governmental affairs office in Washington worked hard for four years with the administration, Congress and partners to shepherd this legislation into law.

Don Young Talks About DU's Work in Lousiana to Stop the Loss of Coastal Marsh

Louisiana has the highest coastal wetlands loss rate of any state in the nation comprising more than 1,500 square miles of marsh over the past seven decades. Open-water habitats replace 25 to 35 square miles of the coast’s emergent wetlands every year. Don Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited, spoke to reporters in New Orleans, La., on Aug. 1 about the work Ducks Unlimited has done and is planning to stop the loss of coastal marsh.

Ducks Unlimited Surpasses 2006 Conservation Goals

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2006 - Ducks Unlimited had a busy year in fiscal year 2006. In the last 12 months, Ducks Unlimited has conserved nearly 170,000 acres across America, surpassing its conservation goals for the year.

e-Duck Stamp Makes it Easier for Hunters

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 25, 2006 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (385 to 4) yesterday that will make it easier for waterfowl hunters to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp. The Senate passed the bill earlier. It now goes to President Bush to sign into law.

Summer Habitat Conditions in Canada 2006

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 20, 2006 - Habitat conditions in eastern Canada are generally very good. Conditions are more varied in western Canada, where many areas are experiencing warm, dry weather. Waterfowl production appears to be very good in many parts of the country - the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey conducted by USFWS and CWS showed that breeding waterfowl numbers in the traditional survey area are up 9 percent from the long-term average and up 14 percent from spring 2005.

DU Greenwings Attend "Ducks Unlimited WaterDog" Training Camp

ROSHOLT, S.D., July 13, 2006 – Four girls and seven boys along with their retrieving dogs were part of eleven youth/dog teams that attended the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Camp WaterDog Daze, July 6-9 at Firewater near Rosholt, S.D.

U.S. Army and Ducks Unlimited Partner for Conservation

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited will soon help conserve wetlands and associated habitats on key areas of the Army’s 16.5 million acres of land, thanks to an agreement signed today.

Duck Numbers up Overall - July 5th, 2006

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 5, 2006 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today released its preliminary report on western breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May. Overall, duck populations increased 14 percent since last year with an estimated 36.2 million breeding ducks on the prairies. Habitat conditions were also slightly better than last year, thanks to a warm winter and good precipitation.

Senate Subcommittee Recommends Maximum Funding for Wetlands Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 20, 2006 – The Senate Appropriations subcommittee for Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies today approved full funding for 250,000 acres for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). This approval agrees with President Bush’s budget request for full funding for the program.

Supreme Court Decision Bad for Wetlands, Hunters and Anglers

Memphis, Tenn., June 19, 2006 – A 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court wetlands decision today further confused decades of federal protection of wetlands throughout the country under the Clean Water Act. The decision is disappointing, because hunters and anglers understand that wetlands are the most productive fish and wildlife habitat in the world.

Series by Award-winning Painter Terry Redlin to Raise Funds for Ducks Unlimited

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 15, 2006 - Ducks Unlimited is selling an exclusive four-print series by acclaimed wildlife artist Terry Redlin at DU fund-raising events beginning in July. Proceeds from sales of the prints will be put toward DU’s efforts to conserve North America’s wetlands for generations to come.

Ralph McDonald Named Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 15, 2006 - Renowned wildlife artist Ralph McDonald was honored at last month’s Ducks Unlimited National Convention as the 2006-2007 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year. McDonald, known for his warm renderings of the outdoor sporting life, received this acclamation in front of nearly 1,000 DU members, sponsors and staff. This is his second time to receive this title.

Congressional Effort Underway to Extend Key Wetlands Program

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2006 – House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (Calif.) introduced a bill yesterday to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). Since 1989, NAWCA has successfully fostered hundreds of public-private partnerships to conserve more than 20 million acres of wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, other migratory birds and wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited Announces History’s Largest Wetlands Conservation Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 2, 2006 – In the race against time to save North America’s wetlands, Ducks Unlimited and its foundation, the Wetlands America Trust, have announced the launch of the largest wetlands conservation campaign in history. The Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign will raise $1.7 billion over the next five years to conserve North America’s wetlands for future generations.

New DU Book Answers Age-Old Questions About Waterfowl and Wetlands

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 30, 2006 — Where are they going, and where have they been? When it comes to North America’s waterfowl, the answers to these questions can be found in Ducks Unlimited’s new book, Flyways: A Celebration of Waterfowl and Wetlands.

Hey Kids Ducks Unlimited Wants You...And Your Dog

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 27, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited’s WaterDog TV show is looking for a few good youngsters – and their dogs. On July 6-9, the Ducks Unlimited WaterDog TV show will hold their first “Camp WaterDog Daze” at the Firewater Lodge near Victor, S.D.

Ducks Unlimited WaterDog is New TV Show on Versus

PHOENIX, May 27, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited previewed a segment of its new television show WaterDog today in Phoenix at its annual convention. The show will begin airing in October on the Versus network (formerly the Outdoor Life Network). The show is hosted by nationally renowned dog trainer Justin Tackett and features his yellow Labrador retriever, Yella.

Future for the Wetlands Reserve Program Uncertain

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2006 – Despite President Bush’s request for full funding at 250,000 acres in the Wetlands Reserve Program, Congress is proposing to drastically cut the program to 144,776 acres.

New DU Web site provides a wealth of services and information to users

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 17, 2006 – Now entering its seventh decade of preserving wetlands, Ducks Unlimited announces the launch of its new Web site. Online at www.ducks.org, the new site is an easy-to-use network of new and updated features for DU’s members, friends and partners.

Bottomland Hardwood Restoration in Dyer County, Tenn. Complete

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 16, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and partners completed restoration of 312 acres of bottomland hardwood forest in Dyer County, Tenn. The project area, known as Thorny Cypress Wetlands, will be incorporated into the Ernest Rice Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Honors Ducks Unlimited

BATON ROUGE, La., May 8, 2006 – The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana honored Ducks Unlimited (DU) with its Coastal Stewardship Award for significant contributions to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The award was presented to DU at the Coalition’s awards banquet on Friday, May 5.

Ducks Unlimited Unveils Restoration Plans for Wightman Lake

Sixty-five Acres of Wetlands to be Restored Sparland, IL – April 25, 2006 –Restoration of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Wightman Lake property continues to move forward as funding has been secured. Plans call for the restoration of 65 acres of wetlands and enhancement of 75 acres of bottomland hardwoods benefiting waterfowl and other migratory birds. Restoration plans also include innovative techniques for improving water quality and providing habitat for the decurrent false aster, a federally listed threatened plant.

Young Missouri Artist Wins the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

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.

Business Leader Jim Kennedy Receives Conservation Honor

Business Leader Jim Kennedy Receives Conservation Honor ATLANTA, April 21, 2006 – The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation honored Jim Kennedy, chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises, Inc., with its Non-Government Organization Innovation Award at a dinner Thursday night at Atlanta’s newly-opened Georgia Aquarium. Kennedy was honored because of his long-time active support of Ducks Unlimited and its foundation, Wetlands America Trust. DU, the world’s most effective wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization, has restored, protected or brought into management almost 12 million acres of wetlands in North America since 1937.

Ducks Unlimited Wetlands Education Program Makes Every Day Earth Day

Ducks Unlimited wetlands education program makes every day Earth Day MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 19 - Since Earth Day happens to fall on a Saturday this year, thousands of schools around the country are celebrating the holiday earlier in the week. Not to be outdone, students enrolled in Ducks Unlimited~~s Project Webfoot program got an even bigger head start. They~~ve been celebrating the importance of wetlands all year round.

Ducks Unlimited Announces Renewal of Advantage MAX-4 as a Proud Sponsor

Ducks Unlimited Announces Renewal of Advantage MAX-4 as a Proud Sponsor MEMPHIS, Tenn. April 19, 2006 - Waterfowlers want to have the greatest gear for the hunt - functional, effective and quality proven. The renewal of Ducks Unlimited~~s partnership with Advantage MAX-4 assures a premium pattern and a commitment to conservation. Ducks Unlimited and Jordan Outdoor Enterprises announced that Advantage Camouflage has renewed its support of Ducks Unlimited. Advantage MAX-4 serves as a Proud Sponsor of DU~~s efforts to conserve, restore and manage habitat across North America.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Seven NAWCA Grants to Conserve Wetlands and Grasslands

Ducks Unlimited Receives Seven NAWCA Grants to Conserve Wetlands and Grasslands WASHINGTON, April 5, 2006– Ducks Unlimited and its partners were recently awarded seven North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants to conserve nearly 40,000 acres of habitat. The grants cover projects in nine states. Approximately $16.7 million in matching funds from project partners and more than $6.4 million in NAWCA grant funds will restore, protect and enhance wetlands critical to waterfowl.

Wetlands for Kids Day is a Success

Wetlands for Kids Day is a Success 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.

Duck Hunters Have Voice at Highest Levels in DC

Duck Hunters Have Voice at Highest Levels in DC DU’s Tomke Chosen for Sporting Conservation Council Memphis, Tenn., April 6, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited Chairman of the Board John Tomke was recently chosen to serve on the newly formed Sporting Conservation Council. Tomke will serve a one-year term.

Early Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada - March 30, 2006

Read the latest spring habitat conditions and reports in Canada.

DU Receives $440,000 for Coastal Marsh Restoration in Southeast Louisiana

DU Receives $440,000 for Coastal Marsh Restoration in Southeast Louisiana LAFITTE, La., March 30, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) has been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to restore 580 acres of coastal marsh habitat in Jefferson Parish, La. The project is estimated to cost $1.33 million and partners will contribute approximately $890,000 which will be matched with $440,000 in NAWCA grant funds to support coastal wetlands restoration efforts.

Quality Wetlands Losses Continue

Quality Wetlands Losses Continue Statement of D.A. (Don) Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited, regarding wetlands loss: “We should all be concerned about America continuing to lose quality wetlands and the benefits they provide. Given challenges from human encroachment and repeated attempts to roll back Clean Water Act protection, we all must work to ensure a net gain of high quality wetlands for clean water, wildlife and flood control needs. Ducks Unlimited is a strong supporter of positive steps being taken by the government to save and restore high quality wetlands. Today’s report shouldn’t provide reason to think an overall victory on wetlands conservation is being achieved.

Missouri Department of Conservation Renews Commitment to Waterfowl Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation Renews Commitment to Waterfowl Conservation 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.

Duck Jam Takes Off

Duck Jam Takes OffThousands attend first ever DU concert COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 28, 2006 – The stage was set. The weather was great. The fans came in droves. The Duck Jam was a hit!

Nebraska’s Hod Kosman wins Ducks Unlimited 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

Nebraska’s Hod Kosman wins Ducks Unlimited 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 24, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited has recognized Nebraska’s Hod Kosman with its 2006 Private Citizen Achievement Award. Officials from Ducks Unlimited today announced the winners of the 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards and the State Grant Awards at the 71st annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

St. Paul Pioneer Press Outdoor Editor Chris Niskanen wins Ducks Unlimited 2006 Wetland Conservation

St. Paul Pioneer Press Outdoor Editor Chris Niskanen wins Ducks Unlimited 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 24, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited has recognized St. Paul Pioneer Press Outdoor Editor Chris Niskanen with its 2006 Communications Achievement Award. Officials from Ducks Unlimited today announced the winners of the 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards and the State Grant Awards at the 71st annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks receives two DU achievement awards

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks receives two DU achievement awards COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 24, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognized both the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP) and it~~s secretary, John Cooper, as part of the 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards and the State Grant Awards handed out today at the 71st annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Ducks Unlimited Honors MSU Professor Dr. Rick Kaminski for Contributions to Wetland Conservation

Ducks Unlimited Honors MSU Professor Dr. Rick Kaminski for Contributions to Wetland Conservation STARKVILLE, Miss., March 24, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited honored Mississippi State University Professor Dr. Rick Kaminski at the 71st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, in Columbus, Ohio, by awarding him its Wetland Conservation Achievement Award. Because of his life-long commitment to wetlands and waterfowl, Dr. Rick Kaminski distinguished himself as the research professional deserving this award.

Ducks Unlimited Honors Senator Thad Cochran for Contributions to Wetland Conservation

Ducks Unlimited Honors Senator Thad Cochran for Contributions to Wetland Conservation JACKSON, Miss., March 26, 2006 –Ducks Unlimited presented Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran with its 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award. This year Senator Cochran, who is a long-time proponent for conservation in North America, stood out as the federal representative deserving this award.

Ducks Unlimited Honors NRCS Employee Kalven Trice for Contributions to Wetland Conservation

Ducks Unlimited Honors NRCS Employee Kalven Trice for Contributions to Wetland Conservation LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 24, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited presented Arkansas State Conservationist Kalven Trice with its federal employee Wetland Conservation Achievement Award at the 71st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, in Columbus, Ohio.

Ducks Unlimited Honors State of Alabama for Conservation Efforts

Ducks Unlimited Honors State of Alabama for Conservation Efforts MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 26, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) awarded the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (ADWFF) with the Gold State Grant Award at the 71 st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, in Columbus, Ohio. This year the ADWFF~~s contribution surpassed the $1,000,000 mark and punctuates a 25-year partnership with DU to conserve waterfowl and wetlands habitat in Canada.

Ducks Unlimited Announces Winners of 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Officials from Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2006 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards and the State Grant Awards at the 71st annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Columbus, Ohio on March 24.

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Takes the Gold

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Takes the GoldDucks Unlimited Presents the Award in Appreciation Delaware—March 24, 2006 – During the 71st North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference in Columbus Ohio, Ducks Unlimited presented the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife with the Gold State Grant Award for surpassing the $1 million contribution level toward waterfowl habitat in Canada. Pat Emory, director of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Service, accepted the award for the agency.

Waterfowl Hunters Encouraged to Comment On Migratory Bird Hunting

Waterfowl Hunters Encouraged to Comment On Migratory Bird Hunting MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 23, 2006 – Duck and goose hunters have a great opportunity to let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) know what they think about migratory bird management in the United States. During the next 34 days, USFWS will hold 12 public meetings around the country to hear what you have to say. It~~s all part of a process that will result in drafting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the hunting of migratory birds.

Ducks Unlimited Announces Fellowship Recipient

Ducks Unlimited Announces Fellowship Recipient MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 22, 2006 - Ducks Unlimited named Joshua Traylor as the recipient of the Harry J. Phillips Sr. Waterfowl Conservation Fellowship. Funds for the fellowship were provided by the Conservation Through Art fundraising dinner honoring the late Memphis businessman as a part of the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest held in Memphis in September 2005.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Receives $1 Million for California Wetland Restoration Work

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Receives $1 Million for California Wetland Restoration Work Collaborative Effort Will Conserve More Than 5,800 Acres of Habitat ALTURAS, Calif., March 21, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited has been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve 5,843 acres of habitat in northeastern California. DU’s Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, Calif., will collaborate with a diverse partnership of federal, state, local and private entities to deliver the Modoc Plateau/Pit River wetlands project. Approximately $2.72 million in partner funds will be paired with $1 million in NAWCA grant funds to underwrite wetlands restoration, enhancement and protection. This is the first NAWCA grant project to be implemented in this focus area.

Experience a Kenya Migration Safari with DU Supporters

Experience a Kenya Migration Safari with DU Supporters July 13-23, 2006 Seeing the great herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and elephant on the African plains is an impressive sight for any nature enthusiast. Join Ducks Unlimited this July for a remarkable safari in Kenya during a prime time to see wildlife migrate across the Mara River.

Wetlands Restoration Project Completed at Barren River WMA in Kentucky

Wetlands Restoration Project Completed at Barren River WMA in Kentucky SCOTTSVILLE, Ky., Mar. 14, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) partnered to restore 45 acres of spring-fed emergent marsh along Barren River Lake . The Calvert Springs Wetlands Restoration Project was completed on the Barren River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Allen County, Ky., which is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Louisiana Wildlife Federation Honors Ducks Unlimited

Louisiana Wildlife Federation Honors Ducks Unlimited ALEXANDRIA, La., Mar. 13, 2006 – The Louisiana Governor~~s Conservation Achievement Recognition Program named Ducks Unlimited (DU) the conservation organization of the year for 2005. The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) organizes this program. It presented DU with the award at its 67th annual convention held in Alexandria, Louisiana on March 4.

Early Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada - March 2006

Early Spring Habitat Conditions in CanadaMarch 8, 2006 Snow accumulation improved in many regions of the country during February and temperatures have returned to more seasonal levels in many areas. The outlook for spring conditions across the country now ranges from very good in much of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to poor in central Alberta, the southwestern Yukon and the Peace region of British Columbia. Migration appears to be quite early in the Interior of British Columbia where trumpeter swans and Canada geese have already been observed on the move.

Budweiser Duck Jam Flies Into Aggieland

The Aggieland Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is teaming with Budweiser to host the First Annual Duck Jam in Aggieland on Saturday, March 25, 2006.

House Resources Chairman Wants Gulf Coastal Wetlands Restored

House Resources Chairman Wants Gulf Coastal Wetlands Restored WASHINGTON, March 6, 2006 - House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (Calif.) says coastal wetlands restoration is "absolutely critical" for the stability of the Gulf Coast region and for its wildlife. In a letter sent to House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis (Calif.), Pombo asked that money President Bush requested last month for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also be available for coastal wetlands restoration.

Federal Premium Kicks Off DU Grasslands for Tomorrow Support with $30,000 Check

Federal Premium recently presented Ducks Unlimited (DU) with a $30,000 check to jump-start Federal's Ultra-Shok royalty program in support of the most ambitious conservation initiative ever undertaken by DU —Grasslands for Tomorrow.

Duck Island Interior Levees Project Completed

Duck Island Interior Levees Project Completed RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 14, 2006 - Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and Vulcan Materials Company completed habitat enhancement on Duck Island last summer. A dedication ceremony will be held this spring to honor major monetary contributions made by Foster V. Jones, Jr. (deceased), Foster V. Jones III, Allen and Sandra Gailor, Andrew Gailor, Robert Evans and Donald R. Jaggers. The newly developed wetlands will benefit migrating and wintering waterfowl in western Kentucky.

Greenwing Camp Offers World of Wetlands and Waterfowl to Teens

Greenwing Camp Offers World of Wetlands and Waterfowl to Teens STUTTGART, Ark., Feb. 15, 2006 - The 2006 Arkansas Greenwing Conservation Camp was another great success and perhaps among the best yet. The camp is a joint effort among Ducks Unlimited, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each year, children between the ages of 13-17 have a chance to attend the camp by demonstrating considerable interest in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

Ducks Unlimited’s 2006 Mississippi Youth Hunt a Success

Ducks Unlimited’s 2006 Mississippi Youth Hunt a Success RIDGELAND, Miss., Feb. 16, 2006 – Forty-seven youths attended the inaugural Ducks Unlimited youth duck hunt in northwest Mississippi on Feb. 3-5. The event was organized by Ducks Unlimited (DU) Regional Vice President Dr. Ronal Roberson and involved cooperation from DU volunteers and staff, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and several duck clubs and private landowners.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Increases Funding for Waterfowl Conservation

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will increase its contribution to Ducks Unlimited, in support of wetland and waterfowl conservation in the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada.

Governor Blanco receives $15 million Ducks Unlimited pledge for coastal marsh restoration

Governor Blanco receives $15 million Ducks Unlimited pledge for coastal marsh restoration BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 9, 2006 - Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today accepted a $15 million pledge from Ducks Unlimited for coastal wetlands restoration projects in Louisiana.

Ducks Unlimited Names Mossy Oak a Proud Sponsor

Ducks Unlimited Names Mossy Oak a Proud Sponsor MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 9, 2006 - Ducks Unlimited and Mossy Oak have joined forces in a partnership making Mossy Oak one of DU~~s newest corporate sponsors. Mossy Oak is a leader in the camouflage business with five popular camouflage patterns, and DU official licensed products will soon be available in select Mossy Oak patterns.

Volunteer Celebration Day an Overwhelming Success

Volunteer Celebration Day an Overwhelming Success LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The inaugural Ducks Unlimited Volunteer Celebration Day was a huge success, reaching more than 11,000 DU volunteers across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Bush Administration asks Congress to Fully Fund the Wetland Reserve Program

Bush Administration asks Congress to Fully Fund the Wetland Reserve Program250,000 Acres for USDA~~s No. 1 Wetlands Program WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2006 - Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns announced Monday that the Bush administration~~s 2007 budget request to Congress requests full funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). The popularity and demand for the wetlands conservation program among landowners was the reason given for the full funding request.

DU Hosts Mississippi Youth Hunt

DU Hosts Mississippi Youth Hunt Memphis, Tenn., February 2, 2006 – Forty lucky hunters, ages 7-15, are set to participate in the inaugural Ducks Unlimited Youth Duck Hunt in Mississippi this weekend. The youngsters come from states throughout the lower Mississippi Flyway.

Rich Daily Makes Things Happen for Ducks Unlimited in Key West

Rich Daily Makes Things Happen for Ducks Unlimited in Key West KEY WEST, Fla., Jan. 31, 2006 – Although he lives in a place where duck hunting is not allowed, Rich Dailey strongly believes in what Ducks Unlimited stands for and wants to make sure he makes things happen.

Fun and Fabrics Help Raise Funds for Ducks Unlimited

Fun and Fabrics Help Raise Funds for Ducks Unlimited GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 27, 2006 – Kim Vanden Avond knows the key ingredient for a successful Ducks Unlimited chapter is fun and that the key ingredient for a great display table is beautiful fabric. Her drapery business, R & R Drapery and Interior Design, has been decking DU’s display tables in Green Bay for 15 years.

Ducks Unlimited Sees Success in Project Webfoot for World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day marks the second anniversary of the educational partnership between Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).

Leroy Koster is Committed to the Conservation Mission of Ducks Unlimited

Leroy Koster is Committed to the Conservation Mission of Ducks Unlimited SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb., Feb. 3, 2006 – Last year, Leroy Koster drove more than 10,000 miles across the Midwest to share his views on the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited. His efforts paid off when his fundraising chapter became No. 1 in Nebraska.

Volunteering for Ducks Unlimited Gives You Friends for Life

Volunteering for Ducks Unlimited Gives You Friends for Life BEMIDJI, Minn., Jan. 31, 2006 – Many people think that Ducks Unlimited is an organization for men who hunt, but it only took one meeting for Kerry Ross to learn that DU is so much more. Her husband Chris had been involved in DU in various cities, and despite his encouragement, she always politely declined.

Chris Hirschfeld is Committed to the Conservation Mission of Ducks Unlimited

Chris Hirschfeld is Committed to the Conservation Mission of Ducks Unlimited INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2006 – Chris Hirschfeld is a volunteer who understands that strength lies in numbers. He also knows that good leaders today are invaluable, because they influence the leaders of tomorrow. His father got him involved in Ducks Unlimited at an early age, and now Hirschfeld is committed to involving others in the conservation mission of DU.

Ducks Unlimited Awards PG&E Its Prestigious Golden Teal Award

Ducks Unlimited presented the Golden Teal Award to Pacific Gas and Electric Company for continued environmental leadership and good corporate citizenship.

Phase II Habitat Project Completed at Mahannah WMA

Phase II Habitat Project Completed at Mahannah WMA RIDGELAND, Miss., Jan. 25, 2006 – More than 425 acres of land at the Mahannah Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is now waterfowl and wildlife habitat as part of an improvement project by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mobile District, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP). These 425 acres will be managed for moist-soil vegetation and flooded cropland.

Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Returns To Memphis

Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Returns To MemphisMEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced today the return of the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest to Memphis this fall. Sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the event returns to Memphis after debuting here last year for the first time in its 73-year-history. Previously held in Washington, D.C., it is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious wildlife art competition, and one of the most successful wildlife conservation programs ever initiated.

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Move to Protect Wetlands in Supreme Court Case

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Move to Protect Wetlands in Supreme Court Case MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 12, 2006 - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case in February that could dramatically affect the future of more than half the 100 million acres of wetlands remaining in the United States. Today, Ducks Unlimited joined other conservation organizations and two of the world’s largest outdoor gear retailers in filing an amicus brief addressing whether the Clean Water Act protects wetlands adjacent to small tributaries that flow into larger bodies of water.

Minnesota’s Frank Lake on the Road to Recovery

Minnesota’s Frank Lake on the Road to RecoveryDucks Unlimited’s Living Lakes: Improving Minnesota’s shallow lakes one by one BENSON, Minn., Dec. 29, 2005 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) believes a temporary modification to the outlet of Minnesota’s Frank Lake will result in improved migration habitat. The modification will lower the water level of Frank Lake this winter to increase the likelihood of undesirable fish winterkill and enhance vegetation on which waterfowl feed.

Ducks Unlimited Offers Ralph McDonald's Ivory-billed Woodpecker Print

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 19, 2005 – Springing to near life through the talents of Ducks Unlimited (DU) International Artist of the Year Ralph McDonald, the once thought-to-be-extinct, ivory-billed woodpecker is DU's newest art print available to the public.

Ducks Unlimited & Partners Dedicate Their First Restored Wetland Since Hurricanes Katrina & Rita

HOUMA, La., December 14, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited joined a coalition of state, local, and federal partners, and private supporters today at the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne Parish to dedicate the first restored wetland since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the region.

Ducks on Canadian Prairie to Benefit from New Agriculture Programs

Ducks on Canadian Prairie to Benefit from New Agriculture ProgramsDucks Unlimited Canada and the Canadian government pursue agriculture programs to conserve prairie grasslands and wetlands MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 8, 2005 - Waterfowl on the famed Prairie Pothole Region of Canada will benefit from a partnership between Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Canadian government to help protect waterfowl production on the Canadian prairies. The focus of the work is to identify and develop scientifically based, on-farm beneficial management practices to include in Canada’s Agricultural Policy Framework.

First Split Receives Rave Reviews by Southern Waterfowl Hunters

First Split Receives Rave Reviews by Southern Waterfowl HuntersMemphis, Tenn., Dec. 6, 2005 – First, there were good reports this spring from the breeding grounds.Then came the devastation of the Gulf wintering grounds along the Louisiana coast from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. And dry conditions plagued much of the Central and Mississippi flyways into the fall as duck seasons began.

Ducks Unlimited Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant for San Joaquin Valley Wetlands - November 29, 2005

Ducks Unlimited Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant for San Joaquin Valley Wetlands LOS BANOS, Calif., Nov. 29, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners were recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve 23,000 acres of habitat throughout the San Joaquin Valley in California. More than $2.3 million in matching funds will be paired with $1 million in NAWCA grant funds to underwrite wetlands protection, restoration and enhancement. This multi-partner effort will conserve a diverse array of habitats that benefit migrating, wintering, and breeding waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife on public and private land.

East Texas Chapters To Hold Events

For decades the conservation world has known there's nothing stronger than a Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteer. Two DU chapters in Texas are proving that this fall.

Wetlands Loan Act Introduced in Congress

Wetlands Loan Act Introduced in Congress DU Applauds Efforts to Address Immediate Habitat Needs MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 18, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) reacted positively to legislation introduced Monday that would protect critical waterfowl habitat nationwide. The Wetlands Loan Act would borrow against projected revenue from the sale of federal duck stamps and promote partnerships to cost effectively protect and conserve wetlands for future generations.

ECHO Inc. Named Proud Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited

ECHO Inc. Named Proud Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 15, 2005 - Most duck hunters know the scenario. You’re all geared up for that early morning hunt, only to discover a massive tree trunk has fallen across your path to the duck blind. Enter every outdoorsman’s best power tool friend - the chain saw. Recognizing the chain saw’s contribution to waterfowlers everywhere, outdoor power equipment manufacturer ECHO is now a proud Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited (DU).

World Health Organization and DU Meet to Discuss Bird Flu

World Health Organization and DU Meet to Discuss Bird Flu MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2005 - This hunting season, waterfowl hunters in North America don~~t have to worry about the dangerous strain of bird flu that has grabbed recent media headlines. So says World Health Organization (WHO) influenza authority Dr. Robert G. Webster. “There is no more problem hunting ducks this year than any other year,” Dr. Webster said.“ There is no evidence at all that the Asian H5N1 virus is in the Americas.”

DU Awarded $400,000 Grant From Attorney General’s Office

DU Awarded $400,000 Grant From Attorney General’s OfficeFunds to go towards North Carolina’s Sound CARE Initiative MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 3, 2005 - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper recently announced a $400,000 grant to Ducks Unlimited (DU) for its Sound CARE (Conservation of Agriculture Resources Environment) program to conserve more than 1,800 acres of habitat throughout North Carolina.

Local Sportsman’s Lodge Helps DU Restore Wetland Habitat at Guadalupe Delta WMA

Local Sportsman’s Lodge Helps DU Restore Wetland Habitat at Guadalupe Delta WMAMidland family supports coastal wetlands habitat conservation RICHMOND, Texas, Oct. 31, 2005 — Partners recently celebrated the completion of a 55-acre freshwater wetland at Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Habitat work was completed in large part due to a generous donation by Midland, Texas DU volunteers Jack and Joe Campbell, owners of the Lone Star Lodge in Port O’Connor, Texas. Donated funds were used to install a low levee and one water control structure for area staff to manage water levels for the production of high quality waterfowl foods.

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Double Habitat Improvements on Catahoula Lake

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Double Habitat Improvements on Catahoula Lake MONROE, La., Oct. 31, 2005 - Ducks Unlimited and partners recently enhanced more than 4,000 acres of wetland habitat on Catahoula Lake in central Louisiana, doubling their yearly accomplishments of the past. “This year, we set back invading woody vegetation, which smothers out duck food on the lake, by more than 4,000 acres using modern plant science technology,” said Hugh Bateman, special projects coordinator for DU in Louisiana. “In years past, we’ve only been able to accomplish about 2,000 acres of treatment.”

Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year Winner Announced

Ralph McDonald Wins Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year Award MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2005 – The people’s choice for the 2006-2007 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year is Ralph McDonald for his rendition of “Got’em Dad.” This is the first time DU has opened its voting process to the public and people cast more than 4,600 votes through its Web site.

DU’s Babcock Receives Prestigious Wildlife Award

DU’s Babcock Receives Prestigious Wildlife Award October 20, 2005, Memphis, Tenn. – Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) 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.

Ducks Unlimited helps bring $1 million to North Dakota for ranchers to preserve prairie and wetlands

Ducks Unlimited helps bring $1 million to North Dakota for ranchers to preserve prairie and wetlands BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 19, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and four of its conservation partners have been awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to secure more than 18,400 acres of wetland and grassland habitat in the Missouri Coteau of North Dakota. Funding from this grant will protect in perpetuity some of the best remaining waterfowl breeding habitat in North America.

Tyson Foods, Inc. Donates $65,000 to Wetlands Restoration Project

Tyson Foods, Inc. Donates $65,000 to Wetlands Restoration ProjectDonation Earmarked for Bottomland Hardwood Reforestation Project Within the Lower Obion River Watershed in Western Tennessee RIDGELAND, Miss., Oct. 19, 2005 — Tyson Foods, Inc. recently donated $65,000 to Ducks Unlimited (DU) to support the Lower Obion River Project in western Tennessee. The gift will be used to offset costs associated with restoring 312 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands.

Farmers and Waterfowlers Join Forces to Support Farm Bill

Farmers and Waterfowlers Join Forces to Support Farm BillDucks Unlimited Says Strong Conservation Programs are Critical for Farmers and Wildlife Little Rock, Ark., October 18, 2005 – Representatives from Ducks Unlimited (DU) joined Arkansas farmers and waterfowlers at the State Fair Grounds last Friday for a meeting with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner. During the meeting, several attendees encouraged the USDA to maintain strong conservation programs in the next Farm Bill.

Ducks Unlimited & Partners to Restore Louisiana Coastal Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited & Partners to Restore Louisiana Coastal WetlandsNAWCA project will be early step in habitat rebuilding MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 12, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited and several partners have been approved for a project under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to help restore more than 1,500 acres of wetlands along Louisiana’s hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast. Approximately $2.3 million in matching funds from partners will be paired with $995,000 in NAWCA funds to underwrite restoration.

Ducks Unlimited Statement on Avian Flu

Ducks Unlimited Statement on Avian Flu Most of us in the waterfowling community are by now aware of the media reports regarding the H5N1 strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI H5N1) that has spread throughout much of Asia and into Europe. Although the virus has primarily affected domestic poultry operations, it is receiving great attention within the medical community because it has caused 62 human deaths in Asia since the winter of 2003-2004. Domestic poultry (contact with infected birds or contaminated surfaces) have been the principle vector for the H5N1 transmission in most of the 121 confirmed human cases, with only a handful of human infections having resulted from human-to-human contact.

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Receive NAWCA Grant to Continue Wetland Conservation Work in Idaho

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Receive NAWCA Grant to Continue Wetland Conservation Work in Idaho MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2005 –Ducks Unlimited and its partners have been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl in southeast Idaho. The Bear Lake Valley Wetlands Restoration project will result in the restoration of more than 14,000 acres of semi-permanent and permanent marsh, mostly within the Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Approximately $1.3 million in matching funds will be paired with $625,000 in NAWCA funds to underwrite wetlands restoration.

CropLife America's Member Companies Receive Ducks Unlimited Teal Awards

CropLife America’s Member Companies Receive Ducks Unlimited Teal Awards MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 6, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited depends on partners to help reach its goals of habitat conservation. CropLife America is one of those unique partners that has proved how valuable these alliances can be. CropLife America’s member companies recently donated more than $350,000 in herbicide and fungicide products to help restore and manage waterfowl habitat across the country, prompting Ducks Unlimited to present them with the Golden and Silver Teal Awards in recognition of their contributions.

Waterfowl and Hunters to Benefit from Ducks Unlimited’s CRP Extension Work

Waterfowl and Hunters to Benefit from Ducks Unlimited’s CRP Extension Work MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 4, 2005 –Ducks Unlimited (DU) lobbied hard for the inclusion of critical wetlands in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent decision to re-enroll or extend Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts set to expire during 2007-2010. Securing this priority recognition to re-enroll or extend contracts in the Prairie Pothole Region for this important conservation program was important to DU, because it will greatly benefit waterfowl and hunters.

Ducks Unlimited Testifies Before U. S. House on Partners Program

Ducks Unlimited Testifies Before U. S. House on Partners ProgramAlmost 82,000 Acres in California Improved for Wildlife WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives on the value of private lands conservation and the importance of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. The Partners Program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a non-regulatory, incentive-based program designed to restore wildlife habitat on private lands.

Ducks Unlimited Announces Inaugural DU National Volunteer Week

Ducks Unlimited Announces Inaugural DU National Volunteer WeekMEMPHIS, Ten., September 23, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is launching a week-long celebration to honor DU volunteers across the United States who make the organization’s conservation work possible. The inaugural DU National Volunteer Week will kick off January 30, 2006 with meetings and events across the country, then commence February 4, 2006 with volunteer appreciation parties.

Congress Continues Funding for Wetlands and Waterfowl

Congress Continues Funding for Wetlands and WaterfowlLegislation Heads to the White House Following Congressional ApprovalWASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2005 - Congress today extended an important funding element for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). NAWCA provides federal cost-share funding for habitat conservation projects for waterfowl and other migratory birds. A key federal funding mechanism for the Act is set to expire soon.

California Woman Wins 2005 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

California Woman Wins 2005 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Memphis, Tenn., September 15, 2005 - Wildlife artist Sherrie Russell Meline, 55, from Mt. Shasta, California, today won the 2005 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the second woman artist to win the prestigious art contest.

Ducks Unlimited Pledges $15 Million to Help Restore Louisiana’s Coastal Marsh

Ducks Unlimited Pledges $15 Million to Help Restore Louisiana’s Coastal Marsh MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 9, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands restoration, is pledging $15 million to help restore coastal wetlands in Louisiana damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Wetlands in a Post-Katrina World

Wetlands in a Post-Katrina World MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 9, 2005 – In the aftermath of any disaster, we tend to date our lives in the before and after. We often hear the term “post 9/11,” and soon, anything after Aug. 29, 2005 will for many people be known as “post Katrina.” That’s the way the human mind works. Everything changes when a major disaster hits.

Minnesota Wild Rice Crop Down but not out for Ducks

Minnesota Wild Rice Crop Down but not out for Ducks MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 31, 2005 – This year’s wild rice crop is expected to be below average in most parts of central and northern Minnesota, but conditions should still be good for ducks according to Rod Ustipak who coordinates the Cooperative Wild Rice Management Project.

Ducks Unlimited Partners with California Wildlife Conservation Board to Deliver $1 Million NAWCA Gra

Ducks Unlimited Partners with California Wildlife Conservation Board to Deliver $1 Million NAWCA Grant to Improve San Pablo Bay Wetlands SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2005 – The California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved a partnership with Ducks Unlimited to manage a nearly $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to improve approximately 4,680 acres of tidal and seasonal wetlands in the San Pablo Bay region northeast of San Francisco. Funding from this grant will enhance or restore wetland habitats on five properties, including the California Department of Fish & Game’s Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, that are open to the public.

Test Your Outdoor Skills at the New Ducks Unlimited Expo

Test Your Outdoor Skills at the New Ducks Unlimited Expo MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 22, 2005 – Everyone in your family, including your dog, can compete for great prizes in the outdoor skills competitions at the new Ducks Unlimited Expo coming to Memphis at Agricenter International on September 17-18. This year, visitors can also get some exercise in the 5K trail run or Adventure Race.

Shell Pipeline Company Receives Ducks Unlimited’s Silver Teal Award

Shell Pipeline Company Receives Ducks Unlimited’s Silver Teal Award HOUMA, La., August 19, 2005 – Shell Pipeline Co. recently received Ducks Unlimited’s Silver Teal Award in recognition of their donation of transmission pipe. The steel pipe is used in the fabrication of water control structures for placement in enhanced wetlands. Shell Pipeline Co. has donated nearly $45,000 worth of pipe used to restore 1,500 acres of wetlands throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, during the past year.

Ducks Unlimited Asks Congress to Pass New Emergency Wetlands Loan Act

Ducks Unlimited Asks Congress to Pass New Emergency Wetlands Loan Act MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 17, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited is asking Congress to approve emergency funding for the protection of dwindling waterfowl production habitat. The new legislation is being sought because of the accelerating loss of habitat, particularly in the duck breeding areas of North America.

Ducks Unlimited Helps the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Acquire More Land for Northern Pintails in So

Ducks Unlimited Helps the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Acquire More Land for Northern Pintails in South Dakota HYDE COUNTY, S.D., Aug. 16, 2005 – The last stronghold for pintail breeding in the lower 48 states is more secure thanks to a partnership between Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

New Ducks Unlimited Expo Offers Fun for the Entire Family

New Ducks Unlimited Expo Offers Fun for the Entire Family MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 15, 2005 – You’ll find something for everyone at the new Ducks Unlimited Expo coming to Memphis on September 17-18.

DU Presents Senator Dorgan with Refuge Champion Award

DU Presents Senator Dorgan with Refuge Champion Award PINGREE, N.D., August 3, 2005 – Dr. Jim Ringelman, director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited in the Great Plains Region presented Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (N.D.) with the 2005 Refuge Champion Award in recognition of the senator’s on-going support of operations and maintenance funding for the nation’s wildlife refuges.

DU Meets with Rep. Kennedy on Wetlands Loan Act

DU Meets with Rep. Kennedy on Wetlands Loan Act MAPLE GROVE, Minn., August 9, 2005 – Ryan Heiniger, director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited in Minnesota and Iowa, met today with U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy, Minn., and other conservation organizations to discuss the introduction of a new Wetlands Loan Act aimed at conserving critical waterfowl habitat.

Ducks Unlimited Gains Key Lands in the Greater Russell Lakes Wetland Complex in Colorado

Ducks Unlimited Gains Key Lands in the Greater Russell Lakes Wetland Complex in Colorado DENVER, August 3, 2005 – The Davey family has a long history of managing its lands for wildlife, and when they wanted to sell 160 acres of the ranch, Ducks Unlimited was their first choice for a buyer. Last week, DU bought 160 acres of wetlands in Saguache County, Colo.

Congress Approves a Funding Increase for NAWCA

Congress Approves a Funding Increase for NAWCA WASHINGTON, August 2, 2005 - Congress recently approved $40 million in appropriations for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for the upcoming fiscal year. After remaining flat for the past three fiscal years, this is a net increase of more than $2 million from 2005, an impressive gain considering the current fiscal climate.

Major Sportsmen’s Organizations Unite in Support of Conservation Reserve Program during Congressiona

Major Sportsmen’s Organizations Unite in Support of Conservation Reserve Program during Congressional Testimony WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU), the world leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation, represented major sportsmen-conservationist organizations in Washington, D.C., at a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill regarding the future of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Ducks Unlimited Magazine Executive Editor Chuck Petrie Loses Cancer Battle

Ducks Unlimited Magazine Executive Editor Chuck Petrie Loses Cancer Battle MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 25, 2005 – The duck hunting and conservation fraternities suffered a loss with the recent death of Charles “Chuck” Petrie, executive editor for Ducks Unlimited magazine. The Ducks Unlimited family will miss his talents as a writer, biologist and editor, as well as his sense of humor and companionship in the office and in the duck blind.

Saginaw Bay Coastal Wetland Vegetation to be Mapped to Enhance Conservation Efforts

Saginaw Bay Coastal Wetland Vegetation to be Mapped to Enhance Conservation Efforts ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 22, 2005 — Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) received funding from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Lakes Coastal Program to map the coastal wetland vegetation in Saginaw Bay. The mapping will be accomplished through a cooperative effort with Central Michigan University, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ducks Unlimited to Plant Record Number of Trees in Arkansas

Ducks Unlimited to Plant Record Number of Trees in ArkansasMEMPHIS, Tenn., July 11, 2005 – Thanks to the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Ducks Unlimited (DU) is gearing up to plant more than four million trees on 13,000 to 14,000 acres in Arkansas within the next year. The effort marks the largest bottomland hardwood restoration project ever undertaken by DU in Arkansas.

Prairie Duck Populations Respond to Wet Habitat Conditions

Prairie Duck Populations Respond to Wet Habitat Conditions MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 12, 2005 – Wetland conditions and duck populations on the prairies have shifted dramatically over what they were just a couple of years ago. The 2005 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat survey was released Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management.

Thousands Attend Second Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival

Thousands Attend Second Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va, July 6, 2005 - Thousands of outdoor fans turned out for the Second Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival, held on June 17, 18 and 19, at the Virginia Motorsports Park. Visitors enjoyed numerous outdoor activities including fishing, shooting, canoeing, sporting dog training, archery, ATV and SUV test drives and much more.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Named Official Licensee of Ducks Unlimited

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Named Official Licensee of Ducks Unlimited Memphis, TN, July 6, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. recently joined forces to market DU-branded Yamaha ATVs while raising funds for conservation. In the agreement, Yamaha was named an Official Licensee of Ducks Unlimited and has released a new Ducks Unlimited Special Edition Grizzly 660 4x4 model ATV. Yamaha will donate a portion of the sale of each DU Edition Grizzly to support DU’s wetlands and waterfowl conservation mission.

Ducks Unlimited Awarded $1 Million NAWCA Grant to Restore Wetlands in the San Juan Islands

Ducks Unlimited Awarded $1 Million NAWCA Grant to Restore Wetlands in the San Juan Islands MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 6, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited, who partnered with several Washington conservation organizations, received a $1 million NAWCA grant to restore 668 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in the San Juan Islands.

Conservation Through Art Celebration Honors the Federal Duck Stamp Contest In Memphis

Ducks Unlimited, the Greater Memphis Arts Council and Memphis College of Art join forces to host the prestigious, national Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition. Sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this event is moving out of Washington, D.C. for the first time in its 71-year history.

Dunklin Appointed to AR Game & Fish

DU Volunteer and Board Member George Dunklin Appointed to Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Little Rock, Ark., June 29, 2005 – Governor Mike Huckabee today named George Dunklin Jr., a long-time volunteer and an at large member of the Board of Directors of Ducks Unlimited, to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Board of Commissioners.

Volunteer for Ducks Unlimited During Great Outdoors Month in June

Volunteer for Ducks Unlimited During Great Outdoors Month in June MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 15, 2005 – Although you may think of June as just one more month to get through before duck season opens, there are lots of ways you can fill the time and celebrate Great Outdoors Month.

Chessie is Crowned Champ in SRS Ducks Unlimited Big Air Competition

Chessie is Crowned Champ in SRS Ducks Unlimited Big Air CompetitionHOT SPRINGS, Ark., June 13, 2005 – Spurred on by a cheering, raucous crowd, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Sly, soared 24 feet, 2 inches, to win the Super Retriever Series Crown Championship in the Ducks Unlimited (DU) Big Air Competition, Saturday, at Oak Lawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. By the time another Oak Lawn Park winner and crowd favorite, Arkansas Derby and Preakness winner Afleet Alex, lined up for his winning run at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, Sly had already wrapped up the Big Air competition. The event was part of two days of competition last Friday and Saturday between the country’s top 12 retrievers and top 12 jumping dogs at fabled Oak Lawn Park race track in Hot Springs.

Ken Durdahl Joins Ducks Unlimited’s Board of Directors

Ken Durdahl Joins Ducks Unlimited’s Board of Directors HOWARD LAKE, Minn., June 10, 2005 – Ken Durdahl is on a mission. He believes life is a joy and has a long list of things he plans to do before he dies. One of the most important things is to make sure the habitat work Ducks Unlimited does in the Great Plains continues.

Dogs Get Big Air in Hot Springs this Weekend at the Ducks Unlimited Big Air National Championship

The high-flying excitement of the Ducks Unlimited Big Air Competition will culminate in Hot Springs, Arkansas when the nation’s top twelve Big Air dogs compete for the national championship, June 11.

New DU Expo Replaces Great Outdoors Festival

Ducks Unlimited (DU) confirmed that the new Ducks Unlimited Expo is scheduled for Sept. 17-18 at Agricenter International in Memphis. According to DU, this new outdoor event will be just as exciting and entertaining as the DU Great Outdoors Festival, which enjoyed a successful 10 year run in Memphis, ending in June 2004.

New DU President Says Volunteers are Key

Newly-elected DU President Jim Hulbert says recruiting new volunteers is the organization's main goal as he begins his two-year term.

DU Member Neil Bien Wins a National Wetlands Award

DU Member Neil Bien Wins a National Wetlands Award VEBLEN, S.D., May 25, 2005 – Managing a 5,000-acre working cattle ranch might make you think that there wouldn’t be time to think about conservation, but for Neil Bien, living off the land without destroying the natural wetlands and grasslands is what he does every day. With Bien, conservation comes from his heart.

DU Member Barth Crouch Wins a National Wetlands Award

DU Member Barth Crouch Wins a National Wetlands Award SALINA, Kan., May 20, 2005 – Barth Crouch is often called a catalyst for moving people in the right direction. After 30 years of protecting wildlife species and improving their habitat, on May 18 in Washington, D.C., Crouch was recognized for his life’s work.

From the Field: Research on the Prairie Continues

From the Field: Research on the Prairie Continues BISMARCK, N.D., May 18, 2005 – Early May finds the prairies bustling with activity as duck pairs display courtship rituals, territories are vigorously defended and nest sites carefully selected in preparation for egg-laying. And the activity is not limited to the birds. Ducks Unlimited research crews are spread across the key prairie breeding areas and are busy collecting critical field data on how the ducks fare in different landscape settings. The information gained through this field research ensures DU’s conservation investments yield the greatest return of new ducks into the fall flight.

DU Member Tom Foti Wins a National Wetlands Award

DU Member Tom Foti Wins a National Wetlands Award LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 17, 2005 – Tom Foti spends each day trying to save the world. It’s taking longer than he thought. After more than 35 years as a biologist and conservationist, on May 18 in Washington, D.C., Foti will be recognized for his efforts.

Celebrate American Wetlands Month & National Migratory Bird Day by Helping DU Conserve Habitat

May 14 is set aside as National Migratory Bird Day, in honor of the waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds that rely so heavily on North America's wetlands.

Federal Duck Stamp Contest Wings Its Way To Memphis

For the first time in its 71-year history, the design for the next Federal Duck Stamp will be chosen outside of Washington, D.C. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited announced today that the 2005 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious wildlife art competitions, will be held in Memphis on Sept. 14 and 15.

Ducks Unlimited and Grassland Water District Leaders Appointed to CALFED Advisory Committee

Ducks Unlimited and Grassland Water District Leaders Appointed to CALFED Advisory Committee SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 4, 2005 - Interior Secretary Gale Norton, in consultation with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, appointed Dr. Rudy Rosen, director of operations for the western regional office of Ducks Unlimited, and Don Marciochi, general manager of the Grassland Water District, to the Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee (BDPAC).

Ducks Unlimited Says Central Valley Wintering Ducks Count On Agriculture and Winter Flooding of Rice

Ducks Unlimited Says Central Valley Wintering Ducks Count On Agriculture and Winter Flooding of Rice RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., April 29, 2005— At a recent California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting regarding state water policy, Ducks Unlimited told the board that ducks depend on California agriculture and irrigated croplands for a large part of their winter energetic needs.

Ducks Unlimited Tribute to Honor Wildlife Artist, Jim Killen, and his Commitment to Conservation

Ducks Unlimited Tribute to Honor Wildlife Artist, Jim Killen, and his Commitment to Conservation OWATONNA, Minn., April 29, 2005 – Internationally recognized wildlife artist Jim Killen will be honored at a special tribute on June 25, in his hometown of Owatonna. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) habitat conservation programs.

Forested Wetlands Critical to Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Forested Wetlands Critical to Ivory-Billed Woodpecker MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 28, 2005 – Experts confirmed today that the ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct in the United States, is alive and well at the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Arkansas. Prior to this rediscovery, there were no confirmed sightings of the bird in the United States in more than 60 years.

Bill Poindexter: A Career Volunteer

Bill Poindexter: A Career Volunteer In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, Ducks Unlimited is sharing stories about some of the terrific volunteers who support DU throughout the country. BOISE, Idaho, April 22, 2005 - Bill Poindexter is a facilities and security services manager in Boise, Idaho, but when he refers to his work with Ducks Unlimited, he calls it his “career” as a volunteer. Poindexter has been volunteering for Ducks Unlimited for more than 20 years now, and during that tenure, he’s held almost every position a volunteer can hold in his state.

Conservation in College

Conservation in CollegeEmily Morgan and the Texas A & M Chapter Lead the Way in College Fundraising DALLAS, April 21, 2005 - Emily Morgan grew up in Dallas, Texas, and although she’s hesitant to admit it now, as a little girl she “hated hunting of any kind.” Despite her disgust of the sport, when Morgan was young, her dad finally talked her into going deer hunting and she was hooked.

Kentucky Volunteer Makes a Difference with Ducks Unlimited

Kentucky Volunteer Makes a Difference with Ducks Unlimited In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, Ducks Unlimited is sharing stories about some of the terrific volunteers who support DU throughout the country. RICHMOND, Ky., April 21, 2005 – A strong commitment to saving the wild places she finds so relaxing is what led Nebraska native and transplanted Kentuckian Daphne Hobson to join Ducks Unlimited (DU) 18 years ago.

Passing the Conservation Torch

Passing the Conservation TorchFrom father to son to future leaders, Rod Attebery ensures DU’s conservation legacy continues in California In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, Ducks Unlimited is sharing stories about some of the terrific volunteers who support DU throughout the country. April 20, 2005, Memphis, Tenn. - Rod Attebery was about 10 years old when his dad signed him up as a Ducks Unlimited Greenwing member. Little did Rod know that 25 years later he would lead the local chapter in Stockton, Calif., to raise more money for Ducks Unlimited than any other chapter in the nation and sit on the state Board of as a Leader of Tomorrow.

A PERM for Mother Earth

A PERM for Mother Earth In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, Ducks Unlimited is sharing stories about some of the terrific volunteers who support DU throughout the country. Sandi Beitzel loves every minute of the time she spends working with the 150 women in her Ducks Unlimited chapter in this small town in Northern Wisconsin. Just last week, they raised more than $31,000 to support DU’s mission of conserving waterfowl habitat.

DU’s Pintail Initiative Flying High With Help From the Nebraska Environmental Trust

DU’s Pintail Initiative Flying High With Help From the Nebraska Environmental Trust LINCOLN, Neb., April 7, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is receiving $850,000 during the next three years from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for habitat work in the Rainwater Basin to restore spring migration habitat for pintails and other waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited Pledges $10 Million to Restore Minnesota's Wetlands and Waterfowl

DU pledged $10 million in private funding during the next 10 years to restore 300 Minnesota shallow lakes and their watersheds.

Ducks Unlimited Joins Rally For Minnesota’s Wetlands and Waterfowl

A rally targeting the long-term decline of Minnesota's wetlands, lakes, streams and duck populations marches on the state capitol on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. Ducks Unlimited joins more than 30 outdoor and conservation organizations to encourage the Minnesota legislature to enact sweeping changes to natural resource management within the state.

Recent Award Helps DU Get Early Start on Celebrating World Water Day

Recent Award Helps DU Get Early Start on Celebrating World Water Day March 22, 2005, Memphis, TN – Ducks Unlimited (DU) got a head start last week on the March 22nd celebration of World Water Day. DU received a 2005 Bird Conservation Award for International Cooperation given by the U.S. Forest Service for its Wings Across the Americas program. The award was presented last Thursday at the 70th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference hosted by the Wildlife Management Institute in Arlington, Virginia.

Conservation Award Winners Announced

Ducks Unlimited Announces 2005 Conservation Achievement Award Winners Arlington, Virginia, March 18 – Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of DU’s 2005 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards today at the 70th Annual North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Remembering John Lynch

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) Waterfowl Population Surveys.

Ducks Unlimited Honors the Passing of a Legend

The conservation world recently lost one of its most revered and respected experts. Frank Bellrose was worthy of numerous titles during his life, including one of the world's foremost experts in waterfowl biology.

Ducks Unlimited 2004 Friend of Dakota Lakes

At its annual meeting Monday in Pierre, South Dakota, the Dakota Lakes Research Farm awarded Ducks Unlimited its 2004 "Friend of the Dakota Lakes" award.

Ducks Unlimited Releases Wetlands PSA

Ducks Unlimited recently released its new Public Service Announcement (PSA) for TV. The PSA features individual children with one important message: Help conserve wetlands today, before it's too late.

Dates Set for New Ducks Unlimited Expo

DU's newest outdoors event, The Ducks Unlimited Expo, will officially kick off at the Agricenter September 17-18.

New Education Partnership Highlights World Wetlands Day

New Education Partnership Highlights World Wetlands DayDucks Unlimited & Project WET Join Forces February 2, 2005 – Memphis, TN – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) today announced an education partnership to celebrate World Wetlands Day that will benefit water, wetlands, wildlife and people across North America.

Caterpillar Inc. Donates $120,000 to Ducks Unlimited

Caterpillar Inc. Donates $120,000 to Ducks Unlimited Donation Earmarked for Wetland Restoration Work Within the Illinois River Watershed Peoria, IL—February 1, 2005--Caterpillar recently donated $120,000 for Ducks Unlimited~~s (DU) Illinois River wetland partnership initiative. The gift will help support DU’s wetland conservation work in the Illinois River Watershed over the next three years.

Satellites, Computers, and…Ducks

How are satellites, computers and ducks related?

Ducks Unlimited, Southern Illinois University and Partners Conduct Ground Breaking Research Project

Black ducks are an important species along the Atlantic coast, but have suffered serious declines in parts of their wintering range.

DU Applauds Congress, President for Signing Conservation Bill

DU applauds Congress and President Bush for reaffirming their commitment to the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) by signing into law Senate Bill 2856.

Schwarzenegger Administration Official to Work for Ducks

Schwarzenegger Administration Official to Work for Ducks Rancho Cordova, CA (December 21, 2004) -- Assistant Secretary of the California Resources Agency, Dave Widell has announced he will go to work for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), a national wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization. As Assistant Secretary, Widell had responsibility for state parks, fish, game and land stewardship and acquisition.

Conservation Bill Awaits President’s Signature

Congress solved a two-year impasse on Monday when it passed a key conservation bill. The legislation provides technical assistance funding to landowners who want to participate in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Increases Support for Waterfowl Conservation

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) voted today to increase their contribution to Ducks Unlimited (DU) supporting waterfowl and wetlands conservation on the Canadian breeding grounds.

Warm Weather Holds Waterfowl on the Prairies

Warm Weather Holds Waterfowl on the PrairiesWaterfowlers Anticipate Possible Snow Showers on Thanksgiving Memphis, TN November 22, 2004 – Waterfowlers in many parts of the United States may be in for another slow start to the migration this year as abnormally warm temperatures hold the birds up north. Those who live in the northern Great Plains know that by late November the prairies are typically white with snow, and the waterfowl are long-gone in search of warmer climes and easier access to food. But this year, much like last year, the prairies remain snowless, and therefore some areas are packed with birds.

Responding to High Demand, Bush Administration Announces Conservation Reserve Program Increase

Responding to High Demand, Bush Administration Announces Conservation Reserve Program IncreaseUSDA approves Nearly 50 percent more acres than previously planned Washington, D.C., October 27 - On behalf of the Administration, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enrolled nearly 1.2 million acres of some of the country’s most environmentally sensitive lands into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). A portion of these conserved acres will greatly benefit ducks.

Canvasback Not Always the Fastest Duck

Scientists say the canvasback is one of the fastest ducks in North America, reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour. But last Saturday, the fastest duck was the no. 8 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet driven by NASCAR Busch Series points leader, Martin Truex, Jr.

Bass Pro Shops Salutes Ducks Unlimited at Busch Series NASCAR Race in Memphis

Ducks are often seen flying over the Memphis Motorsports Park, but Saturday, October 23, during the Sam's Town 250 Busch Series race, a duck will fly around the track at speeds of more than 150 mph.

Ducks Unlimited Unveils New Fall Memphis Outdoor Event

Ducks Unlimited Unveils New Fall Memphis Outdoor Event Memphis, TN, October 20, 2004 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is bringing a new outdoor event to the Mid-South next year. The DU Waterfowl Hunting & Sporting event will be unveiled in Memphis in the fall of 2005. It will feature outdoors activities, gear, gadgets and competitions that focus on the hunting sports and waterfowling in particular. The new Waterfowl Hunting and Sporting event will replace Ducks Unlimited’s Great Outdoors Festival (GOF) in Memphis, which was held at the Agricenter for the past 10 years.

Kids and Parents Turn New Page on Retriever Training

Kids and Parents Turn New Page on Retriever TrainingMEMPHIS, October 20 — It’s a common scenario. A retriever owner works hard to train the new puppy, but somehow his kids aren’t on the same page. They undermine his efforts. Not intentionally. They just don’t know any better.

DU President Helps Pick Federal Duck Stamp

The 2005-2006 Federal Duck Stamp will depict a pair of Hooded Merganser drakes resting on sun-lit water. The painting by wildlife artist Mark Anderson, which will be used to create the stamp, was chosen yesterday from 224 entries in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.

Secretary Norton Signs Updated North American Waterfowl Management Plan

Interior Secretary Gale Norton signed the 2004 update of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), reaffirming the United States’ commitment to the continental conservation Plan with Canada and Mexico. DU President John Tomke was invited to speak at the ceremony by Secretary Norton.

DU President John Tomke Named Federal Duck Stamp Judge

DU President John Tomke Named Federal Duck Stamp Judge Washington, D.C. October 5, 2004 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that Ducks Unlimited (DU) President John Tomke will serve as one of only five judges in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition this year. This marks the fifth time that a DU representative has judged the competition.

New DU Book Has "Gen-X" Appeal

What do you call the newest generation of waterfowlers who are willing to go to extremes in pursuit of ducks and geese?

Ducks Unlimited Welcomes New Director of Communications

Ducks Unlimited Welcomes New Director of Communications Memphis, TN, September 22, 2004 – Ducks Unlimited is pleased to welcome Gregg Patterson, from Little Rock, Arkansas, as its new Director of Communications. Patterson, whose official start date was September 20th, joins DU’s professional team with years of public relations, broadcasting, writing, and editing experience in the outdoor arena.

Waterfowl Migration Map Now Available at ducks.org

DU and Waterfowler.com have joined forces to heighten hunter awareness and provide real-time Mapping of the North American Waterfowl Migration during the 2004-2005 general waterfowl hunting season.

NASCAR Crew Member Experience Supports Ducks Unlimited

NASCAR Crew Member Experience Supports Ducks UnlimitedHave you ever imagined being a NASCAR crew member for a day? Your dream can become a reality if you are the highest bidder on this special package! This unique package contains elements that combined are valued at $10,000. All auction proceeds support DU!

Service Signs Agreement With Ducks Unlimited to Manage Federal Duck Stamp Licensing Program

Service Signs Agreement With Ducks Unlimited to Manage Federal Duck Stamp Licensing Program Ducks Unlimited (DU) will manage how Federal Duck Stamp images are licensed to manufacturers who place the images on a wide variety of consumer products. Under the agreement, DU will use its expertise to expand and manage the licensing program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service~~s Federal Duck Stamp Program.

DU joins President Bush for an important policy announcement regarding the Conservation Reserve Prog

DU joins President Bush for an important policy announcement regarding the Conservation Reserve ProgramAdministration’s commitment to Conservation Title of the Farm Bill remains strong Wednesday, August 4, 2004--Ducks Unlimited (DU) President John Tomke, Executive Vice President Don Young, Chairman of the Board L.J. Mayeux, M.D., senior DU volunteers and others joined President George Bush today on a southern Minnesota farm for a new policy announcement regarding the future of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

New Attractions Set for the Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Oshkosh

New Attractions Set for the Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Oshkosh OSHKOSH, WI-A number of new attractions have been added to the line-up for the 6th Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Oshkosh, WI. The EAA Convention Grounds will be flooded with attendees who want to try out the newest hunting and outdoors equipment.

Participants Can See It, Try It and Buy It at The Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival

Participants Can See It, Try It and Buy It at The Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival Festival Returns for Sixth Year to the EAA Convention Grounds, August 27, 28 & 29 OSHKOSH,WI -The 6th Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival lands at the EAA Convention Grounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on August 27, 28 & 29. Packed with a unique combination of exhibitors, sponsors and hands-on activities, the Festival is tailored to tantalize everyone from the novice to the experienced outdoor enthusiast.

Ducks Unlimited Signs Agreement with USDA

Ducks Unlimited Signs Agreement with USDA Memphis, TN, July 27, 2004--Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and showcased a wetland restoration project in southern Minnesota this week. The event kicked off an official five-year cooperative partnership between the conservation entities.

Duck Numbers Decline

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the findings from the 2004 May duck populations and habitat surveys. This data, collected each year with the Canadian Wildlife Service, is the most important annual inventory of the main harvested duck species.

EarthNews Radio Features the Conservation Work of Ducks Unlimited

DU was featured recently on the Environmental News Network Radio (www.enn.com).

Ducks Unlimited Lends a Hand In Lesser Scaup Research

DU biologists joined field research efforts this spring to help unravel the mystery of the lesser scaup (bluebill duck) decline in North America.

"Hunt Fair Chase" Program Launched to Educate Hunters

The new initiative recently started and seeks to unite all who shoulder a firearm or draw a bow to adhere to a code of conduct to be a true sportsman or woman.

Ducks Unlimited Internet Service Has Landed

Ducks Unlimited Internet Service Has Landed Memphis, TN – Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest private non-profit waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization, now has a way for members to access the Internet while contributing to Ducks Unlimited’s ongoing conservation efforts.

News from the Conservation Community...

News from the Conservation Community...Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Regulations Questioned National Wildlife Federation Plans to File Suit Against USDA June 22, 2004—Implementation and management of the 2002 Farm Bill’s CRP continues to be questioned between conservationists and federal administrators. The lack of clarity and action has led the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to prepare a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an attempt to control managed haying and grazing that might harm nesting waterfowl and other birds. If USDA does not correct their plan, NWF will file the suit in federal court. As a last step to avoid litigation, NWF has sent a draft copy of a complaint to USDA to see whether a negotiated settlement might be possible.

Drake the DU Dog Makes History as U.S. Gundog Team Wins International Competition

Drake the DU Dog recently returned from Northern Ireland, where he and the U.S. Gundog Team made history by becoming the first team from the United States to win the prestigious P & O Irish Sea International Gundog Challenge.

New Faces on Ducks Unlimited Television

Fans of Ducks Unlimited Television will find some new faces on DUTV when the outdoor hunting and conservation show kicks off its eighth season in July.

Breeding grounds update

Breeding grounds update:Late rains improve conditions in some areas May 28-Significant moisture across the southern Canadian prairies in the last two weeks has improved nesting conditions for ducks in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region, the famous "Duck Factory" of North America. This precipitation will improve the chances for some later-nesting ducks, but comes too late for ducks that nest earlier in the season.

Breeding Grounds Update:

Breeding Grounds Update: DU Biologists Say Prairies Need Water, and Fast MEMPHIS, TN, May 17, 2004 - Ducks Unlimited biologists and field staff across western Canada and the north-central United States say habitats on the breeding grounds need a healthy dose of precipitation very soon if conditions are to improve on the prairies. In the U.S. Great Plains, biologists are concerned about the lack of water on the breeding grounds. "Wetland conditions have deteriorated over much of the Great Plains in the last month and it will take some major spring precipitation to recharge wetlands and attract later nesting species," says Steve Adair, Director of Conservation Programs in DU~~s Great Plains Office.

Breeding Grounds to Benefit from Recent Policy Changes

Ducks Unlimited praises USFWS order that helps address habitat crisis in prairies pothole region

Ducks Unlimited Testifies Before Senate on Farm Bill Programs

Ducks Unlimited Testifies Before Senate on Farm Bill Programs Challenges expressed over funding and support for key conservation programs MEMPHIS, TN, May 12--Ducks Unlimited (DU), the world leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation, represented several major wildlife organizations in Washington D.C. yesterday. Jeff Nelson, Director of DU~~s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, North Dakota, (which covers eight north-central states including North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Minnesota) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization concerning the conservation components of the 2002 Farm Bill.

Prairies Under Siege

North America's Prairies could reasonably be considered the most important habitats on the continent for waterfowl. This is where the life cycle begins - where millions of ducks and geese are born each year.

Every Dog Has It’s Day

Every Dog Has It’s DayDogs and Their Owners Are Invited to the Inaugural DU Dog Day Memphis, TN–Ducks Unlimited will host a unique event on Saturday, May 8, 2004, where dogs and their owners are in the spotlight. Experienced handlers from Mid-South Hunting Retriever Club (MSHRC) will be on hand providing workshops on basic obedience for all breeds and basic retriever training. A demonstration by Master Hunter-level retrievers will also be part of the program.

Clay Targets Fly in Music City

Clay Targets Fly in Music City The clay targets were flying hot and heavy at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex from April 15-18 as Ducks Unlimited brought its third annual Nashville Continental Shoot to Music City, USA. A sell-out crowd of more than 324 shooters enjoyed this great event in near-summer-like weather on the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River.

Ducks Unlimited Reacts to President Bush’s Earth Day Commitment to Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited Reacts to President Bush’s Earth Day Commitment to Wetlands MEMPHIS, April 22—Officials from Ducks Unlimited are calling President George W. Bush’s proposed new wetlands initiatives “good news” for North America’s waterfowl, other wildlife, and people. The president outlined new strategies and policies for conserving wetlands in a speech during Earth Day celebrations today in Wells, Maine.

DU President Shares Wetlands Conservation Concerns with President Bush While on Ranch Tour in Texas


DU Recognizes Conservation Excellence Among its Partners

DU Recognizes Conservation Excellence Among its Partners Memphis, March 26, 2004 - Officials from Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of DU~~s 2004 Conservation Achievement Awards and the State Grant Awards at the 69th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Spokane, Washington on March 19th.

New Gift Planning Newsletter Available Online

New Gift Planning Newsletter Available Online Ducks Unlimited~~s conservation work is the direct result of charitable contributions by DU members. Thanks to the generosity of DU~~s supporters, almost 11 million acres of waterfowl habitat have been conserved by DU to date. DU appreciates those contributions, and works hard to spend more than 85 cents of every dollar donated directly on our habitat conservation mission.

The Ducks Come To The Desert

The Ducks Come To The Desert The first annual Ducks Unlimited Las Vegas Continental Shoot was hosted March 11-14 by beautiful Desert Lake Country Club in Boulder City, Nevada. Just "over the mountain" from the glitzy Las Vegas Strip, Desert Lake provided a new clay target experience for many shooters who had not previously visited this unique facility.

Refuge Litigation Update

Refuge Litigation Update: Ducks Unlimited and Partners Stand Fast in Defense of Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges Memphis, TN, February 9, 2004---Ducks Unlimited (DU) continues to work toward the preservation of recreational hunting as a compatible use of National Wildlife Refuges. The Fund for Animals (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Defendant) on March 13, 2003 and continues to seek elimination of hunting opportunities on 39 wildlife refuges located throughout the United States. DU and several other conservation-sportsmen organizations remain steadfast in opposition to the lawsuit. The groups are official "intervenors" in the case and have offered support to the government~~s case.

Season Summary 1/29/04

Season Summary 1/29/04: "Spotty" Was the Word of Choice for the 2003-04 Waterfowl Season Weather Patterns and Moisture Play the Part of Spoiler for Many Waterfowlers-DU Biologists Provide Some Accounts from the Field Memphis, TN, Jan. 29, 2004--- "The 2003-04 waterfowl season could be summed up as one of extremes. Hunters either had one of their best or worst seasons, and there wasn~~t much middle ground among most of the hunters I spoke with," said Chad Manlove, DU regional biologist. When "ducky" conditions (winds associated with cold fronts) presented themselves, many regions of the country experienced outstanding hunting.

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints DU Employee as Director of Fish and Game

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints DU Employee as Director of Fish and Game Memphis, TN, January 22, 2004 - On Tuesday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed DU~~s then Director of Conservation Policy for its Western Regional Office, Loris "Ryan" Broddrick, to be California~~s new Director of the Department of Fish and Game. "Ryan~~s extensive background in conservation and resource management makes him an ideal candidate to lead the Department of Fish and Game," said Schwarzenegger. "During his long time service, Ryan has proven his ability to work with many diverse interests in the service of protecting California~~s wildlife resources."

Ducks Unlimited to Host Clay Target Event in Las Vegas

Ducks Unlimited to Host Clay Target Event in Las Vegas First Annual “Ducks in the Desert” Continental Shoot Will Feature Over $80,000 in Prizes Memphis, TN, January 12, 2004---Ducks Unlimited, the leading wetland conservation organization, will host hundreds of participants for its inaugural clay target event in the Las Vegas-area. The shoot takes place March 11-14 at the Desert Lake Country Club, in Boulder City, NV.

Administration Decision Supports Wetlands Protection

Administration Decision Supports Wetlands Protection Memphis, TN, December 18, 2003 – The Bush Administration took a significant step towards continued protection of wetlands by declaring that there would be no new rules to affect the historical protection of wetlands under the federal Clean Water Act. In the statement, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt announced that the decision reaffirms and bolsters protections for wetlands and wildlife habitat in the United States. Ducks Unlimited (DU) Executive Vice President, Don Young stated, "For nearly three years, the staff and volunteers of DU have provided important science-based input to issues related to the January 2001 Supreme Court decision, known as SWANCC, that affects wetland protection. DU looks forward to continuing our work with the White House, EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and others to fulfill President Bush~~s commitment to bolster protection of wetlands."

Ducks Unlimited Forms New Partnership with Signature Wines


DU President Discusses Wetlands Conservation With President Bush


Ducks Unlimited protects 440 acres of land in the Middle Mississippi River Valley, thanks to a $260,

Ducks Unlimited protects 440 acres of land in the Middle Mississippi River Valley, thanks to a $260,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Ann Arbor, MI, December 9, 2003- The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation recently awarded Ducks Unlimited $260,000 for the purchase and protection of 440 acres of critical bottom-land forest and wetland habitat in the Middle Mississippi River Valley. This grant will advance the on-going conservation efforts in this region.

NEW KID~~S BOOK HELPS SPREAD THE MAGIC OF DUCK HUNTING

NEW KID~~S BOOK HELPS SPREAD THE MAGIC OF DUCK HUNTING MEMPHIS, December 2 -This holiday season, Ducks Unlimited is offering youngsters a rare treat: A children~~s book that touts the joys of duck hunting and the importance of habitat conservation. In that same holiday spirit, with every purchase, DU will donate an additional copy of the book to the elementary school or local library of your choice. All you have to do is provide the name and address of your favorite library, plus $5 to cover the shipping and handling charges, and DU will do the rest.

Latest Financial Review Shows Ducks Unlimited Puts its Money Where its Mission Is

Ducks Unlimited recently released its audited numbers for Fiscal Year 2003, revealing an 85 percent efficiency rating, which means that 85 percent of the money DU spent went directly to its conservation mission.

Cox Sports Television to Feature DU

Beginning November 14th 2003, Cox Sports Television, based out of Metairie, LA, will air a 30-minute program on Ducks Unlimited's mission, members, and conservation work.

DU and Partners Work to Protect Funding for the Conservation Reserve Program

DU and Partners Work to Protect Funding for the Conservation Reserve Program Senate rejects anti-CRP amendment and passes FY 2004 Agriculture funding bill Washington, DC, November 7, 2003----In an effort to safeguard the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the U.S. Senate swiftly defeated an amendment that would have blocked critical funding for the program. The 2002 Farm Bill includes significant funding for conservation programs, but implementation has been problematic due to different interpretations of the law by the Administration and Congress. Specifically, funding for technical assistance has not been made available for CRP and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), thereby forcing other conservation programs to provide support for technical assistance. CRP and WRP offer incentives for private landowners to restore and conserve wildlife habitat. CRP is the most important program for waterfowl breeding areas in the United States.

MIGRATION UPDATE 1/13/04


NAWCA UPDATE

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Underdog Makes Good In New DU Anthology

Enshrined in the Retriever Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tennessee, among such legendary field-trial champions as King Buck and Shed of Arden, is a plucky little Labrador retriever named Black Panther.

Ducks Unlimited Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant for San Joaquin Valley Wetlands

LOS BANOS, Calif., Nov. 29, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners were recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve 23,000 acres of habitat throughout the San Joaquin Valley in California. More than $2.3 million in matching funds will be paired with $1 million in NAWCA grant funds to underwrite wetlands protection, restoration and enhancement. This multi-partner effort will conserve a diverse array of habitats that benefit migrating, wintering, and breeding waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife on public and private land.
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