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DU Scientist Wins International Canvasback Award

North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) officials recently presented Dr. Frederic (Fritz) Reid, director of conservation programs in DU's Western Region, with an International Canvasback Award in recognition of his lifelong efforts and achievements on behalf of waterfowl habitat conservation.

Vermont Wetland Assessment and Restoration Plans Move Forward

Ducks Unlimited was awarded a $77,000 grant from the Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program to promote, develop, and implement wetland restoration projects in the Lake Champlain Basin.

NAWCA turns 25

Now a quarter century old, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act is more important than ever to waterfowl and hunters. By Scott C. Yaich, Ph.D.

Fueling the Duck Factory

For almost 50 years, states have worked with DU to conserve vital waterfowl habitat across Canada. By Scott C. Yaich, Ph.D.

DU and University of Delaware Partner in Waterfowl Research

Researchers at Ducks Unlimited and Dr. Chris Williams of the University of Delaware (UDEL) were recently awarded a generous grant from the Black Duck Joint Venture to assess the influence of wintering habitat quality on black duck populations.

Central Valley Joint Venture Partners Receive Conservation Awards

Two longtime members of California's Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) were recently honored for their contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). CVJV Coordinator Bob Shaffer received this year's National Blue-winged Teal Award and Eldridge "Red" Hunt was honored with the International Canvasback Award.

South Carolina Initiative Receives Third NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners received a third North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant last fall as part of South Carolina's Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative.

DU Receives National Conservation Award

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

DU engages in RESTORE process

Through the RESTORE Act, as much as $15-20 billion may be channeled to the Gulf Coast for a variety of economic and ecological restoration projects. Ducks Unlimited is engaging in stakeholder meetings, public hearings and partnership-building efforts to best represent the interests of waterfowl and coastal wetlands restoration through the planning process.

Ducks Unlimited biologist receives Gary T. Myers conservation award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ken Babcock, Ducks Unlimited’s senior director of conservation, has received one of the top honors bestowed upon a conservation leader: the Gary T. Myers conservation award. The award is presented to an individual or group that has shown exceptional accomplishments in bird conservation to further the goals of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and national/international bird initiatives, including the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

Illinois celebrated at national wildlife conference

ARLINGTON, Va. – April 1, 2013 – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources was celebrated at a Ducks Unlimited breakfast held at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Wisconsin celebrated at national wildlife conference

ARLINGTON, Va. – April 1, 2013 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was celebrated at a Ducks Unlimited breakfast held at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Ducks Unlimited biologist receives international NAWMP award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Dr. Jim Ringelman, Ducks Unlimited's director of conservation programs for the Great Plains Region, has received one of the top honors bestowed upon a conservation leader: the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's International Canvasback Award.

Dr. Byron "Ken" Williams honored at 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Arlington, Va., at the Crystal Gateway Hyatt. This year's recipient of the Federal Employee award is Dr. Byron "Ken" Williams.

Light Goose Dilemma

Despite increased harvests, populations of these Arctic-nesting geese continue to grow

Duck symposium to convene in Memphis next week

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 25, 2013 - Waterfowl experts will be flocking to Memphis from Jan. 27-31 for the Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl (ECNAW) international symposium. Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited is among the major contributors to this important conference, which aims to synthesize current knowledge of waterfowl and their habitats and help guide future science and conservation efforts.

A New Plan for Waterfowl

It was 1985, and the continental duck population had fallen to its lowest level in two decades. Of even greater concern was a change in the historical relationship between wetlands and breeding ducks. Winter snowfall and spring rainfall yielded a 93 percent increase in May ponds from 1980 to1985, but duck numbers decreased by 31 percent during the same period. Up until then, pond and duck numbers had moved more or less in lockstep. It appeared that habitat loss had taken its toll, and biologists had new evidence to back the claim.

Alberta Conservationists Receive International Recognition

DU Major Sponsors from California, Alaska, and Canada recently gathered to honor Jay and Karen Bartsch of Alberta for their dedication to conserving waterfowl habitat.

The Future Begins Right Now

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall

Interior Secretary renews commitment to waterfowl conservation at 75th DU National Convention

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - June 1, 2012 - Yesterday at the 75th Anniversary Ducks Unlimited National Convention, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed the 2012 Revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), reaffirming the country's commitment to one of the largest and most successful continent-wide conservation initiatives ever undertaken.

Interior Secretary Salazar to sign waterfowl management plan revision, hold Town Hall meeting during DU National Convention next week

On Thursday, May 31, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Ducks Unlimited will welcome Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to its 75th National Convention in Nashville for two important events - a signing ceremony for the 2012 revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and a Town Hall meeting to discuss conservation in the current economic climate.

Media Advisory: Interior Secretary Salazar to approve NAWMP revision, hold "Town Hall" meeting during DU National Convention in Nashville

Secretary Salazar will sign the 2012 Revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), reaffirming his commitment to one of the largest and most successful continental conservation initiatives ever undertaken. The secretary will hold a "Town Hall" meeting after the signing ceremony.

Conservation: Ducks in a Crowded World

Sustaining healthy waterfowl numbers will be a great challenge as the earth's human population grows

Ducks Unlimited receives Conservation Champion Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada were honored with a Conservation Champion Award on March 21 at the North American Migratory Bird Joint Venture 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Ducks Unlimited conservation leader receives international NAWMP award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 22, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt received the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's (NAWMP) International Canvasback Award last week for his significant long-term contributions to the implementation of NAWMP's conservation activities throughout North America.

Grants Will Fund Lake Champlain Basin Wetland Restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two additional grants totaling over $100,000 to continue its work promoting, developing, and implementing wetland restoration projects in Vermont's Lake Champlain Basin.

Conservation: Waterfowl Energy Demands

Food abundance is presumed to directly or indirectly impact the physiological condition, survival, and even reproduction of waterfowl, which ultimately influences the health of their populations. Why?

Saving America's Marsh

Coastal wetland loss and degradation are threatening Louisiana's rich hunting and fishing heritage

Former Leader of Ducks Unlimited Conservation Programs Receives International NAWMP Award

Dr. Alan Wentz was named the recipient of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's International Canvasback Award for his significant long-term contributions to the implementation of the NAWMP's conservation activities throughout North America.

Understanding Waterfowl: Tracking the Black Duck

DU research sheds new light on this prized bird's migration habits

U.S. States Support Canadian Habitat Conservation

With the establishment of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) in 1986, the United States, Canada, and Mexico embarked on an unprecedented conservation journey. They set out to restore continental waterfowl populations to the levels of the 1970s through targeted conservation efforts in all three countries.
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