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Great Plains Region

The Great Plains Region, headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., was established in 1984 to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands in the United States Great Plains. Today, the GPR carries out conservation programs in seven states that include some of the most important nesting and migration habitat on the continent.

Casey Campbell joins DU engineering team in Nebraska

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – June 4, 2014 – Casey Campbell has joined the Great Plains Region staff in Nebraska as an engineer. Campbell will be a part of DU’s field office in Grand Island.

DU Acquires Tract in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited has acquired a key addition to the Ayr Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. The 12-acre Bohlen property lies along the east side of this state-owned wildlife management area and contains a large manmade pit that captures a significant amount of the natural runoff that would otherwise fill the 200-acre marsh.

Western Nebraska chapter recognized nationally

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – April 3, 2014 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, the Western Nebraska chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Burt-Washington Co. chapter recognized nationally

BLAIR, Neb. – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2013 the Burt-Washington Co. chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Omaha Area chapter recognized nationally

OMAHA, Neb. – April 3, 2014 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2013, the Omaha Area chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Fremont Area chapter recognized nationally

FREMONT, NE – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2013 the Fremont Area chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Seward chapter recognized nationally

SEWARD, Neb. – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2013 the Seward chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Lincoln chapter recognized nationally

LINCOLN, Neb. – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2013 the Lincoln chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: Nebraska Light Goose Hunting Heating Up

Nebraska light goose hunter's opportunities are increasing day by day as birds continue to push north.

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

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

New Great Plains director of conservation programs

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Jan. 7, 2014 – Mike George is now leading Ducks Unlimited’s conservation work in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming as director of conservation programs for those states. George is located in DU’s field office in Grand Island, Neb.

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Migration Alert: 840k Mallards on Missouri River in South Dakota

The situation playing out along the Missouri River in central South Dakota is similar to what hunters witnessed in 2012. Massive waterfowl numbers are once again rafting up on this large impounded river system and feeding in adjacent grainfields in droves.

Patty & Jim Donelan: DU Provides Home, Heritage, and Habitat for Major Sponsors

Patty and Jim Donelan of Fremont, Nebraska, are Legacy Sponsors of DU's Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative, dedicated to conserving the best habitat for waterfowl in the Southern Great Plains. The Donelans' story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report.

Allison & Doug Frey: Making Connections between the Boreal and the Heartland

Allison and Doug Frey of Midland, Texas, proudly support DU's Boreal Forest Initiative, dedicating to conserving the critical breeding habitats of North America's Boreal Forest for thousands of ducks and geese. Doug is originally from the Rainwater Basin area of Nebraska and clearly sees the connections among protected breeding grounds, healthy migration habitat and the birds he sees in Texas each year. The Freys' story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Carmen Miller is new Great Plains Region public policy director

BISMARCK, N.D. – Nov. 26, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited has chosen Carmen Miller as its new director of public policy for the Great Plains Region. In her new role, Miller will be working on federal and state policies that affect DU’s conservation work in the Great Plains. DU’s Great Plains Region is headquartered in Bismarck, and includes the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Weber Wetland Restoration Project Completed in Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited recently completed a wetland restoration and enhancement project on a property near Bridgeport, Nebraska. The property holds special meaning for its owners, Jim and Peggy Weber, because it once belonged to Jim's parents.

Platte River WMA restoration a win-win for ducks, duck hunters

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Oct. 9, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited is restoring and enhancing several tracts along the Platte River in Nebraska thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET). Partnering with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on the Platte River Wildlife Management Area Partnership grant, DU will remove invasive trees and excavate old remnant slough scars to restore hydrology and the function of wetlands and native grasslands on four wildlife management areas (WMAs).

How many ducks actually use the Platte River?

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Oct. 1, 2013 – Waterfowl hunting along the Platte River is a long and storied tradition, with some of the largest winter mallard harvests occurring on the Platte each year. Through midwinter counts, we now know that thousands of birds visit the river for short periods before continuing their journey south in the fall. Along the North Platte, certain areas over-winter mallards and geese that will not travel any farther south. When spring arrives and these birds begin their journey north to the prairie breeding grounds, they must be in top condition to ensure nest success. With Nebraska being one of the last stops before the Dakotas and Canada, it is critical to understand where, what type and how much habitat the state needs to ensure strong waterfowl populations.

A win-win for ducks and duck hunters_Platte River

Ducks Unlimited is restoring and enhancing several tracts along the Platte River in Nebraska, thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET). DU partnered with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on the Platte River Wildlife Management Area Partnership grant. DU will remove invasive trees and excavate old remnant slough scars to restore hydrology and function of wetlands and native grasslands on four waterfowl management areas (WMA).

North Platte River Wetlands Grant Approved

Ducks Unlimited and the Platte River Basin Environments Inc. (PRBE) received approval last September from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission on a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to restore and protect important wetland along the North Platte River.

Scheels All Sports growing conservation in five states

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

Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative

Providing innovative water solutions for ducks and people in the Southern Great Plains, one of America's most important waterfowl migration areas.

DU Secures Easement along South Platte River

In partnership with the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Ducks Unlimited has secured a perpetual conservation easement on the Double Dog Ranch on the South Platte River between Paxton and Sutherland, Nebraska.

Ducks Unlimited awarded $10,000 grant from Oregon Trail Community Foundation

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – April 30, 2013 –The Oregon Trail Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Ducks Unlimited to support acquisition of the Tottenhoff property and an associated restoration project. The Tottenhoff property comprises 256 acres along the Platte River in Scotts Bluff County, a priority area for DU because of its value to migrating waterfowl. The property has additional value because it is adjacent to an existing wildlife area, Spotted Tail Wildlife Habitat Area (WHA), which is owned and managed by the Platte River Basin Environments (PRBE).

Nebraska GPC recognized for Canadian habitat work


DU Helps Landowners Protect Playa Wetlands on Nebraska Property

With the help of Ducks Unlimited, landowners Ralph and Beverly Holzfaster are protecting important playa wetlands on their 320-acre property near Paxton, Nebraska.

DU recognizes four states for significant financial contributions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – During its annual Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards breakfast last week, Ducks Unlimited recognized four state agencies for significant investments toward conserving waterfowl breeding habitat in Canada.

DU Completes Rainwater Basin Project in Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited has completed a wetland restoration project on the 640-acre Hansen Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Clay County, Nebraska.

North Platte River Wetlands Grant Approved

In September, 2012, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission notified PRBE that they approved the North Platte River Wetlands project proposal. This approval will grant $1 million to restore and protect important wetland habitat along the river.

Brooks Tract Acquired

In December 2012, Ducks Unlimited completed acquisition of the Brooks Tract, an important Platte River habitat, from the Whooping Crane Trust.

Ritterbush WPA Round-out Acquired

In June 2012, Ducks Unlimited acquired a 120-acre property adjacent to Ritterbush Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Franklin County.

Timberlake Ranch Habitat Project

Camp organizers approached Ducks Unlimited for help because they were able to use only a small portion of the property due to overgrowth of dense red cedar trees and silted-in sloughs. They were looking for restoration assistance so they could use more of the land for educational purposes and diversify their activities. The camp and DU recognized the opportunity to restore valuable habitat for ducks but, more importantly, expose more children to fun and engaging outdoor education involving wetlands and wildlife.

Dedication planned at Hansen Waterfowl Production Area

The public is invited to the dedication of the new addition to Hansen Waterfowl Production Area at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 15. The new 320-acre tract, which includes 185 wetland acres, increases the size of Hansen WPA and allows the wetland areas to be more effectively managed for waterfowl and wildlife habitat.

DU selling three properties in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited is individually selling three Rainwater Basin properties in Nebraska as part of DU’s revolving land program. The prime waterfowl habitat with grasslands and wetlands has been protected with conservation easements. The parcels will be sold during live auctions the week of December 10.

Hunting rights claim victory in state races

States across the nation voted to support hunting rights in the 2012 election in a resounding victory of sportsmen.

Migration Alert: Cold front may help Nebraska waterfowlers

In Nebraska, the line of "wait until next week" for waterfowlers is becoming an often-made statement. Warm temperatures and decent water conditions to the north of the state have kept the majority of waterfowl away thus far.

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

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

Protecting Double Dog Ranch

Ducks Unlimited has secured a perpetual conservation easement on the Double Dog Ranch on the South Platte River in Nebraska between Paxton and Sutherland.

DU protects Nebraska Platte River habitat

Ducks Unlimited has secured a perpetual conservation easement on the Double Dog Ranch on the South Platte River in Nebraska between Paxton and Sutherland. The easement will protect almost two miles of the Platte River, which provides critical migration and wintering habitat

Nebraska Environmental Trust Approves Platte River Project

The Nebraska Environmental Trust board has approved the Darr Strip Habitat Complex proposal, awarding DU a $224,000 grant with potential for an additional $127,000 next year.

Regulations for Hunting Ducks Unlimited Properties in Nebraska

Your privilege to hunt on Ducks Unlimited properties will be revoked for violation of any of the foregoing regulations. Each hunter must read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and to those established by Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and assume all liability while accessing this land.

Public hunting opportunities on DU properties in Nebraska

Please review the rules and regulations for hunting on DU properties. Failure to abide these regulations will result in repealing of hunting privileges on DU properties. Each hunter must also read, understand and agree to the laws, rules and regulations of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to hunt on DU properties in Nebraska.

Prairie Dog Waterfowl Production Area Project Completed

Ducks Unlimited recently completed a large wetland restoration project on the Prairie Dog Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin.

DU supports opening some CRP lands for drought-stricken ranchers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 3, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited supports opening certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to haying and grazing during the current drought affecting livestock feed supplies. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack opened nearly 4 million acres of CRP land this week for livestock producers dealing with shortages of hay and pastureland.

DU hosts family event at Nebraska’s Verona Complex

Ducks Unlimited is hosting a day of fun and learning for youth and adults at the Verona Complex Open House on June 9. Visitors can hear about waterfowl habitat management, dig in the mud for duck food, ride in the "Big Red" tractor, hunt for hidden items with Global Positioning System (GPS) units and test their shooting skills, among other activities.

Nebraska's Verona Open House June 9

Verona Open House on June 9. Visitors can learn about waterfowl habitat management, dig in the mud for duck food, ride in "Big Red" the tractor, hunt for hidden items with GPS and try their hand at shooting.

Wetland Gobblers: Turkey Photo Essay

The spring transformation from waterfowl hunter to turkey hunter happens in a whirlwind of lightweight camouflage and bug spray.The tactics are significantly different, but waterfowl hunters may find themselves in familiar habitats.

Fremont Area Chapter recognized nationally

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

Western Nebraska Chapter recognized nationally

SCOTTS BLUFF, Neb. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Original Wichita made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

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

Partnerships and Perseverance Conserve Nebraska Wetlands

Restoration of the Spotted Tail wetlands complex, which will be completed this spring, is a prime example of the importance of partnerships in conservation.

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

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

DU Helps Landowner Restore Nebraska Wetland

It was a late February morning when Mike Perlinger noticed a large cloud of birds circling the South Platte River just outside the window of his Nebraska home.

Conservation: Anatomy of a DU Project

A bird's-eye view of the wetland restoration process from beginning to end

Nebraska: Spotted Tail Wetlands Complex

The Spotted Tail Wetlands Complex along the North Platte River in western Nebraska is a terrific example of dedication, perseverance, partnerships and successful wetlands conservation.

Migration Alert: Hunting Heats Up in Colorado and Nebraska

Nov. 11, 2011: An influx of dabblers, divers, and geese has recently arrived along the northern Front Range.

DU and Partners Bring Backwater Wetlands Back to Life

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently completed restoration of one mile of backwater slough habitat on the South Platte River near Paxton, Nebraska. DU regional engineer Mitch Messmer designed the Perlinger project, taking advantage of existing river “scars” in the Platte River floodplain to bring these wetlands back to their former glory.

Verona Complex OPEN HOUSE

Verona Complex OPEN HOUSE

Whooping cranes benefit from NAWCA and NET funded DU restorations in Nebraska

While elected officials were determining the fate of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, whooping cranes were spotted enjoying two Ducks Unlimited properties in Nebraska.

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

Each year a select group of Ducks Unlimited chapters rises to the top of the ranks: the President's Elite chapters, which raise $100,000 or more annually for DU's habitat conservation work. This year, 43 DU chapters achieved President's Elite status.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

Policy News 3-12

Congress returns from recess to address FY2011 budget issues; DU Western Region staff discuss impact of water shortages with with Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; Nebraska Senator Addresses Ducks Unlimited state convention

Sen. Nelson to Speak at DU State Convention

Ducks Unlimited will host a special guest at the Nebraska state convention this weekend. U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) is scheduled to attend and speak at the Saturday evening banquet.

DU Auctions Property at State Convention


Another Verona Success Story

Ducks Unlimited's Verona Wetlands Complex is now providing even more habitat for waterfowl. DU has recently completed another wetland restoration project on Verona, DU's flagship conservation effort in the Rainwater Basin, one of the most important habitats in the Central Flyway.

Platte River Wetlands Restored Near Paxton

Waterfowl now have one more mile of backwater slough habitat available to them on the South Platte River near Paxton, thanks to the recent completion of the Perlinger project.

Duck Banding on the Prairies, Update 9/7/10

Much like the mailman DU’s duck banders in North Dakota continue to work through the intense summer heat, strong winds, torrential rainstorms and an occasional beautiful, delightful day. An update on banding at the three locations follows:

Platte River and Rainwater Basin Initiative

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Platte River and Rainwater Basin habitat conservation initiative in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.

Open House at the Ducks Unlimited Youth Tract

Two days of food and fun, ATV rides in the wetland, finding critters that live in the water, looking for all kinds of birds and animals and learning about the importance of wild places.

Great start on nesting grounds may indicate good production year for waterfowl

MCCLUSKY, N.D. - May 25, 2010 - The hills are alive with breeding ducks. Conditions in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) are excellent for waterfowl production. And birds are taking full advantage of the food and nesting cover available to them.

Is The Loup River Important to Ducks?

Article by Jonas Davis, DU regional biologist in Nebraska When you read of Nebraska’s rich bird hunting history, the Platte River system and the Rainwater Basins to the southeast are most notably documented. The growing popularity of hunting the Loup River is well-founded because valuable habitat continues to exist as the landscape around Nebraska continues to change.

DU working with Nebraska landowners to enhance habitat

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - April 29, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is using innovative ways to help Nebraska landowners while providing habitat for waterfowl in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin. A new $1 million grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) will allow DU to use some of these techniques as well as enhance public lands to increase recreation and tourism opportunities in the area.

DU to protect and restore one of migrating waterfowl's top resting spots

GRAND ISLAND, Neb., March 29, 2010 - The skies along the Platte River of Nebraska have been grayer the past month. It’s not a strange weather phenomenon; it’s the annual migration of waterfowl and other birds heading back to northern nesting grounds. Millions of them funnel through this oasis in a semi-arid area, looking for a place to rest and refuel before the important job of producing the next generation of birds. A new $725,000 grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act will mean DU and its partners can provide more habitat for this huge annual gathering.

Ducks Unlimited Verona Complex ready for young hunters this weekend

CLAY CENTER, NE, Sept. 23, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited’s Verona Complex is a great hunting spot for young hunters excited about participating in Nebraska’s special youth waterfowl hunting season this weekend, Sept. 26 and 27. The complex has special features just for youth hunters, and DU staff will be serving lunch to visiting young hunters on Saturday.

Fallen Heroes Marsh dedicated

GRAND ISLAND, Neb., Sept. 14, 2009 –Ducks Unlimited this weekend dedicated the Fallen Heroes Marsh. Family and friends of Nebraska’s veterans who were killed or wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan attended to honor their sacrifices. The memorial stands on DU’s Verona Complex, a natural area that attracts thousands of ducks each year as they migrate from wintering to breeding grounds.

Fallen Heroes Marsh to be dedicated

GRAND ISLAND, Neb., Sept. 1, 2009 – Months of hard work will soon be rewarded as Ducks Unlimited dedicates the Fallen Heroes Marsh on Saturday, September 12. The sacrifices made by U.S. military veterans from Nebraska will be memorialized by a natural area that will attract thousands of ducks each year as they migrate from wintering to breeding grounds. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 am and families and friends of killed and wounded military veterans are welcome to attend.

Ducks Unlimited dedicates Greenwing legacy projects in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 26, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited will honor its young members in Nebraska for their commitment to the ducks during two simultaneous dedication ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 29. Two restoration projects in Nebraska were made possible by contributions from legacy Greenwing members. These projects will have lasting value to migrating waterfowl as will the gifts from these young members.

SD Goebel Ranch nesting research crew studies nearly 1200 nests

The duck nest research at Goebel Ranch in South Dakota is winding down and we’re looking forward to a busy season of duck banding that will begin next week. Wetland conditions are good at Goebel, with lots of brood water and plenty of broods occupying the wetlands. This is quite a refreshing change after 7 years of dry conditions in the area. There still are a hand full of birds sitting on nests, in fact we just flushed a pintail off her nest just yesterday – these late setters better hope for a late winter if they want their offspring to make the flight south!!

DU commends Congressional leadership for efforts to protect grassland

BISMARCK, N.D., July 23, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited commends House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Collin Peterson and Tom Harkin for their leadership to remove incentives from farm policy that encourage destruction of native grasslands. DU says this is a positive step to ensure grass remains on the landscape not only for waterfowl but also for ranching and combating global climate change.

Senate makes next step toward protecting America’s waters

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 to the full Senate. Ducks Unlimited says this is a positive move to protect wetlands for waterfowl and clean water for America.

Clean Water Action Center

Get involved with DU's efforts for Clean Water Restoration Act

New bill would restore protections for wetlands

WASHINGTON – 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.

Follow DU's nesting success research

Early May finds pairs of mallards and pintails defending their breeding territories and prospecting for nest sites across the Coteau region of North and South Dakota. Meanwhile the first passes are being made with ATVs towing chains as our research staff begins collecting valuable information about how the nests of those ducks will fare in landscapes of differing habitat quality.

June 2009 Habitat Conditions in North-Central U. S.

Spring precipitation has been spotty across the Northern Great Plains and , though wetland conditions continue to be generally good to excellent across a large part of the region, the grasslands are in need of moisture to stimulate lush growth.

RBJV's Moran wins DU Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

Rainwater Basin Joint Venture former director Steve Moran was awarded Ducks Unlimited's 2009 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award for federal agencies. DU announced the winners at the 74th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va.

Grassland conservation needed to combat birds’ climate change woes

BISMARCK, ND, March 2, 2009 – Grassland birds, whose populations are in a persistent decline, may be poorly positioned to adjust to a warming climate as a result of dwindling habitat. According to a recent analysis by Ducks Unlimited, the continued loss of grassland habitats could spell the same challenges for breeding waterfowl

Rainwater Basin DU professional awarded for his passion

HASTINGS, Neb., Feb. 27, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited professionals are held in high esteem by their peers and one professional in Nebraska was recently recognized for his efforts in the Rainwater Basin. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture awarded Manager of Conservation Programs Steve Donovan with a Wetland Stewardship Award. The annual award recognizes exceptional contributions to the conservation of wetland habitat in the Rainwater Basin.

Habitat Work on DU’s Verona Complex

Ducks Unlimited recently installed fence on four properties on the Verona Complex in Clay County.

Don and Lois Rogert Donate Land to DU

Don and Lois Rogert of Waterloo, NE have been strong supporters of Ducks Unlimited for many years. Don, an avid hunter, and his wife Lois have attended many DU functions over the years and have instilled in their children and grandchildren the same love of the outdoors and support of wildlife conservation that they have been so adamant about themselves.

Public Policy Efforts to Protect Important Waterfowl Habitats

Ducks Unlimited is working with The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters and other conservation groups on several important public policy issues being considered by Nebraska’s legislature. Among top priorities for the coming biennial legislature in Nebraska is promotion of a tax incentive for conservation easement donations. This legislation could significantly enhance DU’s efforts to protect important waterfowl habitat along the Platte River.

Carey Property Acquired in Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited has acquired another fantastic property in Nebraska’s important Rainwater Basin.

Experience the Rainwater Basin

DU is planning a unique major donor event to be held in the Rainwater Basin this spring.

DU Completes Restoration of the Dedrickson Property

Habitat restoration work on DU’s Dedrickson property is rapidly nearing completion.

DU protects and restores land along the North Platte

The North Platte River in Nebraska has done a lot of moving over the years. When a river channel goes dry, it leaves water just under the surface. Ducks Unlimited has helped landowners permanently protect a section of the Platte River and restore channel flow. DU recently secured a conservation easement and completed excavation work and tree clearing on the Prairie Ridge Partners LLC property near Paxton. The 900-acre property spans two miles along the Platte River.

USFWS, DU and partners collect native prairie seed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife is helping Ducks Unlimited and others gather seed to restore prairie grasses in the Rainwater Basin.

Whoopers visit DU property in Nebraska

A pair of adult whooping cranes and a young bird recently visited Ducks Unlimited's Hinz property in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. DU property manager David Hoferer snapped a picture of the three on the 160 acre property in Kearney County, about four miles southwest of Minden.

Public hunting on Ducks Unlimited property in Nebraska

Public hunting on Ducks Unlimited property in Nebraska

Duck numbers at Goebel good, despite dry year

We wrapped up the banding season last week and had a pretty good year considering the very dry wetland conditions on DU's Goebel Ranch in South Dakota. Over the past five years we’ve averaged about 2,500 total ducks banded. This year we managed to band a little over 1,500, down 40 percent from the five-year average. The percent composition of bluewings this year compared to the five-year average at Goebel was a bit higher, (76 percent of total compared to 63 percent of total), however, percent composition of mallards was down appreciably from 20 percent over the 5-year average, to 8 percent this year.

Lottery Players Contribute to Conservation on the Loup River

LINCOLN, NE – Sept. 15, 2008–Ducks Unlimited will restore 78 acres of wetlands along the Loup River with a $120,000 grant from The Nebraska Environmental Trust. The trust uses profits from the Nebraska Lottery and awards grants to organizations like Ducks Unlimited to fund natural resource conservation projects in Nebraska.

Ducks Unlimited establishes Platte River program with lottery money

LINCOLN, NE – Sept. 11, 2008– Ducks Unlimited has begun work on conservation projects along the Platte River, funded in part by the Nebraska Lottery. The Nebraska Environmental Trust uses profits from the Nebraska Lottery and awards grants to organizations like Ducks Unlimited to fund natural resource conservation projects in Nebraska. The trust granted Ducks Unlimited $304,000 to enhance 119 acres of wildlife habitat on the Platte River, working with private landowners from Garden to Dodge Counties.

Prime hunting land for sale in the Dakotas

Ducks Unlimited is offering for sale prime hunting land in South and North Dakota. Here is one example:

Ducks Unlimited honors military heroes in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb., June 17, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited plans to dedicate a portion of its flagship property in Nebraska to memorialize the killed and wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The “Fallen Heroes Marsh” will be located on DU’s Verona Complex, a key wetland area in the Rainwater Basin. The marsh will be a place where friends and families can come to hunt, watch, photograph or simply listen to ducks and remember the sacrifices made by U.S. military veterans from Nebraska.

Habitat Conditions in North-Central U. S. – June 3, 2008

Spring precipitation in the form of snow and rain improved habitat conditions for waterfowl production in many areas of the Northern Great Plains.

DU to restore thousands of acres of habitat in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited to restore thousands of acres of habitat in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin DU receives grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust LINCOLN, NE – May 28, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited will soon restore more than one thousand acres of native grasslands and wetlands in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin. DU announced today it will receive $153,641 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Rainwater Basin Habitat Restoration Project. The project is one of 77 projects receiving $14,798,718 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year.

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.

Nebraska DU delivers conservation message to Congress

Oshkosh, NE resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer Steve Farris traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. Farris met individually with Sen. Chuck Hagel and Rep. Adrian Smith and with staff members from the office of Sen. Ben Nelson.

Ducks Unlimited Scores Big With Nebraska Environmental Trust

Ducks Unlimited and its partners may have more than a million dollars to spend on conservation in Nebraska, if the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board confirms its initial grant approval recommendation.

Diamond Bit – A Clive Ostenberg legacy project

Ducks Unlimited has helped further Clive Ostenberg’s legacy of improving wildlife habitat in western Nebraska by restoring a wetland that will host thousands of waterfowl a year.

DU benefits in Nebraska from native seed distribution

Local employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners in the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture met at Cottonwood Waterfowl Production Area in Phelps County for a pre-Thanksgiving tradition last Tuesday: their annual “seed-bagging day.”

DU receives gifts of land; creates Coteau Ranch

Seeing is believing, and nothing compares with experiencing the Prairie Pothole Region firsthand. Whistling wings and courtship calls; sapphire wetlands nestled in a sea of endless grass. Now, thanks to the generosity of three donors, DU supporters and the public can revel in the sights and sounds of the prairie on Ducks Unlimited’s newest property.

Ducks Unlimited conservation heats up with “global warming” interest

“Global warming” is catching the attention of the public in a big way. Business people are striving to make their corporations “carbon neutral” as a way to appeal to customers

IRA gifts – a tax-friendly way to help the ducks

Provisions in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 have provided a tax-friendly way of making major gifts to Ducks Unlimited. You have until December 31, 2007 to gift an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to charities without paying income tax and capital gains on the funds.

DU and partners receive $750,000 Nebraska Grant

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, of which Ducks Unlimited is a partner, has received a $750,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Rainwater Basin Conservation Easement Initiative. The initiative is a program developed to restore wetlands for migratory bird habitat, while maintaining them as a working, productive part of the agricultural landscape.

Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever helping Nebraska wildlife and waterfowl

The Rainwater Basin Habitat Conservation Project, Phase II, a joint project of Pheasants Forever (PF) and Ducks Unlimited (DU), has received a $1 million grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). The project will restore or enhance over 8,500 acres of wetland and grassland habitat in the Rainwater Basin to benefit the millions of waterfowl, other migratory birds, pheasants and other wildlife that call the basin home.

DU's Gustin to work in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming

FORT COLLINS, Col.- Ducks Unlimited (DU) is continuing its conservation work Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming with the hiring of Seth Gustin. Gustin will be located in Fort Collins and will add to DU’s engineering capacity, providing construction management, surveying and construction plan preparation.

Nebraskan receives national wetland conservation award

FORT ROBINSON – Nov. 8, 2006 - Nebraska’s Hod Kosman has worked for 16 years to restore and protect wildlife habitat along the North Platte River. Recently, Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognized that effort with a national award.

DU completes major restoration projects in Nebraska

According to Ducks Unlimited (DU) Regional Engineer Mitch Messmer, DU has already completed six wetland restoration and enhancement projects in Nebraska during 2006. These projects will all provide excellent migration and breeding habitat for waterfowl.

Recent rains welcome on DU's Fleshner Tract

A wetland in DU's newly acquired Fleshner tract in Nebraska has gone from bone dry to full with recent rains.

Ducks Unlimited Completes Key Acquisitions in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited recently acquired two important properties in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin.

Nebraska Named One of Top States at Ducks Unlimited’s Annual Convention

Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteers from Nebraska took home a Bronze State Award from DU’s annual convention in Phoenix, Ariz. DU’s State Awards recognize states whose volunteers excelled at growing and improving their fund-raising and conservation efforts on behalf of DU.

Iowa and Nebraska receive federal dollars to conserve wetlands

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners will restore floodplain wetland habitat in the Middle Missouri River Valley of Iowa and Nebraska, thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Mark T. Landgren Marsh

After two years in the making, Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce the completion of the Mark T. Landgren Marsh in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin.

Wetland education products available

Several Nebraska wetland education products for 4th through 6th grade elementary students have recently been released.

Upper Mississippi River

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

Northwestern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northwestern Great Plains priority area.

Southern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southern Great Plains priority area.

Big Red working hard to improve habitat in the Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited Lands Manager Tim Horst and his crew of tractor drivers are having a busy year in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. Last year, with funds from a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant DU acquired a large, four-wheeled drive Case tractor, affectionately nicknamed "Big Red." Crews use the tractor to disk wetlands in the Rainwater Basin.

Hultquist and Jacobson Projects

Wetland and grassland restoration work is rapidly being completed on both the Hultquist and Jacobson properties, purchased by Ducks Unlimited in 2006. Both properties were acquired through DU's "Revolving Habitat Program," whereby properties with wetlands and drained wetlands are acquired from willing sellers.

Verona Tract Update

DU’s Verona Tract is located in Clay County, Nebraska, in the heart of the Rainwater Basin. Over the years, DU has acquired several tracts of land in this area. At present, DU owns 1,026 acres on the Verona Complex. Much of this land has already been restored to wetlands and native grasslands.

Olston Project

In July 2007 DU acquired the Olston property as part of the “Revolving Lands Program”. The 155-acre tract is located in Seward County, less than one mile north of Interstate 80 and about one mile west of Goehner, Nebraska. As part of the revolving lands program, DU will restore wetlands and native grassland on the site, protect the restored habitats through a perpetual conservation easement, then sell the property to a conservation minded buyer.

Joe Gabig Project Dedicated

On May 8th, 2009, Ducks Unlimited and partners celebrated the dedication of the Joe Gabig Marsh on the Kirkpatrick Basin South Wildlife Management Area. Joe Gabig was a long-time employee of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission who tragically passed away a few years ago.

Fecht Conservation Easement

The Fecht conservation easement project was completed in 2008. The tract is located in Kearney County, between Minden and Holdrege, Nebraska.

Spotted Tail Restoration Project

Phase I of the Spotted Tail Restoration Project was completed in January 2009. The 830-acre Spotted Tail property is owned by the Platte River Basin Environments, Inc., (PRBE) a conservation group dedicated to protecting important wildlife habitats in the Scottsbluff area.

Don and Lois Rogert Land Donation

Don and Lois Rogert of Omaha, Nebraska have been supporters of Ducks Unlimited for a long time. Don, an avid waterfowler, and his wife Lois have attended many DU banquets over the years and have instilled into their children and grandchildren a love of the outdoors and support for wildlife conservation.

Prairie Ridge

The North Platte River in Nebraska has done a lot of moving over the years. When a river channel goes dry, it leaves water just under the surface. Ducks Unlimited has helped landowners permanently protect a section of the Platte River and restore channel flow.

Delankco Conservation

Platte River has served as vital waterfowl migration habitat for centuries. The river winters high densities of mallards and Canada geese and provides one of the last crucial stop-over sites in the spring before birds head for the nesting grounds.

Boyer Chute

In January, 2009, DU completed the Nathan’s Lake project on the Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge near Blair, Nebraska. The project restored over 20 acres of wetland habitat on the refuge north of Omaha.

Hamilton County, Nebraska

"The method of success for the Hamilton County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is its coach-ability," said Pat Baughman, DU senior regional director for Western Nebraska. "The members of this committee and chapter are driven by the need for resources and are passionate about waterfowl."

Sora WMA

Ducks Unlimited will install a new well in 2009 on the Sora WMA in Fillmore County, southeast of Shickley, Nebraska. DU also constructed fence on the Wildlife Area in 2008, providing an additional tool to the Wildlife Area manager to further enhance wetland habitat on the site.

Elk Point Bend

Ducks Unlimited and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission announced today the completion of the wetland restoration project on the Heald Tract on the Elk Point Bend Wildlife Management Area near Ponca State Park. The project restored approximately 100 acres of seasonal wetland habitat and will provide important benefits to waterfowl and many other species of wildlife.

Smartweed Marsh WMA

Ducks Unlimited will install a new well on this Wildlife Management Area, owned and managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The well will provide NGPC with a supplemental source of water to manage wetland habitat. In 2008, DU transferred the 80-acre Himmelberg property to NGPC as an addition to the Smartweed Marsh WMA.

Bassway Strip WMA

When DU heard that seven tracts of land along the Platte River were going to be sold at auction, including two tracts that were adjacent to the Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area, DU Manager of Conservation Programs Steve Donovan knew he had to act fast.

Spotted Tail Project

Ducks Unlimited Regional Engineer Mitch Messmer reports that DU has already completed six wetland restoration and enhancement projects in Nebraska during 2006. These projects will all provide excellent habitat for waterfowl.

Anderson Project

Ducks Unlimited will acquire the Anderson Property from The Nature Conservancy in 2009. The property is located along the Platte River west of Kearny, Nebraska.

DU acquires Nebraska property next to WMA

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has acquired a 160-acre Himmelberg tract in Nuckolls County, Nebraska, which is adjacent to the Smartweed Marsh Wildlife Management Area. This property contains a portion of a large wetland that extends onto the adjacent Smartweed Marsh.

Ducks Unlimited conserves addition to Smith WPA

Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently aquired a key property in the Rainwater Basins in Nebraska. The Hajny property is a 33-acre addition to the Smith Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Clay County.

Mark T. Landgren Project Gifted to USFWS

After almost five years of planning and restoration work, Ducks Unlimited (DU) has completed the restoration of the Mark T. Landgren Marsh in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin and formally transferred the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be managed as part of the Mallard Haven Waterfowl Production Area. Many of Mark T’s friends and family members became Ducks Unlimited major donors and contributed over $120,000 towards this project to celebrate the life of a well-know Nebraska sportsman, Mark T. Landgren. A dedication event to honor Mark T. was held on the site in 2006.

Macon Lakes Waterfowl Production Area

In April 2009 Ducks Unlimited began an extensive wetland restoration project on the Macon Lakes Waterfowl Production Area in Franklin County. This extensive wetland complex is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and open for many public uses, including waterfowl hunting.

Carey Property Acquired in Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited has acquired another fantastic property in Nebraska’s important Rainwater Basin. The 320-acre Carey property is located adjacent to the 320-acre Hansen Waterfowl Production Area in eastern Clay County.

Shaw Property – Bluewing WMA

In September 2008, DU transferred the Shaw property to NGPC as an addition to the Bluewing Wildlife Management Area in Clay County. The 115-acre tract was originally purchased by DU in 2007 with a combination of funding from DU, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. DU is currently planning a wetland restoration project for the site that should be completed in 2009.

DU Completes Restoration of the Dedrickson Propert

Habitat restoration work on DU’s Dedrickson property was completed in April 2009. The property was acquired two years ago as part of DU’s Revolving Habitat Program.

Bluebill WMA

Ducks Unlimited will install a new well on the Bluebill WMA during 2009. This Wildlife Management Area, owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is located in Fillmore County, the heart of Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin.

Nebraska Conservation Projects

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