DU Mobile Apps
Banding Together for Waterfowl

nebraska

SIGN IN    SAVE TO MY DU    AAA

DU and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to restore public land with nearly $1 million NAWCA grant

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – June 20, 2016 – Nebraskans will have more opportunities to enjoy state public lands, thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant awarded to Ducks Unlimited. The $932,706 grant will be used for habitat conservation on eastern Nebraska lands that provide access for hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, boating and outdoor education.

DU and UND partner to bring you glimpse inside duck nests

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is giving people across the world an inside look at how blue-winged teal and mallards nest through a nestcam project. In its second year, the collaboration with the University of North Dakota (UND) is growing to cover more acres with more nest cameras.

Flint Hills Resources pledges $10,000 to Ducks Unlimited

Gift supports Nebraska conservation efforts

NET grants to fund Platte River habitat restoration

The Nebraska Environment Trust (NET) has awarded Ducks Unlimited four grants that will restore miles of degraded wetland habitat along the North Platte and South Platte rivers.

DU names Wetland Manager of the Year

Warren Schwanebeck’s accomplishments as a wetland manager were on display this spring when three whooping cranes spent 12 days on the Platte County wildlife management area (WMA) he manages. Schwanebeck has managed the 940-acre Wilkinson WMA for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) since the mid 1990’s.

Property Acquisition to Benefit Waterfowl in Eastern Washington

Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently completed a fee title acquisition in the Channeled Scablands region of eastern Washington. The acquired property is part of the 1,100-acre habitat project area known as the Saltese Flats, located in Spokane County and recognized by DU; federal state, and local agencies; and other partners as an important area for waterfowl, other waterbirds, and raptors. The area also provides a prime opportunity to protect and restore large tracts of wetland and riparian habitat.

Waterfowl Production Area to Benefit from Nebraska Land Acquisition

Wetlands America Trust, the landholding arm of Ducks Unlimited, has acquired a 160-acre property adjoining Real Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), located three miles north of Fairmont, Nebraska, in the Rainwater Basin. This property will round out the WPA and allow for more cohesive wetland management by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This type of land acquisition is a high priority for DU and its partners in Nebraska. This particular property is significant because it contains a large portion of the wetland footprint of Real WPA.

Even more whooping cranes seen on Nebraska DU Project Sites

Rare whooping cranes are providing positive testimony on the importance of protecting and restoring Nebraska habitat. Ducks Unlimited continues to get reports of whooping cranes choosing to rest and refuel on property conserved in some way by DU. In the past week, DU has received reports of whooper sightings on land Ducks Unlimited restored and/or protected with easements.

Nebraska Ducks Unlimited chapter makes President's Roll of Honor

SEWARD, Neb. – April 1, 2016 – DU's President's Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $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 2015, one chapter in Nebraska made the President's Roll of Honor list.

Nebraska Ducks Unlimited chapter earns spot on President's Elite list

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – March 30, 2016 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 to $250,000 for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2015 Nebraska had one chapter included on the list.

Nebraska Ducks Unlimited chapter earns spot on Chairman's Roll of Honor list

OMAHA, Neb. – March 24, 2016 – The Chairman's Roll of Honor chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $250,000 to $1 million for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2015 Nebraska had one chapter included on the list.

DU's Tim Horst receives wetland stewardship award

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture recently presented Tim Horst, Ducks Unlimited Land Manager and Conservation Specialist for NE, with its Wetland Stewardship Award. This award is presented annually to a person who is outstanding in their efforts to manage, restore and acquire wetlands in the Rainwater Basins.

Ducks Unlimited restores historic habitat on revolving land

In 2011 Ducks Unlimited Wetlands America Trust purchased the Beam property, south of Oshkosh, Nebraska as part of the revolving lands strategy. The 447-acre property contains some of the last unbroken native wet meadow, which has spectacular blooms of the rare shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia) wildflower. The land also contains North Platte River frontage and accretion ground, which is where Ducks Unlimited focused its restoration.

Ducks Unlimited installs grazing infrastructure on Nebraska wetlands

Ducks Unlimited is promoting livestock grazing along the Platte River and Rainwater Basin. DU recently installed fencing and livestock wells on numerous federal and state lands, Ducks Unlimited revolving lands and private conservation easements containing wetlands.

More funding for Nebraska habitat and public hunting

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.- Dec. 2, 2015 - Ducks Unlimited and partners will have additional dollars for wetland conservation in Nebraska through a second North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for the Central Flyway. Nebraska projects will restore habitat on more than 2,600 acres in the Rainwater Basin.

Migrating Whooping Cranes visit DU project in Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited completed the Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) wetland enhancement in 2013. Since then, it has hosted many migratory birds and this fall the WMA was visited by a group of six endangered whooping cranes. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) temporarily closed Father Hupp WMA, a standard procedure to protect the birds.

Migration Alert: Cold Weather Helps Heat Up Nebraska Waterfowl Hunting

A recent blast of cold temperatures and snow across the northern reaches of the Central Flyway has delivered a steady stream of migrating waterfowl into Nebraska.

NE License Plate


Great Plains Region fundraising staff honored for achievements

Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Region fundraising staff exceeded their fundraising goals for the sixth year in a row. During the national fundraising staff meeting in Memphis in August, many GPR fundraising staff members were honored for their efforts and performance. Josh Williams (left), regional director for west Kansas and east Plains Colorado, was named Region 2 regional director of the year for his exceptional performance in FY15. Barry Allen (middle left), Montana regional director, and Steve Wilson, (middle right) Nebraska, were recognized for exceeding their stretch goals for four consecutive years. Greg Dinkel (right), Region 2 director of fundraising and volunteer relations, helped honor their achievements.

Hunters welcome at DU’s Verona Complex in Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited’s Verona Complex in Nebraska is open for hunting. The more than 1,000-acre complex includes the 120-acre Wolf North Tract where only youth are allowed to hunt. Adults are encouraged to bring the young hunters to the Wolf North Tract, but cannot carry a gun themselves.

Migration Alert: Conditions Promising for Central Flyway Mid-Latitude States

The constant throughout the Central Flyway's mid-latitude states is change. Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma waterfowl hunters know all too well that changing weather and habitat conditions dictate the fall flight, and here, the changes can happen fast. Currently, waterfowl managers and hunters are witnessing the benefits of heavy spring rains and continue to be optimistic about the early stages of the migration.

DU TV Migration Report: Nebraska's Rainwater Basin

The DU TV crew is filming blue-winged teal hunts in Nebraska this week, and host Wade Bourne shares timely teal migration information on location.

USGS study says draining small PPR wetlands may increase flooding

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey found that draining smaller wetlands in North Dakota’s stretch of the Prairie Pothole Region has weakened the ability of wetlands to provide flood control and waterfowl habitat.

DU’s Rick Warhurst receives International Canvasback Award

At his final Central Flyway Council meeting last week, Ducks Unlimited (DU) senior regional biologist Rick Warhurst received the International Canvasback Award from the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee. The award is granted each year to an exceptional individual, corporation or organization that has made a minimum ten years’ commitment to implementing and continuing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Warhurst is retiring from DU in December.

DU to restore Rainwater Basin property next to WPA

The Wetlands America Trust has acquired a 160-acre property adjoining Real Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) located 3 miles north of Fairmont in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska. This property will round out the WPA and allow more cohesive management of the wetlands on the area.

Ducks Unlimited partners with UND for nest cam project

Ducks Unlimited has partnered with University of North Dakota to provide biology students experience and school credit through a summer research project at the Coteau Ranch, a 3,000-acre property owned and restored by Ducks Unlimited. The interns monitor blue-winged teal nests via surveillance cameras to study nesting behavior.

Wetland grants provide high quality habitat for waterfowl in Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited and partners will complete 44 habitat protection and restoration projects in Nebraska and Kansas, thanks to three North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants. More than $2.9 million in NAWCA funding will be combined with nearly $6 million in funding from 25 partners to restore or enhance almost 2,500 acres in the Rainwater Basin and central Platte River of Nebraska. The projects included in these grants will provide high quality foraging habitat for thousands of waterfowl and waterbirds during fall and spring migration, and year-round habitat for other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Nebraska Platte River recreational property to be sold

Ducks Unlimited’s foundation, Wetlands America Trust, is selling a 168-acre Dodge County, Nebraska recreational property with one-half mile of Platte River frontage. The land, which is close to North Bend, will be sold at auction at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, at the VFW building, 742 Main Street, North Bend.

DU manager receives Colorado award for work in addressing water needs

DENVER, May 7, 2015 - Ducks Unlimited’s Manager of Ecosystem Services for the Great Plains Region, Greg Kernohan, will receive the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Emerging Leader Award at 6 p.m., Friday, May 8, at the Space Gallery in Denver. “He has been entrepreneurial and innovative in leading the South Platte Wetlands Focus Area Committee, managing the Union Mutual Ditch Company and participating for the last 10 years as a member of the South Platte Basin Roundtable, most recently as its vice-chair,” said Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs Jr., foundation vice-president.

DU Nebraska competing in Omaha Gives! campaign

Ducks Unlimited Nebraska: Go today to the Omaha Gives! website today and help Ducks Unlimited compete for bonus money. You have until May 20, 2015 to donate. The amount of bonus dollars going to DU’s work is based on how much we raise compared to other some 700 participating organizations. The more donations DU gets, the higher the percentage of the matching funds DU receives. Hourly prizes are available to the organizations with donations during that hour of the campaign.

Seward Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President’s Elite

SEWARD, Neb. April 10, 2015 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Seward chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Lincoln Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President’s Elite

LINCOLN, Neb. April 10, 2015 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Lincoln chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Omaha Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President’s Elite

OMAHA, Neb. April 10, 2015 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2014, the Omaha chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Burt-Washington County chapter recognized nationally

BLAIR/TEKAMAH, Neb. – April 8, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2014, the Burt-Washington County chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Jason Roudebush is a new Colorado-based water resource specialist for Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited has hired a new water resource specialist for its Great Plains Ecosystems Services team. Jason Roudebush will be stationed out of DU’s Fort Collins office and will work on water projects throughout the Great Plains Region.

Tom Peterson joins Ducks Unlimited's Team in Nebraska

Tom Peterson is Ducks Unlimited’s new regional biologist in the Grand Island, Nebraska office, focusing on habitat along the Platte River. Peterson provides biological input on habitat restoration and enhancement projects on public and private lands. He also assists landowners with implementing a variety of conservation programs on their properties.

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

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

DU restoring 680-acre Platte River property with ideal migration habitat

SCOTTSBLUFF, NE, Feb. 18, 2015 - For the sixth year in a row, a large group of Ducks Unlimited volunteers, major sponsors and board members gathered in western Nebraska on the North Platte River to enjoy waterfowl hunting, great camaraderie and to help raise money for DU’s important conservation program along the river.

DU restoring and protecting habitat in Nebraska

Through its revolving land efforts, DU continues to restore and protect habitat in Nebraska. DU purchases tracts, restores them, protects the property with conservation easements, and then sells them to a conservation buyer, generally within five years.

Migration Alert: Winter's Return to Northern Plains Spurs Significant Migration

Snow, strong winds, and low temperatures have ducks and geese on the move across the Northern Plains. This latest blast of winter weather may be enough to provide waterfowl hunters in mid- and southern states the spark needed to close out the final weeks of the season on a high note.

Nebraska DU Calendar Gun Giveaway


Migration Alert: Northern Plains Still Holding Large Numbers of Waterfowl

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

Migration Alert: Ducks and Geese Descend on Nebraska

A series of cold-weather systems has pushed both ducks and geese out of northern breeding grounds this fall, creating tremendous early-season opportunities for hunters in southern states. The good news is that with a little more help from Mother Nature there are more birds yet to come.

Migration Alert: Bluewings Find Ideal Habitat in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin

Nebraska's early teal season began statewide on Sept. 6, and thanks to timely precipitation, many hunters are finding the perfect combination of food and water for bluewings, especially in the Rainwater Basin. Although hunter success has been variable so far, the action should only improve from now on as the majority of the blue-winged teal migration has yet to arrive.

DU Great Plains Region celebrating 30th anniversary

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 28, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region is celebrating its 30th anniversary at an open house on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brats, hot dogs and beverages will be served at the regional office at 2525 River Road, Bismarck. The event is open to the public.

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.

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 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
SIGN IN    SAVE TO MY DU    AAA

Free DU Decal

Receive a free DU decal when you signup for our free monthly newsletter.