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Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program Receives First NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners have been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to fund habitat enhancement work as part of the Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program.

New Jersey waterfowl to benefit from major wetland grant

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Nov. 11, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Act (NAWCA) grant to fund habitat enhancement work with several partners as part of their Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program. These funds will be used to enhance nearly 1,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Partners contributed more than $2.5 million in matching funds toward the $1 million federal grant.

DU Launches Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative

Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently launched a new conservation initiative in the Garden State. The goal of this initiative is to protect, restore, and enhance vital wetlands in southeastern New Jersey's coastal region, where the pressures of development and the risk of severe storm destruction of the kind caused by Hurricane Sandy continue to threaten these already altered landscapes.

New Jersey native elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 26, 2013 - Joseph Mazon, of Califon, N.J., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

DU Launches Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative

Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently launched a new conservation initiative in the Garden State. The goal of this initiative is to protect, restore, and enhance vital wetlands in southeastern New Jersey's coastal region, where the pressures of development and the risk of severe storm destruction of the kind caused by Hurricane Sandy continue to threaten these already altered landscapes.

New Jersey Tidal Basin Restoration Completed

The Cape May Peninsula and adjacent Delaware Bay are renowned for supporting a great abundance and diversity of waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds during migration and winter.

Habitat impacts from Hurricane Sandy difficult to assess

The East Coast is still struggling to get basic services back in place after Hurricane Sandy battered coastal communities and affected millions of residents, but, with the help of conservation partners, Ducks Unlimited is beginning to assess the long-term impact the storm will have on waterfowl habitat.

Migration Alert: How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect Migrating Waterfowl?

Atlantic Flyway duck hunters have been praying for rain to fill drought-stricken marshes and improve habitat for migrating waterfowl. However, nobody asked for it to arrive with the speed and intensity of Hurricane Sandy.

Wood ducks can nest more easily thanks to PSE&G

Wood ducks now have a safer place to nest thanks to members of the Public Service Electricity & Gas Environmental (PSE&G) Partnership Team.

Hudson River chapter recognized nationally

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought- after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the Hudson River Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Hunterdon County chapter recognized nationally

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought- after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the Hunterdon County Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

DU, partners restore native habitat along Jersey coast

Both the Cape May Peninsula and the Delaware Bay are world renown for supporting an abundance and diversity of shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl, which utilize mudflats and shallow wetlands to refuel during migration and winter.

Construction Nearly Complete at Franklin Parker Preserve

DU and partners restore and enhance 888 acres of wetlands in New Jersey.

New Jersey: Franklin Parker Preserve

In the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Franklin Parker Preserve project is the largest Wetlands Reserve Program project in New Jersey.

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.

Migration Update: Atlantic Flyway - Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic States

Bitter cold winter weather currently gripping the Atlantic Flyway has had a major impact on waterfowl movements in recent weeks. These conditions are what sea duck and diver hunters in northeastern states dream of, while waterfowlers in the Mid-Atlantic and south Atlantic states are enjoying recent influxes of waterfowl, especially dabbling ducks.

Ducks Unlimited names new GLARO director

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nov. 2, 2010 - Rebecca Humphries, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, has accepted the position of director of the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office for Ducks Unlimited.

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration

If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you. This month, Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office unveiled an updated version of its Black Duck Research Initiative Web site, including an all-new interactive mapping tool allowing users to “Follow the Ducks” using satellite and VHF radio tracking technology.

DU meets with Congressional leadership and Administration officials to discuss conservation

WASHINGTON – February 13, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice President Don Young was joined by other wildlife conservation organizations today to deliver a strong message on behalf of sportsmen and habitat: protect and expand habitat conservation and opportunities for sportsmen.

Ducks Unlimited’s Black Duck Research Initiative brought to life on Web

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 8, 2008 – If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you.

Ducks Unlimited commemorates millionth acre of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Joins Secretary of Agriculture in marking the conservation milestone WASHINGTON – January 17, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited and the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency celebrated the enrollment of the one millionth acre into the popular Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) today.

DU says CRP losses astounding

National trend for habitat loss concerning BISMARCK, ND, January 4, 2008 – The conservation organization Ducks Unlimited says it’s as if someone plowed up a three-mile swath of wildlife habitat across North Dakota, from its southern border to Canada.

NJDU Videos on Youtube

See some of the videos featuring wet lands conservation right in your back yard.

Ducks Unlimited Names New Jersey Volunteer Don Wilkinson, Volunteer Conservationist of the Year

On Feb. 3, during Ducks Unlimited’s annual state convention in Manahawkin, Don Wilkinson was honored as Ducks Unlimited’s New Jersey Conservationist of the Year. Each year the award is presented by the DU Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office to recognize and show appreciation for exceptional conservation and fund-raising efforts on the part of a New Jersey volunteer.

Ducks Unlimited Promotes “Farm the Best, Conserve the Rest,” to Assist Chesapeake Bay Landowners

Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a generous gift from the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment. The foundation “promotes action to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Coastal Bays, and the West Coast.”

Ducks Unlimited Continues Work in New Jersey

The Delaware Bay is one of the most important wintering areas in North America. It’s a major link in the migratory chain which stretches from South America to Canada along the Atlantic Flyway and has been designated a major focus area for Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office.

Kirk Mantay to Lead Ducks Unlimited’s Conservation Work

Before joining Ducks Unlimited (DU) as a biologist, Mantay spent the last 8 years working as a wetland consultant for government and private projects in MD, VA, WV, and DE.

Mid-Atlantic Coast

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the Mid-Atlantic Coast priority area.

Where New Jersey's Ducks Come From

The Great Lakes Region, Mid Atlantic Coast, St. Lawrence Plain and Prairie Pothole Region are important to New Jersey waterfowl hunters. A significant amount of the mallards harvested in New Jersey each year are produced in the St. Lawrence Plain, Great Lakes Region and Mid Atlantic Coast.

Restoring the Bear Creek Marsh

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) approached Ducks Unlimited (DU) about getting our expertise on an ambitious project to repair a 25-acre freshwater impoundment along the Mullica River. The rusty old pipes failed long ago, allowing saltwater to enter the impoundment, killing many species of valuable native plants, and worst of all, allowing non-native Phragmites to revegetate the entire impoundment. In fact, almost every square inch of the impoundment became “choked” with the large, invasive grass.

New Jersey Conservation Projects

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

Wetland Restoration on New Jersey's Atlantic Coast

New Jersey's Atlantic Coastal Bays are a primary focus area for DU's habitat program. Last year, working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Ocean County Mosquito Extermination Commission, DU helped to rehabilitate 7,500 feet of dikes and replace or repair existing spillways on two muskrat-damaged water impoundments on the Barnegat Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. The project restored the ability of Refuge staff to manage water levels within the 310-acre impounded marsh.

Restoration of Historic Barnegat Bay Headwaters

In Winter 2001, DU began work on a project to restore a remnant of Atlantic white cedar at a site in Brick Township in Ocean County, New Jersey. The restoration will be accomplished through a partnership between DU, Ocean County, and Brick Township. DU will design and implement the project using heavy equipment and a grant from the New Jersey Freshwater Wetlands Mitigation Council.

Menantico Ponds Project

In 2001, DU and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife began work on a project at the Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area in Cumberland County to create much needed waterfowl breeding habitat. Heavy equipment severed a number of Peninsulas jutting into several artificial ponds on the management area to create 13 islands, primarily for the benefit of nesting waterfowl.

Wading River


Culvermere Property

DEP, NJCF and partners preserve 852-acre Culvermere Property

Jersey Wallkill


Meadowlands Study


Hyponex Tract

DEP acquires 1,038-acre wetlands complex in Sussex County; property will become wildlife management area

World Trade Center Memorial

New Jersey Meadowlands wetlands memorial honors victims of Sept. 11
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