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New York Ducks Unlimited staff member recognized for excellence

Ron Zega was named Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Regional Director of the Year for his outstanding efforts as a staff member of Region 6, an area that encompasses the Mid-Atlantic and New England states.

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Research to investigate wintering ecology of ducks in New York

A two-year study will start this fall and winter to better understand habitat use and behavioral interactions between wintering black ducks and mallards in central New York.

New York approves Ducks Unlimited license plate

New York drivers can soon show their support for Ducks Unlimited with the official Ducks Unlimited specialty state license plate. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday authorizing the plate. The law takes effect Jan. 17. Drivers can eventually order the Ducks Unlimited license plate for their vehicle or trailer the same way they order all New York license plates.

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NOAA approves $12.5 million for Great Lakes wetland restoration

Ducks Unlimited was approved for the second phase of a regional partnership with U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for $12.5 million to address more than a dozen federal Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes region.

DU completes work on Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks Unlimited staff and volunteers helped enhance 1,000 acres of forested wetlands on Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important migratory stopover areas for waterfowl in western New York.

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Vital New York wetlands receive DU assistance

Ducks Unlimited is helping to enhance 1,000 acres of forested wetlands on Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), one of the most important migratory stopover areas for waterfowl in western New York. The project includes removing a berm, installing new culverts, and planting trees to restore natural water flow to forested wetland habitat.

DU to use grant to research drones, energy use for New England waterfowl

Ducks Unlimited recently received a $100,000 grant from Waterfowl Research Foundation to support two regional research projects in the Completing the Cycle initiative area, and Atlantic Flyway regions.

American waterfowl populations benefit from Canadian habitat projects

Many waterfowl enthusiasts may never travel to Canada, but ducks do.

Poll shows Great Lakes restoration supported by large majority of voters

Great Lakes regional opinion survey finds overwhelming support for continuing the federal government’s efforts to improve the health of the Great Lakes.

New York Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

In 2015 in New York, four chapters made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

New York Ducks Unlimited chapters earn spots on President’s Elite list

Buffalo, New York – March 29, 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 in New York, two chapters made the list. The winners were the Genesee County chapter from Batavia and the Buffalo Sponsor banquet in Buffalo.

New York Ducks Unlimited chapter earns spot on Chairman’s Roll of Honor list

New York City – March 29, 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 in New York, the New York City chapter made the Chairman’s Roll of Honor list.

Migration Alert: Atlantic Flyway Snow Geese Push into Canada

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a critical waypoint on the spring snow goose migration, reported a peak migration of 100,000 to 400,000 birds using the wild land complex last Thursday. This Thursday, they estimated just a few hundred in the area.

See photos from 2016 New York State Convention

New York DU state leaders, volunteers, members and partners gathered for the 2016 New York State Convention on March 11 and 12 in Riverhead, Long Island.

Upcoming New York projects

DU will undertake several projects through 2017.

Cargill corporate partnership establishes two Finger Lakes projects

Cargill most recently pledged a three-year, $243,000 grant to benefit projects across upstate New York. Here are some of the projects DU has started with Cargill support.

Progress made on invasive species control and wetland restoration at Braddock Bay

Ducks Unlimited is partnered with State University of Brockport to continue to control invasive species at Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area along the Ontario shoreline.

Federal funding fuels private lands projects

Two North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants led by the Thousand Islands Land Trust and Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust are supporting multiple wetland restoration and protection projects across the state.

Restoration under way on vital western New York migration stopover

Ducks Unlimited is restoring a large portion of the Seneca Pool at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most important migratory stopovers for waterfowl in western New York.

New York kids get close to nature during Ducks Unlimited banding event on Long Island

About 75 people came to a black duck banding event Saturday, March 12 on Long Island, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited. The event was held at DU’s Center for Wetlands and Waterfowling at Hubbard County Park, in Flanders.

Migration Alert: Greater Snow Geese Charge North Along the Atlantic Flyway

With a strong south wind and sunny, warm weather over the past three days, hundreds of thousands of greater snow geese have abandoned their Maryland and Delaware wintering grounds for points north. Reports of these birds have come in from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, southern Ontario, and Quebec.

Migration Alert: Mixed Start to Atlantic Flyway Light Goose Conservation Order

With the Light Goose Conservation Order under way across much of the Atlantic Flyway, frigid temperatures have stalled the northward migration and even sent many geese retreating to the south.

Seneca Meadows Landfill earns DU conservation award

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to waterfowl conservation Seneca Meadows made in its partnership with Seneca Falls Chapter of the Ducks Unlimited.

Migration Alert: Conditions Ideal for Canada Goose Hunting in New York State

Warm weather has stalled much of the Atlantic Flyway duck migration, but goose hunting has been off the charts in New York State, with near perfect field conditions.

Chapter Spotlight: State University of New York, Cobleskill

After spending a summer studying lesser scaup in Alaska, Cody Davis, a wildlife management student at State University of New York (SUNY) Cobleskill, wanted to start a banding program in his home state. Back in New York and ready to begin his fall semester, Davis contacted Dr. Michael Losito, a professor and program manager for Wildlife Management at Cobleskill. The pair launched a duck banding program, with the prequalification that all participants had to join the new SUNY, Cobleskill chapter of Ducks Unlimited—the only collegiate chapter in New York State.

Great Swamp Shoot and Conservation Program set for Sept. 26

Sept. 17, 2015 – The Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Chapter will hold its Third Annual Great Swamp Shoot and Conservation Program on Sept. 26, at Tamarack Preserve, a private hunting and fishing preserve in Millbrook, N.Y.

Ducks Unlimited welcomes Kurt Anderson to conservation staff

Ducks Unlimited welcomes Kurt Anderson to its team as director of development for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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DU a vital new partner in conserving New York State’s Great Swamp - an Article by Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan


Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Annual Great Swamp Shoot


Finger Lakes Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

GENEVA, N.Y. – April 16, 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 Finger Lakes chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Eastern Suffolk Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – April 16, 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 Eastern Suffolk chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Genesee County Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

BATAVIA, N.Y. – April 9, 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, Genesee County chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

New York City Ducks Unlimited chapter earns place in President's Elite

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – April 9, 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, New York City chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: New York Losing Wood Ducks, Gaining Geese

Given that temperatures have yet to dip terribly low, it's likely that New York's locally produced birds haven't traveled far. This bodes well for hunters in southern New York and down into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Northern New York, however, is currently in the window between the departure of locally produced waterfowl and the arrival of fresh migrators. So, when can these hunters expect to see more birds?

NAWCA Grant Awarded for New York Refuge Enhancement

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $62,407 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for wetland restoration work on the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in western New York. DU and its partners will enhance 1,000 acres of forested wetlands through restored hydrology and reforestation.

Second Annual Great Swamp Shoot & Conservation Program Auction Items

Auction items that will be on auction at the Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited chapter's Second Annual Great Swamp Shoot on Saturday October 4, 2014, at the Beretta Shooting Grounds at Dover Furnace in Dover Plains, New York. Items will continue to be added until the day of the event. Please check back for updates.

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Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Second Annual Great Swamp Shoot

Live and Silent Auction items to be added soon! Check back often for updates.

NAWCA grant awarded for Iroquois NWR

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – April 29, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) was recently awarded a $62,407 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for coastal wetlands restoration work in Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. DU and their partners will enhance 1,000 acres of forested wetland through restored hydrology and reforestation.

DU a vital new partner in conserving New York State's Great Swamp

Theodore Roosevelt said, "Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance."

farm bill New York

SYRACUSE – Jan. 28, 2014 – After months of intense negotiations, the farm bill conference committee released their report today on the 2014 Farm Bill. The bill now heads to the House and Senate for confirmation, and Ducks Unlimited is encouraged by the report and supportive of its passage in both houses.

Betty & John O'Brien: Laying Down Roots in the North Atlantic

Betty and John O'Brien of Batavia, New York, support Ducks Unlimited's Completing the Cycle Initiative in the northeastern United States. John helped build up DU's presence in New York and he and Betty held several volunteer positions over the years. Their story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Migration Alert: Mild Conditions Delay New York Waterfowl

New York is a point of convergence for numerous waterfowl species migrating from Quebec, Ontario and points further northeast. Therefore, when peak numbers are reported from the Empire State, it's cause to rejoice throughout the flyway. Unfortunately, that day has yet to arrive, but reports of the first geese and early migrating duck species are encouraging.

Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada support ecological separation of Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Sept. 9, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DUI) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) jointly released a statement this week on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. The conservation groups called on governmental and non-governmental organizations to move toward the ecological separation of the Great Lakes watershed as soon as possible, as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.

Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited First Annual Great Swamp Shoot

A list of items that will be on auction at the Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited chapter's First Annual Great Swamp Shoot on September 28, 2013, in Dover Plains, New York.

Ducks Unlimited applauds improvements in Great Lakes funding

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Aug. 2, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited appreciates the passage of an amendment to provide $210 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program. Previously a subcommittee had reduced funding for the successful program to $60 million.

Habitat Project Completed on Montezuma Wetland Complex

Ducks Unlimited restored 120 acres of wetlands on New York's Montezuma Wetland Complex, one of the premier waterfowl areas in the northeastern United States.

Cargill increases support for Montezuma Wetlands Complex

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – July 24, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded $40,000 of a three-year, $75,000 Global Partnership Fund grant from Cargill Inc. Project partners will use the funds to support ongoing restoration of the Montezuma Wetland Complex (MWC), Tonawanda-Iroquois-Oak Orchard Wetland Complex (TIOC), Catherine Creek Wildlife Management Area and other key wetland locations in New York.

East Hampton DU Chapter earns high honor

The East Hampton Chapter of Ducks Unlimited has been designated a 2012 New York Chapter of the Year. State Ducks Unlimited officials singled out the group based on criteria that ranged from increased membership to growth in fundraising.

Great Lakes Initiative

Protecting the pristine waters of the Great Lakes and conserving critical habitat for many species of waterfowl that utilize this vast watershed throughout their life cycle.

Keeping a Legacy Alive - Gail and Lyle Johnson

Gail Johnson speaks fondly of her husband Lyle's passion for Ducks Unlimited: "It was all about restoring a marsh. Lyle's church was the great outdoors, and as far as he was concerned, the best part of God's creation was the marshland. He looked forward to the season every year." Lyle passed away in spring 2012, but his enthusiasm remains the basis for the couple's lifelong commitment to the ducks.

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.

Migration Alert: Key on Water to Find Atlantic Waterfowl

A satisfying chill swept New York and northern Pennsylvania last week, exciting duck hunters and lending a sense of urgency to early-migrating waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited announces New York mitigation credit availability

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Oct. 11, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has received approval to operate the New York In-Lieu Fee Program (NY-ILFP) to fulfill wetland mitigation requirements for parties authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to impact wetlands within the state of New York.

Lake Ontario Wetland Restoration Completed

Ducks Unlimited recently completed construction work on a wetland-enhancement project on Lakeview Wildlife Management Area (WMA) along eastern Lake Ontario.

Ducks Unlimited voices support for water plan in Great Lakes

Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada recently submitted a joint letter to the International Joint Commission, expressing support for what is known as "Plan 2014," a water-level-management plan designed to more closely replicate natural hydrology on the St. Lawrence River and in Lake Ontario.

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.

New York City Chapter recognized nationally

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

Gennesee County chapter recognized nationally

BATAVIA, N.Y. – 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 Gennesee County Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Finger Lakes chapter recognized nationally

ITHACA, N.Y. – 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 Finger Lakes Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Schoharie Valley chapter recognized nationally

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. – 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 Schoharie Valley Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

New York City kicks off first of many DU 75th anniversary events

The Ducks Unlimited New York 75th anniversary event, held on Feb. 2, was the first of many celebratory anniversary events scheduled throughout the country this year.

World Wetlands Day memorandum of cooperation kicks off DU's 75th anniversary celebration in NYC

NEW YORK - Feb. 2, 2012 - Every Feb. 2, people all over the globe celebrate World Wetlands Day, commemorating the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1971, an intergovernmental treaty signed by 161 countries that recognizes the value and splendor of our wetland resources. This year's celebration was made all the more momentous earlier today as Ducks Unlimited and Ramsar signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in New York City.

Media Advisory: Ducks Unlimited, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to sign memorandum of cooperation

A press event is to be held Thursday, Feb. 2, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Waldorf Astoria Basildon Room in New York City. DU CEO Dale Hall and Secretary General Anada Tiega of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will sign a memorandum of cooperation between the organizations to commemorate their partnership, celebrate World Wetlands Day and mark the coinciding anniversaries of the organizations.

DU protects sportsmen's tax dollars to restore habitat in New York

DU signed a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting the governor take steps to ensure New York remains eligible to receive federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Restoration Funds.

New York City Diamond Event Proud Supporters

Below are the proud supporters of the New York City DU 75th Diamond Anniversary event on February 2, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Warder Marsh dedication a success

Ducks Unlimited recently dedicated a successful wetland project at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC).

New York City 75th DU Diamond Event

Celebrate wetlands conservation where it all began—in New York City!

Waterfowl Migration Alert

DU-TV is currently filming for the 2012 season in Saskatchewan. Show host, Huntley Ritter, and DU Sr. Communications Specialist, Mike Checkett provide a glimpse of the hunting conditions they faced throughout the week.

Wells Fargo adds support to ongoing work at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Wells Fargo is adding its support to ongoing work at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. Ducks Unlimited received a $50,000 grant which will be used as matching funds to help purchase 575 acres and enhance an additional 571 acres of wetland/upland habitat.

Water-Control Structure Project Completed at Iroquois NWR

The Cayuga Pool, a 675-acre unit within the refuge and the site of the Hazard Campbell dedication ceremony in May, was the focus of additional DU support this year when one of the water-control structures needed to be replaced.

DU Biologist to Expand New York Wetland Conservation Efforts

Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Sarah Fleming recently began work in New York to further DU's wetland restoration and conservation efforts in eastern Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River Valley. Fleming will be responsible for developing and implementing DU's conservation mission and goals in the state through protection, enhancement and restoration of wetlands and adjacent wetland habitat.

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A Duck's-Eye-View

Waterfowl winging their way across North America have a unique perspective that is hard to image - unless you're a small aircraft pilot. Ducks Unlimited biologists keep this perspective in mind as they plan and implement conservation projects for waterfowl, knowing that ducks, geese, and swans need a mix of habitat types in fairly close proximity to meet their biological needs.

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 recieves funds for St. Lawrence Valley Conservation

Land adjacent to other protected areas priority Ann Arbor, Mich. – June 7, 2010 – A region of the St. Lawrence Valley will soon reap the benefits of a major conservation project executed by Ducks Unlimited.

Conservationists converge for tribute, dedication

Buffalo, N.Y. – April 29, 2010 – Conservationists from both sides of the border will converge upon the Buffalo area the weekend of May 1st. They gather to celebrate achievements and to raise funds for conservation in the United States and Canada. The gathering is a tribute to Buffalo native Hazard Campbell. Ducks Unlimited (DU) will dedicate a project and host a gala weekend in his honor.

Ducks Unlimited, partners awarded Great Lakes restoration grant

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – April 26, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited received one of the first Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants through the Sustain Our Great Lakes program this past week. DU and its partners will restore coastal streams and marshes in northern Michigan using the $783,823 grant.

Famous Buckingham gun to reside permanently at Ducks Unlimited

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

Ducks Unlimited urges partnership in carp solution

Conservation group releases position on invasive Asian carp WASHINGTON - Feb. 28, 2010 - This week, Ducks Unlimited released its position on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. DU called on both governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop an immediate short-term plan, followed by a comprehensive long-term strategy to deal with Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

President signs legislation in support of Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR, Michigan November 2, 2009 Historic legislation aimed at the restoring the Great Lakes was signed by President Obama Friday after the House and Senate approved the measure last week. According to Ducks Unlimited, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will provide $475 million for a comprehensive program to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Ducks Unlimited stands ready to turn this financial commitment into cleaner water and better habitat for waterfowl, wildlife and citizens of the Great Lakes and beyond.

Lake Erie Commission selects award recipient

Ducks Unlimited recognized as Great Lake conservation leader ANN ARBOR, Mich, September 29, 2009 - The conservation organization Ducks Unlimited received the 2009 Lake Erie Award for an outstanding organization at the fall meeting of the Lake Erie Commission in Oregon, Ohio. The award is given to an organization that made outstanding contributions to enhance Ohio’s Great Lake.

Conservationists support investment in Great Lakes

Ann Arbor, Mich. – May 20, 2009 – Ducks, geese and swans in the Great Lakes could realize an increase in the size and quality of their habitat if President Obama’s proposed budget for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative comes to fruition. The budget for 2010 contains an additional $475 million for Great Lakes restoration and economic recovery.

NAWCA grant funds Ducks Unlimited and partners in conservation activities - NY

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – March 20, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat in the Northern Montezuma Wetlands Complex in Wayne, Seneca, and Cayuga Counties of New York. Project partners will restore and enhance 571 acres of wetlands and grasslands and purchase an additional 575 acres in the project boundaries.

Rare Decoys to Sell at Christie’s

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

DU and the US Fish & Wildlife Service Partner to Restore Grassland & Habitat @ Grindstone Island

Mallards, wood ducks, blue-winged teal, American black ducks and Canada geese rely upon the Lake Ontario watershed for their migrating, breeding and brood rearing habitat. This area encompasses much of the low-lying lake plain habitat of New York. The region has been designated a focus area by Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Great Lakes / Atlantic Regional Office as they continue to conserve, restore and manage wetlands within the region. Historically, the Lake Ontario watershed was dominated by a forested ecosystem with extensive coastal marshes. Approximately 70 percent of the watershed’s wetland base has been lost, primarily to agriculture activity and urbanization. Point and non-point source pollution from agriculture and industry have seriously degraded water quality in some areas. In spite of the significant disturbance, opportunities exist to restore the lost habitat and in turn regain the benefits those wetlands provide. Three areas of concentration within the Lake Ontario focus area have been designated: The St. Lawrence River Valley, the Montezuma Wetland Complex, and the Tonawanda-Iroquois-Oak Orchard Complex.

DU & Suffolk County Parks Host Long Island Outdoor Conservation Festival

On Saturday, June 10, 2006, Ducks Unlimited, in cooperation with Suffolk County Parks, will be hosting this year’s Long Island Outdoor Conservation Festival!

Restoring Montezuma's Wetlands

In continuing their work to conserve, preserve and restore wetlands across the country, Ducks Unlimited has identified the Lake Ontario watershed, which encompasses the low-lying lake plain habitat and stretches across western, central, and northern New York, as a high priority area for work to be completed in.

481 Mitigation Project: Ontario Watershed

In continuing their work to conserve, preserve and restore wetlands, Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office has identified the Lake Ontario watershed, which encompasses the low-lying lake plain habitat and stretches across western, central, and northern New York, as a high priority area for conservation work.

New York Ducks Unlimited Hosts Annual State Convention

New York Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) state convention will be held on April 7-9. Ducks Unlimited volunteers, staff and the public will gather at the Inn at East End in Wading River, Long Island, New York to celebrate DU’s 2005 conservation and fundraising accomplishments in New York.

Ed Fiorino Deemed DU Conservationist of the Year!

During Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) annual state convention in Wading River, New York Ducks Unlimited volunteer, Ed Fiorino was honored as New York Conservationist of the Year!

Northeastern U.S. Forests

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northeastern U.S. Forests priority area

Upper Mississippi River

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

North Atlantic / New England Coast

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the North Atlantic / New England Coast priority area.

Mid-Atlantic Coast

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

U.S. Great Lakes System

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's U.S. Great Lakes System priority area.

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Where New York's Ducks Come From

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

New York Conservation Projects

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

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