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Annual Shoot Highlights Wetlands Conservation in New York

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.

DU to Restore Lake Ontario Wetlands in New York

Ducks Unlimited recently began work on two wetland restoration projects along the southern shore of Lake Ontario in western New York.

Wetland Will Serve as Memorial to Dr. Guy Baldassarre

This fall, DU and its partners will dedicate a 90-acre restored wetland on New York's Montezuma Wetland Complex in memory of the late Dr. Guy Baldassarre. Guy's Marsh will be a lasting tribute to Dr. Baldassare, who was a distinguished teaching professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for 25 years, where he specialized in ornithology and wildlife management.

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.

St. Lawrence River Chapter earns high honor

CLAYTON, N.Y. – May 8, 2013 – Just in time for spring migrating birds, the St. Lawrence River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited has been designated 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.

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.

New York's Warder Marsh Restoration Dedicated

Ducks Unlimited recently dedicated a wetland restoration project in New York's Montezuma Wetland Complex.

New York: Colvin West, Northern Montezuma Wetlands Complex

The Colvin West project at Northern Montezuma Wetlands Complex was completed in 2002 and restored ia total of 65 acres of emergent marsh.

Constellation Energy Teams With DU to Restore Critical New York Habitat

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Jan. 13, 2011 – Constellation Energy recently recognized Ducks Unlimited as a Signature Partner. The relationship includes a $135,000 grant for conservation efforts at Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area in Wayne and Oswego counties in New York.

NAWCA grant funds Ducks Unlimited and partners in

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.

Lake Ontario Priority Area

The Lake Ontario watershed encompasses the low-lying lake plain habitat of New York and is an important breeding area for mallards, blue-winged teal, blacks ducks, and Canada geese. It encompasses the low-lying lake plain habitat of New York and historically, this area was dominated by a forested ecosystem with extensive coastal marshes.

New York Bight Priority Area

The Bight extends from Cape May, New Jersey, to Montauk Point, Long Island. This priority area encompasses the lower Hudson River watershed, coastal New Jersey, and Long Island.

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.

New Structure at Mays Point Pool, Montezuma Refuge

Ducks Unlimited designed and oversaw the installation of a new water control structure at the Mays Point pool at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, in central New York. This pool is managed for shore birds during their fall migration.

Salt Marsh Restoration at the William Floyd Estate

Ducks Unlimited joined with US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Suffolk County Vector Control and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to restore approximately 165 acres of salt marsh at the William Floyd Estate in 2000. The Estate, located on Moriches Bay in the Town of Brookhaven on Long Island, is owned by the National Park Service and managed as part of Fire Island National Seashore.

Sod Farm Restoration at Walkill River NWR

Construction began last fall on the Liberty Marsh Restoration Project at Walkill River NWR. This project, at the former Liberty Sod Farm, includes 350 acres of wetlands in Orange County, New York, and Sussex County, New Jersey.

St. Lawrence Valley Grassland Restoration Program

Ducks Unlimited and NY Department of Environmental Conservation have signed an agreement for delivery of grassland restoration work in the St. Lawrence Valley. The agreement calls for Ducks Unlimited to oversee the restoration/enhancement of at least 100 acres of grasslands within the St. Lawrence Valley through establishment of cool season or warm season grasses, creation of riparian buffers and stream bank stabilization as well as set aside of existing, productive grasslands.

St. Lawrence Valley

We are fortunate in New York to be able claim the southern half of the St. Lawrence Valley (SLV) which, along with the southern Ontario portion has been referred to as the “Prairie Potholes of the Atlantic Flyway,” and not without good reason! In New York alone, surveys have shown mallard nesting densities to be highest in this region (5/km2) than any other in the Northeast.

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