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Youth waterfowl hunting trailer available free

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Ducks Unlimited sponsor a trailer full of waterfowl hunting gear available to families with young hunters. If you are interested in taking a kid duck hunting but don’t have the gear, this is a great opportunity to use quality gear from Avery Outdoors. The North Dakota Game and Fish purchased the trailer with funds from the Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters special grant program, and Avery Outdoors donated the equipment.

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.

Ducks Unlimited to host youth waterfowl hunting clinic Aug. 15 and 16

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 22, 2014 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic on Friday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 a.m. This is the seventh year for the event, and children who have been waterfowl hunting are encouraged to bring a friend who has not.

New Farm Bill implementation ongoing

The 2014 Farm Bill passed in February, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is beginning to roll out new conservation programs and initiatives. The bill provides $28 billion over the next five years for conservation on private lands while streamlining several old programs and creating new ones like the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

2014 Prairie Experience

The Prairie Experience is a unique combination of classroom and field experiences for Ducks Unlimited Major Sponsors from around the country see, touch and feel the prairies. DU recently hosted the event in some of the most exceptional duck-breeding areas on the continent near Bismarck, N.D.

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.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Eastern Dakotas Ground Crew All Done

We finished up another ground survey in the Eastern Dakotas. Our overall duck numbers are slightly down from last year with one interesting note that our scaup numbers were higher than they have been in a few years.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Overall Conditions Improved from Last Year

We have finished our survey this year and headed back home to our families and offices. Overall, the better conditions have continued throughout the survey area compared with last year.

Breeding Grounds Survey: More Water as We Move North

We are making good progress in the Eastern Dakotas Survey Area and we have flown 3 more days since the last blog. North Dakota has significantly more water and ducks than South Dakota and that is apparent already.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Western South and North Dakota Complete

We have finished our work in the Dakotas (Strata 43 and 44) and conditions look good there overall. Most reservoirs, dug outs, and natural wetlands that were dry or low last year are full with sheet water present in some areas.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Road Warriors

We have now finished all the air-ground segments in North Dakota, and did our first day of surveying in Montana today. The ground crew's job is to count a sample of the segments that the air crew surveys, and the ratio of the number of ducks (by species) that we see to the number that the air crew sees is used as a correction factor in calculating population estimates.

Breeding Grounds Survey: 2014 Survey Begins!

This morning we kicked off the 2014 Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. We took off out of Pierre, South Dakota and flew almost directly west for our first transect line.

"Day of Action" Events Raise Awareness in North Dakota

Volunteers have been fanning out across North Dakota to gather signatures for the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. Ducks Unlimited is part of the sponsoring committee for this constitutional measure, which would dedicate a small portion of the state's existing oil and gas taxes for conservation.

Souris Valley chapter recognized nationally

MINOT, N.D. – 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 Souris Valley chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Dickinson chapter recognized nationally

Dickinson, N.D. – 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 Dickinson chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Bismarck chapter recognized nationally

BISMARCK, N.D. – 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 Bismarck chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

DU joins forces with other conservation groups for prairie conservation

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – A coalition of conservation organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, announced today the launch of a coordinated, partner-driven “Prairies Conservation Campaign” to bring public attention to the dramatic conversion of grasslands and wetlands to cropland in one of America’s last intact grassland ecosystems – the Prairie Pothole Region.

North Dakota ballot initiative moving ahead

Momentum is building for the North Dakota Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. That’s evident with the petition drive running ahead of schedule and the 40 North Dakota groups and businesses that have formally endorsed the measure so far. Ducks Unlimited has been a leader on the coordinating group.

Shelley & Craig Larson: A Lifelong, Science-driven Passion for the Prairies

Gold Benefactor Sponsors Shelley and Craig Larson of Bismarck, North Dakota, support DU's Preserve Our Prairies Initiative. This initiative is dedicated to conserving the wetlands and grasslands of the Prairie Pothole Region, North America's most critical breeding grounds for waterfowl. The Larsons' story appeared in the 2013 Ducks Unlimited 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.

Dr. Johann Walker to head DU prairies program

BISMARCK, N.D. – Nov. 20, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited has named Dr. Johann Walker its director of conservation programs for North and South Dakota and Montana. Walker is recognized as one of the premier waterfowl population ecologists in the country. For the past three years, he has led the science and planning efforts for DU’s Great Plains Region by designing, collecting and analyzing the latest scientific research on waterfowl breeding ecology.

Migration Alert: North and South Dakota Migration Near Peak

For hunters in North Dakota and South Dakota, this steady migration of waterfowl from the northern breeding grounds has helped replace those locally-produced birds which filtered into Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and other points south earlier this fall.

Partnership Celebrates Innovative Prairie Conservation Project

BISMARCK, N.D. – Oct. 30, 2013 - The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), along with project partners Ducks Unlimited (DU), The Climate Trust (TCT) and The Nature Conservancy, today announced positive results from their joint collaboration — an innovative Avoided Grassland Conversion carbon project. The project is one of nine groundbreaking climate change initiatives selected and funded by the NRCS’s 2011 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, and is focused on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation for one of the least protected and most imperiled ecosystems in the world.

Migration Alert: DU TV Reports Steady Migration in North Dakota

The DU TV crew in North Dakota reports flights of new birds coming out of Canada. This is good news for Central and Mississippi Flyway hunters.

North Dakota amendment to dedicate statewide funding for conservation

A diverse coalition of conservation and outdoors leaders, including Ducks Unlimited, has filed an initiated constitutional measure petition with the North Dakota secretary of state that would establish permanent funding for water and land conservation and parks development in the state.

Migration Alert: The Stage is Set for North Dakota's Duck Season

For much of the past three weeks, Joe Fladeland has been bumping around North Dakota's back-roads chasing early season Canada geese, but the number of ducks gathered on the state's prairie potholes has the Avery pro-staffer excited about the opening of the general waterfowl season later this month.

Ducks Unlimited honors North Dakota staff member, volunteer leader

BISMARCK, N.D. – Aug. 22, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Senior Regional Director Joe Breidenbach a 2012-13 Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 2, an area that encompasses the American prairies and great plains.

Ducks Unlimited to host youth waterfowl hunting clinic Aug. 16 and 17

BISMARCK, N.D. – Aug. 5, 2013 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a.m. This is the sixth year for the event, and children who have been waterfowl hunting are encouraged to bring a friend who has not.

North Dakota Ducks Unlimited has new regional director

BISMARCK, N.D. July 30, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited has a new regional director for North Dakota. Forrest Gross will begin managing all grass roots fundraising efforts in the state on Aug.1, working with a team of volunteer leaders to host more than 50 DU events across North Dakota.

A Pothole Proposal

Executing a unique marriage proposal requires a significant amount of creativity and strategy. Tyler Carroll, Ducks Unlimited member in Minot, North Dakota, masterminded a plan to propose during an afternoon duck hunt that hinged on cooperative waterfowl, successful shooting, a kayak, and subzero temperatures.

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.

Preserve Our Prairies Initiative

Conserving North America's highest-priority waterfowl nesting habitat—and the glory of bountiful fall flights—in the face of mounting threats.

Habitat Update: Northern Plains Receives More Snow

A late spring storm in North Dakota dropped one to two feet of snow across the state, creating chaos for citizens of the Northern Plains. For most waterfowl, however, the snow is just a temporary setback.

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Continental Generosity - Daryl and Mary Pennington

Waterfowl are a continental resource that rely on habitat from their northern breeding grounds to their southern winter homes and all points in between. It takes a visionary to see beyond his backyard and support habitat conservation on a continental scale. Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation trustees Daryl and Mary Pennington of Ethel, Louisiana, are prime examples of such broadly committed sponsors, their generosity shining even more brightly given that Daryl and Mary began duck hunting less than 15 years ago.

North Dakota: Early Season Outlook

Following several weeks of warm, dry weather, the outlook remains generally positive for waterfowl hunting in North Dakota.

DU will continue to advocate for land conservation after North Dakota ballot initiative

The Clean Water, Lands & Outdoor Heritage Amendment will not be on the November 6, 2012 ballot in North Dakota. The initiated measure would have dedicated a small portion of the state’s oil and gas taxes for conservation.

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunting clinic Sept. 7 and 8

BISMARCK, N.D. – Aug. 13, 2012 – Children 16 and under are invited to join Ducks Unlimited for a free youth waterfowl hunting clinic on Friday, Sept. 7, at 3:30 p.m. This is the fourth year for the annual event, and children who have duck hunted before are encouraged to bring a friend who has not.

DU supports opening some CRP lands for drought-stricken ranchers

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

DU applauds Senate passing 2012 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - June 21, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced its appreciation today following the U.S. Senate's 64-35 passage of the 2012 Farm Bill. The $969.9 billion bipartisan bill maintained a conservation title that will benefit wildlife and people. Critical conservation initiatives include the Conservation Reserve Program, a conservation easement program with a strong wetland component, a regional partnership program aimed at improving water quality and a Sodsaver provision. The Senate also moved to link eligibility for federally subsidized crop insurance to compliance with conservation practices.

DU Trailer Helps Beginning Hunters in North Dakota

Several North Dakota youth were able to go on their first waterfowl hunt this past fall, thanks to a new trailer stocked with decoys and blinds.

Winter Wheat Acreage Up 75 Percent in North Dakota

Waterfowl will find more winter wheat on the landscape this spring when they return to North Dakota's prairie pothole country.

North Dakota 2012 Spring Breeding Duck Survey

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 4.8 million birds, up 16 percent from last year and 112 percent above the long-term average (1948-2011).

With support, waterfowl benefits may survive in federal highway bill

Efforts by Ducks Unlimited and allies are underway to support provisions added to the federal highway bill that would provide significant benefits for waterfowl. One provision of the bill - commonly known as the RESTORE Act - calls for 80 percent of the fines paid by those responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to be committed to restoring the area most affected - the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Ducks Unlimited joins other conservation, sportsmen's groups in support of Sodsaver

In a letter submitted this week, hunting and fishing and conservation groups urged House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK) and ranking member Collin Peterson (MN) to adopt the Farm Bill's Sodsaver provision to promote "responsible stewardship of agricultural land and direct program benefits to acreage that is most suited for crop production."

DU applauds 2012 Farm Bill committee passage

WASHINGTON - April 26, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced its support and appreciation of the Senate Agricultural Committee today as it passed the 2012 Farm Bill out of committee.

Dickinson Chapter recognized nationally

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

Bismarck Chapter recognized nationally

BISMARCK, N.D. - March 27, 2012 - The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Bismarck Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Whiting Petroleum Gives Back to North Dakota Prairies

Whiting Petroleum Corporation recently contributed $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited to restore wetlands on the western edge of North Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).

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.

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.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited focus funding to protect vital waterfowl habitat in Prairie Pothole Region

WASHINGTON - March 2, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited announced today they will work with the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to focus resources on wildlife habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of the northern plains, breeding grounds for a majority of the continent's ducks.

Coalition aims to direct oil, gas revenue toward conserving North Dakota's natural resources

DU has joined forces with other conservation organizations, business leaders and concerned citizens to seek dedicated funding for water, land and wildlife conservation in North Dakota.

North Dakota: Delbert and Donna Eszlinger

Delbert and Donna Eszlinger run a successful Angus beef cattle operation, located in McIntosh County, N.D. Delbert's father started the ranch in 1940 with 160 acres.

Dakota Grassland Conservation Area now a national conservation priority

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has released his final 50-State America's Great Outdoors Report, which highlights the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area as one of the country's 100 most promising outdoor projects.

Migration Alert: Still Waiting for the Big Push in North Dakota

Oct. 27, 2011: Waterfowl numbers in the Dakotas appear to be in a holding pattern right now and a powerful cold front is sorely needed to help move new ducks and geese into the region.

DU Chairman Joins U.S. Secretary of the Interior and USFWS Director to Commemorate New National Wildlife Refuges

DU Chairman of the Board John Pope joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and USFWS Director Dan Ashe last week to install four new planks on the boardwalk at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Six NAWCA projects approved in Great Plains Region

The Migratory Bird Conservation Council has approved six conservation projects that will positively impact waterfowl habitat in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. If funded and completed, these projects will conserve more than 47,000 acres. Dollars for these projects will come from North American Wetland Conservation Act grants and matching funds provided by non-federal partners.

Whiting Petroleum fuels conservation work in North Dakota

Whiting Petroleum Corporation recently contributed $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited for specific conservation action on the western edge of North Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region.

Migration Alert: Plenty of water and ducks for North Dakota Opener

Sept. 21, 2011: The outlook for North Dakota's duck season is quite good, but extensive scouting will be imperative for success.

Sportsmen must speak up to make the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area a reality

DU strongly supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to formally establish the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area. However, if this jewel for America's wildlife is to be protected, sportsmen will need to tell Congress of its significance.

Sportsmen must speak up to make the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area a reality

DU is pleased with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to formally establish the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area. However, if this jewel for America's wildlife is to be protected, sportsmen will need to tell Congress of its significance.

Time to break the "green bridge" for a healthy winter wheat crop

Producers who plan to plant a winter wheat crop this fall need to break the "green bridge" now to stave off the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus disease.

Devils Lake Ducks

This sprawling North Dakota lake offers endless public hunting opportunities for freelance waterfowlers

DU and NRCS partnership continues to expand with latest grant venture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White recently announced that Ducks Unlimited received funding through the USDA's Conservation Innovation Grants for a large scale project in the Prairie Potholes Region of North Dakota and South Dakota that will initially help conserve 5,000 acres of ranchland in both states.

DU Receives Carbon Grant

Ducks Unlimited is working with cattle producers to protect grassland-nesting habitat, thanks to a grant that will increase national recognition for the carbon storage benefit of native prairie grasslands

Winter Wheat Acres Grow in Dakotas and Montana

South Dakota farmers responded to some unique opportunities this past fall to increase winter wheat acres in the state.

Stewards of the Prairie

Cattle ranchers manage much of this continent's most important waterfowl breeding habitat

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

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

Winter Wheat Option for Grain Growers Facing Wheat Midge Outbreaks this Season

North Dakota State University crop protection specialist Dan Waldstein warns of the potential wheat midge infestation for many counties in North Dakota during the 2011 growing season. For producers facing wheat midge problems this year, planting winter wheat for the 2012 season is an option worth considering.

Winter Wheat Duck Nesting Research Gears Up for Second Year

Researchers at Ducks Unlimited and Montana State University are making preparations for the second year of data collection of a three-year study evaluating duck nesting success in winter wheat fields compared to other habitats.

Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action Website Launches

Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action announces the launch of the initiative's new website, www.wintercereals.us. Here producers can find out why winter wheat is good for their land and good for their operations, as well as get answers to many of their questions about growing the crop.

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Winter cereal acres up in Dakotas and Montana

BISMARCK, ND – South Dakota farmers responded to some unique opportunities this past fall to increase their winter wheat acres. USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service this morning reported acreage in South Dakota was up by 22 percent.

DU salutes USDA's support, commitment to conservation on 25th anniversary of CRP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dec. 23, 2010 - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program. The Food Security Act of 1985 established the CRP, arguably the greatest landscape-level conservation program ever.

ND Youth Can Now Checkout Hunting Gear

You could call it “duck hunt in a can.” Ducks Unlimited, North Dakota Game and Fish and Avery Outdoors are partnering to make it easier for young people to go on their first hunt. North Dakota families with young hunters can now checkout a trailer in Bismarck full of decoys and blinds to hunt waterfowl.

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

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

Kids enjoy youth waterfowl hunting clinic

Some 35 children and their parents gathered at DU's Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck to learn the many aspects of waterfowl hunting, including calling, handling retrievers and working with a wide range of gear.

Ducks Unlimited: CRP sign-up comes at critical time for ducks

BISMARCK, N.D. - July 28, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up comes at a critical time for duck populations, with nesting grounds continuing to disappear. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the agency will allow new enrollments in CRP in 2010, the first time since 2006.

Land Grant Universities Added to Winter Cereals Sustainability in Action Initiative

FARGO, July 26, 2010 - North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of Minnesota (U of M) join with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Bayer CropScience to enhance the Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action (WCSIA) research and education initiative. The land grant universities, along with South Dakota State University, will be working toward new winter wheat varieties with improved characteristics such as winter hardiness, high yield, disease resistance and good milling qualities.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Bismarck

Ducks Unlimited is hosting a free Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in Bismarck August 6 and 7. Young people ages 16 and under are invited to attend the clinic, which will include lessons on duck biology and ID, decoy spreads, hunting gear, duck calling and handling retrievers. Attendees over 9, and are part of the first 20 students registered, will have a chance to attend a session at the Capital City Sporting Clays Range.

Ducks Unlimited says Open Fields will maintain hunting traditions

BISMARCK, N.D. - July 9, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited's support of a new federal program is starting to pay off with more opportunities for hunters, which will help maintain the nation's hunting traditions. Under a recently launched U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative called Open Fields, landowners can receive a financial incentive in exchange for opening lands to the public for outdoor recreation.

Winter Wheat Research Program Moves Forward For Bayer CropScience and Ducks Unlimited

BROOKINGS, S.D. (June 23, 2010) - “Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action,” a winter wheat research and education initiative, facilitated by Bayer CropScience and Ducks Unlimited, announced the inclusion of South Dakota State University (SDSU) as the program’s first research partner. The announcement was made at the SDSU Innovation Campus today.

Researchers working to find duck nests in winter wheat fields

Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action nesting research underway GARRISON, ND, June 21, 2010 – Residents near Garrison and Minot, N.D. may wonder what people on All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are doing driving around in winter wheat fields. Crews of research technicians, employed by Ducks Unlimited (DU), this summer are searching the fields for duck nests. They will monitor the nests to determine whether the hens successfully hatch their eggs.

North Dakotans Want to Conserve State’s Best Lands and Waters

Poll Shows Voters Want State to Dedicate Money, Expand Property Rights to Advance Conservation BISMARCK, N.D. — June 17, 2010 — A large majority of North Dakotans support conserving the state’s best water, natural areas and wildlife habitat through dedicated state funding and by providing landowners the tools they need to conserve their property, according to a poll released today by Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Dakota and the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust.

Researchers working near Garrison and Minot to find duck nests in winter wheat

Garrison, ND, June 10, 2010 – This summer, crews of research technicians employed by Ducks Unlimited (DU) are using All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to search winter wheat fields around Garrison and Minot for duck nests. The crews will monitor the nests throughout the summer to determine whether the hens successfully hatch their eggs.

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

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

DU announces 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - March 26, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 75th-annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., on Friday, March 26.

North Dakota conservationist receives Ducks Unlimited 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

Outstanding contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation recognized MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 26, 2010 – Gary Krapu, a wildlife research biologist with the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, N.D., is the recipient of a 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award from Ducks Unlimited.

What's good for the landowner can also be good for the ducks

BISMARCK, N.D. - Jan. 21, 2010 - It's all about win-win solutions, say North Dakota's two new Ducks Unlimited conservation program biologists. Krista Reiser and Heather Shaw are working with landowners in the state's Missouri Coteau area to find conservation solutions that protect and/or restore natural resources while improving a landowner's operation.

DU brings better water management to North Dakota's largest refuge

UPHAM, N.D., Nov. 23, 2009 – Running water is the Earth's most effective erosion agent. Building a water control structure to stand up to it can be tricky. Ducks Unlimited just completed a new structure at the J.Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge in north-central North Dakota to replace dams that have eroded over time. The box culverts will improve water level management on the 350-acre Rubble Masonry Wetland Unit near Upham.

CRP losses in Prairie Pothole Region add up

DU says losses will affect duck numbers in the future BISMARCK, N.D. - Nov. 10, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited cautions that the Duck Factory is on the verge of losing even more of its capacity. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Conservation Reserve Program contracts on more than 500,000 acres expired and were not renewed in the Prairie Pothole Region states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in 2009.

Bismarck eighth graders help DU band ducks

Bismarck eighth graders help DU band ducks

Future waterfowlers quack it up

Bismarck, N.D. residents may have thought duck season was off to an early start this weekend with some 40 wanna-be duck-callers practicing their skills at a Ducks Unlimited Youth Waterfowl Hunting clinic. Along with practicing their quacks, the school-age participants got to learn about lining up decoys, working with retrievers and some duck biology.

SD Goebel Ranch nesting research crew studies nearly 1200 nests

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

DU commends Congressional leadership for efforts to protect grassland

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

Senate makes next step toward protecting America’s waters

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2009 – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 12 to 7 today to advance an amended Clean Water Restoration Act to the full Senate. Ducks Unlimited says this is a positive move to protect wetlands for waterfowl and clean water for America.

ND growers, NDSU, Bayer CropScience and DU share vision with Congress

WASHINGTON – June 16, 2009 – A delegation representing North Dakota growers and University scientists, together with representatives from Bayer CropScience and Ducks Unlimited, took to Capitol Hill to advocate for more investment and support for winter cereals as part of a shared vision of sustaining agriculture and the environment through the Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action initiative.

DU says law violates landowner rights and hinders business

BISMARCK, N.D., June 10, 2009 – For the third consecutive time Governor John Hoeven has rejected an application from Ducks Unlimited to purchase land in North Dakota. DU says the law that dictates this approval process overrides private property rights of landowners and hinders DU’s ability to do business in North Dakota.

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New bill would restore protections for wetlands

WASHINGTON – April 2, 2009 – America’s wetlands would have their Clean Water Act protections restored under a new bill introduced today by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (Wisc.) and 23 co-sponsors. The Clean Water Restoration Act, which is supported by Ducks Unlimited and other conservation/sportsmen’s groups, would restore protection to more than 20 million acres of geographically isolated wetlands at risk of pollution and destruction under current guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

Follow DU's nesting success research

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

DU hires new winter cereals agronomist

BISMARCK, ND, May 27, 2009 - The Winter Cereals – Sustainability in Action initiative is growing with the addition of a new Ducks Unlimited agronomist. Steve Dvorak will help growers in 16 south-central and south-east North Dakota counties expand their winter cereal acres.

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

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

DU says ND advisory committee decision short-sighted

BISMARCK, N.D., May 14, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited says today’s decision by a North Dakota committee to recommend the governor deny DU’s request to purchase a piece of McLean County property is short-sighted. The North Dakota Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee voted four to two to turn down DU’s application to buy 321 acres of unique Missouri Coteau wetland and grassland. Two members of the committee were absent.

Wetlands are part of the flood protection puzzle

Ducks Unlimited proposes protecting wetlands to help reduce future flooding Bismarck, N.D., May 6, 2009 – As communities in North Dakota assess the collective impacts of this spring’s flooding, residents are searching for ways to prevent another catastrophic flood. City and state officials and the Army Corps of Engineers are now strategizing on permanent flood protection measures that will protect residents and businesses in the Fargo/Moorhead area.

DU supports grazing on CRP in ND flood-impacted areas

BISMARCK, ND – May 4, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited supports the recent announcement by the U. S. Department of Agriculture to extend grazing opportunities on Conservation Reserve Program grasslands in areas of North Dakota that have been impacted by flooding this spring. The announcement extends the April 30 deadline that was set up to help ranchers who are dealing with flooding in pastures normally used for calving and grazing.

NDSU among DU's "Sweet 16" college chapters

As the collegiate world heads into “March Madness,” Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 college chapters throughout the U.S. These 16 college chapters were the top fundraisers among more than 70 college chapters.

10th field season for nest success research

The Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office will begin its tenth consecutive field season of nest searching research this spring. This research is a large-scale, long-term project and researchers will use the data collected to investigate hypotheses about the relationships between nest survival and land-use and environmental conditions across the Prairie Pothole Region. Results of this research will help habitat managers and conservation planners understand better the relationships between duck production and landscape-scale habitat characteristics in the PPR.

Grassland conservation needed to combat birds’ climate change woes

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

Ducks Unlimited says North Dakota ignoring private property rights

Ducks Unlimited says the decision of North Dakota’s governor to turn down the conservation organization’s request to buy property in Kidder County does not respect basic private property rights. Governor John Hoeven has refused DU’s application to buy an almost 600-acre piece of land from a private owner.

DU and Bayer CropScience team up to increase winter wheat

Bayer CropScience and Ducks Unlimited believe winter wheat has an important role to play in sustainable agriculture on the prairies and have joined forces to launch a North American project called “Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action.”

Whoopers visit DU property in Nebraska

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

Duck numbers at Goebel good, despite dry year

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

Final results in for duck banding in ND

DU was involved in duck banding at three sites in North Dakota from August 1 through September 17, 2008. The three sites were Lake Ilo NWR, Audubon NWR and Coteau Ranch in southern Sheridan County.

Prime hunting land for sale in the Dakotas

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

DU Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic big success

Parents of about 40 children likely had noisy houses after the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic in August at Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Regional Office. Duck calls were just one of the goodies the waterfowler wannabes went home with after the successful day of sessions geared to sparking their interest in hunting. “We wanted to try to help get young people interested in hunting,” said Scott Stephens, organizer of the event.

North Dakota duck banding numbers reported

We are again working cooperatively with the Central Flyway Council and banding ducks at Lake Ilo NWR and Audubon NWR. In addition, DU is fielding a banding crew that is banding at the Coteau Ranch and the area around the Ranch.

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

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

Bayer CropScience recognized for winter wheat program contributions

Bayer CropScience was recognized recently for outstanding contributions to Ducks Unlimited’s Winter Cereals Program.

Ducks Unlimited and NDDOT launch charitable plate program

Bismarck, N.D., January 29, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) supporters in North Dakota have a new way to contribute to wetland and waterfowl conservation by putting the duck on their cars and trucks. Gov. John Hoeven announced today that the North Dakota Department of Transportation has approved a new license plate featuring DU.

Ducks Unlimited nature trail highlights importance of prairie grasslands

MCCLUSKY, N.D, October 22, 2007 – At a North Dakota ceremony on Saturday, Ducks Unlimited honored a devoted Georgia staff member by dedicating the Dan Denton Memorial Nature Trail. The nature trail is located on Ducks Unlimited’s new Coteau Ranch, southeast of McClusky, N.D.

DU receives gifts of land; creates Coteau Ranch

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

Ducks Unlimited conservation heats up with “global warming” interest

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

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

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

Strong leadership from North Dakota Delegation to protect native prairie

BISMARCK, N.D. September 5, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited applauds the leadership shown by North Dakota U.S. Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan. Both expressed their support for protecting native prairie in the 2007 farm bill in a Bismarck Tribune article this week.

Ducks Unlimited gives Wells County property to ND Game and Fish

BISMARCK, ND, May 18, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited (DU), through its Great Plains Regional Office (GPRO) in Bismarck, is gifting two parcels of land totaling 400 acres to the state of North Dakota. DU turned over the Wells County properties to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department this week.

Ducks Unlimited program to develop grazing on expired CRP

BISMARCK, N.D., March 6, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) has announced a new program to cost-share water and fencing projects with North Dakota ranchers on expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres. Under the Grassland Partnership Program (GPP), DU will provide 50 percent of the cost, up to $3,500, for various water projects and up to $2,000 per mile for new fencing. Eligible water projects are targeted to the Missouri Couteau region of the state and include new wells and other permanent water projects that benefit range livestock

DU livestock water program funds still available.

BISMARCK, ND, Sept. 19, 2006 - Cows, water, grass and ducks go together. That is why Ducks Unlimited (DU) is offering a program to help ranchers keep cattle on their pastures by improving their livestock’s water supplies. Funds are still available for DU’s Grassland Partnership Program (GPP), which reimburses livestock owners 50 percent of the cost of water development projects, up to $3,500, that offer long-lasting solutions to each rancher’s livestock water problems.

Final ND duck banding update

Duck banding by the two crews DU/CF crews in North Dakota terminated on September 19. It was a good year for both crews. The Crosby crew banded 5,011 ducks including 3,061 blue-winged teal, 606 pintails, 532 gadwall and 341 mallards. The crew at Lake Ilo NWR banded 1,750 ducks including 1,026 mallards and 589 blue-winged teal.

DU participates in marsh bird study

A marsh bird study in central North Dakota again received a generous boost in funding from a pipeline company that transports natural gas across the state.

Loss of CRP acres spells trouble for producers and wildlife

Hundreds of thousands of acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land will plummet from the North Dakota landscape over the next 8 years, says the national conservation organization Ducks Unlimited (DU). Such a dramatic change across the state is likely to have dire consequences for cattle producers and wildlife alike, especially in drought years like this one when ranchers are looking to CRP land to feed their cattle.

Ducks Unlimited program to aid drought-stricken ranchers

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has announced a new program to cost-share water projects with North Dakota ranchers in portions of six drought-stricken counties.

Ducks Unlimited program to aid drought-stricken ranchers - ND

Ducks Unlimited (DU) has announced a new program to cost-share water projects with North Dakota ranchers in portions of six drought-stricken counties.

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

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

Farm Bill Conservation Programs: Challenges on the Horizon

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been part of the North Dakota landscape for the past 20 years. Congress first authorized CRP under the Food Security Act of 1985 with a nationwide cap of 45 million acres. Currently, the nationwide cap is 39.2 million acres and there are 35.9 million acres enrolled. Approximately 8.0 million acres are located in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) and 3.3 million acres in N.D.

North Dakota almost top in the US in acres conserved through NAWCA

North Dakota ranks close to the top in the amount of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) dollars we receive and the number of acres DU and its partners are able to conserve with that money.

The Cow Connection

As we focus in North Dakota on the linkage between Ducks Unlimited (DU) and waterfowl conservation, there is another connection that is becoming increasingly important – the “cow connection.”

Northwestern Great Plains

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

Prairie Pothole Region

The Prairie Pothole Region, North America's Duck Factory, is at the heart of Ducks Unlimited's conservation mission. Read more about DU's PPR priority area.

Hal Kantrud Wetland

DU repaired the emergency spillway at the Hal Kantrud Wetland in the fall of 2004 and installed a small agri-drain water control structure. The repaired spillway will alleviate future erosion within the emergency spillway and allow better water management opportunities to improve habitat for breeding waterfowl.

Lynch Dam

DU installed a water control structure and excavated a new emergency spillway in the Lynch Dam, during the Fall and Winter 2004/2005, to restore the wetland to it’s original elevation. These improvements will help alleviate future flooding problems and will allow for water level manipulations, which will greatly improve habitat conditions for breeding waterfowl and other waterbirds.

Winter Cereals Program

Farmer enrollments in Ducks Unlimited’s Winter Cereals Program has grown from 1,100 the program’s first year to over 8,000 acres this year. DU provides a $7 an acre incentive to producers for up to 150 acres, under three year contracts. Research indicates winter cereal crops, such as winter wheat, provide nesting cover that helps produce 35 times more ducks than spring seeded crops.

North Dakota Conservation Projects

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