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Oregon Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

DU’s President’s Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2015, two chapters in Oregon made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowlers Taking Advantage of Duck Numbers

Oregon waterfowl hunters are enjoying consistent success, matching or exceeding last year's generally good season. With multiple storms in the forecast, weather will be the deciding factor on overall duck and goose hunting success in the days ahead.

Conservation: DU's Wings and Wetlands Initiative

The Pacific Northwest encompasses some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in North America, including vast forests, soaring mountains, broad river valleys, fertile farmland, and productive estuaries. This breathtaking region, spanning Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, supports millions of migrating and wintering ducks, geese, and swans that follow the Pacific Flyway.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Numbers, Conditions Look Good in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho

Waterfowl biologists report an early increase in duck and goose numbers across the Pacific Northwest, boding well for the start of waterfowl seasons in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Sunset chapter recognized nationally

HILLSBORO, Ore. – April 10, 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 Sunset chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: Pacific Flyway Wrap Up

The 2014-15 Pacific Flyway waterfowl season played much different than what was expected in September. California ended up with water, normally frozen areas weren't, and ducks, as usual, simply went with the flow of storm tracks and sunshine.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowl Distribution Sporadic Due to Storm, Mild Temps

Last week's hurricane-force Pacific Flyway windstorm came on the heels of ample rain from Mexico to Northern California. Oregon's ducks and geese were blown off the coast and many have found substantial habitat throughout Willamette Valley, forcing waterfowlers to scout and react to regional migrations.

Migration Alert: Slow Start for Oregon Waterfowlers

Oregon's duck season began this weekend with many hunters reporting mixed results. Duck numbers appear to have been below average along the Oregon coast, which typically offers some of the state's most consistent early-season hunting.

Oregon DU 2016 Raffle Calendar


Sunset chapter recognized nationally

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 Sunset chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Migration Alert: Opportunities Remain for California Waterfowlers

California waterfowlers are facing what has become the driest year on record, making habitat conditions less than ideal. Yet, waterfowl hunters throughout the state continue to be optimistic.

Migration Alert: Approaching Front Brings Much-Needed Change for Pacific Northwest Waterfowlers

The Pacific Northwest is bracing for rain and high winds this weekend, as a front approaches from the south and mixes with Pacific moisture from the north. This bodes well for wingshooters hoping to improve their season with a late regional migration throughout Oregon and Washington.

Migration Alert: Changing Conditions May Improve Waterfowling in Washington and Oregon

Unfavorable weather conditions—warm temperatures, fog, and a lack of precipitation—combined with a full moon had Washington waterfowlers struggling over the holidays.

Migration Alert: Incoming Weather Offers Ideal Conditions in Washington

Ducks are filtering into Washington's upper Columbia Basin, says Chris Bonsignore, Ducks Unlimited's conservation program manager in the Spokane Valley.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowlers Still Waiting for Northern Flights

Duck hunting has been improving in Oregon in recent days, especially for those willing to scout and locate birds. Most of the action is on the Oregon coast right now, but there are still plenty of birds that have yet to arrive from the north.

Migration Alert: Oregon Waterfowlers Face Tough Early Conditions

In Oregon, record-shattering rainfall in September and the closure of national wildlife refuges and other federal lands to hunting were responsible for a disappointing start to the duck season this past weekend.

Migration Alert: State-by-state Pacific Flyway Breakdown

Early migrating waterfowl, feeling an early winter pinch, are filtering south throughout the Pacific Flyway states and finding variable habitat conditions upon arrival in the region.

Oregon Floodplain Project Will Benefit Fish and Waterfowl

Last October, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's (ODFW) Willamette Valley Wildlife Mitigation Program approved Ducks Unlimited's proposal to protect and restore a 90-acre parcel of floodplain habitat along the Yamhill River near Amity, Oregon.

Wings and Wetlands Initiative

In Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, significant wetland habitats have been lost. As human populations soar, the demand for water increases, putting even more pressure on remaining wetlands.

George Dunklin Jr. elected president of Ducks Unlimited

During Ducks Unlimited's annual convention last week, the organization's leaders proudly welcomed 30-year volunteer, George Dunklin Jr., of Stuttgart, Ark., as DU's 42nd president. Dunklin succeeds John Newman, who now serves as chairman of the board.

Ducks Unlimited to hit 195 mph thanks to Bass Pro Shops partnership

Ducks Unlimited will visit the top two NASCAR superspeedways in the coming months thanks to a new partnership with Bass Pro Shops.

Migration Alert: Hunters Toast New Year with Cold Duck

Hunters in the Columbia Basin and eastern Oregon managed to bag their birds this past week, but they had to put in their time, by either scouting in advance or hunting all day.

Migration Alert: Oregon waterfowlers having success along the coast

Western Oregon waterfowl hunters are experiencing average hunting conditions at the onset of the 2012-13 waterfowl hunting season.

Partners celebrate conservation on Sauvie Island

During the past decade, DU and partners have completed more than a dozen projects—totaling approximately 2,000 acres of habitat—on Sauvie Island Wildlife Area in Portland, Oregon.

Historical Klamath River Wetland Restored

The Tule Smoke Hunt Club, known locally as the "Rat Club," is located along the Klamath River nine miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Sunset chapter recognized nationally

Oregon: Summer Lake Basin Restoration Project

The Summer Lake Basin attracts more than half of the continental population of Tule greater white-fronted geese and 40 percent of the Wrangle Island snow goose population.

Conservation in Action: DU helps restore wetlands in Oregon

The tide was rising when the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was officially dedicated on October 1 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited.

Oregon FY 13/14 Projects

Landowner Profile: Ranching for Ducks - Gary & Colby Marshall

Gary Marshall and his son, Colby, operate a family ranch in the Harney Basin of southern Oregon. During spring and early summer, they flood-irrigate their wet meadows via a series of sloughs, ditches and spreader dikes, providing vital feeding and resting habitat for pintails and other dabbling ducks as the birds migrate north in spring.

DU Leadership Giving: Tim and Mary Boyle

Ducks Unlimited Legacy Sponsors Tim and Mary Boyle of Portland, Oregon, gave $100,000 to benefit waterfowl habitat in Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

Official Ducks Unlimited statement regarding U.S. Fish and Wildlife airplane crash

Dr. Alan Wentz, Ducks Unlimited senior group manager for conservation and communications, issued an official statement regarding the news that two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl biologists, Vernon (Ray) Bentley and David (Dave) Pitkin, were killed when their survey aircraft crashed in western Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 17. Please click the link to read the full statement.

Peter Mathios named Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb. 20, 2008 - Renowned wildlife artist Peter Mathios of Albany, Oregon, is the Ducks Unlimited 2009 International Artist of the Year. His painting, "Evening Sprig," earned him the top honor.

Ducks Unlimited receives NAWCA grant to conserve Willamette River Delta wetlands

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 25, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat within the Willamette River Delta. Project partners efforts will acquire, restore or enhance a total of 1,237 acres of important wetland and associated upland habitats.

Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau priority area.

Pacific Northwest

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Pacific Northwest priority area.

Great Basin

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's conservation efforts in its Great Basin priority area.

Where Oregon's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region and Pacific Northwest are critical to Oregon waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of our annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”. In addition, a substantial number of mallards and other species breed in our state and other portions of the Pacific Northwest.

Gunning the Great Basin

A duck hunting expedition through southern Oregon’s closed-basin lakes.

Western Oregon Wetland Habitats

The Columbia River Estuary encompasses more than 40,000 hectares of land. Although there are no dams on the Columbia River below Bonneville, the system has been dramatically altered by the dredging, ditching and construction of flood control levees. In addition, an extensive dam system on the lower tributaries to the Columbia River has dramatically altered natural hydrology, affecting the natural processes that form and maintain wetland habitats.

Eastern Oregon Wetland Habitats

Few places in the western United States can boast the high numbers of waterfowl or vast wetland acreage found in southern and eastern Oregon. A casual look at this region leaves a visitor with the impression that it is dominated by high desert, typical of much of the Great Basin.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - West Marsh Restoration Project

DU and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will design and implement a project to restore and enhance approximately 330 acres of wetlands on the West Marsh Unit of Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. The project is located on the west side of Interstate 84 approximately three miles southeast of LaGrande, Oregon.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Hot Lake Acquisition and Restoration

Ducks Unlimited provided $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy to acquire this 136 acre property on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. DU funding came from a grant awarded under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Tule Lake Restoration, Phase II

Ducks Unlimited, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other partners worked together to complete the Tule Lake Phase II project on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. This project has resulted in the restoration of approximately 480 acres of prime waterfowl habitat and a substantial increase in public recreational opportunties on the Wildlife Area. A portion of the property is actually owned by the City of La Grande, but managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Tule Lake Restoration, Phase I

Ducks Unlimited and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife completed the Tule Lake Phase I restoration project in 2003. This project included the acquisition of over 600 acres that were added to the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. The project also included the restoration and enhancement of over 500 acres of wetland habitat and a three mile reach of Ladd Creek. Ducks Unlimited engineers designed and constructed two large fish ladders on the restored section of Ladd Creek.

Sackos Wetlands Restoration Project

Ducks Unlimited has completed the restoration of 25 acres of wetland habitat and one mile of the Powder River on this site located about 10 miles north of Baker City, Oregon. The project included the construction of levees, installation of water control structures and restoration of three old meanders of the Powder River.

Cowan-Sinko Restoration and Monitoring

Ducks Unlimited will monitor fish use in the Cowan and Sinko projects on the Oregon Coast. The two projects are located in the Coos and Coquille River valleys near Coos Bay, Oregon. Ducks Unlimited completed two wetland restoration projects on these sites in 2003 and 2004.

Deer Island Restoration Project

The wetlands and adjacent agricultural lands in the Deer Island area provide significant habitat for waterfowl in the Lower Columbia River. Deer Island itself exceeds 3,000 acres in size, and although diked, provides a diverse mosaic of habitats that waterfowl use during the breeding, migration, and wintering periods.

Malheur NWR West Side Canal Project

Ducks Unlimited is assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in replacing a fish ladder and fish screen on the West Side Canal at Page Springs Dam. The project is located at the south end of the Blitzen Valley on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Trainor Wetland Restoration Project

Ducks Unlimited is working with several partners to enhance over 2,000 acres of wetlands and wetland associated uplands near the mouth of the Silvies River in Harney County, Oregon. The project is located about one mile north of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

McFarland Ranch and Refuge Project

The McFarland Ranch and Refuge encompasses 3000 acres of prime waterfowl habitat along the northwest shore of Goose Lake in Lake County, Oregon. The property also contains roughly 3 miles of Drew's Creek, and 3 miles of Drew's Slough, plus hundreds of acres of wet meadow habitats.

West Multnomah Channel Wetlands Project

Conservation partners, including Metro, a regional government serving the Portland area, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, North American Wetland Conservation Council, and Ducks Unlimited recently restored a 264-acre wetland complex along the Multnomah Channel. Restoration included installing two water control structures in each of two drains.

Smith and Bybe Lakes Project

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently completed the restoration of 1,600 acres of wetlands on Smith & Bybee Lakes, located in Portland at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. This wetland complex is owned and managed by Metro Parks and Greenspaces, and is proclaimed to be the largest protected urban wetland in the United States.

Oregon Conservation Projects

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

Great Basin - More Information

Background information on DU's Great Basin habitat conservation priority area.

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