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Ducks Unlimited gears up for national FFA conference

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – September 23, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited will be on-hand at the national FFA convention in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 28-31 to celebrate its ties to the agricultural community and encourage youth participation in conservation.

Twitter for Waterfowlers: August

Twitter for Waterfowlers helps you obtain the most relevant conservation and waterfowl hunting information in the Twitter-sphere. We recommend the following Twitter accounts to get you started. Here's the August list!

New supply chain sustainability program for U.S. crops supported by DU

MEMPHIS – July 8, 2014 – Today, Field to Market®, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the launch of a new agricultural supply chain program for U.S. commodity crops.

Breeding Grounds Survey: 2014 Ungava Peninsula Survey Complete

The 2014 Ungava survey is complete. We roared to the finish line and on home with four full days of flying and (mostly) friendly weather.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Survey Complete for the Saskatchewan Ground Crew

Some areas in the very east and west of the province were drier than they have been in recent years, but much of the central grassland area of the province, stretching from south of Moose Jaw up to Saskatoon, was extremely wet.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Eastern Shoremen Finish the North

After our start-and-stop beginning to the survey, we progressed across northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba fairly quickly. The habitat appears to be some of the wettest I've seen since I started surveying the region in 2009.

Breeding Grounds Survey: The Northwest Territories' Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Also colorful are the variations of habitat at 150 feet. Color livens, inspires, and directs life, and I could give the reader another blog about our day-to-day experiences, but I don’t think a narrative of where we flew does any justice to the sights.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Summer in Northeast Manitoba

The EPP CAGO population is primarily associated with nesting areas in northern Manitoba; migration areas in southern Manitoba, Minnesota and Iowa; and wintering areas in Missouri and Arkansas.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Superhero Escape...

Nick and I are down to the final transect, which will take us about two hours to complete if weather cooperates tomorrow. Otherwise the door closes: the white flowers, red buds and green leaves finish their springing forth, blocking our view to the waterfowl using many of the small creeks and wetlands.

Breeding Grounds Survey: 2014 Survey Complete in Saskatchewan

Conditions were varied in this part of the survey area because winter and spring precipitation was variable. More precipitation fell in the center of the parklands between Saskatoon and Prince Albert than on the western or eastern parts of parklands.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Observations from a Midwest Observer

I have spent the last 5 years feeding ducks as they make their way south each winter and more importantly on their way back north each spring.

Breeding Grounds Survey: 2014 Survey Begins in Western Ontario

A few aircraft delays kept us from launching the survey as planned from Maryland. Now that we are piloting flying computers, we have to ensure that the software is in order.

Breeding Grounds Survey: A Snapshot of the Canadian Prairies

On May 31, I departed Calgary, Alberta, in the morning, and flew to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to commence another survey. The following photos are a snapshot of the conditions I saw along that route.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Status Update from Stratum 51

As we are nearing the end of our survey I look back and think about the territory we have covered. So far we have flown over 8,000 miles of terrain throughout southern Ontario and Quebec.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Newfoundland in the Books, on to Labrador

A ridge of high pressure moving south out of Labrador finally moved the persistent low off the east coast of Newfoundland, and the beleaguered east coast saw a rare glimpse of sun on May 29. It didn't last long, but it was enough to give us the window we needed to complete the Newfoundland survey.

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: 2014 Survey Complete in Southern Manitoba

John and I finished the survey in the northern most survey area near Swan River on May 22nd. Conditions continue to look good with lots of water on the landscape. We did run into some ice on the larger lakes, including Lake Manitoba; however, it seems that things are breaking up as conditions warm.

Breeding Grounds Survey: A Gorgeous Day to Fly

Regarding habitat, except for the occasional beaver dam that broke leaving a pond down from its edges, the semi-permanent depressional wetlands and permanent lakes look fantastic.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Heaven on Earth

Joe Sands and I completed the Southern and Central Alberta BPOP survey area yesterday. I feel blessed to have been able to work with this very capable waterfowl man.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Not Much, But We'll Take It

After sitting 7 of 8 days in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the air mass over the Maritimes and Gulf of St. Lawrence finally "warmed" enough that we could enter the clouds and ferry to Stephenville, Newfoundland, on Sunday, May 25.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia Done, Fog Grounds Crew in Halifax

The Maine and Atlantic Canada survey crew completed Prince Edward Island on May 16 and made it into Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Southern Montana Looking Better Than Last Year

Since our last post we have flown a few thousand more miles of transects across Montana. As ground crew leader Pam Garrettson noted in one of her earlier posts, southern Montana does not naturally contain a great deal of waterfowl habitat.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Done with the Grasslands and Starting the Aspen Parklands

We are making progress. We have finished the grasslands stratum and flew our first day in the northwest parklands stratum on Sunday. In the grasslands, areas are drier than last year, especially as we headed north and west.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Habitat Conditions Looking Good in 2014

Since our last post, John and I have been extremely busy. We’ve had six days of gorgeous weather and great survey conditions. This means clear, sunny days with little to no wind (the only thing better would have been overcast skies and no wind).

Breeding Grounds Survey: Good Ol' Stratum 54

As we finished up Stratum 54 this week, the conditions seem to be looking positive. Having never flown the Breeding Population Survey before, Stratum 54, the block that we were flying this week, was not what I was expecting to see.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Manitoba Ground Crew Reaches Half-way Point

This year we started the ground portion of the survey on May 10 and have been going ever since. We completed stratum 39 in southwestern Manitoba on May 12 and moved into stratum 34 in southeastern Saskatchewan on the 13th.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Digesting Spaghetti

Staring at the tangle of wires and connections reminded me of a plateful of spaghetti and meatballs, but this serving of pasta didn’t look too appetizing. Due to a series of maintenance issues, my plane and I have been separated for nearly eight months.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Good Luck for the Saskatchewan Ground Crew in the South!

Although the air crew had to delay their start by a day due to weather, we have not had a weather delay since then. We traveled from Saskatoon to Swift Current, Saskatchewan, on May 8th to begin surveys in the southwest the next day.

Breeding Grounds Survey: New Brunswick Survey Completed

The Maine and Atlantic Canada survey crew today completed Stratum 63, which corresponds to New Brunswick, Canada. Like Maine, New Brunswick endured a long, cold, and snowy winter with significant snow falling just 2 weeks ago.

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: Only 100 Things Left to Do

My observer Nick Wirwa probably thought I was a bit twisted when, after the unavoidable last minute preparations and occasional snafus, I told him I thought we had progressed to having less than a hundred items left to do before departure for the spring survey.

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: Tongue-tied

After some unexpected winter-type weather delayed our survey start, Joe Sands and I finally got under way on May 08. We were greeted with variable habitat conditions in the short-grass prairie area to the south and east of Lethbridge, Alberta, over to the Saskatchewan border.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Holy Hanna!

The Alberta ground survey crew has been able to complete strata 29 and 28 in southern AB and is currently working on stratum 27 out of Hanna. Weather has cooperated, allowing our pilot Jim Bredy and observer Joe Sands to survey each day since they started on May 8th.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Alberta Ground Crew Prepares for the Survey

The Alberta ground crew for the waterfowl breeding population and habitat survey gathered today (Thursday, May 8th) in Medicine Hat, Alberta. During the drive down from Edmonton we witnessed some good wetland conditions through the parklands. Conditions appeared to improve further south, in the prairies.

Breeding Grounds Survey: A Great Start to the Survey

So, things did go as planned and John and I arrived in Manitoba on the 6th. We had to spend a couple of nights in Winnipeg due to marginal weather in Brandon, but we did arrive in Brandon on the 8th and were ready to start the survey on the 9th.

Breeding Grounds Survey: "Crunchiness"

"Crunchiness." That's what Brent West said to me when I asked him what I should write about. We're out here together again doing the air-ground corrections in the Western Dakotas-Eastern Montana crew area, and we just finished up South Dakota.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Southern Alberta Survey Start Delayed Due to Weather

While some portions of the US are basking in 80 and 90 degree temperatures, it is windy here and the snow is blowing sideways. This type of weather is not conducive to safely flying a low-level waterfowl survey. Temperatures that last week were in the 20° C range (68° F), have given way to sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and freezing fog. This has put the survey on hold, for now.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Met With Ground Crew - Everything is Ready

Today, we met up with our excellent ground crew (waterfowl biologists Pam Garrettson and Brent West) and went out to look at a dozen wetlands in the area.

Follow the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Canadian Wildlife Service, and state and provincial agencies will begin the 59th North American Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. This survey is the most extensive wildlife census in the world. Follow along!

Breeding Grounds Survey: Time Flies By, and So Do We!

The first report filed by a FWS pilot biologist in 2014 as they prepare to begin the North American Breeding Waterfowl and Ponds Survey.

Partnership calls attention to private landowner role in water conservation

AUSTIN, Texas – April 24, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) joined other groups in applauding private landowners who conserve natural resources on their property for the benefit of all Texans during the Soil & Water Stewardship Week. This year's theme was "Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans."

K2 Coolers joins Ducks Unlimited as newest corporate partner

With the winter weather at bay and warmer temperatures looming, it’s only fitting that summertime parties and cookouts are on everyone’s mind. Just because duck season is over, however, doesn’t mean your support of Ducks Unlimited (DU) has to stop. One way to continue your patronage is through our newest partner, K2 Coolers.

Phil R. Precht honored with Wetlands Conservation Achievement Award

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced today the winners of the 2014 Wetlands Conservation Achievement Awards during the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources conference, held at the Denver Sheraton. This year's recipient of the Conservation/Private Entity award is Mr. Phil Precht, based in Houma, La.

Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall has been named Bass Pro Shops' 2013 Conservation Partner of the Year. Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro, recently presented Hall with the prestigious award during a special ceremony at Bass Pro's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation: A Partnership to Protect the Coast

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation is a strong Ducks Unlimited partner on the Gulf Coast. Moore-Odom is working with DU through the Gulf Coast Initiative to conserve the best wintering habitats for ducks and geese on the Gulf. Their story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

The Walker Foundation: A 25-year Partnership to Conserve America's River

The Walker Foundation has been supporting DU's conservation efforts in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley for nearly a quarter century. Through their support of DU's America's River Initiative, the Walkers will continue to ensure a strong future for waterfowl in this important region.

New Jersey waterfowl to benefit from major wetland grant

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

Waterfowler's Gear: Guide Series - Ducks Unlimited - Waders

Waterfowl hunting means facing tough weather and staying out in the elements all day. The Guide Series Ducks Unlimited Boot-foot Chest Waders provide warmth and comfort no matter the weather conditions.

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.

Jamestown NAWCA II Dedication Held

In March 2013, Ducks Unlimited and partners dedicated the Jamestown Wildlife Area Phase II project in Kansas, made possible through a North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant. Many partners, neighboring landowners, duck hunters and DU volunteers attended the event. DU will erect a cairn with a plaque honoring these partners and DU major sponsors who supported the project on the Buffalo Creek Marsh unit.

Timberlake Ranch Habitat Project

Camp organizers approached Ducks Unlimited for help because they were able to use only a small portion of the property due to overgrowth of dense red cedar trees and silted-in sloughs. They were looking for restoration assistance so they could use more of the land for educational purposes and diversify their activities. The camp and DU recognized the opportunity to restore valuable habitat for ducks but, more importantly, expose more children to fun and engaging outdoor education involving wetlands and wildlife.

USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

Green Bay Packers team up with Ducks Unlimited

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jan. 26, 2013 - Representatives from the Green Bay Packers football team joined Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited leadership at their annual state convention to announce a partnership supporting work at a local wildlife refuge. The $75,000 award was received at the convention Saturday and will promote wetlands conservation efforts at the L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve northern pike rearing station.

Partners of Fish and Wildlife celebrate 25 years

The Partners program was designed to complement many of the traditional Service easement programs by offering restoration and enhancement agreements for shorter time periods.

TRCP's Conservation Field Notes: Interconnected Habitats

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has teamed up with Steven Rinella, host of the show MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel, to serve you up a helping of conservation.

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.

Firearms Industry Contributes Second Grant Installment to Supplement NAWCA

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the industry's trade association, have donated $150,000 to supplement congressional funding of the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA), a grant program providing federal cost-share funding to support the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. This year's payment of $150,000 is the second part of an NSSF five-year initiative that will total $750,000 to support wetlands conservation.

Ducks Unlimited receives Conservation Champion Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada were honored with a Conservation Champion Award on March 21 at the North American Migratory Bird Joint Venture 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Ducks Unlimited conservation leader receives international NAWMP award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 22, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt received the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's (NAWMP) International Canvasback Award last week for his significant long-term contributions to the implementation of NAWMP's conservation activities throughout North America.

Ducks Unlimited presented with 2012 Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 21, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has been chosen to receive the Boone and Crockett Club's (B&C) prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award for 2012.

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's 75th celebration coming to SHOT Show

To honor DU's 75th anniversary, Winchester Ammunition, a long-time partner of Ducks Unlimited, will present DU with its "Partners in Conservation Award" at Winchester's SHOT Show booth (#13329) on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 10:00 a.m.

Avery Pro-Staff Migration Reports

Avery Outdoors Pro-Staff will submit real-time, informational migration and hunting reports through DU's Migration Map throughout the 2011-2012 waterfowl season.

Ducks Unlimited Applauds Senate Confirmation of Dan Ashe as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Senate Thursday evening confirmed Daniel Ashe as the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ashe, a career employee of the agency, will assume his duties immediately.

DU, Sportsmens groups to connect with landowners, hunters at inaugural Land and Wildlife Expo

Ducks Unlimited, along with the nation’s top conservation organizations and leading outdoor manufacturers, will connect landowners and hunting enthusiasts with the people and companies responsible for the latest innovations in hunting and farming equipment and land management techniques at the first-ever Bass Pro Shops Land and Wildlife Expo

CropLife America Makes a Difference for Wetlands

Through the Wildlife Conservation–Technology Initiative, CropLife America partnered with Ducks Unlimited to successfully complete a five-year initiative to expand the use of plant science technology in the restoration and management of habitat for North America’s waterfowl and other wildlife.

Common Ground

DU works hand in hand with farmers and ranchers to find conservation solutions that benefit both agriculture and waterfowl.

Partner With Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited has been finding solutions since 1937, conserving more than 12 million acres of critical wetlands and habitat. Ducks Unlimited is also a solutions provider for many companies searching for strategic partnerships and alliances.

DU Corporate Partners & Products

Leading companies, corporations and brands recognize Ducks Unlimited as the leader in wetlands conservation and one of the largest and best membership organizations in the world. They understand the importance of Ducks Unlimited's mission and the critical need to get behind it with commitments, resources and quality products.

Partners for the Forest

DU is working with a variety of partners to save the most productive waterfowl breeding habitats in the vast western boreal forest.
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