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Migration Alert: Pennsylvania Primed for Ducks, Just Add Weather

Canada geese and some migrating ducks have moved into the Keystone State, but hunters likely won't see big waterfowl numbers until colder weather hits eastern Canada and northern New York State.

Ducks Unlimited welcomes Kurt Anderson to conservation staff

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

Forbes Trail Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – April 16, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2014 the Forbes Trail chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Lancaster County Ducks Unlimited chapter makes Top 100

LANCASTER, Pa. – April 16, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2014 the Lancaster County chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

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Migration Alert: Snow, Cold Spurs Mallard Migration in Pennsylvania

If you're a Pennsylvania waterfowler, now is a good time to cash in those vacation days. Large numbers of birds are on the move throughout the region, including mallards, black ducks, and many diving duck species.

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Migration Alert: Pennsylvania Mallard Numbers Peak

Flocks of mallards and black ducks poured over the tree-line in a seemingly unending string. They were in bunches of tens and twenties, mostly, but several flocks numbered at least 100 strong as the birds funneled down into the Pennsylvania cornfield.

Migration Alert: First Push of Dabblers Hits PA; Divers Delayed

A few weeks ago, much of Pennsylvania awoke to the year's first heavy frost, an event timed in conjunction with a full moon. So my friends and I had high hopes as we entered a public marsh last week, and the thin layer of ice crunching against our knees did little to dampen spirits.

DU Participates in Chesapeake Bay Partnership Meeting

Ducks Unlimited recently participated in a Chesapeake Bay partnership meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to discuss funding opportunities through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

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Great Lakes Initiative

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

DU and XTO Energy Conserve Pennsylvania Habitat

Ducks Unlimited and XTO Energy are building a partnership to conserve vital habitat for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in Pennsylvania.

Shell and DU Partner to Conserve Pennsylvania Habitat

Shell Oil Company recently donated $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited's Northwest Pennsylvania Priority Habitat Restoration Program.

Habitat impacts from Hurricane Sandy difficult to assess

The East Coast is still struggling to get basic services back in place after Hurricane Sandy battered coastal communities and affected millions of residents, but, with the help of conservation partners, Ducks Unlimited is beginning to assess the long-term impact the storm will have on waterfowl habitat.

Migration Alert: How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect Migrating Waterfowl?

Atlantic Flyway duck hunters have been praying for rain to fill drought-stricken marshes and improve habitat for migrating waterfowl. However, nobody asked for it to arrive with the speed and intensity of Hurricane Sandy.

Migration Alert: Low Water and Concentrated Hunting Pushing Birds Out

Early season duck hunting has been underway for about a week in most states north of the Mason Dixon, with mixed reports on bird numbers and hunter success rolling in.

DU and XTO Energy Conserve Pennsylvania Habitat

Ducks Unlimited and XTO Energy are building a partnership to conserve vital habitat for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in Pennsylvania.

Migration Alert: Key on Water to Find Atlantic Waterfowl

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

Pennsylvania: Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area

Ducks Unlimited and several partners enhanced and restored 653 acres of emergent marsh at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Great Lakes Habitat Funding

Grants will go towards restoration efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Receive Funds for Pennsylvania Conservation

Grant conserves wetlands, supports fight against invasive species

Steward of the Land: Scott Brown

Scott Brown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, took the simple steps required to include Ducks Unlimited in his will because he wanted to make a gift that reflected his deeply held values and desire to conserve nature.

Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer Killed in Line of Duty

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – November 12, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited staff and volunteers express condolences and support for the family of Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove. WCO Grove was killed in the line of duty on the evening of Nov. 11.

Ducks Unlimited, partners awarded Great Lakes restoration grant

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

Ducks Unlimited urges partnership in carp solution

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

President signs legislation in support of Great Lakes

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

Lake Erie Commission selects award recipient

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

DU volunteers host first banquet in Iraq

There are more than 4,500 DU events every year, but only one has been held in a combat zone. Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers hosted the first-ever banquet on Iraqi soil at Camp Taji, Iraq, on June 13, 2009.

Conservationists support investment in Great Lakes

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

Reliant Energy awards conservation grant in western PA

Ducks Unlimited works with Reliant Energy at Pymatuning

Sordoni Foundation Supports Habitat Partnership with Ducks Unlimited

One of the most challenging frontiers for conservation today is the Atlantic Flyway, which has been profoundly altered by human development and a decline in land stewardship. Population growth, especially along the coast and major waterways, poses a grave threat to many of the region’s remaining wetlands and wildlife habitats. Through the generous donation of the Sordoni Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) partnered to restore water level management of a 30-acre wetland impoundment. The impoundment is located at the headwaters of Bowman’s creek within State Game lands 57 in Wyoming County, PA. Game lands 57 are comprised of 50,000 contiguous acres of glaciated plateau, which is visited by several waterfowl and shorebird species during their migration.

Calkins Creek and Lackawaxen River Watershed

According to Ducks Unlimited, cost-share assistance was provided through The North American Wetlands Conservation Act small grants program.

DU Partners with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Continue Work at Erie NWR

The Erie National Wildlife Refuge (ENWR), owned and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in northwest Pennsylvania, is one of the states most important waterfowl habitat areas.

Pennsylvania Ducks Unlimited Hosted Annual State Convention

Pennsylvania Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) state convention was held on March 11-12. Ducks Unlimited volunteers, staff and the public gathered at the Atherton Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania to celebrate DU’s 2005 conservation and fundraising accomplishments in Pennsylvania.

Partnership Restores Wetlands in Octoraro Watershed

Thanks to Ducks Unlimited and its partners, Octoraro Watershed Association (OWA), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 28 acres of wetlands were restored and 2.08 miles of stream bank fencing were installed.

PA Volunteer Deemed Conservationist of the Year!

On March 11, during a Ducks Unlimited annual event in State College, PA, Ducks Unlimited volunteer, Jeff Schucker was honored as Pennsylvania Conservationist of the Year.

DU Recieves Funding to Increase Wetlands in W. PA

Ducks Unlimited, Inc, (DU) recently received a grant in the amount of $488,000 from Growing Greener to improve water quality in the Ohio River Basin.

Breaking Ground at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area

The restoration and enhancement of 639 acres of wetland habitat at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area (WMA) wetlands complex, located in western Crawford county Pennsylvania, began this fall.

Mid-Atlantic Coast

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

U.S. Great Lakes System

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

Where Pennsylvania's Ducks Come From

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

Delaware Bay Priority Area

The Delaware Bay is one of the most important wintering areas in North America and is a major link in the migratory chain that stretches from South America to Canada along the Atlantic flyway. In the Delaware Bay watershed, land use conversion and land management practices have resulted in widespread loss, fragmentation, and degradation of wildlife habitat, and deterioration of the quality of water entering the bay.

Lower Susquehanna Priority Area

The Susquehanna River is the largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the source of the most freshwater, and the largest single source of nutrients to the Bay. This area accounts for only 25% of Pennsylvania lands, but 46% of all farms, 65% of the agricultural industry, and 55% of all highly erodible cropland in the state.

Pennsylvania Conservation Projects

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

Corbins Island II

Located just downstream of Raystown Lake, the largest inland lake in Pennsylvania, lies the Corbin’s Island wetland restoration project. This wetland restoration project is located on the U.S. Corps of Engineers property and was completed in November 2002 through a cooperative partnership between Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with assistance from the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service, PA - Department of Environmental Protection, Huntingdon County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps and the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

Corbin Island Wetland Restoration Project

The Corbin Island wetland restoration project site is located just downstream from the Raystown Lake Dam near Huntingdon, PA. The project comes just four months past the signing of a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ducks Unlimited.

Yamialikowski Wetland Restoration Project - Eastern Pennsylvania

The Floyd Yamialkowski farm, located in northwestern Wayne County, PA has pastured their dairy cows in this 21-acre scrub shrub wetland for over 50 years.Through the Habitat Stewardship Program, Ducks Unlimited was able to restore this wetland by implementing 6,000 feet of cattle exclusionary fence and constructing a 500-foot low earthen berm.

Clarence Rickard Project, Cherry Ridge

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Wayne County Conservation District to improve black duck habitat in Wayne County. This site was previously ditched to remove hydrology for making hay and used as a winter pasture for livestock.

Shultz Farm Riparian Buffer Restoration

Ducks Unlimited in partnership with the Montgomery County NRCS office restored 2.5 acres of riparian buffer on the Schultz property this past spring. As part of the restoration, Mr. Schultz agreed to implement 2,525 ft of stream bank fencing which would exclude his dairy herd from the stream.

Blooming Grove, Pike County

Ducks Unlimited restored a retired stone quarry to a 30- acre wetland complex that can be managed as six separate units. Three of the units were settling ponds and can be used as deep-water habitat for brood rearing and survival.

High school students aid in restoration

On May 8 th 2003 over 120 students from Maplewood High School’s Biology Classes taught by Jason Drake planted trees and assisted in the construction of streambank fencing on a Ducks Unlimited riparian restoration project in the French Creek Watershed, Crawford County, PA. Partners including the Crawford County Conservation District, DEP – Growing Greener, Natural Resources Conservation Service, French Creek Project, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Allegheny College Creek Connections and Ducks Unlimited helped to organize and fund the restoration of a section of stream running through the Glenn Kenny Farm.

Buffalo Creek

State Game Lands #232, recently acquired by the Pennsylvania Game Commission is the main land area that comprises the Buffalo Creek Watershed. The property is located in Washington County Pennsylvania and was recently identified as part of an “IBA” or Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.

Akeley Swamp

The 168 acres of newly flooded marsh at Akeley Swamp in Warren County will be a welcome site to many migrants returning south to their wintering grounds. Akeley Swamp is once again flourishing with activity due to the successful partnership of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Warren County Association of Sportsman Clubs and Ducks Unlimited working together to achieve a common goal. Akeley Swamp will be managed for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-associated species, with an emphasis on providing foraging areas during the spring and fall migrations.

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