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DU's Tim Horst receives wetland stewardship award

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture recently presented Tim Horst, Ducks Unlimited Land Manager and Conservation Specialist for NE, with its Wetland Stewardship Award. This award is presented annually to a person who is outstanding in their efforts to manage, restore and acquire wetlands in the Rainwater Basins.

More funding for Nebraska habitat and public hunting

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.- Dec. 2, 2015 - Ducks Unlimited and partners will have additional dollars for wetland conservation in Nebraska through a second North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for the Central Flyway. Nebraska projects will restore habitat on more than 2,600 acres in the Rainwater Basin.

DU restoring and protecting habitat in Nebraska

Through its revolving land efforts, DU continues to restore and protect habitat in Nebraska. DU purchases tracts, restores them, protects the property with conservation easements, and then sells them to a conservation buyer, generally within five years.

Migration Alert: Bluewings Find Ideal Habitat in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin

Nebraska's early teal season began statewide on Sept. 6, and thanks to timely precipitation, many hunters are finding the perfect combination of food and water for bluewings, especially in the Rainwater Basin. Although hunter success has been variable so far, the action should only improve from now on as the majority of the blue-winged teal migration has yet to arrive.

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.

DU Acquires Tract in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited has acquired a key addition to the Ayr Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. The 12-acre Bohlen property lies along the east side of this state-owned wildlife management area and contains a large manmade pit that captures a significant amount of the natural runoff that would otherwise fill the 200-acre marsh.

Allison & Doug Frey: Making Connections between the Boreal and the Heartland

Allison and Doug Frey of Midland, Texas, proudly support DU's Boreal Forest Initiative, dedicating to conserving the critical breeding habitats of North America's Boreal Forest for thousands of ducks and geese. Doug is originally from the Rainwater Basin area of Nebraska and clearly sees the connections among protected breeding grounds, healthy migration habitat and the birds he sees in Texas each year. The Freys' story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative

Providing innovative water solutions for ducks and people in the Southern Great Plains, one of America's most important waterfowl migration areas.

Ritterbush WPA Round-out Acquired

In June 2012, Ducks Unlimited acquired a 120-acre property adjacent to Ritterbush Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Franklin County.

Whooping cranes benefit from NAWCA and NET funded DU restorations in Nebraska

While elected officials were determining the fate of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, whooping cranes were spotted enjoying two Ducks Unlimited properties in Nebraska.

Another Verona Success Story

Ducks Unlimited's Verona Wetlands Complex is now providing even more habitat for waterfowl. DU has recently completed another wetland restoration project on Verona, DU's flagship conservation effort in the Rainwater Basin, one of the most important habitats in the Central Flyway.

Weseman and Gleason Waterfowl Production Areas

Ducks Unlimited recently completed the restoration of wetland habitat on both the Weseman and Gleason waterfowl production areas in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin.

Platte River and Rainwater Basin Initiative

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Platte River and Rainwater Basin habitat conservation initiative in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.

Verona Tract Update

DU’s Verona Tract is located in Clay County, Nebraska, in the heart of the Rainwater Basin. Over the years, DU has acquired several tracts of land in this area. At present, DU owns 1,026 acres on the Verona Complex. Much of this land has already been restored to wetlands and native grasslands.

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