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Conservation: Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative

The dynamic and highly productive seasonal wetlands, braided rivers, and backwater sloughs of the Southern Great Plains support millions of waterfowl that migrate across the nation's heartland each fall and spring. However, the Southern Great Plains is an arid place, receiving less than 16 inches of precipitation per year on average. Sadly, the region's limited water resources are now under great pressure from a variety of uses, threatening many of the habitats that sustain waterfowl during their epic transcontinental migrations. In response to this conservation challenge, Ducks Unlimited founded its Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative to help ensure sustainable water supplies and healthy wetlands in this region for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people.

DU and Partners Enhance Wetlands at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

This year, with help from a $25,000 ConocoPhillips grant, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) embarked on a project to restore and enhance 760 acres of wetland habitat.

Southern Great Plains

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

Southern Great Plains - More Information

Background information on DU's Southern Great Plains region
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