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WAT trustee reaches land exchange agreement with USFWS

Jim Kennedy, a longtime Ducks Unlimited (DU) philanthropist and Wetlands America Trust board member, has reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to exchange a parcel of his personal land for a 306-acre parcel the USFWS owns in Tallahatchie County, Miss. USFWS is acquiring land that appraises at a higher amount than the 306-acre parcel, and will be used for wildlife habitat and public enjoyment.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Waterfowl Production Areas

It has been determined that allowing public access to Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) will not incur further government expenditure or obligation and is allowable under a government shutdown. Therefore, effective immediately, all WPAs will reopen to public use.

DU CEO Dale Hall on the Federal Duck Stamp

A letter from Ducks Unlimited Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall on the eve of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition in Maumee, Ohio, September 27-28.

USFWS director talks about sportsmen priorities, duck stamp


DU celebrates first sale of 2013-2014 federal duck stamps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 27, 2013 - The new 2013-2014 federal duck stamp goes on sale this Friday, June 28. The stamps, which cost $15, are valid through June 30, 2014. Purchased by millions of waterfowl hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and collectors every year, duck stamps help raise money to purchase and protect wetlands for ducks, geese and other wildlife species.

DU Launches Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative

Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently launched a new conservation initiative in the Garden State. The goal of this initiative is to protect, restore, and enhance vital wetlands in southeastern New Jersey's coastal region, where the pressures of development and the risk of severe storm destruction of the kind caused by Hurricane Sandy continue to threaten these already altered landscapes.

South Carolina Initiative Receives Third NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners received a third North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant last fall as part of South Carolina's Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative.

DU Receives National Conservation Award

Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region (GLAR) was recently honored with the National Blue-winged Teal Award during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

Parcel acquired for wildlife refuge on Wisconsin-Illinois border

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. – April 11, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited and the Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Partnership recently announced the acquisition of a parcel in Walworth County, Wis. Final plans for the parcel are not yet known but will include either the eventual transfer of the unit to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) or a local land trust for inclusion in Hackmatack NWR. The property is the first such parcel in Wisconsin.

Two Habitat Projects Approved in North Carolina

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) often partners with Ducks Unlimited to make improvements to national wildlife refuges through a program called Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ).

Brooks Tract Acquired

In December 2012, Ducks Unlimited completed acquisition of the Brooks Tract, an important Platte River habitat, from the Whooping Crane Trust.

National Wildlife Refuge Week highlights importance of refuges to conservation and sportsmen

The importance of America’s wildlife refuge system to conservation and wildlife habitat is in the spotlight as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Oct. 14-20.

Waterfowl, hunters to benefit from nearly $30 million federal investment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 12, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a landmark investment of nearly $30 million in the future of wetlands, waterfowl and public waterfowl hunting across the country through expanded refuges and hunting programs.

Conservation: Gains and Losses

While progress has been made in conserving the nation's wetlands, these vital habitats continue to decline at an alarming rate

2012 Waterfowl Forecast

DU biologists and Magazine staff provide a flyway-by-flyway breakdown of what hunters might expect for the 2012-2013 waterfowl hunting season.

2012 Duck numbers remain strong as habitat declines

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 3, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its preliminary report today on breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total populations were estimated at 48.6 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 7 percent increase over last year's estimate of 45.6 million birds, and is 43 percent above the 1955-2010 long-term average. This year's estimate is a record high and is only the sixth time in the survey's history that the total duck population exceeded 40 million.

Duck Numbers Remain Strong as Habitat Declines

Total populations were estimated at 48.6 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 7 percent increase over last year's estimate of 45.6 million birds, and is 43 percent above the 1955-2010 long-term average.

Mississippi refuge renamed Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR

In honor of his predecessor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe joined with friends, conservation partners, FWS employees and the family of former FWS Director Sam Hamilton to unveil a new sign on June 22 that officially renamed Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

A Conversation with Dan Ashe

Dan Ashe was confirmed as the 16th director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in June 2011. His outstanding conservation science background and practical outdoor experience make him ideally suited for this important position. He's also an avid duck hunter, making him a natural advocate for wetlands and waterfowl. Ashe recently took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions from Ducks Unlimited.

Media Advisory: Sportsmen to attend NAWCA breakfast briefing

Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are hosting a breakfast briefing on the reauthorization and appropriations of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act on April 17, 2012, at Rayburn HOB 2360.

Cyndi Perry named new FWS chief for Division of Bird Habitat Conservation

Cynthia (Cyndi) Perry was selected recently as the new chief for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Bird Habitat Conservation.

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.

e-Duck Stamp program reaches Senate

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) introduced the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act, S. 2071, in the Senate yesterday. This bill would make permanent the sale of federal duck stamps online—commonly referred to as the "e-Duck Stamp program."

DU praises congressional vote to honor Sam Hamilton with renamed Mississippi wildlife refuge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 15, 2011 - This week, Congress renewed the celebration of the life and legacy of late U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Sam Hamilton with a vote to rename Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge near Starkville, Miss., as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR. The renamed refuge would honor the Mississippi native’s lifelong dedication to conservation.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Briefing Statement

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Prime Hook) in Sussex County, Delaware, was established in 1963 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act with the explicit purpose of providing habitat for migratory birds. It supports approximately 300 avian species and is a key stopover and wintering area for shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway.

Pelican Lake Shoreline Protected with Legacy Amendment Acquisition

Senator Klobuchar and Congresswoman Bachmann praise DU's conservation efforts

DU joins Interior Secretary Salazar and Rep. Dingell to mark refuge progress

Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Director Becky Humphries joined U.S Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Congressman John Dingell recently to announce the acquisition of 28-acres for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Convention 2011 - Dan Ashe

DU 2011 National Convention guest speaker Dan Ashe, Director Nominee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

DU Attends USFWS Vision Conference

To guide refuge management for the next decade, FWS is hosting a Vision Conference from July 11 to July 15, 2011 in Madison, Wis., to create a new strategic vision plan for conservation.

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.
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