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New Wildlife Management Area Named in Virginia

Ducks Unlimited and its conservation partners have officially named Virginia's newest wildlife management area. Almost 80 people attended the dedication of the Doe Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which was established following the acquisition of nearly 700 acres of land in Accomack County.

Migration Alert: Birds Arriving Right on Time in Virginia

Virginia waterfowlers can feel free to get excited: Ducks are on the move, and November 16 is shaping up to be the perfect weekend to reopen the season.

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).

Ducks Unlimited honors Virginia staff member, volunteer leader

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Aug. 21, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Senior Regional Director Peter Churchbourne a 2012-13 Co-Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 7, an area that encompasses the southeastern United States.

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.

Mason Neck Project Dedication Held in Virginia

In March, a group of organizations gathered to celebrate a successful partnership that enhanced habitat on Virginia's Mason Neck State Park. This area provides vital habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Southeast Wetlands Initiative

Supporting the rich outdoor heritage of the southeastern United States by conserving key habitats for Atlantic and eastern Mississippi Flyway waterfowl.

MBCC has opened 4 million acres of waterfowl habitat to sportsmen

This month, the Waterfowl Advocate interviewed members of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission Sen. Mark Pryor (AR) and Rep. Rob Wittman (VA).

Virginia Joins State Grants Program

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ducks Unlimited to join the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' State Grants Program. The MOA was signed at DU's Granders Society event near Richmond.

Alexandria Chapter recognized nationally

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the Alexandria Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Potomac Valley Chapter recognized nationally

ANNANDALE, Va. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Potomac Valley Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Richmond Chapter recognized nationally

RICHMOND, Va. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Richmond Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Fredericksburg Chapter recognized nationally

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Fredericksburg Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Norfolk Chapter recognized nationally

NORFOLK, Va. – March 15, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the Jacksonville Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

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."

Virginia: Chincoteague NWR, Wash Flats Restoration

The majority of Chincoteague Wash Flats' freshwater wetlands are managed as moist-soil management units or "pools."

NAWCA Grants Hanging in the Budget Balance

Wetland conservation grants approved, but will there be funding?

Virginia Conservation Easement Protects Critical Habitat

A conservation easement on the Westchester Plantation in Cumberland County, Virginia, was donated to Ducks Unlimited by WTL Properties LLC.

Ducks Unlimited partners with VDGIF and provides outdoor recreation opportunites

Ducks Unlimited recently partnered with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and others to purchase a 2,542 acre Wildlife Management Area in Caroline County, Virginia.

Virginia man named to DU Board of Directors

During its annual convention recently in Quebec City, Ducks Unlimited Inc. elected Julian T. Ottley of Richmond to its national board of directors.

Dominion Resources Funds Local Conservation with Ducks Unlimited

Public recreational land located in a state park along the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County, Va., will gain additional wetland habitat thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dominion Resources. Ducks Unlimited is scheduled to complete the restoration project this summer.

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

Each year a select group of Ducks Unlimited chapters rises to the top of the ranks: the President's Elite chapters, which raise $100,000 or more annually for DU's habitat conservation work. This year, 43 DU chapters achieved President's Elite status.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

Policy News 3-9

Great Lakes staff meets with Congress to express concerns; DU's Southern Region stresses importance of public policy efforts at LA Coastal Experience; Virginia congressman praises DU's efforts to restore NAWCA funding

Migration Update: Atlantic Flyway - Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic States

Bitter cold winter weather currently gripping the Atlantic Flyway has had a major impact on waterfowl movements in recent weeks. These conditions are what sea duck and diver hunters in northeastern states dream of, while waterfowlers in the Mid-Atlantic and south Atlantic states are enjoying recent influxes of waterfowl, especially dabbling ducks.

Ducks Unlimited names new GLARO director

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nov. 2, 2010 - Rebecca Humphries, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, has accepted the position of director of the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office for Ducks Unlimited.

General Cigar will bolster Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coast habitat restoration efforts

RICHMOND, Va. - Today, General Cigar donated $20,000 to Ducks Unlimited on behalf of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association. The donation will support DU's habitat restoration efforts along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Chincoteague Project Receives NAWCA and Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Funding

NAWCA funding supports Ducks Unlimited Chincoteague restoration ANNAPOLIS, Md. – April 16, 2010 - A North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant and a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Stamp grant awarded to Ducks Unlimited will be used to restore and enhance approximately 1,161 acres of wetland habitat on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Ducks Unlimited partners that made this project possible include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), Altria Group, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department, Service Elderhostel, Ducks Unlimited volunteers and refuge volunteers. DU and its partners will replace water control structures that allow the NWR staff to optimize seasonal habitat conditions and control invasive species.

Drinking Water for 128,000 in Central Virginia at Risk

Congress Must Restore Clean Water Act Protections October 6, 2009 -- Analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that drinking water supplies for at least 128,000 residents in Central Virginia are at risk of contamination from industrial pollution – and federal agencies like EPA may not have authority to stop it.

Wetlands conservation reaches milestone

Projects allocate one billionth dollar for wetlands conservation program WASHINGTON - Sept. 9, 2009 - Wetlands conservation reached a major milestone today. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) program has allocated more than $1 billion in federal grants.

NAWCA GRANT FUNDS DUCKS UNLIMITED AND PARTNERS IN CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES - VA

Funding received for wetland restoration in Suffolk, VA ANN ARBOR, Mich. – April 7, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat in Suffolk Virginia. DU and project partners will restore and enhance 50 acres of emergent wetlands and 32 acres of forested wetlands in the project boundaries.

Virginia congressman appointed to Migratory Bird Conservation Commission

WASHINGTON – March 11, 2009 – The group that oversees expenditure of duck stamp funds and NAWCA (North American Wetlands Conservation Act) monies, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, has a new member. Virginia Congressman Robb Wittman (R-VA) was appointed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on March 6, 2009.

DU volunteers build blinds for wounded warriors

Duck Unlimited members understand the passion that defines waterfowl hunters, and DU volunteers in Virginia recently raised money and volunteered time to build some unusual duck blinds. These blinds were designed and constructed to offer wounded soldiers a wheelchair-accessible location to pursue their favorite pastime.

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration

If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you. This month, Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office unveiled an updated version of its Black Duck Research Initiative Web site, including an all-new interactive mapping tool allowing users to “Follow the Ducks” using satellite and VHF radio tracking technology.

Ducks Unlimited’s Black Duck Research Initiative brought to life on Web

New online map allows users firsthand, interactive experience of black duck migration ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 8, 2008 – If you’re interested in taking bird watching to the next level, Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tool for you.

Protecting Virginia’s Natural Resource Heritage

Each year Virginia loses more than 100,000 acres of open space—including 3,000 acres of wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

President’s Budget proposal mixed on waterfowl programs

FY’09 request maintains some programs, cuts others--including Bush priorities WASHINGTON, February 4, 2008 – Conservation programs that benefit waterfowl receive mixed support in the 2009 budget proposal, released today by the Bush administration.

Chesapeake Bay home to first Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program acre

Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency celebrated the enrollment of the one millionth acre in the popular Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) on Jan. 17. Ducks Unlimited has been a part of many of the acres of restoration work put on the ground through CREP. The first CREP acre was enrolled in the Chesapeake Bay area, one of DU’s highest priorities in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region.

Ducks Unlimited commemorates millionth acre of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Joins Secretary of Agriculture in marking the conservation milestone WASHINGTON – January 17, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited and the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency celebrated the enrollment of the one millionth acre into the popular Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) today.

DU says CRP losses astounding

National trend for habitat loss concerning BISMARCK, ND, January 4, 2008 – The conservation organization Ducks Unlimited says it’s as if someone plowed up a three-mile swath of wildlife habitat across North Dakota, from its southern border to Canada.

Pamunkey Farm now a model for conservation

Pamunkey Farm is now a model of how agricultural best management practices (BMPs) can improve and protect water quality and important wildlife habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Be Forbes Named Richmond Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year

Renowned wildlife artist Be Forbes will be honored at this month’s Richmond Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet as the 2007 Artist of the Year. Forbes, who is widely known for both his waterfowl and sport fish art, won with his depiction of Canada geese titled “Enough’s Enough.” This is the first time Forbes has featured his work at the Richmond DU event, which will be held at the Science Museum of Virginia. The original piece will be auctioned on Feb. 21.

Ducks Unlimited Promotes “Farm the Best, Conserve the Rest,” to Assist Chesapeake Bay Landowners

Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a generous gift from the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment. The foundation “promotes action to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Coastal Bays, and the West Coast.”

Greenbush, VA Landowner Receives National Recognition In Washington, D.C.

Tim and Susan Brown of Greenbush, Virginia received national recognition at a ceremony celebrating the 20th Anniversaries of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) of the Farm Bill.

2006 Virginia State Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Unveiled at Virginia DU State Convention

Virginia artist Tim Donovan’s “Shallow Waters,” was recently selected as the 2006 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Art by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VA DGIF).

Wetland Habitat Protected From Urban Sprawl

Richmond, VA – May 8, 2006 – One hundred acres of floodplain wetlands along Tuckahoe Creek in Goochland and Henrico Counties was recently accepted as a Ducks Unlimited (DU) conservation easement. Preserving the West Creek property in perpetuity will maintain its valuable undeveloped state for numerous waterfowl and other wildlife species.

Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter Deemed VA Conservationist of the Year!

On April 22, during the Virginia Ducks Unlimited (DU) annual state convention in Charlottesville, VA, Ducks Unlimited volunteer, Delegate L Scott Lingamfelter was honored as Conservationist of the Year.

Virginia Ducks Unlimited Hosts Annual State Convention

Virginia Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) state convention will be held on April 21-22. Ducks Unlimited volunteers, staff and the public will gather at the DoubleTree in Historic Charlottesville, Virginia to celebrate DU’s 2005 conservation and fundraising accomplishments in Virginia.

Ducks Unlimited…New Beginnings in the Mid-Atlantic With New Virginia Biologist, Brian Smith

There is a new face among the flock of Ducks Unlimited employees at the Mid-Atlantic Field Office as Brian Smith a 33-year old native of central New York State has been hired as the new Virginia regional biologist.

Chincoteague Flats Restoration

Chincoteague NWR is strategically located in the Atlantic Flyway and provides critical migratory and overwintering habitat for thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife including the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel.

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Mid-Atlantic Coast

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

Middle Peninsula, Virginia, Chapter

The Middle Peninsula Chapter was once declining, but reorganized in 1999 and has continued its efforts year in and year out. The chapter's twelve-man roster is dedicated and committed to DU's mission, and it has high hopes for the years ahead.

Where Virginia's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region, Great Lakes Region and St. Lawrence Plain are critical to Virginia waterfowl hunters. A significant amount of the mallards harvested in Virginia each year are produced in the St. Lawrence Plain and Great Lakes Region.

Lower Chesapeake Bay Priority Area

The Lower Chesapeake priority area encompasses the eastern and western shores of Virginia along with three major rivers. The James River is Virginia’s largest river and drains approximately 25% of Virginia’s land base, is the third largest tributary to the Bay, and contributes more non-point source pollution to the Bay than any other tidewater river.

Virginia Conservation Projects

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

Ennis Restoration Project a Success

“We have always had trouble with this spot,” Dean Ennis remarked as we walked his Accomac County farm last spring. Mr. Ennis, owner of Pocomoke Monument Company in Pocomoke City, Maryland and part-time farmer, was one of the few landowners lucky enough to beat Mother Nature and get a wetland restoration project completed during the rainy summer of 2004.

Aberdeen Farm- James River Watershed, Virginia

This 17-acre wetland restoration project near the lower James River was created to provide migratory habitat for many waterfowl and shorebird species traveling along the Atlantic Coast. The poorly drained agricultural field was ideal for restoration due to the flat landscape and heavy soils of the region and high waterfowl use along the Chesapeake Bay.

The Thornberg Project – Virginia Eastern Shore

The Thornberg project, a 54-acre restoration, was not the typical Eastern Shore of Virginia project. Located in Cashville, Virginia along the bank of the Chesapeake Bay, the landowner wanted to devote two entire fields to shallow water habitat for waterfowl and migrating shorebirds.

Loudoun County Wetland Restoration - Potomac River

Todd Sedwick’s Loudoun County farm, a short distance away from Leesburg and the roar of Dulles airport, has increasingly become a haven for waterfowl and other wildlife. Construction will soon be complete on a 20-acre wetland restoration project on this property.
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