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DU Receives First Virginia Environmental Endowment Grant

In October 2014, Ducks Unlimited received its first grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE). The one-year grant of $20,000 will support DU's efforts to restore 1,500 acres of wetland habitat on the Princess Anne and Hog Island Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

Public Hunting on DU Projects in Virginia

Ducks Unlimited works across the country to ensure not only sufficient habitat for waterfowl, but also to ensure waterfowl hunters continue to have the opportunity to pursue their passion. Here are some of the DU projects in Virginia that are open to the public for duck hunting.

Virginia’s Representative Wittman honored at 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 13, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Omaha, Neb. This year’s recipient in the Federal Official category is Representative Rob Wittman of Virginia.

Virginia’s David Norris honored at 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 13, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Omaha, Neb. This year’s recipient in the State/Provincial Agency category is David Norris of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

Migration Alert: Chesapeake Bay Hunters Optimistic as Temps Drop

Chesapeake Bay duck hunters faced their share of challenges in the final weeks of 2014, but the arrival of bitter cold weather this week has many waterfowlers optimistic about their prospects in the days ahead.

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."

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.

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.

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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