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Illinois volunteer Mark Schore leads tree planting effort

In celebration of Earth Day, Peoria chapter chairman Mark Schore led a small group of DU volunteers on a tree planting mission at DU’s Jenkins Marsh property.

Dave Voegtlin exemplifies passion of DU volunteers

Voegtlin, a recently retired entomologist, is a Ducks Unlimited sponsor at the Clinton Lake (Illinois) Ducks Unlimited Chapter. He’s passionate about aphids, DU, shooting sports and conservation, and warmly tells stories of his various experiences.

Heeding the Call

Frank Heidelbauer could call a duck using just his throat. While growing up in South Dakota, he raised domesticated mallards and memorized their calls. When his voice changed at puberty, he tried to mimic ducks with the commercial calls that were available at the time but was disappointed by their sound.

DU’s top Sealed Bid Auction fundraiser Jim Daugherty always on the road

Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Montana state chairman Jim Daugherty, has a passion for DU that keeps him on the road, travelling to hotel lobbies, restaurants, sporting goods stores and more to raise money. He volunteers for DU’s Sealed Bid Auctions (SBA) program, and last year Daugherty brought SBA to new heights when he raised about $40,000 and became America’s top SBA fundraiser.

Past Champions Deserve Our Gratitude

Ducks Unlimited is recognized across North America as one of the most, if not the most, significant creator of volunteer engagement in the conservation movement. Today, Ducks Unlimited Inc. has fewer than 500 paid (and very dedicated) employees that ensure the day-to-day work of the company gets done. However, we are blessed to have approximately 1 million supporters and more than 55,000 volunteers from 2,600 chapters who give their time and energy to put on more than 4,300 fundraising events each and every year. Those volunteers are, and always will be, the heart and soul of DU.

UGA Bulldogs for DU

University of Georgia Ducks Unlimited was named the number one collegiate chapter in Georgia last year, and their Area Chairman, Jay Weldon, credits that to passion for the DU mission, and maintaining year-round committee relationships.

Delaware's Sussex Tech High School Builds Conservation Foundation

Dave Waters has been an active Ducks Unlimited member since the early 1980s, serving in a variety of positions from chapter delegate to Delaware state shoot chairman, but his biggest success may have been through his side job as a substitute teacher at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Delaware. "There are a lot of 'camo kids,' and as I met them, I found a great interest in wingshooting and clays shooting," Waters says. "I thought Ducks Unlimited would be a good fit here, and pursued it with school officials."

Louisiana's First Varsity Chapter Bags Big Dollars for the Ducks

In 2005, Ducks Unlimited Varsity was introduced in high schools to offer students a way to merge school pride, leadership development, and a love for the outdoors and conservation. With nearly two dozen DU Varsity chapters already established across the country, 17-year-old Connor Gisclair was curious when he saw an ad about the program in Ducks Unlimited magazine. He and several of his friends from South Lafourche High School in Cut Off, Louisiana, are passionate about waterfowl hunting and Louisiana's marshes. So he made a call.

Louisiana Project Dedicated to John Barton Sr.

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to restore wetland habitat on the South Farm Unit of the Sherburne Waterfowl Management Area (WMA). This project will provide new opportunities for public waterfowl hunting and wildlife watching and will improve habitat management capabilities on this WMA.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists

Among the most unforgettable moments of Ducks Unlimited's 77th annual convention this spring was a surprise Diamond Legacy Sponsor commitment to DU's youth and education programs by Susan "Susie" Konkel. DU Chairman of the Board John Newman and Youth and Education Committee Chairman Ronal Roberson welcomed Susie onstage during Saturday's business session to announce the gift.

Legacy Greenwing Project Named for Frank Appleberry

The sixth Legacy Greenwing project supported by Arkansas Ducks Unlimited will restore 120 acres of vital waterfowl breeding habitat near Rhein, Saskatchewan. Healthy parkland habitat in this area of Canada supports nesting duck densities of more than 50 pairs per square mile, making it one of the most productive waterfowl breeding areas in North America.

Ducks Unlimited names Wyoming’s volunteer of the year

CASPER, Wyo. – Feb. 1, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited recognized Brian Balfour of Casper for his outstanding contributions to the organization in Wyoming. Balfour has been volunteering his time to the Casper and Powder River DU chapters for 20 years and recently joined the Wyoming DU Special Waterfowl Action Team (SWAT) that helps chapters around the state when they are shorthanded.

DU Volunteers Make Their Voices Heard During Capitol Hill Visit

Ducks Unlimited leaders and volunteers traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to discuss the critical role wetlands conservation programs play throughout the nation. The group, which included several DU senior board members as well as members of the DU Conservation Programs Committee, met with several congressional and federal agency representatives.

Highlands Ranch DU teams up with Cub Scouts on Earth Day

DU, Cub scouts support community, waterfowl with wood duck nest building project

Purdue University Chapter Recognized Nationally

Purdue DU Chapter receives Presidential Gold Citation

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