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Ducks Unlimited Washington state news.

National Recognition Region 1

Ducks Unlimited Washington state news.

Washington Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

DU’s President’s Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2015, two chapters in Washington made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

Washington Ducks Unlimited chapter earns spot on Chairman’s Roll of Honor list

The Chairman’s Roll of Honor chapters are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $250,000 to $1 million for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2015 Washington had one chapter, Seattle, included on the list.

2016 Tri State Convention

Ducks Unlimited Washington state news.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

Ducks Unlimited Washington state news.

Migration Alert: Cold Weather Fluctuates Duck Numbers in Washington

One of the wettest Decembers on record for Washington State distributed ducks and geese far and wide to freshly flooded habitats, leaving waterfowl hunters with fewer traditional hunting locations. The good news is a drying trend, which should allow much of the sheet water to drain, forcing ducks back into normal feeding routines.

Washington DU Calendar Gun Giveaway

Migration Alert: Washington Hunters Welcome Wind, Rain

The season's first substantial storm is forecast to sweep across the Pacific Northwest this weekend. Stiff, sustained breezes and gusty blows are expected statewide, and substantial rainfall may recharge enough wetland habitat to jump-start the 2015-2016 waterfowl season.

Conservation: DU's Wings and Wetlands Initiative

The Pacific Northwest encompasses some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in North America, including vast forests, soaring mountains, broad river valleys, fertile farmland, and productive estuaries. This breathtaking region, spanning Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, supports millions of migrating and wintering ducks, geese, and swans that follow the Pacific Flyway.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Numbers, Conditions Look Good in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho

Waterfowl biologists report an early increase in duck and goose numbers across the Pacific Northwest, boding well for the start of waterfowl seasons in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

DU Participates in Fourth Annual Washington Festival

In late May, Ducks Unlimited took part in the fourth annual Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Festival on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), with the goal of spreading the message of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. A popular event in the Northwest, this festival provides attendees with an opportunity to experience and learn about the unique Channeled Scablands landscape of eastern Washington.

DU Improves Waterfowl Habitat on Washington's Samish Bay

With funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and a WDFW duck stamp grant, Ducks Unlimited is currently working with the WDFW to restore more than 200 acres on the Samish Unit by upgrading infrastructure and improving water delivery.

Two Washington Ducks Unlimited chapters recognized nationally

Seattle – April 10, 2015 – Out of the more than 2,600 DU chapters nationwide, two Ducks Unlimited fundraising chapters in Washington were recognized as President’s Elite and Top 100 chapters by the conservation organization.

Six Wetland Areas Restored on Washington's Channeled Scablands

Last summer, Ducks Unlimited and its partners completed construction on the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area project on the Channeled Scablands of Lincoln County, Washington. The property is owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and lies along the Lake Creek drainage. The project improved management capabilities on 45 acres of crucial habitat, restoring wetlands that had been hayed and grazed for decades.

Carrying on His Father's Conservation Legacy

The North Woods have always been close at hand for Bill Driscoll. The Ducks Unlimited Diamond Sponsor in Perpetuity is among the fifth generation of his family to have lived in Minnesota and Washington State. His father, John, also a DU Diamond Sponsor, inspired Bill and his siblings to care for the outdoors.

Migration Alert: Pacific Flyway Wrap Up

The 2014-15 Pacific Flyway waterfowl season played much different than what was expected in September. California ended up with water, normally frozen areas weren't, and ducks, as usual, simply went with the flow of storm tracks and sunshine.

Migration Alert: Frigid Temperatures Descend Upon Washington State

Aching for a shift in the weather, Washington waterfowlers' wishes will be granted in the coming days. A cold snap poised to strike the Pacific Northwest will freeze sheet water left behind from recent rainstorms. This means a change in tactics for hunters who have faced stagnant conditions since late November.

DU Helps Rehydrate Two Lakes in Columbia River Basin

Central Washington's Artesian and Black Lakes lie on a 1,800-acre property owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, northeast of the city of Moses Lake. Artesian and Black Lakes are part of a chain of wetlands, lakes, and reservoirs located along an important migrationcorridor for waterfowl and other birds in the heart of the Columbia River Basin. A 2013 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife waterfowl survey counted nearly 225,000 waterfowl utilizing the lakes in this region.

Dedication Of Greenwing Legacy Plaques scheduled for May 18th, 2014

Washington state news.

Seattle chapter recognized nationally

The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, the Seattle chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Washington State Gambling newsletter

Migration Alert: Opportunities Remain for California Waterfowlers

California waterfowlers are facing what has become the driest year on record, making habitat conditions less than ideal. Yet, waterfowl hunters throughout the state continue to be optimistic.

Migration Alert: Approaching Front Brings Much-Needed Change for Pacific Northwest Waterfowlers

The Pacific Northwest is bracing for rain and high winds this weekend, as a front approaches from the south and mixes with Pacific moisture from the north. This bodes well for wingshooters hoping to improve their season with a late regional migration throughout Oregon and Washington.

Migration Alert: Changing Conditions May Improve Waterfowling in Washington and Oregon

Unfavorable weather conditions—warm temperatures, fog, and a lack of precipitation—combined with a full moon had Washington waterfowlers struggling over the holidays.

Migration Alert: Incoming Weather Offers Ideal Conditions in Washington

Ducks are filtering into Washington's upper Columbia Basin, says Chris Bonsignore, Ducks Unlimited's conservation program manager in the Spokane Valley.

Tom Dunkin II: Future of Northwest Waterfowling Inspires Giving

Tom Dunkin II of Redmond, Washington, is a Heritage Sponsor supporting DU's Wings and Wetlands Initiative. This initiative is dedicated to conserving important waterfowl habitats in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, as well as preserving the outdoor traditions of the Pacific Northwest. Tom's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Migration Alert: State-by-state Pacific Flyway Breakdown

Early migrating waterfowl, feeling an early winter pinch, are filtering south throughout the Pacific Flyway states and finding variable habitat conditions upon arrival in the region.

Point Defiance Salmon Derby will not be held this year (2013)

Washington state news.

Kids Duck Conservation Day at McNary National Wildlife Refuge August 10th , 2013

Washington state news.

WA State Fish and Wildlife Dept. looking at Youth Council

Excellent opportunity for Greenwing

Washing State Championship Duck Calling Contest

August 24th, 2013 in Lacey WA, Hosted by Cabela''s

2013 Washington State Convention, Silverdale

Message from Leland Hutchins, State Chairman

Washington Regional Project Update, March 2013, Nisqually NWR

Washington state news.

Report on WADU State Strategic Plan

Washington state news.

2013 Sportsmens Economic Impact on the State of Washington

The Evergreen State''s 1.01 million hunters and anglers spend $1.6 billion annually and support 21,823 jobs. - See more at: http://www.sportsmenslink.org/reports/2013-sportsmens-economic-impact-report-washington#sthash.ynCcld1A.dpuf

Wings and Wetlands Initiative

In Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, significant wetland habitats have been lost. As human populations soar, the demand for water increases, putting even more pressure on remaining wetlands.

DU's Western Region Celebrates 100,000-Acre Milestone

Ducks Unlimited's Western Regional Office recently celebrated a major milestone as it surpassed the 100,000-acre mark for waterfowl habitat conserved or protected in the Pacific Northwest. "To put it in perspective, that's roughly 76,000 football fields," said Mark Biddlecomb, DU's direction of operations in the region.

DU Partners with Skagit Land Trust to Protect Barney Lake

After decades of effort, Skagit Land Trust recently closed on the purchase of 225 acres on the eastern edge of Mount Vernon, Washington, which will protect Barney Lake.

Migration Alert: Northwest Duck Hunting Goes on Ice; California Has Hot Spots

Duck hunters will find nothing great about the Great Northwest as the season comes to a close this week, but the forecast continues to be fair in sunny California.

Seattle Chapter recognized nationally

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

Vancouver chapter recognized nationally

The Vancouver chapter earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide.

Twelve DU conservation projects receive NAWCA grant approval from MBCC, six more from NAWCC

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) met last week and approved more than $24.5 million in federal grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for partnership-based conservation projects that will protect, restore and enhance more than 146,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats across the United States and Mexico.

Washington: Nisqually Estuary Restoration Project

The landmark Nisqually Estuary Restoration Project is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the Pacific Northwest.

The Nisqually Estuary Restoration

With the help of Ducks Unlimited, the Nisqually Estuary is restored after more than 100 years of man-made dikes separated this unique wetland from flourishing in its natural state.

Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northern and Southern Rockies / Colorado Plateau priority area.

Pacific Northwest

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Pacific Northwest priority area.

Great Basin

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's conservation efforts in its Great Basin priority area.

Cheney Wetlands Project

Ducks Unlimited recently completed the restoration of wetlands on 238 acres owned by the Inland Northwest Land Trust in the channeled scablands region near Cheney, Washington. This parcel of land contains a large, wet meadow that was drained several decades ago to improve forage for livestock surrounded by Ponderosa pines forest.

Washington's Eastern Wetland Habitats

Much of Washington east of the Cascades is technically a desert, yet this region supports many important waterfowl areas. Wetlands in this region are tied to local precipitation, naturally occurring streams and those areas created within the Yakima and Columbia Basin irrigation projects.

Washington's Western and Coastal Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited’s Western Washington Wetlands Initiative spans a large and diverse geographic area, including coastal Washington and the entirety of Puget Sound. These areas provide habitat for a host of fish and wildlife species, including waterfowl, sensitive salmon species, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Projects

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is located in the heart of the channeled scablands of eastern Washington—an area so named because of the pre-historic floods that scoured the soil away down to the bedrock and left the area with an abundance of swales and depressional wetlands. The 27 square miles within the Refuge is largely rugged scabrock, pine and aspen forests and grasslands that are interspersed with numerous small lakes and wetlands.

Snoqualmie Wildlife Area - Cherry Creek Restoration Project

Ducks Unlimited is working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore and enhance wetland habitat on the Cherry Valley Unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area, located approximately 20 miles east of Seattle, Washington. As part of this project, DU will construct a levee, install a water control structure/fish ladder, and complete several other tasks that will significantly improve the quality of waterfowl habitat on the site.

South Padilla Bay Projects

Ducks Unlimited is working with a private landowner to restore significant wetland habitat on the south side of Padilla Bay, just west of Mt. Vernon, Washington. The specific project site is located on the south side of Highway 20 adjacent to the Swinomish Channel.

Pearsons Eddy - Snohomish River Projects

Ducks Unlimited is currently working on several projects along the Snohomish River just outside of Seattle, Washington. The Pearsons Eddy project is an ambitious effort to protect and restore over 600 acres of freshwater wetlands adjacent to this expansive urban environment.

Lake Terrell Wildlife Area Projects

Wetland restoration has commenced on over 600 acres of new additions to the Lake Terrell Wildlife Area in Whatcom County, Washington. The project partners include: Ducks Unlimited, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, and the Lummi Nation.

Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge Projects

Willapa Bay is one of the most important staging and wintering areas for migratory birds on the West Coast. Habitat types include estuarine intertidal emergent wetlands, estuarine mudflats, freshwater emergent wetlands, forested wetlands, sand dunes, sand beaches and grasslands. These habitats have historically supported large numbers of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, anadromous fish and many other species of fish and wildlife.

Skagit Wildlife Area Projects

Ducks Unlimited hosted a dedication on June 28, 2003 to celebrate the 270-acre wetland restoration project on the Skagit Wildlife Area. Greg and Carol James (owners of Topics Entertainment, a software publishing firm in Renton, WA) provided a substantial gift to DU to help with the project.

Yakama Indian Nation Projects

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Yakama Indian Nation (YN) have forged a strong partnership to restore important wetland habitats in eastern Washington. This partnership is based on the philosophy that restored or enhanced wetlands must provide for the habitat needs of all wetland wildlife including steelhead, an endangered species in eastern Washington, and culturally important species for Yakama tribal members.

Washington Conservation Projects

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

Great Basin - More Information

Background information on DU's Great Basin habitat conservation priority area.

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