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Waupaca resident elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Jul 23, 2014 – Bob Spoerl, of Waupaca, Wis., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention in St. Louis.

Partners unite for Lake Michigan Wetlands

GREEN BAY, Wis. – June 23, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited and its partners gathered on Cat Island near Green Bay to announce three projects benefiting local Lake Michigan wetlands. The projects are part of a comprehensive, long-term strategy to restore and enhance wetland function in order to provide water quality improvements and other benefits for fish and wildlife.

Wisconsin creates public policy tools for volunteers

Ducks Unlimited has some really talented staff when it comes to public policy, but there are only a few of them. That’s why in advocacy, as in everything else, DU depends on informed volunteers to take conservation’s message to state, local and even federal lawmakers.

Restoration dedicated at Uihlein WPA

WAUKAU, Wis. – Oct. 24, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited will dedicate a 300-acre wetland restoration project on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Winnebago County’s Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). The ceremony will take place in the south parking lot off County Highway M between Waukau and Pickett.

Migration Alert: Wisconsin Waterfowl Numbers Increasing

In summary, diving ducks appear to be increasing in number on Lake Michigan and on the pools of the Upper Mississippi River. In the interior, local dabbling ducks (mallards, wood ducks, blue-winged teal) are providing the most action as hunters wait for colder weather to move new ducks into the state.

Greenwing chair a Hero of Conservation

Ducks Unlimited volunteer Jeff Gorr was a finalist in the Field & Stream 2013 Heroes of Conservation contest. Jeff is the chair of the Greenwing program in Sheboygan, Wis., and works to get more kids outdoors and involved in duck hunting.

Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada support ecological separation of Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Sept. 9, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DUI) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) jointly released a statement this week on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. The conservation groups called on governmental and non-governmental organizations to move toward the ecological separation of the Great Lakes watershed as soon as possible, as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species.

Ducks, Packers spike ball for wetland wildlife

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aug. 22, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited and the Green Bay Packers hosted a gathering today at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Brown County. The group gathered to dedicate a wetland restoration that will provide spawning habitat for northern pike and other wetland-dependent species.

Ducks Unlimited applauds improvements in Great Lakes funding

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Aug. 2, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited appreciates the passage of an amendment to provide $210 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program. Previously a subcommittee had reduced funding for the successful program to $60 million.

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.

Wisconsin native elected to Ducks Unlimited national board of directors

RHINELANDER, Wis. – June 21, 2013 – "Bing" Taege, of Rhinelander, Wis., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

Great Lakes Initiative

Protecting the pristine waters of the Great Lakes and conserving critical habitat for many species of waterfowl that utilize this vast watershed throughout their life cycle.

Big Rivers Initiative

Restoring feeding and resting areas along the river that make up the Mississippi River floodplain and the conserving habitat critical to the grand passage of migratory waterfowl.

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.

Wisconsin celebrated at national wildlife conference

ARLINGTON, Va. – April 1, 2013 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was celebrated at a Ducks Unlimited breakfast held at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

DU recognizes four states for significant financial contributions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – During its annual Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards breakfast last week, Ducks Unlimited recognized four state agencies for significant investments toward conserving waterfowl breeding habitat in Canada.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2013 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.

DU Supporters Surpass Horicon Challenge

Only halfway through a four-year challenge grant issued by the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation, DU volunteers and supporters surpassed their $500,000 goal, ensuring a $1 million investment by the foundation in Wisconsin's Horicon Marsh.

Green Bay Packers team up with Ducks Unlimited

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jan. 26, 2013 - Representatives from the Green Bay Packers football team joined Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited leadership at their annual state convention to announce a partnership supporting work at a local wildlife refuge. The $75,000 award was received at the convention Saturday and will promote wetlands conservation efforts at the L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve northern pike rearing station.

Kenosha supporter joins DU board of directors

KENOSHA, Wis. – Dec. 5, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited has elected Lon Knoedler of Kenosha, Wis., to serve as an at-large member of the organization's national board of directors.

New Project Planned on Wisconsin Wildlife Area

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been working to restore wetlands in the Green Bay watershed since 1948, when it acquired the Sensiba Unit and established the Green Bay West Shores Wildlife Area.

Migration Alert: Wisconsin waterfowl numbers increasing as cold front approaches

The outlook for waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin is improving as duck and goose numbers continue to build along the Mississippi River and on the famed Horicon Marsh.

Wisconsin's Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area Enhanced

Ducks Unlimited recently completed wetland enhancement work on the Island and Elm pools on Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

Beaver Dam Chapter recognized nationally

BEAVER DAM, Wis. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Beaver Dam made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Mayville Chapter recognized nationally

MAYVILLE, Wis. – March 27, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Mayville made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Milwaukee chapter recognized nationally

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – 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 Milwaukee Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Sheboygan Area chapter recognized nationally

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – 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 Winnegamie Wetlands Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Winnegamie Wetlands chapter recognized nationally

APPLETON-NEENAH, Wis. – 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 Winnegamie Wetlands Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts in 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

DU, Partners Tour Green Bay Restoration Projects

DU recently partnered with the Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition to lead a tour of wetland restoration projects along the western shore of Green Bay.

State convention attracts congressional interest

Attendees of the 2012 Ducks Unlimited Wisconsin State Convention in Green Bay last week were pleased to welcome Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin's 8th district as he joined them for lunch. Ribble accepted the invitation sent to all members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation to attend this year's event marking the 75th anniversary of DU.

Wisconsin: Rush Lake

DU engineers, in cooperation with the Wisconsin DNR, developed project plans to restore 3,000 acres of emergent wetlands on Rush Lake, including sediment removal, construction of a sediment-settling pond and installing a new dam.

New Wisconsin wetlands legislation needs modification to protect habitat, state economy

New legislation aims to improve and streamline the wetland permitting process in Wisconsin, but with the positive changes come certain aspects DU is asking Wisconsin legislators to address.

Meadow Valley Flowage Dedication—Wisconsin

Jun. 2011: To celebrate DU's 100,000th acre conserved in Wisconsin, supporters of wetland conservation gathered at the 600-acre Meadow Valley Flowage wetland-enhancement project in Juneau County.

Ducks Unlimited Wisconsin chapter honored with wetlands award

DU's Wisconsin chapter was recently honored with other individuals and groups from around the state at Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 2011 Annual Membership Meeting and Wetlands Awards Ceremony.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports Ducks Unlimited, partners in Sheboygan Marsh conservation activities

Ducks Unlimited has received a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant to conduct a feasibility analysis of the Sheboygan Marsh dam in northwestern Sheboygan County near Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Awarded NAWCA Grant in Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) praises DU's conservation efforts within the state

DU and Partners Awarded Second NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a second North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat at Meadow Valley Wildlife Area, directly adjacent to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin.

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.

Rep. Ron Kind (WI) helps DU celebrate conserving its 100,000th acre in Wisconsin

In order to celebrate DU's 100,000th acre conserved in Wisconsin, supporters of wetland conservation recently gathered at the 600-acre Meadow Valley Flowage wetland enhancement project in Juneau County

Meadow Valley Flowage Dedicated

Supporters of wetland conservation gathered recently to celebrate the 600-acre Meadow Valley Flowage wetland enhancement project in Juneau County, Wisconsin. Among those assembled were several DU major sponsors and volunteers, project partners, federal representatives and family and friends.

DU Celebrates 100,000 Acres Conserved in Wisconsin

After 18 years of delivering on-the-ground waterfowl habitat conservation and completing more than 1,800 projects in Wisconsin, Ducks Unlimited last year surpassed the 100,000-acre milestone for waterfowl habitat conserved in the Badger State.

Policy News 3-17

DU lauds process to restore wetlands protections critical to waterfowl; Secretary of Interior Salazar Meets with DU in Pothole Country; DU's work in Wisconsin praised by Congressman Tom Petri

Latest NAWCA Grant Leverages Funds, Triples Dollars Spent in SE Wisconsin

Funding received for wetland conservation, restoration work in Southeast Wisconsin

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.

A Duck's-Eye-View

Waterfowl winging their way across North America have a unique perspective that is hard to image - unless you're a small aircraft pilot. Ducks Unlimited biologists keep this perspective in mind as they plan and implement conservation projects for waterfowl, knowing that ducks, geese, and swans need a mix of habitat types in fairly close proximity to meet their biological needs.

Bachhuber Foundation Gift Benefits Horicon Marsh

This Wisconsin philanthropic group has committed $1 million to DU for conservation projects in Horicon Marsh and the surrounding watershed. The foundation gave $500,000 to DU as an outright gift and has offered an additional $500,000 in the form of a challenge grant to be matched by DU.

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.

Ducks Unlimited projects advance in Great Lakes funding process

Multiple states to benefit from conservation projects ANN ARBOR, Mich. – June 8, 2010 – The Environmental Protection Agency recently invited Ducks Unlimited to submit seven final applications totaling $2.8 million for wetland habitat projects in the Great Lakes region. The grants will be awarded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a $475 million program designed to revitalize the region. Among the GLRI’s areas of concern are invasive species and habitat and wildlife protection and restoration.

Make a difference on the Mississippi

Cleanup for a cause on June 19 The Mississippi River watershed is a migration corridor for millions of waterfowl every year, as well as an American icon. The river's serenity and life-supporting capabilities go far beyond waterfowl, shorebirds and wildlife, however, stretching into the cities and to the people who live along its muddy banks. Now it's time to give something back to this great watershed.

Ducks Unlimited, partners awarded Great Lakes restoration grant

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – April 26, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited received one of the first Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants through the Sustain Our Great Lakes program this past week. DU and its partners will restore coastal streams and marshes in northern Michigan using the $783,823 grant.

DU announces 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - March 26, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 75th-annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., on Friday, March 26.

MSOE Named to Sweet 16

The Milwaukee School of Engineering Ducks Unlimited Chapter has been named to Ducks Unlimited's list of top 16 performing college chapters in the Nation!

Ducks Unlimited urges partnership in carp solution

Conservation group releases position on invasive Asian carp WASHINGTON - Feb. 28, 2010 - This week, Ducks Unlimited released its position on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. DU called on both governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop an immediate short-term plan, followed by a comprehensive long-term strategy to deal with Asian carp in the Great Lakes.

Ducks Unlimited recognizes Wisconsin DNR biologist

Brian Glenzinski honored as Wisconsin Partner of the Year WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis., February 3, 2010 – State DNR wildlife biologist Brian Glenzinzski was recently recognized as Ducks Unlimited’s Wisconsin Conservation Partner of the Year. Glenzinzski received his award at the 2010 Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited (DU) convention which took place in the Wisconsin Dells. Partners are key to DU’s conservation efforts, and DU works with these partners—individuals, organizations and state and federal agencies—that allow current projects to move forward and foster the initiation of new ones.

President signs legislation in support of Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR, Michigan November 2, 2009 Historic legislation aimed at the restoring the Great Lakes was signed by President Obama Friday after the House and Senate approved the measure last week. According to Ducks Unlimited, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will provide $475 million for a comprehensive program to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Ducks Unlimited stands ready to turn this financial commitment into cleaner water and better habitat for waterfowl, wildlife and citizens of the Great Lakes and beyond.

Drinking Water for 187,000 in Central Wisconsin 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 187,000 residents in Central Wisconsin are at risk of contamination from industrial pollution – and federal agencies like EPA may not have authority to stop it.

Clean water comes from many sources

Conservation, restoration, and legislation all play a part in healthy wetlands ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 28, 2009 - Clean water comes from many sources, many of them not as simple as a wilderness stream. Whether through legislation or restoration, Wisconsinites have reason to celebrate. A significant restoration project will break ground this summer, and Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold has championed the Clean Water Restoration Act all the way to the Senate floor.

Wisconsin conservationists recognized at Chaya Marsh

Friends, family, supporters gather to celebrate restoration project HORICON, Wisc. – June 22, 2009 –Nearly 100 supporters of wetland conservation gathered recently to celebrate the Chaya Marsh wetland restoration project, part of the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area in Dodge County. Among those assembled were several Ducks Unlimited (DU) major sponsors, project partners, state representatives and family and friends. This project recognizes their contribution to this project and DU’s conservation efforts across the state.

Conservationists support investment in Great Lakes

Ann Arbor, Mich. – May 20, 2009 – Ducks, geese and swans in the Great Lakes could realize an increase in the size and quality of their habitat if President Obama’s proposed budget for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative comes to fruition. The budget for 2010 contains an additional $475 million for Great Lakes restoration and economic recovery.

CORPORATE PARTNERS MAKE CONSERVATION POSSIBLE

Ann Arbor, Mich. - December 8, 2008 - Dow Chemical continued its support of Ducks Unlimited with generous donations over the past two years. Their Wisconsin donation is part of DU’s national partnership with CropLife America, a trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the U.S. Dow is a member of CropLife America and understands the value of their continued support to waterfowl conservation in Wisconsin.

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.

DU meets with Congressional leadership and Administration officials to discuss conservation

WASHINGTON – February 13, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice President Don Young was joined by other wildlife conservation organizations today to deliver a strong message on behalf of sportsmen and habitat: protect and expand habitat conservation and opportunities for sportsmen.

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.

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.

Ducks Unlimited recognizes Wisconsin DNR biologist, dedicated conservationist

Eric Mark's contributions to wetlands conservation have earned him the title of Ducks Unlimited’s Wisconsin Partner of the Year.

Ducks Unlimited honors Manitowoc outdoorsman at annual state convention

Jim Beitzel was honored as the Wisconsin Volunteer Conservationist of the Year at the Jan. 11 Wisconsin state convention, held at the Wisconsin Dells.

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.

Senate repairs nation’s most popular wetlands program

Sen. Kohl amends Farm Bill for the Wetlands Reserve Program MADISON, Wis. – January 14, 2008 – The Wetlands Reserve Program, the nation’s leading wetlands restoration program, received much-needed leadership in the Senate recently. Sen. Herb Kohl (Wis.) took the lead to amend language in the Farm Bill, correcting an administrative issue that undercut WRP’s appeal to farmers and ranchers.

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.

Syngenta donates herbicide to Ducks Unlimited

Syngenta donates herbicide to Ducks Unlimited conservation projects at Wisconsin’s Glacial Habitat Restoration Area & Crex Meadows/Fish Lake State Wildlife Areas

Ducks Unlimited biologist Jason Hill wins national award.

Ann Arbor: Jason Hill, a Ducks Unlimited regional biologist, earned the 2006 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wetlands Group Assisted Individual Conservation Award for his outstanding work on behalf of Indiana wetlands. The National Wetlands Conservation Award program began in 1990 to honor Fish and Wildlife Service private sector partners for their efforts to restore and improve wetlands across the nation.

Ducks Unlimited ends its Great Outdoors Festivals

Partnership over following Wisconsin event MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 27, 2007 – The Ducks Unlimited and InterMedia Outdoors, Inc. partnership with the Great Outdoors Festival is over. The partnership officially ended at the close of the Ninth Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on August 26, 2007.

Ducks Unlimited Canada Manitoba welcomes Wisconsin supporters and volunteers

Minnedosa, Manitoba., June 27, 2007 - After sowing productive nesting cover on a longtime project in the Manitoba parkland, Ducks Unlimited Canada staff invited local residents and volunteers to join them in celebrating a harvest of a different kind. On June 14th they welcomed guests from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin State Ducks Unlimited, Inc. volunteers to the dedication of the Wisconsin Project, located north east of Brandon.

Black River Falls Ducks Unlimited Chapter Promotes Conservation in Wisconsin

A Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteer chapter doing its part for the cause of the conservation is the Black River Falls chapter, located in Jackson County. The chapter has raised more than $125,000 for DU in the past 10 years.

Wetlands Aren’t Just for the Ducks: Endangered Whooping Cranes Depend Upon Wetland Habitats - WI

One of North America’s best-known endangered species, the Whooping Crane, saw its numbers dwindle to just 15 birds in the early 1940s. Today the population has grown to nearly 500 birds but still faces threats from oil and chemical spills, power lines, disease, and loss of wetland habitat.

Ducks Unlimited and CropLife America Partnership Results in Herbicide to Enhance Wetland Habitat

Oshkosh, WI June 20, 2006 — Monsanto Company, a CropLife America member company, recently donated more than $30,000 of AquaMaster herbicide to Ducks Unlimited (DU) for controlling cattail growth at Horicon Marsh and Rush Lake. CropLife America and Ducks Unlimited are partnering on a national level in a novel Wildlife Conservation-Technology Initiative. The goal of this five-year initiative is to expand the use of plant science technology in the restoration and management of habitat for the benefit of North American waterfowl and other wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited License Plates Generate Dollars for Wetland Conservation

Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited (DU) was presented a check for $39,539 at their annual state convention on January 21st, by Rep. Jim Kreuser, Wisconsin State Assembly- democratic leader on behalf of the State Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin DNR Presents Check for $177,120 to Ducks Unlimited at Annual State Convention

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Secretary Scott Hassett presented Ducks Unlimited (DU) with a check in the amount of $177,120 during the 22nd annual Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited’s state convention held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

Ron Babros Takes Over as WI State Chairman

During the 2006 Wisconsin State Convention, former State Chairman, Tim Morgan passed the Ducks Unlimited (DU) gavel to Ron Babros.

Upper Mississippi River

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Upper Mississippi River priority area

U.S. Great Lakes System

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's U.S. Great Lakes System priority area.

Milwaukee School of Engineering Chapter

With an enrollment of just over 5,000 students, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) does not show up on too many radar screens. A premier school for engineering, MSOE is very well-respected in higher education circles and is now on the DU radar screen as a remarkable Cinderella-story chapter in the 2009 Sweet 16 of DU College Chapters.

Where Wisconsin's Ducks Come From?

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Wisconsin waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of the puddle ducks that travel through our state each year originate in this important breeding area.

Marshall & Ilsley Foundation comes through again for the ducks

The Marshall & Ilsley Foundation recently made a second $30,000 pledge to support DU habitat programs in the Eastern and Northwest Wisconsin priority areas. This generous pledge will be leveraged multiple times through federal and state programs and partnerships to expand our conservation efforts in the state.

R.D. & Linda Peters Foundation

The R.D. & Linda Peters Foundation recently contributed $38,500 towards restoration efforts on Brillion and Killsnake State Wildlife Areas in Calumet and Manitowoc Counties. This generous contribution will be leveraged with funding from the Lower Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Trustee Council, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation via Sandi Beitzel’s Budweiser Outdoorsman of the Year Award, Wisconsin DNR, and Oxbow Sportsman’s Club to restore and enhance 130 acres of wetland habitat.

Dane & Jefferson Counties

Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service cooperated to restore 58 acres of wetland on private lands. The projects involved installing ditch plugs, tile breaks and constructing small earthen berms.

Taylor County

Ducks Unlimited and the Wisconsin DNR cooperated to replace a water control structure on the 100-acre Flowage #1 at Pershing Creek State Wildlife Area. The flowage provides important wetland habitat for breeding and migrating waterfowl and a variety of other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Oconto County

Ducks Unlimited, the Wisconsin DNR and Lower Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Trustee Council cooperated to enhance 220 acres of Oconto Marsh. The project involved replacing a pump and water control structures and rehabilitating levees.

Richland County

Ducks Unlimited cooperated with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to restore 50 acres of drained wetland and 17 acres of native prairie on private land through the Wetlands Reserve Program. The project, which involved constructing ditch plugs, earthen berms and scrapes, will benefit waterfowl and other wetland wildlife that use this area.

Lincoln County

Ducks Unlimited cooperated with Lincoln County, Wisconsin DNR and Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission to construct a 13-acre flowage on Bill Cross Rapids State Wildlife Area. The project, which involved constructing a 400-foot earthen berm, will provide critical wetland habitat for waterfowl and a variety of wetland-dependent wildlife.

Iron County

Ducks Unlimited assisted the Iron County Forest and Wisconsin DNR with the replacement of an aging water control structure on the 200-acre Little Turtle Flowage. The flowage is one of the county’s premier bird watching areas, attracting bald eagles, osprey, trumpeter swans, black terns, geese, and several duck species.

Juneau County

Ducks Unlimited cooperated with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, and Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge to restore 43 acres of sedge meadow on Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The project involved installing seven ditch plugs on two ditches near the refuge’s west boundary. Restored hydrology will eliminate invasive brush and trees, restoring open sedge meadow habitat for whooping and sandhill cranes, sedge wrens, and waterfowl.

Douglas & Bayfield Counties

Ducks Unlimited provided cost share assistance to the Ashland Bayfield Douglas Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department to restore 49 acres of wetland and associated habitat on private land. These wetland restorations will provide critical habitat for breeding and brood rearing waterfowl.

Forest,Langlade,Lincoln,Oneida and Vilas Counties

Ducks Unlimited provided cost share assistance to the Wisconsin DNR to maintain and restore wild rice beds in the Headwaters Basin. Wild rice is an annual aquatic grass that produces seed which is a delicious and nutritious source of food for waterfowl and people.

Green Lake and Marquette Counties

Ducks Unlimited provided cost share assistance to the Wisconsin DNR to restore 14 acres of wetland habitat on White River Marsh and Grand River Marsh State Wildlife Areas. The projects involved installing ditch plugs, tile breaks, and excavating scrapes.

Jackson County

Ducks Unlimited and the Wisconsin DNR cooperated to enhance 120 acres of wetland habitat on Dike 17 State Wildlife Area. The project involved installing new water control structures on the Little Thunder, Staffon, and Squaw Mound Flowages.

Shawano County

Ducks Unlimited provided cost share assistance to the Wisconsin DNR to rehabilitate a 300-acre flowage on Navarino State Wildlife Area. The project involved replacing a water control structure off the Wolf River.

Rock County

Ducks Unlimited and the Wisconsin DNR cooperated to restore two wetland basins on Rollette Extensive Wildlife Habitat Area. The project involved plugging a drainage ditch and excavating two wetland scrapes.

Waushara County

Ducks Unlimited provided cost share assistance to the Wisconsin DNR to rehabilitate the 114-acre Boyson Flowage on Poygan Marsh State Wildlife Area. The project involved installing a new water control structure to facilitate water level and vegetation management to improve habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife

Barron County

Ducks Unlimited cooperated with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to restore 11 acres of wetland and 11 acres of native prairie on private land through the Wetland Reserve Program. The project, which involved constructing earthen embankments and scrapes, will provide a complex of waterfowl pair ponds and nesting habitat.

Chaya Marsh project - nears completion

The enhancement of 310 acres of wetland at Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area in Dodge County is nearing completion. The contractor hired by DU completed core trenching and filling and stacking materials to build nearly 12,000 feet of levee in September.

Southwest Pool project - Uihlein waterfowl production area completed

On November 3, 2006, DU and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service completed work to rehabilitate the 318-acre Southwest Pool on Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area in Winnebago County. Ducks Unlimited engineers provided the survey, restoration design, and construction oversight.

Ducks Unlimited and CropLife America Partnership

Monsanto Company, a CropLife America member company, recently donated more than $30,000 of AquaMaster herbicide to Ducks Unlimited for controlling cattail at Horicon Marsh and Rush Lake. CropLife America and Ducks Unlimited are partnering on a national level in a novel Wildlife Conservation-Technology Initiative.

Southeast Wisconsin coastal habitat initiative - Phase III NAWCA completed

Ducks Unlimited and its partners, the Wisconsin DNR, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pheasants Forever, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Sheboygan County Conservation Association, Cleveland Fish & Game Association, Brian King, and numerous private landowners recently completed Phase III of the Southeast Wisconsin Coastal Habitat Initiative. The four-year initiative conserved 3,857 acres of wetland and associated habitat on public and private land in thirteen counties in southeastern Wisconsin.

Historic Rush Lake project completed

On Saturday, July 22, nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the long awaited completion of the 3,000-acre Rush Lake restoration project. Rush Lake was once one of the most important wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife in Wisconsin. Extensive stands of bulrush and other aquatic vegetation attracted a multitude of wetland birds including waterfowl, red-necked grebes, and Forster’s and black terns.

Eastern Wisconsin Priority Area

The priority area in southeast Wisconsin spans an area historically characterized by a glaciated mosaic of wetlands surrounded by tall grass prairie and oak savanna. Agriculture and development are the dominant activities resulting in a substantial reduction of small pothole wetlands and of the original prairie that covered much of the area prior to settlement.

Northwest Wisconsin Priority Area

The Northwest priority area was historically dominated by pothole-type wetlands. However, agriculture and urban development have resulted in substantial wetland loss, fragmented grasslands, and increased sediment and nutrient loading to streams and rivers.

Northwest Pool Project - Uihlien Waterfowl Production Area Completed

On May 26 th , DU and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service completed work to restore the 42-acre Northwest Pool project on Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area in Winnebago County. Ducks Unlimited engineers provided the survey, restoration design and construction oversight. The project, which was constructed by Krause Excavating from Markesan, involved rehabilitating two existing levees and installing a new water control structure.

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area

Ducks Unlimited volunteers, partners and supporters gathered on August 20 th to celebrate groundbreaking of the 310-acre Chaya Marsh project at Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area in Dodge County. Ducks Unlimited engineers developed the project plan, which includes constructing nearly 12,000 feet of new levee and installing two water control structures.

Historic Rush Lake Project Nearing Completion

Work to restore historic Rush Lake in Winnebago County is nearing completion. Ducks Unlimited engineers in cooperation with Wisconsin DNR engineers developed the project plans to restore the lake, which includes installing a new dam on the Waukau Creek outlet and stream channel grading from the outlet downstream to Highway M. These improvements will allow managers to manipulate water levels mimicking the historic wet-dry cycle of this shallow water lake. Starting in spring 2006, the 3,000-acre lake will be drawn down for 2 years with the objective of exposing 50-75% of the lake bed in an effort to reestablish bulrush and other beneficial moist soil plants.

Wisconsin Conservation Projects

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

Marquette County WRP

Construction work is set to begin this spring to restore a 240-acre muck farm in Marquette County. This Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) project is being delivered by DU in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

East Burnett Unit at Horicon Marsh

Much of the famed Horicon Marsh in Dodge County is in a degraded state due to sediment and nutrient inputs from the surrounding watershed, carp activity, and inadequate water level management capabilities. The result has been an expansion of cattail monocultures and a reduction in submergent vegetation that offers little wildlife value.

Brillion State Wildlife Area Impoundment

Construction work on the Brillion State Wildlife Area Impoundment in Calumet County was completed in September 2002. The project developed approximately 50 acres of shallow water marsh that provides valuable habitat for breeding, brood rearing, and migrating waterfowl, as well as a variety of other wetland wildlife including shorebirds, wading birds, and songbirds.

Prairie Flats Waterfowl Production Area

Project designs to restore approximately 40 acres of emergent wetland in St. Croix County have been finalized. Restoration work, which created a complex of small wetland basins and 110 acres of adjacent native tallgrass prairie, was completed in fall 2003.

Baraboo River Waterfowl Production Area

DU assisted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with the purchase and installation of a water control structure on the Baraboo River Waterfowl Production Area. The newly acquired and restored area will provide approximately 800 acres of critical wetland habitat for a variety of wildlife species, as well as provide protection from future flood events in the area.
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