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Nestcam project wraps up

The field portion of the Ducks Unlimited (DU) and University of North Dakota (UND) 2016 Nestcam project is done. New partners, UND interns and technicians helped make this year a success.

DU Great Plains hosts Prairie Experience

Visitors from across the country came to Bismarck recently for Ducks Unlimited’s Prairie Experience. The event is two days of hands-on “prairie experiences” that allow participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse at wetland ecology, duck biology and the issues surrounding the ongoing loss of prairie wetlands and grasslands.

DU and UND partner to bring you glimpse inside duck nests

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is giving people across the world an inside look at how blue-winged teal and mallards nest through a nestcam project. In its second year, the collaboration with the University of North Dakota (UND) is growing to cover more acres with more nest cameras.

Wyoming Ducks Unlimited high school chapter earns All-Stars spot

Casper, Wyo. – May 23, 2016 – The Varsity All-Stars are Ducks Unlimited’s 10 most prestigious high school chapters throughout the nation. In 2015 the Natrona County High School DU chapter was included on the list.

Wyoming Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

CASPER, Wyo. – April 1, 2016 – 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 Wyoming made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

Helena DU hunting license auction results

A rare Shiras moose hunting license brought in $32,500 at a Ducks Unlimited auction last weekend held by the Helena DU chapter during its annual dinner. Past moose licenses sold at auction for $15,000 to $20,000. DU’s auction winner last year paid $60,000. Proceeds from the license sale will go to the moose conservation initiatives of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Wyoming / Black Hills 2015 Calendar Raffle


Register now to be part of a Montana Shiras moose license auction

HELENA, Mont. - Feb. 16, 2016 – People can now sign up to participate in a live auction for a Montana Shiras moose license. The event will take place during the Helena chapter dinner on Friday, March 4. License proceeds benefit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) moose conservation program, which enhances public hunting opportunities for other species as well.

USGS study says draining small PPR wetlands may increase flooding

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey found that draining smaller wetlands in North Dakota’s stretch of the Prairie Pothole Region has weakened the ability of wetlands to provide flood control and waterfowl habitat.

DU’s Rick Warhurst receives International Canvasback Award

At his final Central Flyway Council meeting last week, Ducks Unlimited (DU) senior regional biologist Rick Warhurst received the International Canvasback Award from the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee. The award is granted each year to an exceptional individual, corporation or organization that has made a minimum ten years’ commitment to implementing and continuing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Warhurst is retiring from DU in December.

Ducks Unlimited partners with UND for nest cam project

Ducks Unlimited has partnered with University of North Dakota to provide biology students experience and school credit through a summer research project at the Coteau Ranch, a 3,000-acre property owned and restored by Ducks Unlimited. The interns monitor blue-winged teal nests via surveillance cameras to study nesting behavior.

DU manager receives Colorado award for work in addressing water needs

DENVER, May 7, 2015 - Ducks Unlimited’s Manager of Ecosystem Services for the Great Plains Region, Greg Kernohan, will receive the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Emerging Leader Award at 6 p.m., Friday, May 8, at the Space Gallery in Denver. “He has been entrepreneurial and innovative in leading the South Platte Wetlands Focus Area Committee, managing the Union Mutual Ditch Company and participating for the last 10 years as a member of the South Platte Basin Roundtable, most recently as its vice-chair,” said Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs Jr., foundation vice-president.

Cheyenne chapter recognized nationally

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – April 8, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $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 2014, the Cheyenne chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Gillette chapter makes Top 100

GILLETTE, Wyo. – April 8, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $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 2014, the Gillette chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Casper chapter recognized nationally

CASPER, Wyo. – April 8, 2015 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $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 2014, the Casper chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

Jason Roudebush is a new Colorado-based water resource specialist for Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited has hired a new water resource specialist for its Great Plains Ecosystems Services team. Jason Roudebush will be stationed out of DU’s Fort Collins office and will work on water projects throughout the Great Plains Region.

Opportunity to bid on Shiras moose license ends soon

Anyone wanting a chance to bid on a rare Shiras Moose license at the live auction during the Helena DU banquet will need to sign up as soon as possible, as registration ends on Saturday, Feb. 28. The live auction for the license will take place during the banquet, which starts at 5:30 on Friday, March 6 at the Helena Civic Center.

Great Plains Region construction manager migrates north to help in Boreal Forest

Ducks migrate south from the Canadian Boreal Forest in the fall, as marshes freeze solid. However, for the last couple of years l’homme de canard du Nord (translation: Duck Man of the North) has migrated north from North Dakota in the winter months to assist Ducks Unlimited Canada’s engineering staff with wetland habitat infrastructure projects in the cold, frozen northwoods.

DU restoring 680-acre Platte River property with ideal migration habitat

SCOTTSBLUFF, NE, Feb. 18, 2015 - For the sixth year in a row, a large group of Ducks Unlimited volunteers, major sponsors and board members gathered in western Nebraska on the North Platte River to enjoy waterfowl hunting, great camaraderie and to help raise money for DU’s important conservation program along the river.

Wyoming DU Calendar Gun Giveaway

Winners for the 2016 Wyoming / Black Hills DU Gun Calendar

Montana Ducks Unlimited Hosting Moose License Auction

HELENA, Mont. – Nov. 6, 2014 – Montana Ducks Unlimited is hosting the 2015 Shiras Moose License Auction. DU recently won the right to auction off the license for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP). The live auction will take place at the Helena DU banquet Friday, March 6. Phone bidding will be available.

DU Great Plains Region celebrating 30th anniversary

BISMARCK, N.D. – July 28, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region is celebrating its 30th anniversary at an open house on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brats, hot dogs and beverages will be served at the regional office at 2525 River Road, Bismarck. The event is open to the public.

Great Plains Region

The Great Plains Region, headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., was established in 1984 to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands in the United States Great Plains. Today, the GPR carries out conservation programs in seven states that include some of the most important nesting and migration habitat on the continent.

2014 Wyoming - Black Hills DU Gun Calendar Raffle Winners


New Great Plains director of conservation programs

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Jan. 7, 2014 – Mike George is now leading Ducks Unlimited’s conservation work in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming as director of conservation programs for those states. George is located in DU’s field office in Grand Island, Neb.

Carmen Miller is new Great Plains Region public policy director

BISMARCK, N.D. – Nov. 26, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited has chosen Carmen Miller as its new director of public policy for the Great Plains Region. In her new role, Miller will be working on federal and state policies that affect DU’s conservation work in the Great Plains. DU’s Great Plains Region is headquartered in Bismarck, and includes the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Preserve Our Prairies Initiative

Conserving North America's highest-priority waterfowl nesting habitat—and the glory of bountiful fall flights—in the face of mounting threats.

Peaks to Prairies Initiative

Restoring wetlands in the shadow of America's iconic Rocky Mountains and conserving the Duck Factory for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy.

Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative

Providing innovative water solutions for ducks and people in the Southern Great Plains, one of America's most important waterfowl migration areas.

Wyoming's Howard Johnson on DU national board

Ducks Unlimited has elected Howard Johnson, Riverton, to serve as an at-large member of the organization’s national board of directors. “I became a volunteer the year after my first event, because I enjoyed the event and was interested in the business of Ducks Unlimited,” Johnson said.

Hunting rights claim victory in state races

States across the nation voted to support hunting rights in the 2012 election in a resounding victory of sportsmen.

Jackson Hole chapter recognized nationally

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – March 27, 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. This past fall, the Jackson Hole chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

BISMARCK, N.D. – March 22, 2012 – As the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month’s milestone 9th Annual World Water Day. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security.

Gillette chapter 2012 event success

GILLETTE, Wyo. – Feb. 15, 2012 – The Gillette chapter of Ducks Unlimited is gearing up for another record-setting event on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Cam-Plex (1635 Reata Drive). The chances to win prizes are endless, with several raffles including a 75-gun, gun board raffle and 10-gun raffle for ladies only.

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.

Wyoming: Table Mountain Wildlife Habitat Management Area

Table Mountain boasts several semi-permanent and seasonal wetlands that host hundreds of thousands of migrating birds annually.

DU Conservation Efforts to Support Waterfowl in Goshen County

Goshen County is a focal point for some of Ducks Unlimited’s most important wetland and waterfowl habitat restoration efforts in Wyoming. Since DU began work in Wyoming they have conserved 1,173 acres of waterfowl habitat in this county alone.

Platte River and Rainwater Basin Initiative

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Platte River and Rainwater Basin habitat conservation initiative in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.

DU expands efforts in Wyoming

In an exciting new chapter for wetlands conservation in the state, Ducks Unlimited has formed new partnerships with several new conservation partners to enhance and conserve wetland habitat along the North Platte River. As part of its Platte River Initiative, DU initiated a multi-year, million dollar effort to restore degraded wetlands, enhance river bottom habitats and protect high-priority lands in a region that has lately seen a decline in waterfowl use and waterfowl hunting.

Northwestern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Northwestern Great Plains priority area.

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.

Southern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southern Great Plains priority area.

Big Horn River Chapter

Chairman Chris Logan recognizes that the chapter's success continues to thrive on their ability to receive 100% organizational underwriting from businesses in the community. Establishing a spreadsheet of local businesses, each committee member had a list of businesses to contact.

Where Wyoming's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Wyoming waterfowl hunters. The vast majority of our annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

Fremont County

This page lists data about the Freemont County Project.

Crook County

This page lists data about the Crook County project.

Winchester Ranch

Conservation groups, working together, are making great strides in improving waterfowl habitat in Wyoming. Ducks Unlimited, working with Partners for Wildlife (PFW), contributed to the restoration of eight basins, totaling 21 acres, on The Nature Conservancy’s Winchester Ranch in Fremont County. Through this project, over 110 acres of adjacent upland grass will now being managed for waterfowl production.

Goshen County

This page lists data about the Goshen County project.

Alkalai Lake

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is working to the restoration of wetlands and grasslands in Wyoming by partnering with the state’s Partners for Wildlife (PFW) program.

Wyoming Conservation Projects

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