MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Steve Christian, of Colstrip, Montana, was elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors during the organization’s 82nd annual national convention held recently in Hawaii.
“Ducks Unlimited’s board of directors provides the leadership we need to fulfill our mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl,” said DU Chairman of the Board Paul Bonderson Jr. “DU board members do not get paid for their work. These dedicated men and women volunteer their time and resources because they are passionate conservationists. I welcome each new board member and look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
Christian has volunteered with several Montana DU chapters for 35 years and has served two terms as state chair. He is currently a member of the DU Events and Volunteer Management Committee and was on the DU Marketing and Communications Committee for five years. Christian has been on the Ducks Unlimited de Mexico Board of Directors since 2011.
“I look forward to assisting the seven states in DU’s Great Plains Region to further our fundraising and wetland conservation efforts,” Christian said. “The upper Midwest states are the continental US duck factory and the Central Flyway migration corridor that are critical for DU’s vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.”
Ducks Unlimited is a family passion for the Christians. Steve’s wife, Kathy, is a former Montana state chair and is a senior advisory vice president on the national board. Their four children and spouses are active DU volunteers and Life Sponsors, and their seven grandchildren are DU Greenwing Legacy members.
With degrees in environmental science and wildlife technology, Christian is the manager of environmental compliance for Talen Energy.
In addition to new board member elections, this year’s convention featured a celebration of the successful completion of DU’s ambitious “Rescue Our Wetlands: Banding Together for Waterfowl” campaign, which raised an astonishing $2.34 billion and conserved 2,236,435 acres of habitat for waterfowl, other wildlife, people and the communities in which they live.
The celebration featured an address from DU Major Donor and Wetlands America Trust trustee James Cox Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises.
Team DU also honored the career of retiring Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall and formally welcomed new CEO Adam Putnam.
This year’s convention also featured opportunities for conservation-related education, special tours and entertainment and a Friday keynote addresses by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.
Axalta Coating Systems CEO Robert Bryant accepted DU’s Corporate Conservation Achievement Award on behalf of Axalta during the Friday business session. The award was created to recognize corporations from the United States, Canada or Mexico that have made exceptional contributions to conservation in North America.
The second annual Wings Over Wetlands Awards Gala, held to honor DU’s top volunteers, was again hosted by conservationist, environmental journalist and television personality Jeff Corwin.
Special thanks to First National Bank of Omaha, provider of the official Ducks Unlimited Visa card, for sponsoring this year’s convention.
Next year’s Ducks Unlimited National Convention will be held May 26-30 in Orlando, Florida.
For a complete list of DU’s volunteer board of directors, please visit www.ducks.org.