ConocoPhillips Alaska recently awarded Ducks Unlimited a 2019 Spirit of Conservation contribution of $50,000 to continue studying the impact of the rising numbers of geese in California. This is the second consecutive Spirit of Conservation award received by Ducks Unlimited.
In February and March 2018, DU and US Geological Service (USGS) biologists captured 40 geese in California’s Central Valley and attached satellite transmitters to track their movement in the first of a five-year study. Biologists plan to work on Alaska’s North Slope this summer to tag additional geese in their breeding grounds and eventually see what factors are contributing to the increased population growth and what this means for Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts in the Pacific Flyway.
The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program is a public-private partnership focused on the conservation of fish and wildlife habitats and the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches that address water and biodiversity issues. The program is a long-standing partnership among ConocoPhillips, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Since 2005, the Spirit of Conservation and Innovation Program has awarded 72 grants worth $9.5 million to 41 conservation groups in 12 states and five countries. Grantees matched this funding with an additional $21 million, for a total conservation investment of $30.5 million. Because of these investments, more than 214,000 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat have been conserved, restored or enhanced.