Ducks Unlimited & Conservation

As the leader in wetlands conservation, DU has improved more than 16 million acres of habitat across North America

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Frequently asked questions about Conservation

  • What is conservation? Expand Accordion Item

    Conservation is the planned protection, restoration, and management of a natural resource to ensure its sustainable use and enjoyment by current and future generations.

  • What habitat does Ducks Unlimited conserve? Expand Accordion Item

    Ducks Unlimited since 1937 has conserved more than 15.5 million acres of wetlands and grasslands that provide essential habitat for breeding, migrating, and wintering waterfowl. The need is urgent: more than 50% of historical wetland area across the United States has been drained, degraded, or converted to alternative uses.

  • What exactly does conservation look like? Expand Accordion Item

    Ducks Unlimited conservation falls into three categories. Protecting healthy intact wetlands with conservation easements or purchases, enhancing existing wetlands or wetlands that have been degraded, and restoring wetlands in areas where they historically existed but have been drained or hydrologically altered.

  • Does Ducks Unlimited partner with other organizations? Expand Accordion Item

    Every Ducks Unlimited conservation project is completed with support of other entities. We work with federal and state government agencies on public land, local municipalities, other conservation groups as well as private landowners. Cooperation is crucial to impact conservation on a large scale. 

  • How does Ducks Unlimited determine where to work? Expand Accordion Item

    Ducks Unlimited takes a continental, landscape approach to wetlands conservation. While DU works in all 50 states, we focus on landscapes most beneficial to waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited is a science-driven organization, using data on wetlands, water and waterfowl to guide our work. Ducks Unlimited employs waterfowl biologists, wetland scientists, and engineers that work together to design and oversee the delivery of priority habitat conservation projects.