Giving back to Ducks Unlimited and natural resources is a top priority for Fred and Nora Taylor. Their history with the organization began in 1976, when Fred attended his first banquet. By the 1980s Fred and Nora had met, and together they continued attending events and learning about the DU mission.
Fred’s volunteerism began 39 years ago. He has held the positions of senior vice president and Region 1 vice president on the DU Board of Directors. He has served on the Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) and the Emeritus Board and was also state chairman in Oregon. Nora follows close behind with 36 years of service. She has held a variety of leadership positions, including at-large member of the DU Board of Directors, CPC member in Oregon, state chairwoman and state council chairwoman in Montana, and member of the Emeritus Board.
Not only are the Taylors DU Diamond Heritage Sponsors and Emerald Feather Society members, they are also Ducks Unlimited de México (DUMAC) Heritage Sponsors and members of the John E. Walker III Society.
Utah and California are the Taylors’ home states, but they found themselves settling down in Oregon and starting a DU chapter in Harney County in the southeastern part of that state.
In 1992, the couple began their DUMAC involvement when their good friend and former DU President John E. Walker III became DUMAC president. “John was a good friend of ours and a great DU leader,” Fred said. “If he was passionate about something, it naturally caught our attention. And this was the final piece of the North American puzzle for our complete engagement in wetlands conservation.”
“We became involved with DU because it was the only major wildlife conservation organization around at the time,” Nora explained. “We stayed and got more involved because our money goes into the ground for habitat. DUMAC is super efficient with resources. It’s eye-opening to see what’s going on in Mexico and what they do for the ducks and people.”