Ducks Unlimited partnered with Colorado Youth Outdoors to restore the Swift Ponds property near Timnath. The goal was to restore hydrological function and improve habitat value on 50 acres of aquatic habitat. Activities included enhancing water delivery and management capabilities to three shallow water wetland impoundments. Project funding was provided by Colorado Youth Outdoors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife through the Wetland Habitat Program, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited.

"DU is excited to partner with Colorado Youth Outdoors and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to enhance waterfowling opportunities for youth in Colorado," said Martin Grenier, DU manager of conservation programs. "Working together we are developing a program that aims to improve recruitment and retention of novice youth hunters."

The program will provide an immersive experience where youth can learn the importance of relationships between habitat and waterfowl populations, and how to be successful waterfowlers while enjoying some of the premier hunting opportunities in Colorado. Many aspects of the program are still being developed.

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