Providing landscapes for future generations of waterfowl hunters to enjoy was the driving force behind a nearly $100,000 gift to Ducks Unlimited from New Englandbased Cove Point Foundation. For decades, the foundation has supported healthcare research and environmental causes across the country. In contributing to DU, the foundation wanted to keep marsh traditions alive for youth.

It was important to target the money somewhere that would make a lasting difference, not just for today but for when todays kids have their own families. In 20 years, there will be quality places for them to hunt waterfowl, said Ken Morris, the foundations director.

Ducks Unlimited is applying the foundations support to projects in Connecticut. Part of the contribution is helping to implement restoration efforts on the Hammock River Marsh Wildlife Area, near the town of Clinton. DU is helping to design and install a tidal-gate system that will dampen the ebb-and-flow impact of tides from Long Island Sound. Better control of the water will provide better habitat for American black ducks and other waterfowl.

The gift also supported DUs efforts at Papineau Marsh in the Natchaug State Forest. DU and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection enhanced 26 acres there in fall 2021 by restoring a berm and replacing aging infrastructure. The enhanced marsh maximizes habitat for black ducks, mallards, and wood ducks. Thanks to support from Cove Point Foundation, DU and our partners have restored marshes that will be enjoyed by duck hunters for many years to come, said Sarah Fleming, DU director of conservation programs in the North Atlantic region.