Memphis, Tenn. September 6, 2017 Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently announced the 2016-2017 Regional Director (RD) and Director of Development (DOD) of the Year award recipients. Erik Wettersten and Kirk Davidson were recognized for their outstanding fundraising leadership efforts during the 2017 fiscal year.

Regional Director of the Year

Erik Wettersten was named Regional Director of the Year for his efforts as a staff member of Region 2, an area that encompasses the Prairies and Great Plains region. Wettersten, a resident of Evergreen, Colo., covers Front Range and West Slope, Colo., working with volunteer committees hosting fundraisers for the 80-year-old conservation organization. Erik raised more than $1.8 million for DUs conservation mission in the recent fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

Director of Development of the Year

Kirk Davidson was named the Director of Development of the Year for his fundraising efforts in Colorado and Kansas. Davidson secured more than $2.5 million in pledges and more than $1 million in cash during the fiscal year. Kirk is a 25-year member of DU and has been on staff in various capacities for 15 years, eight of which have been in Development.

Erik and Kirk are both exceptional members of DUs fundraising team of volunteers, staff and donors, said Amy Batson, DUs chief fundraising officer. Their unwavering dedication to DUs mission of wetlands and waterfowl conservation is inspiring. I am proud to see them recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments and to serve on the fundraising team with them.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit

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