DU recognizes contributions to wetlands and waterfowl conservation

Wetlands Conservation Achievement Awards recognize outstanding contributions to conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 17, 2022 – Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2022 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 87th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Washington.


DU’s 2022 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards were presented in six categories and recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl.

This year's winners:

•    Senior Federal Official: US Senator Martin Heinrich, New Mexico

•    Federal Agency Employee: Noreen Walsh, US Fish and Wildlife Service fish and wildlife administrator

•    State/Provincial Employee: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig

•    Research /Technical: Dr. Mark Lindberg

•    Local/Private Conservation: Elizabeth DeLuca

•    Communications: Writer and editor T. Edward Nickens

“Every year we recognize outstanding professionals who share our passion for wetlands and waterfowl conservation,” Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop said. “DU relies on a network of talented individuals to achieve our wetland and waterfowl conservation goals. The winners demonstrate how people with a shared passion for wetlands, waterfowl and wildlife can achieve great things. DU is honored to recognize their work and we hope their achievements inspire others. It takes teamwork to ensure a bright future for our wetland resources. We are pleased to honor people who lead the way.”

For more information, visit www.ducks.org/wetlandawards.

About Ducks Unlimited

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 15 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 www.ducks.org.