Ducks Unlimited honors T. Edward Nickens

Nick Wiley, Larry Kaumeyer, Eddie Nickens, Doug Shoenrock, Karen Waldrop

Nick Wiley, Larry Kaumeyer, Eddie Nickens, Doug Shoenrock, Karen Waldrop

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 25, 2022 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently honored T. Edward Nickens by presenting him with this year’s Wetlands Conservation Achievement Award in the outstanding conservation communications category.

DU presents Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards annually in six categories to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl.

A columnist and editor-at-large for Field & Stream, a contributing editor for Garden & Gun, Ducks Unlimited and Audubon magazines, Nickens has authored stories that also appeared in Smithsonian and National Geographic. His monthly column for North Carolina’s Our State magazine, “Ramblin’ Man,” is in its sixth year of publication. Beyond his contributions that connect readers to conservation, Nickens has made an undeniable impact on conservation funding.

“Eddie Nickens is an outdoorsman, conservationist, and award-winning writer,” said Jerry Holden, Ducks Unlimited Director of Operations for the Southern Region. “As an example, his article titled ‘Force for Nature,’ for the inaugural issue of the Wetlands America magazine inspired a $1 million contribution from the James A. Cox Foundation to support Ducks Unlimited conservation programs along the Louisiana coast.”

Words are a way to evoke emotion and, when used well, they are incredibly powerful. Nickens has unquestionably mastered the use of words to not merely entertain, but to actively engage people in conservation support.

“I’ve seen DU’s on-the-ground conservation work from the Louisiana marshes to the Saskatchewan prairie potholes and the boreal forests of the Northwest Territories,” Nickens said. “To be able to tell that story is a thrill. To be honored for that opportunity is a lifetime achievement.”

Nickens has also authored books that include The Total Camping Manual and five other titles in the Total Outdoorsman series, including The Total Outdoorsman, a New York Times best-seller.

DU recently announced the winners of the 2022 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 87th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Washington. To view a complete list of the 2022 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners, visit

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



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