Ducks Unlimited celebrates Earth Day 2020

Wednesday, April 22, marks 50 years of Earth Day

© Michael Furtman

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 20, 2020 – Ducks Unlimited encourages you to celebrate Earth Day by getting outdoors to experience the natural wonders around us. During these uncertain times, there is no better way to be reminded of why it is so important to protect our planet’s natural resources

The annual celebration for Earth Day is April 22, but every day is Earth Day for Ducks Unlimited because DU conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These positive impacts on our natural ecosystems also benefit people and communities through cleaner water and air, improved flood control, carbon storage, recreational opportunities and climate regulation. 

“There are many creative ways to celebrate Earth Day right around your home,” DU Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop said. “Examples include using a recyclable water bottle or planting a garden or a tree. You can also do fun activities like building a wood duck box or bird house. Brush up on your duck identification skills or just take a walk and clean up your neighborhood.”

You don’t have to look far to find public conservation lands and waters near your home.  These are perfect places to go fishing, hiking, boating or hunting. Rest assured that time spent outdoors in these special places will lift spirits, bring smiles and foster hope and resilience as we all face challenging times. 

“Even though we can’t have public gatherings right now, there are many fun and relaxing ways to enjoy the outdoors while observing social distancing,” Waldrop said. “Public conservation lands and waters are open across the nation for outdoor recreation. We are especially grateful to DU partners with state fish and wildlife agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their continuing efforts to provide safe and satisfying natural experiences for the public to enjoy on state wildlife management areas and national fish and wildlife refuges.” 

And while you are surfing the internet for outdoor recreational opportunities, please visit and learn about Ducks Unlimited and what we do to conserve wetlands and associated habitats. 

“Joining and supporting Ducks Unlimited’s conservation work is another great way to give back to the earth every day,” Waldrop said. “The main thing is to enjoy nature and find your own way to give back.” 

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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 14.5 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