Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Ducks Unlimited stands today as a global force in wetlands and wildlife conservation. DU's conservation programs have evolved and expanded over the years to address the habitat needs of waterfowl and other wildlife on ever changing landscapes. Today, DU and our many partners utilize space-age technology and cutting-edge research to conserve habitat as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

DU's programs reach from the arctic tundra of Alaska to the tropical wetlands of Mexico. We are restoring native grasslands in the Great Plains, restoring bottomland hardwood forests in the Lower Mississippi River Valley, protecting and enhancing the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and protecting and improving wetland habitats in the Central Valley of California and the Coastal Prairies of Texas, just to name a few.

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» Recent News

DU and Partners Work to Protect Funding for the Conservation Reserve Program
07 Nov 03 | In an effort to safeguard the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the U.S. Senate swiftly defeated an amendment that would have blocked critical funding for the program. The 2002 Farm Bill includes significant funding for conservation programs.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Honors for Accomplishments With GIS Technology
08 Jul 03 | Ducks Unlimited (DU) will be honored on July 10, 2003, with a Special Achievement in GIS award from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software.

Duck Numbers Up
03 Jul 03 | The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released the breeding duck population and May pond numbers from its 2003 survey, conducted each year in cooperation with the Canadian Wildlife Service.

DU Receives $500,000 from The Kresge Foundation
19 Jun 02 | The Trustees of The Kresge Foundation recently sent a check for $500,000 to Ducks Unlimited toward the purchase of the Goebel Ranch in South Dakota. Ducks Unlimited met the Foundation's challenge grant conditions by successfully raising $2.2 ...

Thousands Flock to 8th Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival
14 Jun 02 | More than 70,000 people attended the 8th Annual Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. The DU Great Outdoors Festival is a collaboration between Ducks Unlimited and Primedia Outdoor Events.

Ducks Unlimited Launches Online Conservation Education Site
13 Jun 02 | Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation, has developed a new education section for its web site at "The Ducks Unlimited web site has a wealth of information about wetlands, wildlife, and the ...

President Signs U.S. Farm Bill With Record Conservation Spending
13 May 02 | Ducks Unlimited, the Memphis based waterfowl and wetlands conservation group, has been outspoken in its support for farmland conservation programs. According to Scott Sutherland, who directs Ducks Unlimited's Governmental Affairs office, the new ...

U.S. Farm Bill Will Establish New Wildlife Program
04 May 02 | The GRP---Grasslands Reserve Program---will do wonders for grassland nesting birds, which are currently experiencing the steepest decline of all birds in the U.S. The GRP, like its sister programs, the Conservation Reserve Program and the ...

Farm Bill Dedicates Record Funding for Conservation Farming
03 May 02 | The House and Senate Farm Bill conferees have released their agreement on a six year Farm Bill that would dedicate a record $17.1 billion to conservation programs. The Farm Bill agreement would increase spending for the Conservation Reserve ...

$1 Million Grant Will Help Conserve Wetlands in NW Ohio
24 Apr 02 | Today DU announced that a $1 million grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) will support a new wetlands initiative in Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Wetlands Initiative will fund the acquisition, restoration and enhancement of ...

Pennsylvania Governor Honors DU for Protecting Water Resources
24 Apr 02 | Pennsylvania's Governor Mark Schweiker has recognized Ducks Unlimited for its commitment to watershed restoration and environmental protection. DU was one of 24 organizations from across Pennsylvania selected to receive the prestigious Governor's...

Ducks Will Benefit from Tax Saving Program
21 Mar 02 | "By giving up those rights and the dollar value associated with development, the owner may become eligible for significant tax savings," says Dave Marrone, the director of land protection programs at Ducks Unlimited. Ducks Unlimited has signed ...

Arrival of Spring Signals Return of Beeping Hens Ducks Unlimited Studies Nesting Ducks
19 Mar 02 | The study, launched in March, 2001, represents the most comprehensive effort yet to study mallard ducks in the Great Lakes states. Tina Yerkes, a DU research scientist, is overseeing the initiative and comparing the results to a parallel study ...

Waterfowl and Researchers Agree: Ducks Unlimited's Restored Wetlands Are As Good As Natural
05 Feb 02 | In a study recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, researchers found that waterfowl and grassland birds use wetlands restored by Ducks Unlimited as much, if not more, than natural wetlands. "The primary reason for conducting this...

Bush To Request $100 Million for Conservation
04 Feb 02 | Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced Thursday that President Bush will request $100 million for cooperative conservation efforts in his 2003 budget proposal. Norton outlined a new program called The Cooperative Conservation Initiative (CCI) ...

DU TV Moves to A New Home On Outdoor Life Network
02 Feb 02 | Officials from DU and Outdoor Life Network (OLN) announced that Ducks Unlimited TV is moving to Outdoor Life Network this summer. Previously known as The World of Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited TV premieres on OLN in July of 2002.

Waterfowl Hunting on the Rise
31 Jan 02 | In the 1991/1992 season, hunters across the country harvested 6.2 million ducks, or 5.2 ducks per hunter. In the 2000/2001 season, they harvested 15.3 million ducks, or 9.6 ducks per hunter.

Most Americans Approve of Hunting
31 Jan 02 | A large majority (67 percent) of Americans approve of hunting, even though only seven percent of Americans hunt each year. Ten percent said they moderately disapproved of legal hunting, 14 percent said they strongly disapproved, 5 percent neither ...

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates 65 Years of Conservation
29 Jan 02 | Ducks Unlimited, the world's largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation group, celebrated its 65th anniversary today. "Ducks Unlimited is one of North America's great conservation success stories," says Don Young, Executive Vice President of ...

Wetlands Wasting Away In Sportsman's Paradise, Says DU
24 Jan 02 | The coastal marshes of Louisiana provide a poignant example of wetlands that are virtually wasting away. Conservation goals are ambitious, says Dr. McKnight, noting that DU has identified Louisiana's coastal marshes as a high priority area.

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