November 2019
Improvements for busy wintering, migrating spot
Ducks Unlimited, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources complete next step in improving Ballard County Wildlife Management Area, a vital wetland complex in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway.

New York, Vermont
Mitigating lost Atlantic Flyway habitat
Ducks Unlimited's mitigation program has protected 1,655 acres in the northeast over the last three years, and the program is contributing to watershed-scale conservation efforts.

New wildlife area a landmark occasion for duck habitat
Ducks Unlimited and DU’s partner Energy Transfer helped the Ohio Division of Wildlife acquire and establish Andreoff Wildlife Area, nearly 720 acres of prime habitat for recreational opportunities.

New biologist to help protect habitat in northwest Minnesota
Douglas McClain is DU’s newest regional biologist in Minnesota. McClain comes to Ducks Unlimited following a successful tenure as an Ohio Department of Natural Resources waterfowl biologist. 

Lawmakers in Madison introduced legislation to increase the price of a state duck stamp from $7 to $12 to help this source of wetland conservation revenue keep pace with inflation. The fee has not changed since the late 1990s. DU has endorsed the legislation and is working with lawmakers to pass it into law. The bill’s primary authors are Rep. Ken Skowronski and Sen. Patrick Testin, both of whom are strong Ducks Unlimited supporters.
New Jersey
DU staff along with volunteers and staff from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protections' Division of Wildlife hosted a tour at the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area in southern coastal New Jersey. The tour showcased a multi-phase, 1,000-acre restoration project. Attendees included staff members from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s office, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s office and state Assemblyman Bruce Land and Assemblyman Matt Milam. The tour discussed the federal and state programs and government and non-profit partnerships that made the project happen.
The Minnesota Ducks Unlimited Volunteer Policy Team and DU staff met with U.S. Rep. Angie Craig at her district office to discuss Ducks Unlimited policy priorities including Farm Bill, NAWCA and permanent conservation easements. Rep. Craig is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a critically important ally in Congress.
Minnesota volunteers and staff also toured U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer around the Pelican Lake Waterfowl Production Area to showcase the extensive conservation partnerships at work in that area and discuss the importance of public and private funding sources for conservation.  

Ducks Unlimited Eastern Continental Shoot
Ducks Unlimited’s inaugural Eastern Continental Shoot for competitive sporting clay shooters drew 76 competitive shooters from 15 states to the world-class Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy from Oct. 9 to 13, to support wetlands conservation.

Minneapolis Monarch Festival 2019
Ducks Unlimited volunteers spent Sept. 7 at the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, telling festival attendees about how DU protects and restores pollinator habitat. Located in the Prairie Pothole Region, Minnesota is a vital migratory route for ducks and monarchs. In Minnesota alone, Ducks Unlimited annually replaces or protects more than 1,000 acres of prairie habitat each year.

Land Trust Alliance Rally
Ducks Unlimited joined nearly 2,000 participants at the Land Trust Alliance annual conference Oct. 17 to 19 in North Carolina. The alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by 4.6 million members nationwide, who together have conserved more than 50 million acres.
How is Michigan keeping wetlands, habitats protected?
"More than 35 million people get their drinking water from the Great Lakes. The more wetlands we have on the landscape, the cleaner the water is for drinking, wildlife and recreation."

Michigan students design, build punt boat for DU
"This whole thing was kind of a crazy, amazing thing we were able to participate in, and probably one of the most life changing and important things that has happened in my life."

Amazing action from the Ducks Unlimited’s inaugural Eastern Continental Shoot in Branson.
Ohio’s newest state wildlife area was dedicated during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 5
The benefits of Ducks Unlimited projects go well beyond waterfowl. Check out the animals captured in Vermont on a DU wetlands mitigation site.
Ducks, dogs and conservation supporters made for a successful 18th Annual Ohio Partnership Hunt across the Lake Erie marsh region of northwest Ohio in October.
Staff changes
Dan DeLawyer has been named Director of Fundraising and Volunteer Relations - Region 6.
Sarah McCallum has been named Senior Director of Gift Planning, Great Lakes Region.
Andrea Holland
Director of Gift Planning - Atlantic Region
15303 Ridge Road
Meadville PA 16335
(814) 823 - 6680
Doug McClain
Minnesota Regional Biologist
18965 County Highway 82
Fergus Falls MN 56537
(218) 736 - 0612 (office)
(218) 671 - 3565 (mobile)
Anna Wahl has been hired as a GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist. Anna previously was a GIS intern.
7322 Newman Blvd
Building 1
Dexter MI 48130
(734) 623 - 2042