September 2019
Ducks Unlimited addresses Atlantic Flyway mallard bag limits
This fall, hunters in the Atlantic Flyway can only harvest two mallards instead of four each day. These new regulation changes are causing concern from some hunters in the flyway, and Craig LeSchack, DU's acting Chief Conservation Officer, put together this message to address those concerns.

Indiana
As migrations shift, habitat needs grow at Hovey Lake
The need to provide moist-soil and shallow-water habitat for migrating and wintering ducks has become a priority throughout the southern reaches of DU's Big Rivers Initiative.

Maryland
DU, Maryland make Chesapeake more appealing for waterfowl
Chesapeake Bay’s shorelines and wetlands have lured waterfowl along the Atlantic Flyway for centuries. But people are getting in the way. See how DU and the state are enhancing three WMAs for waterfowl.

Great Lakes basin
Sustained high waters could damage coastal wetlands
Great Lakes water levels reached record highs this summer, and sustained levels could threaten coastal wetlands and the wildlife and people who rely on their benefits.

Iowa
Purina, Ducks Unlimited enhance prairie shallow lake
Ducks Unlimited, with support from conservation partner Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, enhanced Morse Lake in Iowa's Prairie Pothole territory. The project also improved 20 acres of wetlands, which boosts regional water quality.

DU applauds bills to expand Great Lakes Restoration Initiative  

Legislation introduced would expand federal funding to protect and improve Great Lakes water quality and wildlife habitat. The bills would reauthorize GLRI for five years, increasing funding per year until it reaches $475 million in FY 2026.

Michigan
The Ducks Unlimited Michigan Legislators of the year are the four co-chairs of the state’s Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus: Sen. Jon Bumstead, Rep. Triston Cole, Sen. Adam Hollier and Rep. Leslie Love. The award was presented during the Michigan convention in July.
Mississippi
Ducks Unlimited policy staff participated in the Congressional Black Caucus Institute Annual Conference in Tunica, Miss. in August.
Legislator visits
New Jersey
Ducks Unlimited state chair John McMahon and biologist Jim Feaga met with staff from Congressman Jeff Van Drew’s office to discuss NAWCA and wetlands.
Wisconsin
Ducks Unlimited toured Rush Lake with staff from offices of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Congressman Glenn Grothman and Wisc. Rep. Ken Skowronski.
Minnesota
Staff from Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson's office toured Ducks Unlimited’s Hassel Lake project and discussed NAWCA and the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Ducks Unlimited helps educate global duck experts
Numerous biologists from the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region represented Ducks Unlimited Inc. at the North American Duck Symposium from Aug. 26 to 30, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Reserve spot at Ducks Unlimited Eastern Continental Shoot
DU will host its inaugural Eastern Continental Shoot for competitive sporting clay shooters Oct. 9-13 at the world-class Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy in Branson, Missouri. The shooting competition is presented by Weatherby and Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters .

Ducks Unlimited puts more than $3 million into Ohio projects
DU was able to conserve 2,585 acres of waterfowl habitat with those funds, making Fiscal Year 2019 the fourth consecutive year that the organization had invested more than $2 million on Ohio conservation efforts.

Local named Regional Vice President for Ducks Unlimited
Ruth Hoefs got involved with the organization about 20 years ago. "We’re not going to have places for people to enjoy outdoor activities if we don’t start conserving the acres."

Lyme Provides Model Amid State Struggle to Manage Conservation Easements
The National Conservation Easement Database — an initiative of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities managed by Ducks Unlimited and the Trust for Public Land — has also been hampered by a lack of funding.

“Fishing For Ducks” Wins National Award
"Fishing for Ducks is a popular winter community event that takes place on Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison. Recently, the Ducks Unlimited event won a national award that should bring in even more people."

Prize prairie pothole lake, home to abundance of rare birds, needs helping hand
Brian Glenzinski, Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited biologist, said the ecosystem around Rush Lake is rare and the goal is to bring the lake back to a “hemi-marsh” state with about 50% open water and 50% emergent vegetation.

Staff changes
Greg Erickson has been named Gambling Manager for Minnesota.
(218) 590-7953
Nikki Ghorpade has been named Governmental Affairs Representative for the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region.
(734) 623-2025 (office)
(973) 723-2311 (mobile)
Kyle Rorah has been named Director of Public Policy for the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region.
(734) 623-2030 (office)
(586) 612-5502 (mobile)
New staff
Taylor Deemer
Regional Director - Delaware
(302) 245-4780
108 Bradley Lane
Lewes, DE 19958
Jeffrey Rice
Regional Director - Eastern New York
(585) 590-7953
350 North Grand Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043
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