May 2019
Major projects in all corners of Confluence Region
With more than 2,000 acres conserved in 2018, waterfowl and outdoors enthusiasts in Missouri have enhanced habitat in the heart of the Mississippi River and its major

DU, NRCS Help Mid-Atlantic Black Ducks
Ducks Unlimited and the Natural Resources Conservation Service believe more experts in the field will produce more American black ducks in the air along the Mid-Atlantic coast.

New Jersey
Ducks Unlimited earns 2019 Director's Award
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife named Ducks Unlimited the recipient of the 2019 Directors Award for protecting and improving thousands of acres of wetlands throughout the state.

Horicon Marsh shows how wetlands connect communities
Follow six stories of people whose lives are closely tied to Horicon's cattails and clean water. Their stories show how people across the country rely on local wetlands.

Ducks Unlimited, Purina to finish first partnership projects
Ducks nesting in Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region will find improved habitat this spring at Kiowa Marsh Wildlife Management Area, the first project to be complete with Purina in the state.

2019 Capitol Hill Dinner Draws Nation’s Leaders
More than 700 guests gathered for the annual Ducks Unlimited Capitol Hill dinner and auction on April 30. More than 70 bipartisan members of congress were in attendance, along with many congressional staff members, partners in agriculture and conservation, members of the Trump Administration, Wetlands America Trustees and Ducks Unlimited volunteers and board members from around the country.
Wisconsin – Ducks Unlimited joined lawmakers and other conservation groups May 1 for Wetland Wednesdays, a new Sportsmen For Wetlands coalition field tour effort. The tour took place at Swan Pond Waterfowl Production Area just outside Madison. The tours are critical educational opportunities for decision makers to learn more about wetland restoration and the value of wetlands to Wisconsin.

Connecticut – Ducks Unlimited volunteers and staff are active this year at the Capitol fighting numerous pieces of legislation that would hurt the hunting tradition of the state as well as undermine fundamental principles of professional fish and wildlife management. Ducks Unlimited has participated in committee hearings, state legislative sportsmen’s caucus meetings, a Sportsman’s Day at the Capitol and Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Wild Game tasting reception. DU has focused on educating urban lawmakers on the benefits of wetland conservation and on the role DU plays advancing wetland restoration across the state.

Kentucky – Ducks Unlimited engaged in helping change state tax law this year to re-establish a longstanding state sales tax exemption that the Kentucky non-profit community has enjoyed. Volunteers targeted key lawmakers via direct outreach encouraging them to amend the tax code favorably. This energy helped fuel the legislature to pass, and the governor to sign, a bill which reinstates the tax exemption on all revenue generated from event ticket sales, saving Ducks Unlimited up to $30,000 per year. Ducks Unlimited was referenced in floor remarks by a key senator before the vote on the bill.
Flint Hills surpasses $1 million in giving
For over 30 years, the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount, Minn., has partnered with Ducks Unlimited to conserve over 250,000 acres across North America.

Cargill, DU conserve 5,500 acres of New York habitat
A partnership between Ducks Unlimited and Cargill Corp. has conserved more than 5,500 acres of vital wetland habitat throughout New York since 2016. Three years ago, Cargill contributed $243,000 to Ducks Unlimited, continuing a longstanding corporate commitment to conservation.

Delaware Greenwing event draws 400 kids in April
Nearly 400 kids participated in the annual Delaware Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Conservation Festival. They built wood duck boxes, practiced fly fishing, watched duck banding demonstrations and more.

Milwaukee banquet raises $150,000
A sold-out crowd of more than 275 people attended the 2019 Milwaukee Downtown Ducks Unlimited Banquet and thanks to the generosity of supporters and corporate sponsors, the event and raised more than $150,000 for wetland and waterfowl conservation.

Inaugural Ducks Unlimited Eastern Continental Shoot announced for Branson
Ducks Unlimited 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 Missouri. The shooting competition is presented by Weatherby.

Shrinking wetlands getting help
"Ducks Unlimited, an international organization that bills itself as the leader in wetlands preservation, unites duck hunters and conservationists who may not hunt at all, to save wetlands across America, Mexico and Canada."

Duck hunters play hero to birders, wildlife, land conservation
“There is a singular reason that some of the best marshes were saved. One reason, two words: duck hunters. It sounds blunt and oversimplified to say it, but from the viewpoint of wildlife, farmers, merchants, and developers almost wrecked this land. The duck hunters saved it.”

Landowners in Minnesota and elsewhere are creating a movement
Some of the conservation efforts involve land purchases by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the DNR or various conservation groups. More commonly, the lands are accessed through easements.

Wetlands are the answer for better birding habitat
Up to half of North America’s bird species rely on wetlands for survival. Many of our birding and hunting adventures take us through wetlands because we know we’ll encounter an abundance of shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds.

Wyckoff recognized for 40-year commitment to Ducks Unlimited
“The most satisfying part about all of this is when I go waterfowl hunting in the fall and just watch all of these ducks and geese. It’s the frosting on the cake, the fruits of our labor,” Wyckoff said.

New staff
Brittani Donovan, Development - Administrative Assistant
(734) 623-2037
Brittani is a graduate of Northwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Brittani brings with her many years of customer service experience working as a product specialist for both Fiat Chrysler Corporation and General Motors. In her spare time, Brittani is an avid runner and has completed several half and full marathons.
Kali Rush, Michigan regional biologist
(734) 623-1027
Kali is responsible for the Michigan conservation program as part of the Great Lakes Initiative. Kali comes to DU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. She also holds her Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a thesis on wood duck breeding season survival and habitat selection in central Wisconsin. She has several work-related experiences involving waterfowl, elk, white-tailed deer and aquatic invasive species with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, University of Missouri – Columbia and others. Kali partnered with Dr. Chuck Nelson to revamp and chair the Michigan State University Ducks Unlimited University Chapter. She comes to us with a passion for waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited’s wetlands conservation mission.
Staff changes
Dane Cramer, new Big Rivers biologist
Dane Cramer has transitioned from Michigan regional biologist to the new position of Big Rivers biologist. Dane will deliver on-the-ground habitat conservation activities in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri as part of the Big Rivers Initiative . Dane joined Ducks Unlimited in 2010, assuming the role of regional biologist for Michigan in 2011. Dane earned a bachelor of science from Pennsylvania State University and a master of science from the University of Delaware. 
Kerry G. Scott, P.E., new regional engineer
Kerry Scott returns to the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region after spending a year in the Western Region as an engineer in California. Kerry will be regional engineer for Iowa and Minnesota, designing plans for the Big Rivers and Living Lakes Initiatives. Kerry joined Ducks Unlimited in 2012.