Delivering Conservation in the Great Plains for Continental Waterfowl
Summer 2017 
Greetings!
Ducks Unlimited is more than 75 percent through its most ambitious habitat conservation fundraising campaign ever, Rescue our Wetlands, banding together for waterfowl. Seeking to raise $2 billion for our mission, DU Inc., DU Canada, DUMAC and Wetlands America Trust are invested in this campaign, which involves private, corporate, foundation and public fundraising. We are elated to share that we are at $1.81 billion, as of May 31.
Volunteers and Donors in Action
Kansas couple helps state meet donor goals
Mark and Paulette Schlegel are a unique pair. The Schlegels both serve on their local Ducks Unlimited committee in Kingman, Kansas, and are DU diamond life sponsors. They have even signed their British Lab, Brick, up for a life sponsorship. 
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See more photos of Mark, Paulette and Brick
Dedication of Dave and Marg Grohne WMA
Dave and Marg Grohne have supported prairie conservation for more than 40 years. Ducks Unlimited and partners celebrated their contributions at a dedication ceremony in North Dakota in June. 
Research
Brood research in the Bakken of North Dakota
The final round of brood counts is underway in the three-year Bakken research project. DU wildlife biologists and field technicians are measuring how the oil and gas development in the area affects duck populations. After the technicians finish collecting data in August, it will be turned over to DU biologists for analysis. 
Nest Cam Research on DU's Coteau Ranch, North Dakota
The University of North Dakota and Ducks Unlimited interns have been working since mid-May on the Nestcam project on the Coteau Ranch, near Bismarck, ND. The team of students record and observe nest behavior using cameras. A few interns are set to leave mid-July, but a couple will stay on the ranch to finish recording data. You can follow their progress on their blog and Twitter page @RealDuckTails
Around the Region
Montana - Montana’s chair and past-chair elected to national Ducks Unlimited board
Linda Daugherty, of Lincoln, Mont., and Kathy Christian, Colstrip, were elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors during the organization’s 80th annual national convention held recently in San Antonio. Christian was also appointed as Senior Advisory Vice-President for Membership, serving on DU President Rogers Hoyt Jr.’s cabinet.
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Montana - Public service announcement
Ducks Unlimited is running public service announcements in Montana to promote working lands programs that benefit wildlife habitat and ranching operations. Check out the video here.
Nebraska - DU researching waterfowl with partners in Rainwater Basin
Ducks Unlimited is involved in a new research project in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex. In partnership with the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture and U.S. Geological Survey, DU will be studying habitat selection of ducks and other waterfowl.
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North Dakota - OHF funded project improves habitat for ducks and piping plover
With funding from North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Ducks Unlimited completed its portion of repairs to a dike on Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The dike is on the south shore of Long Lake and separates the lake from a 700-acre wetland area. During 2011, severe flooding significantly damaged the dike and left several sections completely breached.
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South Dakota - Connecticut donor supports cover-crop study
Using cover crops as an agricultural practice improves soil health, water quality and reduces costly inputs needed to raise corn and beans. What is not fully understood is how cover crops in a farmed wetland environment can improve nesting conditions for grassland birds. A Ducks Unlimited major sponsor who is a Nebraska native is helping DU do the research to answer that question.
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South Dakota - Greenwings celebrate 20 years
Sixty Ducks Unlimited Greenwings and their families gathered near Madison in June to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the South Dakota Greenwings program. The more than 200 people were on hand to dedicate a new Legacy Greenwing site, the state’s seventh.
Wyoming - Ducks Unlimited property to help Wyoming reservoir through dry periods
Bump-Sullivan Reservoir, one of the most important migratory stop-overs in southeastern Wyoming, will benefit from a recent acquisition made by Ducks Unlimited. The reservoir, which is part of the Springer Wildlife Management area south of Torrington, can also be one of the best places to hunt waterfowl in the area. However, an extended drought period in the early 2000s left the reservoir mostly dry, and the habitat was not available to waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited is working with Wyoming Game and Fish Department and partners to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
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Outreach
Ducks Unlimited employees volunteer for the 2017 North Dakota Envirothon
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Ducks Unlimited hosted summer school biology classes at Coteau Ranch 
Staff
Director of Development Matt Fenoff departed Ducks Unlimited in April to pursue an opportunity to build and lead a development program for the National Wild Turkey Federation. Matt departed saying “You and this awesome organization will be greatly missed by me and my family. However, we plan to stay in touch and involved.”

Thank you Matt for your service and commitment to Ducks Unlimited. 
Eric Lindstrom – Managing Director of Development
DU’s former National Manager of Agriculture Policy, Eric Lindstrom has been promoted to Managing Director of Development for the Great Plains Region. Eric’s new responsibilities will involve managing a portfolio of donor prospects, collaborating with national staff and supporters and helping lead major gift fundraising activities within this priority landscape. Eric has worked for DU for more than 12 years along with staff, volunteers, board members, partners and policy makers to help advance DU's conservation, policy and fundraising goals. Eric will be stationed in Bismarck, North Dakota. 
Kaitlyn (Katy) Rasmussen - Communications Intern
Katy joined the communications team at the Great Plains Region (GPR) office in late May. She is a senior at College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota with great writing and public relations skills. Katy has been experiencing the many facets of DU’s work in the Great Plains by attending outreach events and visiting with the research team in the field. She will be with DU through the summer fulfilling special assignments that contribute to GPR communications.

Adam McDaniel – Conservation Specialist

Adam joined DU in February, to work in a partnership position with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) Program. Adam is located in Great Falls, Montana and his region includes 13 counties and the north-central section of the state. Adam has already assisted with several WRE projects conserving nearly 8,500 acres of wetland habitat.

Brad Schmidt – Agronomist
Brad began working for Ducks Unlimited in July as an agronomist in South Dakota leading the Soil Health Initiative. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science from South Dakota State University. Brad is originally from Garvin, Minnesota where his family, with Brad’s guidance, has been implementing healthy soil practices for 4 years. Brad has worked with many soil health experts around the world and is seeking ways to incorporate these practices into DU’s conservation efforts. 

Austin Peterson – Agronomist Intern

Austin started his internship with DU in South Dakota in July. Austin is a recent graduate from University of Minnesota-Morris with a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He has a passion for conservation and public education related to land practices that support waterfowl conservation. 

Brad and Austin are spearheading the Soil Health Initiative with the purpose of educating local farmers, ranchers and landowners about the importance of implementing sustainable agricultural practices that benefit waterfowl nesting habitats, wetlands, water quality and food production in a variety of ways. Brad and Austin are working to help DU become a leader in soil health and incorporating soil building practices into conservation efforts. 
Recent Staff Promotions
Milt Rue was promoted to Director of Conservation Services I

Matthew Hough was promoted to Manager of Conservation Programs in Kansas

Justin Williams was promoted to Manager of Conservation Services

Kevin Warner was promoted to Regional Engineer II

Candace Miller was promoted to Senior Executive Assistant

Chad Haschen was promoted to Engineering Tech III
Regional Events
Green Wing Day – August 5 at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge near Kenmare, North Dakota. This event is hosted by the Kenmare chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Contact Terry Lassiter for more information.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Workshop – August 18 at the Great Plains Office in Bismarck, North Dakota. Contact Jennifer Kross for information and to register.

Mentored Youth Hunt at the Coteau Ranch - Ducks Unlimited volunteers will host a youth waterfowl hunt at DU’s Coteau Ranch, near Wing, North Dakota. The hunt will be during the North Dakota youth waterfowl hunting season, September 16 - 17, 2017. Contact Tanner Gue or Jennifer Kross for more information or if you would like to be a mentor.

Wyoming Peaks to Prairies Experience – September 18-21 in Lander, Wyoming. Contact Chris Hildebrandt for more information. 

Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Office

2525 River Road
Bismarck, North Dakota USA 58503
701-355-3500