Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
Since 1937, DU has conserved more than 14.5 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America. Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
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Prairie Pothole Region:
The most important and threatened waterfowl habitat in North America
Ducks Unlimited works across diverse landscapes that provide a number of services important to both waterfowl and society. Within the Prairie Pothole Region, Ducks Unlimited prioritizes wetlands and grasslands for the high-quality nesting and brood rearing habitat they can provide. Protection for this valuable habitat is achieved through easements and term-limited conservation programs. To learn more, visit www.ducks.org/conservation.
Gulf Coast Initiative:
Conserving the most critical wintering habitat in North America
The coastal prairies, marshes, and bays of the Gulf of Mexico are among North America’s most productive wetland systems. They are also among the most threatened with more than 90 percent of coastal wetland loss in the lower 48 states occurring here. The North American Waterfowl Management Plan calls for the Gulf Coast habitats of Louisiana and Texas to winter up to 7.3 million ducks, making it among North America’s single-most important wintering areas and one of Ducks Unlimited’s highest conservation priorities. To learn more, visit www.ducks.org/conservation.
Central Valley/ Coastal California:
The second-most important and threatened waterfowl habitat in North America
The Central Valley of California is number two on the 25 most important and threatened waterfowl habitats on the continent. Water is a crucial factor in the amount and quality of waterfowl habitat. Ducks Unlimited and its partners have made considerable headway in the Central Valley since the early 1990s, resulting in substantial increases in waterfowl habitat. Approximately 60,000 acres of wetlands have been restored since DU’s Valley/Bay CARE (Conserving Agricultural Resources and the Environment) program began. To learn more, visit www.ducks.org/conservation.
Mississippi Alluvial Valley:
The most significant winter habitat area for mallards in North America
The Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) represents the historic floodplain of the lower Mississippi River. The MAV is the continent’s most important wintering habitat for mallards and wood ducks, but other species such as gadwall and green-winged teal are also common. Partnering with state and federal partners has allowed Ducks Unlimited to restore and protect key public lands. Learn more about DU’s America’s River Initiative by visiting, www.ducks.org/conservation/du-conservation-initiatives/americas-river-initiative.
Western Boreal Forest- Canada:
A central breeding ground for many duck species
The boreal forest is the world’s largest land-based ecosystem. It covers two-thirds of Canada. Thousands of lakes and wetlands provide critical breeding, staging and molting habitats for North American waterfowl and waterbirds. In 1997, Ducks Unlimited founded the Western Boreal Forest Initiative, dedicated to identifying and conserving wetland and waterfowl habitats in the region. DU and its partners work closely with natural resource managers in both private and public sectors to ensure that development activities have minimal impact on wetlands, watersheds and waterfowl populations. To learn more, visit www.ducks.org/conservation.