Conservation organizations, like Ducks Unlimited, do so much more than people realize.
Ducks Unlimited has been operating in some fashion since 1937, and continues today to be a leading force in waterfowl conservation in all 50 U.S. states.
Every waterfowl hunter is familiar with the name, but do you really understand how much they do for you? Learn more about what Ducks Unlimited has done to save waterfowl species and ultimately help create better duck hunting opportunities for you.
The most obvious and noticeable work that Ducks Unlimited does is habitat restoration. From wetlands, forests, or grasslands, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat over the years. The organization secures and restores these lands to create better nesting and feeding areas that benefit more than just waterfowl species.
Ducks Unlimited carries out this important work on lands that they will manage or sell to government agencies, but they also work with landowners like us to improve the quality of our own properties. In some cases, conservation easements are established on these lands to protect them in perpetuity.
Restoring natural wetland and grassland functions improves water quality, limits erosion, increases flood storage capacities, and provides critical habitat for dozens of animals. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Ducks Unlimited is an amazing resource to us as hunters and land managers. They have comprehensive tools and articles to help us improve our waterfowl identification skills, build a wood duck nest box, learn improved decoy and calling hunting strategies, try out a new duck recipe, and so much more.
While especially useful for introducing children or new hunters to waterfowl pursuits, every hunter can benefit from using these tools. And it’s all easily available online or on mobile devices, thanks to an organization that really wants to help us as hunters.
Scientific Research and Advocacy
In addition to all of the useful things mentioned above, Ducks Unlimited also utilizes the expertise of many trained biologists to increase our scientific understanding of waterfowl life cycles and requirements. Its biologists conduct research on migration patterns, breeding rituals, feeding habits, and optimum habitat conditions, just to name a few!
All of this information can be used to help us as landowners better manage our land and provide quality habitat that ducks and geese require, which ultimately can create better hunting opportunities.
In addition, this information is used to inform public policy in Washington D.C. Congress makes numerous decisions regarding wildlife conservation each year, and Ducks Unlimited is an advocate for us hunters.
So next time you go duck/goose hunting or manage your land, be thankful for conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited. In the meantime, use their resources to become a more informed landowner and better hunter!