Oct 5, 2010

Fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

With our Connecticut waterfowl season opener just 10 days away and our youth hunt coming this weekend it's only fitting to give thanks and credit  to the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation - Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.

DU's Mission and vision are simple yet powerful.

DU's Vision
Wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

DU's Mission
To conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

The number one enemy of waterfowl is loss of habitat, especially breeding and nesting habitat.  Maintaining and improving wetlands along with breeding and nesting habitat is crucial to the success and survival of all waterfowl. Many acres of prime habitat are lost each year to nothing more than the day to day survival of man.  DU is working to restore grasslands, restoring watersheds, replanting forests and working with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to improve the agricultural and recreational value of their land, making it more wildlife-friendly.  This not only benefits waterfowl but many other species of wildlife that use these areas regularly.

If you are waterfowler or looking to get into Duck hunting then DU's website offers loads of information about hunting waterfowl. There is information related to wildlife ID, training your dog, calling, decoys, hunting tips and so much more.  Visit their hunting site at http://www.ducks.org/hunting/

Take some time to review what DU has done and what they are doing every day and see how you can get involved in your area.

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