2014

Northern California Refuge Status Update

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has provided the public with an update of the current status of the waterfowl hunt areas and other public use areas within the Sutter, Colusa, Delevan, and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuges: SUTTER NWR: Due to [...]

December 19, 2014 // 647 Comments

Celebrating the Holidays with the WRO Staff

The holidays are a great time for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company while catching up on the successes of the past year. Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region Office got a chance to do the same this week when staff [...]

December 12, 2014 // 646 Comments

December Pacific Flyway Report: California

Bill Monroe, the  WF360 Pacific Flyway Migration Editor, just released an update on the conditions for waterfowl in California on DU’s website. And thanks to recent storms, the numbers are encouraging.   The survey tallied 500,000 [...]

December 5, 2014 // 693 Comments

Let it Rain

Drought-plagued California finally received some substantial rain over Thanksgiving week, with even more precipitation and snow predicted this week. All of which is good news of course for the waterfowl who call the Central Valley home in the winter [...]

December 1, 2014 // 608 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region Office would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!   And pass the [...]

November 26, 2014 // 698 Comments

Thank you!

Now that the dust has settled from the elections earlier this month, Ducks Unlimited would like to congratulate and thank its California members who voted on November 4th, helping pass Proposition 1—a significant victory for waterfowl conservation [...]

November 21, 2014 // 875 Comments

Swan Festival 2014

The annual Swan Festival in Marysville, Ca took place last weekend, and as usual, was a big success with visitors from all over Northern California. Ducks Unlimited had a heavy presence at the event thanks to DU’s State Marketing Chairman, [...]

November 15, 2014 // 831 Comments

Project Spotlight: Mesa Lake Wetland Restoration

by Tina Blewett, DU Regional Biologist Mesa Lake Project after restoration, showing new dike and water control structure The Columbia Basin of east central Washington is a continentally important area for hundreds of thousands of migrating and [...]

November 11, 2014 // 879 Comments

Reminder to get out and vote!

As the day descends into afternoon in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones, DU’s Western Regional Office would like to remind its members to make their votes count by heading to the polls before they close this evening. Of particular importance [...]

November 4, 2014 // 644 Comments

DU reaches 1 million Facebook fans

Since 2010, Ducks Unlimited’s Facebook page has grown brand awareness and loyalty while spreading the word about the organization’s mission of waterfowl and wetlands conservation. DU’s Facebook page reached a milestone earlier this week when [...]

October 28, 2014 // 690 Comments

Ducks Unlimited and CA’s Prop 1

This November, California voters will head to the polls tasked with deciding their state’s water future. Proposition 1 – the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 – is a $7.5 billion general obligation bond [...]

October 21, 2014 // 651 Comments

Five Fantastic Pacific Flyway Public Waterfowling Destinations

With a 107-day duck season and seven-bird daily bag limit in the Pacific Flyway again this year, the West may indeed be the best for waterfowl hunters. From the northern coast of Washington to the Salton Sea in Southern California, the Pacific [...]

October 17, 2014 // 677 Comments

Intermountain West Joint Venture touches on DU Partnership

The Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) is a self-directed partnership that operates across all, or parts of, 11 western states including: California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, [...]

October 10, 2014 // 634 Comments

California raises max age for child hunting license from 16 to 18

By Mark Smith, DU Western Region Director of Public Policy California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB 1709 (Frazier), which was sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association with the strong support of Ducks Unlimited. This great [...]

October 2, 2014 // 672 Comments

Al Jazeera America tackles botulism in Central Valley

Al Jazeera America continued to bring attention to the  current drought conditions in California and the effects on the Pacific Flyway, specifically in regards to waterfowl and disease. The piece, by author Nate Schweber, provides an interesting [...]

October 1, 2014 // 717 Comments

Ducks out of luck in water-scarce rice fields?

The Marysville Appeal-Democrat, located in the heart of rice farming country in Northern California, touched on the potential problem for waterfowl this fall and winter if rice farmers over treat their fields–a topic Ducks Unlimited has been [...]

September 26, 2014 // 681 Comments

Project Spotlight: North Woods Field Improvement Project

Beginning in about 2005, DU has collaborated with Modoc National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) staff on California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Duck Stamp proposals. Funds secured by DU through these proposal efforts have been improving habitat [...]

September 23, 2014 // 578 Comments

DU and CWA with an important plea for California Rice Farmers

Ducks Unlimited, working with the California Waterfowl Association, recently sent an informational flyer out to rice farmers in the Golden State asking for their assistance this fall in helping create wetlands. In a normal year, many rice farmers [...]

September 18, 2014 // 675 Comments

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