September 2014

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

DU September Legislative Update for the West

by  Mark Smith, Western Region Director of Public Policy The California legislature adjourned last month, which means that none of our nine states are currently in session, so it’s all quiet on the Western Front.  Well, not technically since the [...]

September 12, 2014 // 681 Comments

State of the Birds Report Summary

A new report from the U.S. Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative shows encouraging population gains for some wetland-dependent bird species. At the same time, the report’s authors warn about the future implications of the [...]

September 9, 2014 // 681 Comments

DU Project Spotlight: Bear River Estuary – Washington

The Bear River Estuary Restoration -Willapa National Wildlife Refuge project will remove approximately five miles of existing dike, 38 culverts, two fish ladders, two tide gates, and two foot bridges, and reconnect 18 estuary channels; resulting in [...]

September 5, 2014 // 675 Comments

Important Op-Ed

An important op-ed on the plight of migratory water birds appeared in today’s Sacramento Bee. Co-authored by Mark Biddlecomb of DU and Bridgid McCormack of Audubon, the piece touched on a number of issues birds along the Pacific Flyway will [...]

September 4, 2014 // 633 Comments