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

Waterfowl, Rice and the California Drought

Ducks Unlimited made several news appearances this week in the Sacramento market, specifically regarding the California drought and its potential effects on rice farmers and ducks this fall. The first story appeared on KCRA 3, with Western Region [...]

August 29, 2014 // 716 Comments

DU Volunteers in Idaho take part in banding event

Photo courtesy of Julie Munoz The Idaho Fish and Game recently worked with DU volunteers in Idaho to trap and band waterfowl at the Schlepp easement, which DU has been restoring for the last seven years. North Idaho District Chairman Martin Munoz [...]

August 27, 2014 // 918 Comments

Contact Governor Brown and your state legislators today!

Mark Low, DU Regional VP of Region 1, sent out the following urgent message this morning for all DU members in California regarding pending legislation over ammunition. Please take a moment to read on this important issue:   Dear DU Supporter, [...]

August 26, 2014 // 604 Comments

Buy Your Duck Stamp!

According to a Ducks Unlimited press release, the first Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) was sold 80 years today and has gone on to protect nearly 6 million acres of habitat through expenditures of more than $900 [...]

August 22, 2014 // 588 Comments

DU Project Spotlight: Artesian and Black Lakes

Artesian and Black Lakes are situated on a 1,800 acre property owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, northeast of the city of Moses Lake in central Washington, and part of a chain of water bodies situated along an important migratory route for [...]

August 20, 2014 // 680 Comments

Ducks Unlimited Statement on California Water Bond

Duck’s Unlimited’s Western Region Office released the following statement late Wednesday regarding the recently approved water bond in California, which will now be placed before the voters in November:   Ducks Unlimited [...]

August 15, 2014 // 697 Comments

Where will migratory birds find food this fall?

(L to R): Dave Shuford of Point Blue, Leigh Martinez of CBS 13, Mark Smith of DU Western Region Director of Public Policy, Mark Smith, made an appearance on CBS13’s Friday news to talk drought and waterfowl. You can see the full interview [...]

August 11, 2014 // 651 Comments

Promoting the plight of waterfowl during a drought

Ducks Unlimited is teaming with several other conservancy groups in a coalition dubbed Water for Wetlands, which includes Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Point Blue, Wildlife Defenders, and the California Waterfowl Association, to raise public [...]

August 8, 2014 // 623 Comments

Project Spotlight: Swanson Lakes

This project took place on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, which covers approximately 21,000 acres in Lincoln County of eastern Washington. Approximately 17,000 acres of the Wildlife Area is upland [...]

August 5, 2014 // 681 Comments

WRO Director Biddlecomb speaks on waterfowl deaths

The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Weiser penned a long story in this morning’s paper regarding the recent deaths of waterfowl in California that are being tied to the drought, which included an interview with DU’s Western Region Director [...]

July 31, 2014 // 681 Comments

Three from Western Region added to DU Board of Directors

Three esteemed volunteers from California and Nevada were elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.’s national board of directors during the organization’s annual convention held recently in St. Louis last month, it was announced this week by the [...]

July 25, 2014 // 588 Comments

DU Chiefs Visit Sacramento

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall and President George Dunklin Jr. capped off a midweek trip to California with a visit this afternoon to the Western Region Office in Rancho Cordova. After touring projects in the Bay Area yesterday, Hall, Dunklin Jr. [...]

July 24, 2014 // 690 Comments

DU and The Long Foundation Announce Partnership

The Ducks Unlimited Western Regional Office is extremely proud to announce that The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant to the continued restoration of San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge in the Bay Area, [...]

July 18, 2014 // 703 Comments

NBC Bay Area Features the California Drought

NBC Bay Area’s feature on the plight of shorebirds and waterfowl in California’s current drought ran last night (7/17/14) and turned out extremely well, further spotlighting the water problems for wildlife within the state . Jeff [...]

July 17, 2014 // 659 Comments

Ducks Unlimited in the Media

DU’s Western Region Director of Conservation Programs, Jeff McCreary, joined representatives from Point Blue and the California Audubon Society yesterday at the Cosumnes River Preserve outside of Sacramento for an interview with NBC Bay Area [...]

July 15, 2014 // 662 Comments

Friday Project Spotlight: Gray Lodge

Located north of Sacramento, Calif., Gray Lodge WA is one of the most important wetland areas in the Pacific Flyway and supports up to 1 million ducks and 100,000 geese during the winter. Public use of Gray Lodge WA is extensive and the area [...]

July 11, 2014 // 925 Comments

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