Articles by WROBlog

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

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

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