Still working to conserve habitat

by DU Staff

What makes Ducks Unlimited unique among conservation organizations is its ability to deliver large-scale, on-the-ground habitat improvements across the country. DU averages more than 250,000 acres of wetlands enhancement, restoration or protection annually, and has conserved more than 14.5 million acres across North America since 1937.

Achieving that success takes year-round planning. A disruption in any part of that work cycle has a domino effect on conservation projects, which could harm efforts to improve waterfowl habitat and water quality. The current global pandemic has forced DU’s staff to take extra precautions to keep projects on schedule, but the work continues!

Here’s the active totals of all the current projects Ducks Unlimited is working on throughout the Western Region:

*Alaska and Arizona have GIS mapping efforts

In California, construction crews are currently working on a large water infrastructure project outside Gridley by recognizing social distancing measures and protecting themselves. The Gray Lodge Water Supply Project will eventually increase the conveyance capacity and improve water supply reliability for the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area and surrounding farms.

The project recently completed construction on the Razorback Flume. Located near the head of the system, this flume passes irrigation water flows of more than 800 cubic feet per second.

The system was in disrepair and failure of it would have seriously hampered delivery of irrigation water to local customers, including Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. The reconstructed flume provides higher flow rates to provide water and delivery reliability from the top of the system down to the Gray Lodge boundary, benefiting the entire region.

In these challenging times, DU has suspended fundraising events across the country. We currently have over 300 active waterfowl habitat projects in DU’s Western Region with 150 alone in California that can use your support. 

You can help!

As we continue to adapt during these unprecedented times, we are all more likely to be shopping online and having items delivered to our homes. Did you know that your purchases can make a difference for DU? AmazonSmile donates a portion of your purchase to Ducks Unlimited Inc. when you shop at AmazonSmile.

Just select Ducks Unlimited Inc. at AmazonSmile and use the AmazonSmile website instead of whenever you shop.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support DU every time you shop – with zero cost to you.

You can also participate in Ducks Unlimited Online Auctions.

DU is providing its supporters the never-before offered opportunity to bid on official DU event merchandise and collectible firearms outside of an event setting, providing you the chance to purchase exclusive DU items while supporting waterfowl and wetlands conservation at the same time.

Visit us at to find an online auction in your state.