PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Carson Lake and Pasture

As part of DU’s March 2014 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant award for wetland conservation work for the Lahontan Valley – Western Nevada region, DU completed a water conveyance improvement project at Carson Lake and Pasture [...]

May 15, 2015 // 557 Comments

DU Waterfowling Heritage Center Opens in Memphis

Although not located in the West, the brand new Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Center inside the Bass Pro Shops at the Memphis Pyramid in Tennessee may be a new must-visit location for all DU members and duck hunters. According to DU, more than 20,000 [...]

May 8, 2015 // 689 Comments

Bleak News on California Water

Standing in a grassy mountain field normally covered in snow this time of year, California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday announced mandatory state-wide water restrictions, ordering California’s water agencies to institute a 25% cutback. The [...]

April 2, 2015 // 646 Comments

What is DU doing for the western drought?

As the news trickled out this week that the Sierra snow pack is at only 19% of average for early March, a near record-low, California and other western states were faced with another year of extreme drought heading into the summer season. While this [...]

March 6, 2015 // 504 Comments

Sears Point Update

Sonoma Land Trust, which is partnering with Ducks Unlimited to return Sears Point in San Pablo Bay to tidal wetlands, recently updated the progress of the project via the attached video. [...]

March 2, 2015 // 676 Comments

Hill Slough Wildlife Area

From the mid-1870s to the early 1900s, approximately 90 percent of the tidal wetland habitat in the Suisun Marsh (California)was diked and converted for uses such as farms and managed wetlands. As a result, the loss of tidal access has hindered the [...]

February 20, 2015 // 646 Comments

PROJECT UPDATE: Samish Unit Enhancement

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) purchased 409 acres of agricultural land adjacent to Samish Bay in western Skagit County between 1996 and 2000 and developed the Samish Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area. While the wildlife area has [...]

February 13, 2015 // 720 Comments

Reminder: California State Convention APRIL 17-19

Please join DU members and volunteers for a fun-filled weekend in Lake Tahoe learning more about Ducks Unlimited’s efforts in California, as well as celebrating the upcoming inauguration of our own Paul Bonderson in May as the next national [...]

February 10, 2015 // 719 Comments

Phase 2 Wetlands Restoration at Edwards Air Force Base Complete

The Piute Ponds wetland complex is located on Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) near Rosamond Dry Lake in Southern California. The wetlands provide year round habitat and are managed in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sanitation District Number [...]

February 5, 2015 // 674 Comments

Cullinan Ranch Already Seeing Incredible Results

The top photo is of Cullinan Ranch prior to the levee breach. The bottom photo is just three weeks later. (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE) It’s been roughly three weeks since Ducks Unlimited and the USFWS held a press conference at Cullinan Ranch [...]

January 27, 2015 // 692 Comments

2015 Snow Goose Festival

The highly popular Snow Goose Festival, now in it’s 16th year, takes place in Chico, Calif. this weekend, and Ducks Unlimited will have a booth present for festival-goers to visit. For more info, visit www.snowgoosefestival.org. DU and the [...]

January 21, 2015 // 636 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

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

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

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

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