Medina Journal-Register — In the 1930s, duck populations took a big dive due to the large droughts of that era. A small group of sportsmen formed an organization called Ducks Unlimited (DU) in 1937 whose mission was habitat conservation for waterfowl.
We have lost over half our original wetlands in this country and continue to lose over 100,000 acres each year. This effects not only waterfowl but also the overall health of our environment because wetlands recharge and purify groundwater, moderate floods, reduce soil erosion and provide recreation. They also establish habitat for over 900 wildlife species.
DU has around 600,000 members in the U.S. A a huge number of conservation projects throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and in special areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. In short, where ever waterfowl breed, migrate or winter DU is there.
About 80% of DU’s money is used for conservation work. Every year they have over 4,000 fund raising events over the country. In the U.S. the over all revenue and support provided by DU has reached over $3.5 billion since 1937. Their projects have conserved over 12,695,00 acres of wetlands between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
In New York State alone DU has been responsible for over 600 completed conservation projects, 28,000 acres restored or protected, over 34,000 acres where technical assistance was given and around $8 million invested.
Even if you are not a waterfowl hunter you may want to consider joining or donating to DU because there are many benefits to other wildlife species and the environment from this group’s work.
The Orleans County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be having their annual fund raising banquet on March 23rd at the Hickory Ridge Banquet Facilities at 15816 Lynch Road in Holley, NY. The event starts at 6pm with tickets running $60 for singles and $90 for couples. This will include membership, the DU magazine and the dinner which will be steak or chicken. There will also be a live and silent auction, games and raffles. Tickets should be gotten by 3/16/13 and from Gene and Donna Hart (589-9274 or 750-6176) or Tom and Kathleen Bates (585-451-7918)