“Since its inception during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, Ducks Unlimited has understood that migratory birds know no borders. DU’s founders in the United States understood that multi-national investment in the prairie potholes of Canada was needed to ensure waterfowl populations thrived. The importance of cross-border cooperation is evident in the recent report “Decline of North American avifauna“ published in the journal Science (September 19).
“Related from New York Times: The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All
“Evidence of a widespread loss of nearly 3 billion birds since 1970 is alarming not just for the United States, but for all of North America. While the report did not explore causes, it is clear that loss of habitat is central to the discussion and conservation efforts should be a particular area of focus if we hope to reverse this trend.
“Ducks Unlimited© was founded on the principle of conserving wetlands and associated upland habitat to ensure healthy waterfowl populations. However, what we have found over more than 80 years as a leader in habitat conservation and restoration is that these conservation efforts not only benefit waterfowl, but many other species of wildlife, people and communities as well.
“The Science report correctly pointed out that waterfowl populations are up 56% since the 1970s – a testament to the hard work of waterfowl hunter-conservationists to restore and protect habitat for the birds that are so important to our natural resource heritage.
“Although waterfowl populations are high today, we also know that wetlands are more vulnerable to drainage and loss due to continued ambiguity related to interpretations of the Clean Water Act and the ever-present pressures from a growing population. We also know that in the vast North American Great Plains nearly 50% of native grasslands have been lost and rates of loss continue at more than 1% annually, equating to thousands of acres of native grassland lost every year. Such losses, risks and lack of protection of wetlands and grasslands do not bode well for birds of all species, and even waterfowl populations remain vulnerable to steep future declines should no action be taken to conserve and protect their habitat.”
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A Personal Note –
As a proud member of Duck Unlimited for over 7 years, I have never been dishonest about my very Green, very Democratic leanings, as not a few members have been straight-forward to me about their own Republican leanings. There is nothing wrong with that, either, and should be the norm. I truly believe in the full-cycle duck, and the great work Ducks Unlimited has done in creating a sustainable organizational model of conservationist and hunter. I have supported this organization both through labour in the marshes and in the pocketbook. And will continue to do so.
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