Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes Atlantic Office
Wins Coveted Blue-winged Teal Award
By Valerie Rose Redmond
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan Award Committee selected the Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office to receive the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Blue-winged Teal Award
The award was presented on March 26 during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va. Accepting the award was their Executive Director Rebecca Humphries.
The National Blue-winged Teal Award recognizes partners whose activities at the national, regional, or local level result in substantial benefits to waterfowl, other wetland-associated migratory bird populations or wetlands habitats.
Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office was nominated by both the Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources for outstanding contributions to wetland habitat and waterfowl in approximately 20 states, from the Great Lakes region to the Atlantic Coast.
Notable contributions in Michigan include the conservation of 30,000 acres of waterfowl habitat. In addition to delivering wetland conservation projects, Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office staff’s expertise and leadership in research, policy, and outreach/communications resulted in numerous benefits for the region’s waterfowl, wetlands, and waterfowl professional community. Important research like their Great Lakes mallard study has provided information to understand and improve habitat management for mallard production in the region.
In June 2011, Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office contributions to wetland conservation surpassed the 100,000-acre mark in Wisconsin, where a dedication ceremony was held at the Meadow Valley Flowage to mark this milestone.
Other recent notable accomplishments include more than 100 properties conserved around the Great Bay area in New Hampshire, the first Great Lakes Restoration Initiative restoration project completion at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan, and GIS assistance to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for updating the National Wetlands Inventory database.
For more information on the National Blue-winged Teal Award visit: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/NAWMP/Awards.shtm