FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2012
Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Office Wins Coveted Blue-winged Teal Award
The Blue-winged teal award was presented on March 26 during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va. Left to right: Bernie Maryzck (DU GLARO), Gildo Tori (DU GLARO), Rebecca Humphries (GLARO DU Director), Tom Hauge (WDNR Wildlife Chief), Russ Mason (MDNR Wildlife Chief), and Russ Terry (DU GLARO).
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan Award Committee selected the Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office (DU GLARO) 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 on behalf of DU GLARO was Executive Director Rebecca Humphries.
The National Blue-winged Teal Award annually 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.
DU GLARO was nominated by both the Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources for its outstanding contributions to wetland habitat and waterfowl in some 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, DU GLARO’s expertise and leadership in research, policy, and outreach/communications have resulted in numerous benefits for the region’s waterfowl, wetlands, and waterfowl professionals community. Important research like the Great Lakes mallard study has provided information to understand and improve habitat management for mallard production in the region.
In June 2011, DU GLARO’s 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 over 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 USFWS 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
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