• Daily Leader staff report
The local chapter of Ducks Unlimited is preparing for its annual banquet Nov. 8 at the Seward County Ag Building. Social our begins at
6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. The lie auction starts at 8 p.m. The cost, which includes membership in DU and chances at various door prizes, is $40 for individuals, $50 per couple and $10 for Greenwings (children). For more information or tickets, call Greg Bird at
624-1612 or 624-2406.
Ducks Unlimited was founded by Joseph Knapp on Jan. 29, 1937, in the United States as a result of concern by himself and other like-minded influential business people about the loss of wetlands as habitat for waterfowl and the impact this would have on waterfowl hunting.
Ducks Unlimited was established in Canada in 1938. Other chapters have since begun operation in Latin America, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.
DU has become a leader in habitat preservation and has conserved more than 11.6 million acres of waterfowl habitat in North America. DU partners with a wide range of corporations, governments, other NGOs, landowners and private citizens to restore and manage areas that have been damaged and to prevent further degradation of existing wetlands.
DU is also active in working with others to recommend government policies that will positively influence wetlands and the environment.
DU generates $200 million in revenues each year, 87 percent of which goes directly towards habitat conservation. Their sources of revenue include federal and state habitat reimbursements (32 percent), conservation easements (27 percent), sponsors and members (25 percent), major gifts and donations (11 percent) and royalties/ advertisement (5 percent). By its efforts, DU attempts to benefit biodiversity, water quality, the environment and the economy in the areas in which it is active.
Ducks Unlimited, in keeping with its founders intentions, also promotes the continuation of safe and regulated waterfowl hunting.
The majority of DU’s financial contributors and members are waterfowl hunters. And more than 90 percent of those who read DU magazine are hunters. The DU magazine contains many historical and practical articles on waterfowl hunting.