Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

Ducks Unlimited got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America's drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent's waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.

Thanks to decades of abiding by that single mission, Ducks Unlimited is now the world's largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. DU is able to multilaterally deliver its work through a series of partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities.

Our Mission: Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.  

Waterfowl conservation is facing important challenges as wetlands and other habitats are being degraded and estroyed across the continent.  Ducks Unlimited has a vision to reverse this trend.

Our Vision: The vision of Duck Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.


Ducks Unlimited is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization.  Its members are conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts who live primarily throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

DU volunteers host more than 4,000 grassroots fundraising events annually, such as member and sponsor banquets, shooting and fishing tournaments, and golf outings.  Event dollars represent some of DU's most important source of revenue.  Since event dollars are typically unrestricted, DU is able to spend these funds in our highest priority areas and use them to leverage additional funds from other sources.

Habitat Conservation Programs:

Acreage conserved in Canada:                          6,301,016
Acreage conserved in Mexico:                            1,861,056
Acreage conserved in the U.S.:                           4,531,563

Total acreage conserved in North America:    12,693,635
*as of Jan. 1, 2012

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