Wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever.
DU's founders had a bold vision to create an organization that would conserve habitat on a massive scale for North America’s waterfowl. Recognizing that the solution to declining duck populations was habitat conservation, not simply regulation of hunting, Joseph Knapp and his fellow founders placed themselves at the forefront of the conservation movement – a leadership role DU continues to embrace after 75 years.
CORE VALUES STAND THE TEST OF TIME
In 1937, sportsmen stepped to the plate to improve waterfowl populations and conserve wetland habitats without regard to international borders. Thought leaders who would become the core of DU commissioned the 1935 Wild Duck Census, bringing science into the vision and success of DU even before its founding. Over the next 75 years, volunteers created and grew the Ducks Unlimited organization with the passion and enthusiasm that drive DU's success today.
75 YEARS OF SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
CONSERVATION FOR GENERATIONS
DU's leadership in waterfowl and wetlands conservation spans some four generations. Building on the legacy of our founders, one of today’s greatest challenges is to inspire future generations to continue the journey.