Ducks Unlimited, founded in 1937 during the Dust Bowl era, emerged as a resolute response to the alarming decline in North America’s waterfowl populations due to drought and habitat degradation. A dedicated group of sportsmen united to form this organization, driven by a singular mission: habitat conservation. Today, Ducks Unlimited stands as the world’s largest and most effective private conservation organization focused on wetlands and waterfowl preservation. Through a network of partnerships with individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities, and various entities, Ducks Unlimited actively engages in habitat conservation, restoration, and management to benefit North America’s waterfowl and other wildlife, as well as people.
Ducks Unlimited’s vision is to ensure that wetlands are abundant enough to fill the skies with waterfowl for generations to come. The organization places a strong emphasis on waterfowl and wetlands, guided by its core values and principles. These principles include conservation ethics, science-based decision-making, teamwork, a passion for waterfowling, collaboration, wise investments, and a deep commitment to its members. Ducks Unlimited’s accomplishments are a testament to its unwavering dedication to this mission, raising over $3.5 billion and conserving nearly 13 million acres of wetlands and prime wildlife habitat across North America. Its work continues to address new challenges and opportunities to protect the magic of wetlands and the vital role they play in waterfowl populations and the broader ecosystem.