Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

November 24, 2014 08:00 ET

Conserving Humboldt's Critical Habitat

Ducks Unlimited Canada protects nearly 400,000 acres for wildlife and waterfowl

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Nov. 24, 2014) - The area around Humboldt, Saskatchewan has a reputation for producing some of the best crops in the world. But there's something else the landscape produces in spades: waterfowl. Humboldt is in the heart of North America's waterfowl breeding grounds known as the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR). Through a variety of habitat programs, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has partnered with the agricultural community to conserve nearly 400,000 acres of critical habitat in central Saskatchewan.

Approximately 70 per cent of North America's waterfowl population migrate to the PPR located in the northern United States, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Shallow wetlands known as potholes dot the landscape, providing some of the best waterfowl habitat. These wetlands also enhance water quality, retain water and reduce the potential of flooding. They prevent soil erosion and contribute to a healthy and sustainable working landscape. In the Humboldt area, agriculture is critical to the economy and wetlands are helping ensure that the land remains sustainable for generations to come.

Within a 100-kilometre radius of Humboldt, there are 562 active DUC projects that are delivering these important benefits to waterfowl, wildlife and society. DUC's most recent acquisitions in the area were made possible thanks to the support of conservation-minded landowners and important funding, via the Nature Conservancy of Canada, from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP). The purpose of the NACP is to conserve and secure sensitive habitat across Canada. Since 2007, DUC has acquired 1231 acres in the Humboldt area using NACP funds, and has successfully restored over 125 wetlands.

"Wetlands in Saskatchewan and across the Prairie Pothole Region are critical for waterfowl production. In order for DUC to protect this valuable resource, we need the support of many partners," says Andrew Hak, head of conservation programs for DUC Saskatchewan. "Our partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Environment Canada and the funding received through the NACP is helping protect existing wetland and native parkland habitat. It's also helping restore other key areas that have been drained or degraded."

Working with conservation partners and landowners in Saskatchewan is the key to protecting our wetlands and our environment. DUC strives to build relationships with likeminded groups and individuals who are committed to finding sustainable conservation solutions.

To learn more about DUC landowner programs, please contact the Regina office at 1-866-252-DUCK (3825) or email du_regina@ducks.ca.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. www.ducks.ca

Contact Information

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Chelsea Manz
    Communications Specialist, Saskatchewan
    Office: (306) 359-2233 or Cell: (306) 535-6777
    c_manz@ducks.ca
    www.ducks.ca