Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

October 01, 2015 09:00 ET

Ducks Unlimited Canada: Campaign for a Better Future

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2015) - Wetlands clean our water, are critical habitat for wildlife, help mitigate climate change, provide flood and drought protection for our communities, and are perfect natural spaces for recreation and learning opportunities.

Problem is, most Canadians aren't aware about the host of valuable benefits wetlands provide to society.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) expects that Rescue Our Wetlands - the largest conservation campaign in North America's history - will garner Canadians' support for wetlands - underappreciated natural resources that are being lost at an alarming rate across the country.

Every day across Canada, more than 80 acres of wetlands are drained and filled in to make way for agriculture, urban sprawl, and industrial development. In Saskatchewan alone, over 10,000 acres are lost each year. The loss of this vital habitat has a devastating impact on biodiversity, our economy, and on the health and safety of our communities.

"Rescue Our Wetlands is a campaign that captures the essence of what it means to be a conservationist," said DUC president Jim Couch. "It's something completely personal. What it means to a birdwatcher will be different than what it means for a rancher. Vacationers who can no longer swim in their favourite lake or families whose homes have been engulfed by flood waters will all see the value in a campaign like Rescue Our Wetlands."

According to honorary campaign chair Bob Kozminski, "what makes this campaign unique, and what will make it a continental success like nothing we've seen before, is the fact that it will mean something to everyone. Because wetlands benefit every life. It gives us the opportunity to help people realize this - and to take action. There's no time to wait."

Led by DUC, Rescue Our Wetlands is a North America-wide campaign with a lofty fundraising goal in Canada. The campaign will deliver habitat conservation and restoration, effective public policy, national education programs and world‐leading wetland and waterfowl research. All of these efforts will protect Canada's environment for the benefit of all.

Events are planned all across Canada for October 3, 2015. In Saskatchewan, the Rescue Our Wetlands campaign will kick off on the shores of Wascana, one of Saskatchewan's most beautiful man-made wetlands.

Join DUC on October 3, 2015 from 11 am - 2 pm on Lakeshore Drive (in front of the Legislature Building on the shores of Wascana) to celebrate our love of wetlands and our commitment to Rescuing Our Wetlands and saving our environment. (weather permitting)

Ducks Unlimited Canada is the recognized 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

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